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Going downhill fast

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Current Employee - Engineer  in  Horseheads, NY
Current Employee - Engineer in Horseheads, NY

I have been working at Sikorsky

Pros

interesting products - high tech
big name company with a lot of "street" credit
highly experienced & helpful line workers
usage of many different top of the line design programs

Cons

I started working here at about the same time as Sikorsky took over the facility from Schweizer Aircraft. At that time it was run as a small close knit community where people were actively working together to achieve a single goal. Some times we reached that goal, some times not. Usually when we didn't it was because of over optimistic promises made by upper level management. Over the last 5 years the work environment, policies & procedures have changed so rapidly that the employee's no longer know what the companies goal's for the location are. Or maybe they do, just are unwilling to accept them. As a result the employee's stopped working as a unit & started working with a CYA attitude. A combination of factors have lead to serious layoff's at this location.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trust your employee's & foster teamwork. They are good, hardworking people. Slow down & include them in your thought process. To them it looks like you are in the process of shutting down this location. As long as they see it this way they will be preoccupied with CYA activities instead of looking to do whats best for the company. Keep expectations realistic. If you deliver the materials for a product that is supposed to take 9 months to complete 6 months late it will NOT be completed on schedule. Be honest with the customers. If you can't get the material until Sept for a product that takes 9 months to complete do not promise delivery in Dec. Compensate your employees equally at all locations. I understand it is more expensive to live in Stratford, CT then in Horseheads, NY but not $20,000/yr less. That is the average pay discrepancy between Stratford & Horseheads. Besides look at the work product of the individuals at this location. They are carrying significantly more responsibility then their counterparts at Stratford with similar experience.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great place for engineers interested aviation and/or rotor craft.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Good Benefits
    Large Corporation amenities: decent cafeteria, also recently got a brand new gym (with trainers), fitness classes offered, bank, etc.
    Interesting work
    Laid back environment/friendly people
    Facilities/labs/simulators
    Smart employees

    Cons

    Location (although inevitable in aviation industry)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Old Boys Network

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky

    Pros

    Good education plan, direct bill no reimbursement and many colleges and universities participate. Flexibility in certain departments. Centrally located, commute is a breeze within New Haven & Fairfield Counties. Really cool to see and end product that can defy gravity and that you have had a hand in creating.

    Cons

    Not a great place for women. Very little growth from within, many of Senior Management are not what we would call "home grown" but from another Helicopter company. Promotion of work life balance, however, in practice it is very non existent and hard to balance once on the program. Salary employees have a very expensive medical plan that requires a large amount of Cost Sharing from the employee which we do not understand as the company is self insured and has the ability to have much more control over the choice of plan. No vision coverage. Vacation time takes 7 years or more to earn an additional week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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