Woodward

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Former Employee - Machinist in Rockford, IL
Former Employee - Machinist in Rockford, IL

I worked at Woodward

Pros

Woodward governor is a large and recognized company in the power controls industry. It is very growth oriented and offers great benefits.

Cons

The pay was sometimes not as high as some felt it should be. Also some of the managers were not very good in recognizing employees performances.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to offer Six Sigma classes, as those will benefit not only the company, but the employees in the future.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    An elite level that is hard to crack

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    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Woodward

    Pros

    Good benefits, so good that they don't think they have to pay you. Good IT which is hard to find at many companies.

    Cons

    three years raises: 0%, 0%, 2%. They use a comparative salary system to other local companies, but there are no other local companies this big, Woodward employees lose.

    As previous have mentioined there is a middle management level of "old-timers" who take the credit for good work and blame the underlings for mistakes.

    Six Sigma, kaizens...Woodward is stuck in the 1980's following the old Japanese methods. Hello! Motorola, Toyota, Sony did you notice they are all in the toilet? Six Sigma is a way to turn an easy five minute business decision into forty hours of meetings with no resolution!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You may be friends, have drinks, with those middle management people who have been around for decades. If you want your company to move forward, you need to look deeper, closer to what goes on with the people who are really doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Change Agents Not Welcome

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    Current Employee - Unspecified/Anonymous Engineering Leadership Role in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Unspecified/Anonymous Engineering Leadership Role in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Woodward

    Pros

    Great benefits, great reputation in the Fort Collins community. Very interesting product mix. Extremely talented technical workforce. Excellent practices for root cause analysis, implementation of corrective action, and preventing reocurrence.

    Cons

    This company has the most conservative, monolithic management cultures that I have ever witnessed. Interestingly, during the time I was there, 95% of the power and politics seem to emanate from no more than three individuals who typically resided in other [sometimes global] locations. And this bad behavior drove the propagation of more bad behaviour throughout the entire company. Morale in the engineering organization has been rock bottom for many years, and there is no relief in sight. There is no room for "change agents" in this company; it's all about comply or die.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of the other comments I've read by others here ring absolutely true. It's much more than just sour grapes. You need to kill the culture of punishing the change agents, and instead embrace new ideas for organizational effectiveness. And for heaven's sake, you need to stop your senior engineering leaders from ruling by intimidation and fear. instead of constantly churning your middle managers, I think it's time for a change at the very top of the engineering chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
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