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Very Satisfied group of engineers

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Hebron, OH
Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Hebron, OH

I have been working at Hendrickson International full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Help you get busy, and allow you to develop your own skill. Moreover , they wants you to be independent.

Cons

The computers need to be upgraded. Is too slow!!

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook

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    Best job ever!!!

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    Former Employee - Occupational Health Nurse in Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Occupational Health Nurse in Canton, OH

    I worked at Hendrickson International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global leader but very family oriented. Treated everyone with respect and dignity. Very safety and health minded culture in regard to your work AND play, from the top level down!! This was the best company and the best people that I ever worked for and with!!

    Cons

    When the economy went down in 2008, they held on to as many employees as they could for a long time. When they finally had to have a few rounds of lay offs, they were crushed at having to give in to that! But, through all of the down economy, they remained the leader in the field!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on top and remember that your employees are your greatest asset!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Driven by Marketing/Sales....Oh, we do some Engineering eventually.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Woodridge, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Woodridge, IL

    I have been working at Hendrickson International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to do new things on different projects (see listing on 'Cons' section of review).
    Flexability (somewhat) with family concerns (as long as the work gets done on time).
    Chicago is a cool town.

    Cons

    Apparent inability for upper management to look at big picture. Projects are pushed through design/development process to meet timing established by marketing/sales with little or no regard to realistic timing (Oh we can sell this! Get it in production yesterday!! We'll figure out the design/engineering later.....). Chaos ensues. Engineers end up working on several projects at once that all have to be completed at the same time. Sticking with any sort of schedule for design and development of a product is unheard of.

    Poor training and mentoring of new employee's, especially those with less experience.

    Little or no depth of knowledge from an engineering perspective which results in a over reliance on those experienced engineers that remain. Burn out is a common problem at this company.

    While you are given the opportunity to do new things (see 'Pros' listing), you are expect to do so with little or no training. Sink or swim. If you succeed, its expected. If you fail, you should have worked harder.

    Overtime is expected. Typical work week for those in my department range in the 50-60 hours a week. No additional compensation. As a result CAD guys make more than most engineers as they are eligable for OT. Engineers are not. Keep this in mind when the topic of compensation is addressed.

    Pay raises are typically poor, regardless of how the company is doing financially. Usually not much more than the cost of living. This is commonly known throughout the engineering department not just one employee's opinion.

    Lack of any instiutional knowledge documentation on product design and/or development history. Problems that are solved today show up again in 2-3 years on the next update of the product. As the turn over at this company is high, whoever has the project is starting from scatch.

    Lack of standardization for process in design/development of product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the big picture. Focus on the work load being pushed through your engineering/development departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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