Derco Aerospace

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Derco Aerospace Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
13 Reviews
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    Small company feel, big company benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Robins AFB, GA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Robins AFB, GA

    I worked at Derco Aerospace full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits with Derco are great, being a part of United Technolgies/ Sikorsky is one of the best parts. The bonus are good and the time off allowed to employees is top notch.

    Cons

    When part of a small satellite program you feel as though the company forgets about you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to always keep employees engaged with all of companies actions. Have senior management make surprise visits to ensure leadership at site is on top of what is going on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    was once a decent place to work but now it is just plain unethical

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    Current Employee - Operations in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Operations in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Derco Aerospace full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    usually dress code is casual. and you don't have to work hard - just play the game and you'll be just fine.

    Cons

    this place has so many ethical problems including FBI investigations (seriously, 2 in the last 3 years that we know of). favoritism is the company policy and i have never seen a place with such inept managers who immediately blame the non-management employees for all the problems. it's so bad because the people who do good work and never miss a day are taken advantage of while management's little buddies get a free pass. i never trust anyone in this building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a good place to work, now not so much.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Derco Aerospace full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Modified Work Schedules
    Paid Time Off
    Some Opportunity for Domestic and World Travel

    Cons

    Pathetic raises - Every year is supposedly a record year in profits, yet there just isn't enough in the raise/bonus pool. I am sure someone there is getting compensated.
    Terrible Communication - Don't expect to know what is going on around here until after the fact.
    Very Clicky - If you are not in one you are definately on the outside.
    Poor and under qualified management - Do not expect support.
    No opportunity for advancement - even with multiple layoffs a year there are never any opportunities to advance.
    ACE/Lean - This is over used to a point where it is taking away from actual work/production time.
    ITC - So restrictive you can't perform your job effectively
    Poor Ethics - Trade violations, Fake invoicing to US Govt - Really....What a Joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a spine and go to bat for the people working here in Milwaukee. Don't let politics and corporate dictate everything at this location. Try managing for once.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Will the last person remaining turn off the lights?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Derco Aerospace full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place if you have never worked anywhere else and are a member of the boy's club.

    Cons

    No direction or vision. Suffocation from corporate bosses. Constant rounds of layoffs. HR seems to run company and make decisions for management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to bring in smart outsiders and dump the dead wood and dinosaurs. Break the group think paradigm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Derco Aerospace

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, comfortable working environment, casual almost every day.

    Cons

    Just about everything else, company politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Door Should Be Closing... Favortism and Good Ol'Boys Survive

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Buyer in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Derco Aerospace full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time was great
    Employees were good...

    Cons

    Management is horrible.
    Miscommunication
    Lies
    Favortism
    Brown nosing
    Snitching
    ACE/Lean/Six Sigma

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some balls and be honest with your employees. And don't allow those who sleep their way up the company to be in charge of people... when they have no experience and play favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going Nowhere Fast"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Derco Aerospace full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay, and gained tools as related to ACE (however the company has gone ACE crazy, and you spend a fair chunck of your time working on ACE when you'd rather be doing your job)

    Cons

    Management is in a bubble. It is a good 'ole boys club. Those who suck up the most will get ahead. There are great people who work there who are often overlooked because they aren't in the 'clique'
    This company has been on a 'hiring freeze since 2009', with layoff's occuring 2x's/year since then. In 2009, they were at over 300 employees in Milwaukee, as of now they are down to 150 employees., There will be less this fall, with the distribution warehouse personnel being laid off in September 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The staff feels as though the company is being gutted, and will be either shutdown or sold in the next year or so. It doesn't matter what advice you give to managment, they have a track history of not listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Completely dysfunctional company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Sales in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Derco Aerospace full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Has some extremely quality and dedicated employees. They are overall honest, hardworking folks.

    Cons

    Company has lacked cohesive strategy & leadership for over years. Their parent company (Sikorsky Aircraft) pillages the company, while management just tries to save their own skin. Drama, politics and a boys-club mentality rule the day, and the suck-ups get promoted. Morale is at an all-time low, and "process" rules the day, not people, performance, or relationships. This company has lost their soul, and rumor is they will be soon gutted like a fish by their idiotic by savvy Parent Company. Don't work for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some balls & stand up to SAS! They will fire you eventually too PS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you will say "yes" to anything and not disagree with anyone, you'll do just fine at Derco Aerospace.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Derco Repair in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Derco Repair in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Derco Aerospace

    Pros

    The benefits are slightly above average for the aviation industry. The work environment is clean and well lit. Workers do not have to clock into work. Timesheets are based on the honor system. Vacation time does not seem to ever be denied.

    Cons

    Business ethics are thrown out the window if they're going to affect the company's numbers for the week/month/year. The repair shop follows programs meant for manufacturing companies. The company deals with old technology. Management has their favorite people and definetly shows it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employer in a niche that is slowly going away. OEM's would rather sell direct to the end customer. C-130 is all you have

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Materials Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Derco Aerospace

    Pros

    Basic distributor so job was not hard

    Cons

    Shuffle people around and sometimes into positions they are not a good fit for. When layoffs come, you're the first out the door. Teams work in silos and it's an everybody for themselves type environment. The Director levels and above have been there a long time. If you don't have aerospace, specifically military, don't waste your time with this company. You'll go nowhere!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Aerospace only candidates for your management positions as you aren't willing to provide any training whatsoever.

    Doesn't Recommend

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