GKN Aerospace ChemTronics

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GKN Aerospace ChemTronics Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Mix of Dedicated Professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities in a diverse aerospace manufacturing business.

    Cons

    Facility and equipment is aging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in bring the facility up to modern standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Experience at GKN

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in El Cajon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in El Cajon, CA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my 16 + years employment at GKN, the programs & projects
    I had the opportunity to work on, Customers I worked with and
    the experience I gained with the company along with the great
    people that I had the opportunity to work with.

    Cons

    I have no cons regarding my experience with GKN.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to management regarding my experience with GKN.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    GKN review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GKN Aerospace ChemTronics

    Pros

    good company to work for fast truck moving long hours good people

    Cons

    unexpected schedules working weekends , low pay , management not train well

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  5.  

    Good Internship Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Garden Grove, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Garden Grove, CA

    I worked at GKN Aerospace ChemTronics as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment for being mentored by senior engineers.

    Cons

    Too much turnover in technicians and quality department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a paycheck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machinist III in El Cajon, CA
    Current Employee - Machinist III in El Cajon, CA

    I have been working at GKN Aerospace ChemTronics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Its a job, and they compensate you with money... that is about it, I cant think of anything else. I am currently not on unemployment.

    Cons

    Raises usually 1%-2% once a year, No bonuses. They hold on to temporary employees for a long time before considering hiring them in. 401K 50% up to max of 3%. No tuition assistance. Health insurance is expensive PPO. Departments always fighting for functioning equipment as most equipment is over 30 years old and usually broken. Supervision seems to think employees are a burden. It's an overall struggle to make good parts with the outdated broken tools. Difficulty finding people because nobody knows the old equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a job because of your employees, they need to be respected, there needs to be incentive to stay. Also put a little bit of money into your equipment, its really sad to see skilled craftsmen struggling because of the poor quality tools they have been provided. I am actively seeking other employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Satisfying and learned a lot.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Welding Engineer in El Cajon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Welding Engineer in El Cajon, CA

    I worked at GKN Aerospace ChemTronics

    Pros

    Good pay and challenging responsibilities. Great for "hands-on" work.

    Cons

    Management changed from a "family run type" to a "big corporate-non personal type" attitude towards employees. Overall moral decreased from too many layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and communicate downline. Let employees know company future business plans. Leadership under James Legler was great. Leadership under new management not good. Management takeover by British parent company (GKN) promoted too many key positions to young employees from Great Britain who were unfamiliar with plant operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at GKN Aerospace ChemTronics

    Pros

    The people are extremely nice, and management is very supportive in assimilating you into the work force.

    Cons

    It can be hectic and there are a lot of new programs to learn fast.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worse working experience ever.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Cajon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Cajon, CA

    I have been working at GKN Aerospace ChemTronics

    Pros

    not one positve thing to say about this company or its management.

    Cons

    Current management doesn't have any idea how to run an aerospace company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Probably not the greatest place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Professional in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at GKN Aerospace ChemTronics

    Pros

    GKn is a relatively stable company, and the Aerospace industry is very specialized and skill based. For these reasons, I do not see jobs being outsourced. The company does offer competitive salaries and benefits at the outset of employment. Once in the organization, raises are a pittance. The company culture is very European and financially driven. If you can work your way up to a certain level of management, then it seems like you woould be respected by upper management. But if you are not at a manger level, you are not given much respect. Not going to win any employer of the year awards, but I have worked for worse companies.

    Cons

    The European culture is very layered and the company requires approvals at every level. Absolutely no decisions are made at the plant level. Englishmen are definitely favored for promotions. Work-life balance is not respected as salaried employees routinely work 12 hour days. Management recently had to institute a policy of 12 hours maximum in a day, because an employee at another facility fell asleep driving home after a 16 hour work day. Upper level management is expected to be available pretty much around the clock since it is a global company. Employee morale is low because employees are not respected by the management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and empower your employees. Many of these employees have been doing there jobs for several years and have the ability to make decisions without have to have a manager hold their hand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work for short term.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GKN Aerospace ChemTronics part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay for the work, isn't too terribly difficult.

    Cons

    Communication between departments is lacking, leads to mistakes being made and more difficulties that don't need to arise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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