Honeywell Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
1,785 Reviews
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Honeywell Chairman and CEO David M. Cote
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Work-Life Balance most of the time (sometimes it can get extremely hectic though) (in 149 reviews)

  • Great opportunity to learn new technologies if you are in the right project (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is tough in HR - many roles require hours well beyond a 40 hour work week (in 53 reviews)

  • Upper management has self interests which over ride over all consideration for company (in 46 reviews)

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  1.  

    Team Lead

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Best place for beautiful girls, stay open with Manager, no need to work and get good Hike and Designation

    Cons

    Senior level is not effective at all. HR works to keep senior level happy. Employee satisfaction is zero. Pathetic transport policies. No learning and growth. If you know how to do buttering of your seniors then only you can think of it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Except one or two people, all needs to be changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Chaos in motion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Director in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    The company is changing so much you can literally take a new job every 18 months and thus in your career have about 10 different jobs and never really be accountable to any of them. The company has so many irons in the fire, you will never be bored. With all the plates it has in the air, it will keep you hoping more than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. You only have to look out for the next 3-5y years, no one will hold you accountable for anything that may fall apart 15-20 years out like most companies.

    Cons

    The fact that they have so much going on they can’t focus on anything in particular. They have lost their focus on core competency, they claim core in areas they want to be in, not what they are any good at. Software is a mess. No real experts, and their Software platforms are made of spaghetti code. Held together with linguini tape. If one piece unravels, you never know what else might fail. There is no continuity at any level, even engineering managers move around into areas that are not in their core competency. Everyone moves jobs so often that in some cases the person with the most seniority on any given project might be 18 months. One way to keep the pressure on is by use of a thing called Honeywell Performance Development (HPD), and it is so subjective to the point that if you try to point out problems or issues, it will be negatively reflected in your yearly HPD. This is a Japanese concept that goes against the very nature of American freedoms. If you are on a bonus plan, goals are set so aggressively that rarely does anyone make they true bonus potential, because if you meet all your goals for the year, you may get 50% of your bonus. The bonus plan is set so that the only way to get 100% of your yearly bonus, you have to achieve 150-200% or your goals and other groups need to hit their goals too, so even if you exceed your goals, you may get docked because the rest of the groups did not hit theirs. Also, you are not allowed to carry any vacation over to the next year. So if you work hard all year to meet your goals, you may lose some if not all your vacation. But, if you take your vacation, and are in a critical role such as a program manager, you may get it negatively reflected in your HPD that you were not dedicated and thus did not meet your program goals, all for something that happened because you were on vacation and did not want the to lose a benefit you earned. You have not resources so many critical programs are not staffed effectively because Honeywell has an artificial census freeze. So even if a customer pays for a full time body, it is bot necessarily going to be on the program. Engineering is the worst. They will not hire and try to make engineers work 150% so they can avoid hiring more heads in the USA, and the program suffers, but because of all the chaos there are literally hundreds of people hired from outside the USA to mange programs, processes, product and inventory but because of the lack of experience and turnover rates, it is literal chaos. The recent Infosys transition is the perfect example. It will take Honeywell years to get back the service level they had before the transition (which was terrible hence the constant increase in bodies to try to fix it and thus someones reason for trying to outsource). It is a use it or lose it policy each year. Not disclosed when you hire on. They are not concerned about being viable 10-20 years from now, just near term and that looses sight of where the customers visions are taking them. They make predictions based on schemes and customer wins vs. real tangible opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees like people, like they matter and know what they are talking about. Be honest, hire the resources the people say they need and build the business by building viable teams that can execute. Promote people that have proven success in their fields, not ones that are politically motivated and have learned to schmooze away results of RED programs. Promote people who can actually inspire and make a difference. Give bonuses for achieving documented goals, and if the goal to get 100% of your bonus is achieving 150% of your goals and also dependent on other businesses to achieve their goals, then don't make it part of a persons personal goals and make that clear and put it in writing. Change the bonus program to clearly say you get a 5% bonus every year for hitting your documented goals and can earn an additional 5-10% if you exceed your goals and everyone else hits theirs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible Place to Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Honeywell

    Pros

    Brand Name, some good people, good salary

    Cons

    No work and managers are bossy.. Horrible work culture and people policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management and bring some good managers who care abut employees

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  5.  

