Hexcel Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good people and regular hours

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Dublin, CA

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable work schedule and working with people that want to do a good job. If you are an engineer, they have excellent resources in the lab and have opportunities for further education.

    Cons

    Progress on engineering research can be slow and it takes a lot of effort to push through new concepts or ideas from proof of concept, unless you are on the front end of priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't limit your vision to the core business of prepreg.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    So-so

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Operations in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work hours were steady. Easy access to customers. Work on many different projects.

    Cons

    The organization structure was unclear and lacking direction. Benefits and compensation was less than competitive. Overall, a lack of synergy between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication. Reinforce collaborative working. Understand that some groups work in opposition to each other because of performance measures. Increase flexibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Glad to be here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, all the basics seem very competitive. What I feel makes Hexcel, Kent an especially fulfilling employer is the atmosphere - sense of camaraderie among peers, open door policies, and strong, effective teamwork. Beyond just the Kent location, you know you are part of a successful, global company in a growing industry.

    Cons

    Training can be a bit lacking to start. More learning and figuring out as you go. Staffing is a bit on the lean side, as well. Never lacking slightly more than you have time for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to employees' needs at all levels and try not to overburden.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great team, challenging projects, great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I really like the team atmosphere promoted at Hexcel. I work at the Kent facility, and not only is this atmosphere present within this facility but between the plants as well. I feel that Hexcel gives me the opportunity to succeed at the highest level possible. One of my favorite parts about Hexcel is it's size. It's large enough to be a well know Aerospace corporation, but small enough where I have a great interaction with my co-workers and upper management.

    Cons

    At times there can be a lot of pressure to finish items "yesterday." Sometimes there is a sense from operations that shipping on time is more important than shipping something that is well built.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Plant Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Pottsville, PA
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Pottsville, PA

    I worked at Hexcel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cool Aerospace industry and customers are very professional. Lot's of travel to get you out of the plant.

    Cons

    Stay away. Pottsville plant is in disarray. Manager's stay too long, leave or get fired because upper management can't run the facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the mirror and ask yourself what you are doing wrong in Pottsville.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Feeble minds and spines united

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Kent, WA

    I have been working at Hexcel as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is rapidly growing. Plenty of work to do to keep busy. The benefits seem to be ok. Like coworkers. One or two managers are sharp and open to new ideas.

    Cons

    I see a lot of finger-pointing and blame with the managers. With all the finger pointing, there is little innovation. This is a soulless lot, full of pretention, and little spines. . value are scapegoating, deflection, and cronyism. A group think culture among managers. Anyone who challenges the status quo is met with open hostility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity and inclusion are too far beyond Hexcel. Take some classes so you may, one day, begin treating people like people. Embrace challenges. Respect differences.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Nightmare culture with no strategic vision

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Hexcel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The Salt Lake area is beautiful.

    Cons

    The working environment was oppressive and backward. Placing blame was the overriding goal for root cause investigation and the person to be blamed was usually decided before the investigation began. The bonus was a joke and the salary was never enough to cover the abuse, calls at all hours of the night and unpaid overtime (50 - 60 hours per week). The plant was routinely so filthy that the equipment was damaged due to the conductive nature of the product. The safety record for the plant was very poor and many of the safety initiatives failed to achieve their goal of reducing injuries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the talented people that you hire before you cause them to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Happy to work here

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

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is expanding and there are great growth opportunities for employees. I cannot speak for all departments, but I work on a very cohesive team that works together to achieve success. What I especially love is that we are encouraged to grow professionally by obtaining certifications, pursuing higher education, and taking time for job enrichment.

    Cons

    I do not have any arguments or complaints at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great potential held back by an archaic culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in West Valley City, UT
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in West Valley City, UT

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hexcel is a company with great growth prospects, reasonable compensation and excellent people at the non management level. Work life balance is second to none.

    Cons

    The pervasive culture is one of CYA and a dismissal of new ideas and continuous improvement. There is a definite "ol boys" network that can make day to day life miserable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hexcel is the worse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Kent, WA

    I worked at Hexcel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers can be nice ... when you see them outside of Hexcel.

    Cons

    High turn over rate of engineers and hourly workers. Highly stressed environment and you end up having to work with rude co-workers. Union environment clearly defines a "you vs them" division and makes collaboration nearly impossible. Management does not listen to anyone unless you are talking money. I held a technical position, so management was never interested in what I had to state. The culture promotes pencil whipping, pointing fingers and passing the buck. I'm not sure why/how they are still in business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No use. See comments on management above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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