Hamilton Sundstrand

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Hamilton Sundstrand Reviews in Phoenix, AZ

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Hamilton Sundstrand President Alain M. Bellemare
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Review Highlights

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)

  • Rampant nepotism among executives and senior management (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great career experience, good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Benefits, education assistance, opportunity for personal growth for individuals that are self motivated.

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity unless you are willing to relocate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More mentoring for employees, more attention paid to the materials department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Benefits, Great OT opportunities, No career movement

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    Current Employee - Test Technician II in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Test Technician II in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Hamilton Sundstrand

    Pros

    401k and pension
    Extremely flexible time off options
    Unlimited OT opportunities
    No micromanagement
    Great education benefits

    Cons

    Absolutely no development of hourly employees. Where you come in is where you will stay unless you are EXTREMELY talented or are able to befriend your supervisor in and out of work. You are not given formal training on how very sophisticated electronic assemblies work. If you are lucky your trainer is good. But a strong Test Technician is usually an introvert and loathe to explain things. The average hourly worker who is interested in taking on more responsibility and willing to grow will not be happy at the Phoenix plant. The internal job website is not much more of an advantage over external applicants. The the education benefits are great. You can get a degree paid for, get several hours of work off every week, and get cash bonuses when you receive your diploma. But after getting a degree, don't expect any developmental support. You will be forced to find another job and resign. It seems like salaried workers have more programs and opportunities to grow.

    Open manufacturing floor means you will be alongside assemblers who are jealous that technicians get payed more. The assemblers love to watch everyone and tattle on each other. They will get Test Technicians into trouble too. Nobody has personal space except for their lockers so turf wars are not uncommon.

    The entire factory is black, white, and blue. Humidifiers throughout the whole building hiss loudly all day long. You will be working LOTS of OT to make up for low starting salary so expect to get worn down by the constant exposure to a drab, proletarian environment. Government contract work means every minute of employee time is accounted for so taking a break that is 1 minute too long will get you fired.

    My supervisor avoided just about everyone except the 1 person he liked and wouldn't answer emails from people. Performance feedback was given once a year at review time when you were told that, despite not being given opportunities to prove yourself, you suck.

    I can't comment much on how the rest of the company operates as I was stuck in a backwater position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your employees, give semi annual performance reviews, allow interested employees to take on projects

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Autocratic, no communication from bottom-up, driven by old-boy network on local basis

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    Former Employee - Tech in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Tech in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Hamilton Sundstrand

    Pros

    Their educational assistance program is second to none!
    You can work a lot of overtime to boost pay (hourly people)
    In some cases there is a great deal of flexibility on what you work on.

    Cons

    Local facility is completely disorganized.
    Local management (Phoenix area) is completely out of touch.
    All communication flows from top to bottom; no one is listening to subordinates regarding problems. Negative repercussions have silenced anyone from saying anything not in complete agreement with supervisors or managers. Upper level management members can be arrogant. This is a manufacturing facility, not the Army. Just because you graduated from West Point doesn't mean it's a good thing to inspect a 6 acre factory with white gloves!
    The ACE program (agglomeration of various management theories) could be good, but is a joke in its current form. The only result is a bulletin board with useless charts to entertain visiting corporate types.
    There is far too much concentration on appearance and very little on making things work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How can you have layoffs and heavy overtime at the same time? You are losing people with knowledge that you won't be able to replace easily when things pick back up!
    Get some local managers who really listen to subordinates instead of being micro-managers.
    Get out of the office and listen to people one-on-one, not to criticize or rebut, but to learn.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Happy at Hamilton :)

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Electronic Test Technician in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Electronic Test Technician in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Hamilton Sundstrand

    Pros

    This company allows unlimited overtime for anyone interested. They also support flexible work hours for thos with special needs. Best of all they pay for full educational assistance and provide a bonus for completing a degree. They also have an on-site wellness center provided for the employees at no additional charge. This is great for those looking to slim up but that don't have the time or commitment to attend a local gym. Also don't forget the many corporate discounts provided by the company by partnering with other large corporations.

    Cons

    This is a manufacturing environment with the usual interpersonal conflicts associated with large groups of diverse peoples.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, and lets get our processes working the way they should.

    Recommends

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