    Wolf in sheep's clothing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Upper management positions are very lucrative. Acquisitions keep the company growing. Shareholders have seen good returns. Not much else matters.

    Cons

    Honeywell was acquired by Allied Signal in 1999, mostly for the avionics business. The Honeywell name was taken because Allied Signal's wasn't as good. Yet the corporate philosophy remains the same. Cronyism is rampant. Putting corporate micro-managing in control, the HOS (Honeywell Operating System) only serves to reward management. The lowest tiers of workers are paying for the companies acquisitions through lower wages with less, or more costly benefits. Management is very anti-union. The unions leaders are useless, self-serving puppets. Most workers are rewarded by making others look bad. Fear is used instead of reward to get the work done. Quality is down. Rework and scrap have increased exponentially. The engineers are incompetent. The numbers are either distorted or ignored to make the HOS management system look good. Nothing but management matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the Honeywell name. You wish you were as good as that. Reward your lower tier workers with opportunities to better themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Transition

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

    I have been working at Honeywell

    Pros

    Quiet, Remodeled, great Office manager
    Coworkers seem nice

    Cons

    Zero communication, poor moral, no direct answers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start managing

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't expect raises when you work for Honeywell because it will be used to pay for your health care premiums.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician II in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician II in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Safe place to work but is has nothing to do with the welfare of the employee and everything with saving money.
    Co-workers make it a great place to work.

    Cons

    We technically have not had a raise in several years because when we do get a raise it is a mere 1-2.5% which sounds okay until you take into the fact Honeywell charges that much and more when it increases our premiums for our health care, Honeywell claims it is self-insured but yet is one of the worst for benefits. Local call center have better. We had a co-worker pass way recently because he was tired of giving up his pay-check to pay for his prescriptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your cheapness in healthcare is a liability for your employees along with your disdain for experienced employees and their accrued vacation makes you an embarrassment to the rest of the fortune 500 companies. Ditch cote. If GE tries a hostile take over again we will agree to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Chaotic, unstructured and poorly managed. Never sure where you stand as an individual.

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

    I worked at Honeywell

    Pros

    Large company with a wide variety of products. Employees on the shop floor are very kind and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Office culture is petty and unprofessional. As with many large industries, egos are big and regardless of superior performance it is difficult to gain traction and determine where you stand. The company hires contractors, trains them, uses them and then dismisses them without cause or reason and without warning, regardless if they are still under contract. Overall, it is not the best company to get involved with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst place I have ever worked.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Honeywell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company. There is good diversity in the products that Honeywell provides. Honeywell has the potential to be a great company.

    Cons

    It is a very toxic environment. People curse each other out. There are no opportunities for advancement. No standard process in place. Very frustrating work environment. The company doesn't take care of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop watering down the healthcare coverage when you're making over $40B/year! Work of improving the culture of the company. Work on creating standard processes and clear roles and responsibilities. Take care of your employees and they will take care of you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Former Employee

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    Pros for working in this company are depleting every year. Sad to say that this is not the Honeywell I used to love to work for.

    Cons

    Systematically takes benefits away from employees in an effort to improve profit margins. This is especially true when organic sale prognosis is flat. Took 401K 100% away and refuses to bring it back stating terrible market conditions. Honeywell is self-insured and as such hides from State Laws. One example of this is refusal to help children of employees that have been diagnosed for Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are many other examples. Honeywell is quick to promote their volunteering efforts, for children affected by Autism, but it fails to mention that it will not help employees who have children diagnosed with this disorder.

    CEO is basically a clown recognized by Wall Street for cutting cost on employees backs so that his Wall Street buddies are happy. This guy is so out of date that he is still using 9 box model, for employee evaluation, which was invented by his mentor Jack Walsh (another proven clown). There is much more, I could write a book about ridiculous bureaucracy present in this company. Take my advice and look for somebody else to work for, after all your job will soon be exported to India, China and other emerging markets because that’s where Honeywell customers are, Yeah right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, you have no control over concerns I have expressed. CEO and Corporate Leadership is a lost cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Terrible benefits and compensation. Poor management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shop Worker in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Shop Worker in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Do not care about their employees. They will spend millions of dollars on random equiptment that doesn't work but they don't have enough money to get the average employee a raise. Very shady people in the shop who you have to look out for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of the people who make all of your money for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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