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Honeywell Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
1,678 Reviews

3.2
1,678 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 125 reviews)

  • Work environment is not very stressful and mostly you can choose your own projects (in 73 reviews)


Cons
  • Benefits, perks and work life balance have been slipping last few years (in 44 reviews)

  • upper management doesn't involve itself in employee betterment (in 40 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Honeywell TSI OK, but a little sad

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Greenbelt, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Greenbelt, MD

    Pros

    HTSI is a small part of the huge Honeywell International company. Honeywell International is a well-run company with good stock and good benefits and all the bells and whistles. HTSI used to be called Bendix Field Engineering which was absorbed by Allied-Signal who later bought Honeywell (and took the Honeywell name for themselves). Really good people and relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    HTSI seems to have lost a lot of its spirit as the distance from Bendix days has widened. It used to be a company that had a purpose -- supporting NASA ground tracking stations, but that business mostly died and HTSI didn't seem to have the talent to move from engineering services into real engineering; the place was full of managers and "procedure experts". Then another company won/stole the NASA ground station contract and knocked the wind out. I don't think of it as an engineering (software or hardware) firm; it is just very good at technology management -- at least the part of HTSI that I knew. They have government top secret work and, God knows, maybe the engineering is good there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Times have changed and ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Purge the company of the old and if you have to succeed by moving away from engineering and into management, then do it! I think you will do very well because Honeywell International has great business practices to base everything on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good but little security in HVAC world.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company car, tools, pc and phone are company issued. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Customers can be difficult especially when the business is open.

  3.  

    Great overall experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As an intern, I was greatly involved in several different projects and was given actual responsibilities instead of just fetching coffee.

    Cons

    I worked in a foreign country where I did not speak the local language. My coworkers mostly spoke english, however not speaking the language made some meetings difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regardless of the con, keep hiring foreign interns. This was an incredible experience.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Honeywell Analytics, Lincolnshire IL ....Ethically Challenged

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Lincolnshire, IL

    Pros

    Strong technical talent but way under utilized. Too many dinosaurs with outdated ideas that impede growth and creative thinking.
    Very few people up to Sr Levels work more than 40 hours-a big plus for work life balance

    Cons

    The president of Analytics runs this unit like its his own private company and club-membership is very difficult to get into, but once you get a glimpse, you want run when you see the nonsense that goes on between HR/Finance/Marketing. Group prayers (this is a public company) is a very common practice and inappropriate. If you aren't an "FOC", you will never go anywhere. Bad behavior on behalf of middle management is ignored and tolerated. The weirdest, most ethically challenged and most stressful company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dinosaurs and open your eyes to what is going on. Many people have a lot to contribute, but those ideas are pushed away or completely ignored

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    They don't care about their employees at all.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is a nice gym on-site.

    Cons

    They don't give raises or promotions.
    They keep taking away benefits.
    They make people work hard with no reward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional workers, but non-professional managers

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    Pros

    I found the work in Albuquerque NM interesting and challenging. Developing Embedded applications for avionics.

    Cons

    The managers, in the team I was in, did not seem to want to manage people. They would avoid any chance to work directly with people. Of the 3 managers I had contact with only one truly wanted to manager people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Select managers based on their desire to manage people. Skilled workers who only want to manager jobs should not be assigned to manage people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Where old engineers go to die

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Some projects were interesting.
    Some managers were good.

    Cons

    From a Software Engineering perspective, it was ANCIENT.
    Too much standardization between groups that had different functions (made it inefficient).
    Too much focus on process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Process is a good thing, but there is a fine line between enough and too much. When I was at Honeywell, it was definitely TOO MUCH. As engineers we spent more time adhering to process than getting actual work done.

    Too much standardization of tools was killing our efficiency as well. Just because a tool works well for one group, doesn't mean it's the best tool for every group throughout a 100,000+ employee company. There should be a bit more control to use what works at the group level.

    To managers: Understand what your employees do. If you don't really know/understand, listen to them. I had a manager who didn't know much about software development (he admitted as much). He then enforced ridiculous non-sensical goals on me for my annual goals and objectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good Until Bought by Allied Signal

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    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer  in  Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Glendale, AZ

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating work. Leading-edge technology in the Aerospace field. Dynamic environment, especially in the government and defense sector. Diverse and very talented engineering workforce.

    Cons

    Very much "old boy" network as far as advancement and promotions. Horrible management style of "rank and yank" inherited from CEO Dave Cote, a devotee and apprentice of GE's Jack Welch. Employees are ranked together with peers once a year during review cycle. Bottom 10% are marked for elimination - no exceptions. Stupid and incredibly moral destroying management style. Employees are forced to compete against each other just to keep their jobs, instead of focusing on innovation and new technology.

    Every year, benefits are cut down from the previous year. Management Incentive Plan sounds good on paper, but in practice management finds ways to restrict the payouts by tying to unreachable goals the average employee has no control over.

    Company seems to be more interested in moving jobs to cheaper off-shore locations rather than investing in their mainland U.S. employees. Stock price seems to be the focus of the company - period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the Jack Welch-style "rank and yank". You are losing good employees. Upper management says employees are Honeywell's best asset - just lip service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Typical large Corporation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South Bend, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Bend, IN

    Pros

    Stable company. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Frustrating, non-value added work. Honeywell seems to create its own problems. Communications are not very good. Vendors do not seem to be very developed or supportive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from "check the box" management style to actually trying to define problems and fix them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Only certain types of people will get promoted

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Coon Rapids, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Coon Rapids, MN

    Pros

    People are friendly.
    The work is fun.

    Cons

    There are better salaries elsewhere, and promotions only come if you brown nose your bosses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on quality of work, not who goes golfing with the boss.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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