Hamilton Sundstrand
3.1 of 5 128 reviews
www.hamiltonsundstrandcorp.com Windsor Locks, CT 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 4, 2014

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Hamilton Sundstrand President Alain M. Bellemare

Alain M. Bellemare

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Education benefits are excellent"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Good work life balance when i was there"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance would be difficult"
    in 5 reviews
  • "I have relized that all of the upper management isn't very attentive to the employees"
    in 7 reviews
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    Great company making good engineering products, but running really lean

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsVery good discipline - consistently meets financial goals
    Good benefits under United Technologies Corp
    Very cool products
    If you work hard, you can go somewhere in the company – opportunities are available

    ConsHigh workload due to the lean staff – if you want to grow and take on management positions, you will need to work even harder. Work life balance would be difficult.
    A lot of reporting – similar to other Fortune 100 companies I assume

    Advice to Senior ManagementChanges are good, but need to better communicate to the employees. Need more investment in the technologies while trying to meet the quarterly results. Must have a system that rewards good performance other than just a fix salary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Executive and senior management performance reviews required

    (Current Employee)
    Windsor Locks, CT

    Pros- Relatively competitive salaries and benefits (not really a 'pro' since life/work balance is a figment of management's imagination)
    - Possibility of working with truly talented people (possibility dwindles as the talent pool are hired away to greener pastures and new hires begin to understand how HS really works - see 'cons' below)

    Cons- Rampant nepotism among executives and senior management
    - There is an element of 'reverse Darwinism' within the organization (incompetent managers survive while the best give up, in frustration, and move on)
    - One word: ACE (which, in practice, is more an acronym for: Aggravate Company Employees)

    Advice to Senior Management- Show humility; be genuinely concerned about the workforce who make the executive salaries and huge bonuses possible.
    - The right way ahead is not just in the data. An informed intuitiveness is also required. Charisma comes in handy.
    - Demonstrate true leadership; standing in one place, or stepping back while others take risks, does not cut it.
    - The power to inform and persuade win the battles for hearts and minds. Communicate. Motivate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyable and nice work place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Windsor Locks, CT

    ProsGood Management and great coworkers

    ConsToo much bureaucracy bogs down efficiency

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo much bureaucracy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK as a last resort, but leave ASAP

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsIf you need a job they probably will hire you since turnover is such that people are always leaving. Some good people, just not at the project manager level.

    ConsManagement does perform the duties of management other than hiring and firing; no training, leading, communication; or competent planning; In general dysfunctional leadership. Those I knew had no people skills. The company does not provide adequate resources (software tools), assigns tasks generally when they are already behind schedule. They points finger at subordinates and fire them when they dare disagree or things don't work out due to their own incompetence.. They furlough employees without pay to save money then Heaven help them if they don't work for free anyway to meet absurd deadlines they set.
    Most of the experienced people of my project left for good reasons; lack of appreciation, this means few experts at hand to provide direction. they are generally under staffed, under trained and in a crisis mode..

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a close look at lower level management. Some are incredibly incompetent, rude, petty tyrants that block progress (micromanage) rather than support and either do not know what is required or do not communicate what they know, if anything. Provide some training for crying out loud, make sure employees have adequate software licences for tools and make an effort to hang on to those who have endured long enough to provide expertise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I have worked for them for 30 years but I am really starting to regret sticking around.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Rockford, IL

    ProsI find it difficult to see any of the advantages. If you are in manufacturing you need to speak Polish Russian or Chinese to keep your job. Their stock prices continue to make you money but they make it clear they do not want to keep manufacturing in this country. They would sell out their own mother for the short term buck.

    ConsThey talk alot about valueing their employees but just tell them something they don't want hear sometime and you will see your true net worth. Diffrences in opinions will not be tolerated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart treating your employees with a little respect. Alot of 20+ year veterans are treated as though they are nothing more than a numbered tool that needs to be replaced with the newest version of inexperianced college grad.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    There are opportunities, but senior management decisions are constantly changing priorities demoralizing employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Rockford, IL

    ProsPayment is higher than average; lots of interesting projects; competitive benefits

    ConsUnstable market place in the region, terrible public schools; senior management changes their priorities several times per year, stressing workers, lowering effectiveness and creating unnecessary stress to employees. Many good and experience coworkers are leaving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management should identify obtainable goals at the beginning of the year and stick to those by properly flowing down the objectives of the year. Flip-flopping directions given to employees every quarter only generates unnecessary work to employees demoralizing the workforce.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Build once, measure too often

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Windsor Locks, CT

    Pros- talented workforce
    - flexible work hours
    - good work/life balance
    - decent benefits
    - competitve salary
    - Improving employee recognition program

    Cons- Top-down vs. bottom-up process development
    - Less is more regarding staffing levels
    - Too many "un-vetted" tools (related to bullet #1)
    - Centralized (unresponsive) IT support
    - Unempowered middle management

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees have the answers - just ask thed right questions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company drove into the ground

    Repair Admin (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    Prosgood benefits, good location, good operating system

    ConsNo loyalty or respect what so ever to seasoned workforce due to constant management turnover the past 5 years. They broke spirited horses and lost site of the customer. They can blame the union all they want but it was corporate infiltration and the once size fits all attitude that brought down a good company and outsourced our jobs to Poland. Shame on you!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo late - You can't see the forest for the trees. The majority of seasoned employees are leaving and the ones that are there are counting days until retirement. You blew it. Customers are not happy and your reputation is in the tank. Thanks for screwing up yet another american company. Good luck Poland.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst Company I ever worked for.

    Certified Specialist (Former Employee)
    Rockford, IL

    ProsMade a good hourly wage, co-workers were great.
    Best manufacturing facility in IL.

    ConsManagement lied to employees, experianced being lock out as a union employee.
    Sundstrand was great until purchased by United Tech, they they rode us hard and put it to us dry!

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust be honest and real, as you now know Americans are in this together.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    it's a job

    Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Windsor Locks, CT

    ProsPays well, great co-workers, I can finally see sunlight

    ConsVery little vacation time even after 5 years

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