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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

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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)


  2. Helpful (1)

    Constant firefighting, but with some very good firefighters

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very stable product sales (military); a few pockets of brilliant, highly skilled people; above average pay in my opinion; definitely a team oriented environment

    Cons

    Stifiling bureaucracy; forms and authorization are required for nearly everything... and if you don't use the standard form filled out correctly in its entirety, good luck getting the task accomplished; quarter end profitability trumps sanity and common sense

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management? If you're competent enough to be a senior leader at UTC, leave. You could probably get a comparable job working less than 70 hours per week elsewhere


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