Goodrich Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
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  1. Interns actually mean things!

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    Current Intern - Intern in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at Goodrich as an intern (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The intern program here was excellent, I actually felt like I was doing something beneficial to the company as a whole and I really felt my opinion mattered.

    Cons

    They tended to favor students with engineering backgrounds, which I unfortunately lacked.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the intern program going, even with the buy out and UTAS, I think it's a worthwhile program and really helped peak my interest in your company.

  2. Was the best of the nacelle subcontractors

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chula Vista, CA

    I worked at Goodrich full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    took care of employees and seemed to care

    Cons

    Goodrich Sold out to UTC, ending the possibility for a future at this site

    Advice to Management

    Look to Google and modern day companies on how you need to act , retain young talent and old talent.
    East coast is not necessarily the Right coast.

  3. Educational

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Chula Vista, CA

    I worked at Goodrich

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company ran by the lean manufacturing culture. I learned a lot about continuous improvement and the different workflows the company had within their departments.

    Cons

    They were bought out by UTC and I heard from there their culture at some extent was diminishing.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better guidance on new employees.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work for 5 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at Goodrich full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere with emphasis on continuous improvement, and a family friendly philosophy.

    Cons

    Large manufacturing company that changes slowly
    A lot of dead weight in certain areas due to good-ole-boy relationships.

  6. Helpful (4)

    A Good Company With An Uncertain Future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at Goodrich full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Prior to the acquisition by United Technologies in July 2012 Goodrich was a strong, profitable company planning for continued growth. Expanding business combined with positions opening up as retiring employees age out implied some good opportunities for people coming in.

    Mutual respect among employees is a core company value and Goodrich dedicates a lot of resources to training and supporting employee development. Despite a large management structure communication between levels is usually pretty open.

    Employees have the opportunity to interact with some very bright people from all over the world. Some roles involve exposure to broad areas of a complex, world-wide engineering and manufacturing business. This is a great place to observe, learn, and tackle some challenging problems.

    Compensation and benefits are good (not great). The office environment is relaxed and the company is generally very flexible about scheduling and personal time. 40-hour work weeks are the norm, not a fantasy. Goodrich lives up to its talk about wellness and work-life balance.

    Cons

    This is a big, old company with some big, old company habits and politics. The average employee age is in the late 40s or early 50s and many people have spent their entire decades-long careers with Goodrich. That speaks well to employee satisfaction but also poses a risk of institutional knowledge loss as older employees start to retire, and means that a lot of people know no other way than the Goodrich way.

    The Chula Vista facility is showing its age. Many areas are unsightly and in poor condition.

    Interactions with HR are sketchy.

    Expectation can be disturbingly low. Under-performing individuals can hang on to employment indefinitely and are shuffled around rather than managed out. Politics are a minefield for the uninitiated and disputes can go back for years (so anyone with under 10 years of service should probably consider themselves uninitiated).

    Continuous Improvement has taken on a quasi-religious status complete with clergy, incantations, and dogma. The CI practice is robust in the manufacturing context but shoe-horned awkwardly into the office. The dedication to improvement and efficiency is inspiring and the tools themselves are great, but the way the CI office mandates their application does not always fit and is prone to causing busy-work while ignoring more fundamental process flaws. Be careful about questioning the CI religion out loud, that could be a career-limiting move.

    The big elephant in the room is the acquisition by United Technologies. UTC does NOT have mutual respect as a core company value and the hierarchical, secretive culture clashes with Goodrich's more open and positive environment. Arbitrary reorganizations and demotions have started in some departments and significant layoffs are in sight. People are scrambling to consolidate power and status, morale is terrible, and the lack of good information has the rumor mill running at full speed. While people "on the ground" at Goodrich and our new partner UTC division Hamilton Sundstrand are trying to make the best of a bad situation the overall attitude from UTC Corporate has been callous.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need good information, sound leadership, and positive treatment to get through the acquisition. People will do the right thing if you support them. Don't gut a strong company to support short-term profit goals.

  7. Great Company, Competitive Pay and excellent People Philosophy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement Specialist in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement Specialist in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at Goodrich full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No sick days, take what you need when you need it. Mutual Trust and Respect. They really treat employees like adults.
    Aquired by UTC, could increase growth and opportunity potential

    Cons

    Aquired by UTC, future uncertain.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Good place overall. Lots of design work and challenges!

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at Goodrich

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Plenty of work for designers and stress engineers
    - Interesting products
    - nice people, good technical leadership at the lower levels

    Cons

    - mediocre technical leadership at the management levels
    - company is sort of cheap. they don't like to spend of basic things like cleaning and office supplies
    - lots of wasteful non value added processes

    Advice to Management

    retire

  9. Helpful (1)

    Just OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Goodrich

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very relaxed work environment
    401k match

    Cons

    Merit raises and promotions are hard to come by

    Advice to Management

    Pay long term employees fair market value and not less then what a new employee makes

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Company and benefits. Pay is challenging.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at Goodrich

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great Team, lots of Growth

    Cons

    lack of mentorship, pay below average for position and location, very little support for new comers

    Advice to Management

    Create a mentorship/buddy program, not looking for a babysitting just a great development program for staff to increase their leadership potential.

  11. Helpful (2)

    good people poor management

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    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Chula Vista, CA

    I worked at Goodrich

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, fair pay, lots of travel
    the every other friday off is a great benefit
    tuition reimbursement is easy

    Cons

    management is not educated
    average age is 54
    HR has too much power
    need more incentive pay
    location is terrrible

    Advice to Management

    make every vice president get a real MBA, layoff or fire non-performers, stop having HR control the company - too much emphasis on lean in the office

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