ITT Corp
3.2 of 5 87 reviews
www.itt.com White Plains, NY 5000+ Employees

ITT Corp Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
ITT Corp – US – “Cubicle”

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3.2 87 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

ITT Corp President & CEO Denise L. Ramos

Denise L. Ramos

(18 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Flexible in most situations regarding families and work life balance"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Great benefits, exceptional colleagues, collaborative workplace"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management completely out of touch with the customer base and the "business" they are in"
    in 3 reviews
  • "At times the work was a little dry but it was for the most part always fun to be a part of something new"
    in 3 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Whitesboro, NY

I worked at ITT Corp

Prosclean environment to work in

Consbusy place to work year round

Advice to Senior Managementhire more people

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Good place to work for knowledge

Internship (Former Employee)
Morton Grove, IL

I worked at ITT Corp

ProsI had best knowledge transfer possible from industry

ConsNo extra cirucular other than onlyyy work

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove working environment

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Don't work at ITT.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I have been working at ITT Corp

ProsWork is challenging, and very interesting. The potential growth is very huge with a possible market of 500,000 GPS Receivers.

ConsThe pay is too low and most employees are incompetent in GPS design. The senior management is not technically competent and ignore suggestions for improvement.

  The best advice is don't work there.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe senior management must listen to the employees and take action.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
White Plains, NY

I have been working at ITT Corp

ProsNice, smart people who want to help other each succeed
Commitment to communicating, even if messages are overly "sanitized"
Welcoming corporate culture
Free breakfast and snacks throughout the day

ConsVery hierarchical
Like stepping back in time...you are your job level, and since it's hard to move up at HQ, you get pigeonholed...if you aren't over a certain level, you are treated as insignificant by some of the corporate leaders

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company is full of smart, dedicated people who want to do great things. Unfortunately you have too many senior leaders who are very old school and afraid of change. To grow, you need to unleash the energy and creativity of your staff but getting all that hierarchy out of the way. If HQ isn't helping the businesses grow, then they should get out of the way

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Great coworkers, low pay, interesting work

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Clifton, NJ

I worked at ITT Corp

ProsHands down, best place to work when it comes to coworkers. Other members of my team were all about making the best product instead of being about who is going to one-up everyone else for the boss. Low level management (my supervisor in particular): best supervisor/boss I've had the pleasure to work for. He was a manager that came across as more of a peer in every good sense of the word. While you knew he was your boss, you also knew that technically, he was very sharp. He knew the design/engineering aspect very well and was just getting his feet wet with the management side.

They allow for flex-time to some extent (not a set-in-stone time schedule). They also have a 9/80 summer schedule (80 hours over 9 days, every other Friday off). As of 2009, they still offered either a traditional pension or a lump sum pension as well as 401k matching. My premiums for medical/dental seemed low compared to other places I've worked, but I also paid a lot more out of pocket in coinsurance.

ConsPayscale is far lower than other companies in the same field. After 7 years with the company and an applicable Master's degree, I only saw a pay raise of $12000. A promotion was a raise of 4000 and most other years, raises were 3%.

If you were not working overtime, you were not doing your job. Company policy was that you did not receive any overtime pay unless you worked 8+ hours of OT in a week and you could only record OT on your timesheet if you worked 2+ hours OT per day. This policy was strict. Most supervisors held their employees to this rule. There were many weeks in which I had to work OT (less than 8 hours) and saw no compensation, not even comp time.

While the 9/80 work schedule was good, it used to be for 6 months out of the year. A few years back, it was cut back to only 4 months and there was never a long stretch where you would be on this schedule. It was suspended the weeks around Memorial, Independence and Labor Day. I never felt like I could get into the groove of the 9/80 schedule since every few weeks, it would revert back to the regular 5/40 schedule. Take note: this 9/80 schedule is merely a perk, it is not required of employees to follow it.

Advice to Senior ManagementFirst-level managers (the ones that work with the employees that produce products) were great. They are down at a level where they know what is necessary to get the job done and do their best to remove all higher-level management imposed obstacles for their team.

Higher-level managers need to loosen up the purse strings just a little bit. 3% raises with the rare 1% for merit is very low. Starting pay was also very low and they know it. My opinion is that they look to hire people at the lower end of the payscale. When employees accept this low pay to start, managers look to keep these employees and pay them the absolute minimum until the employee realizes that their pay will grow very slowly and look to leave the company.

The company's performance evaluation has very weak linkage between performance and pay. There used to be a scoring system in place to rate workers. It was crude, but seemed to work. Their newer system is far more subjective and the employee has no real way of knowing if they are considered "outstanding" or "inadequate."

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ITT is great for new hires, but comes with strings attached.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

I have been working at ITT Corp

ProsCompetitive salary and benefits, especially for new hires moving in from other geographical regions. The cost of living in Rochester is very low, and the housing market is steady. As an engineer in this geographical region, ITT is one of few stable job opportunities that still affords a comfortable lifestyle. Taking paid time off is easy with very little hassle. ITT consistently makes money even in this harsh economy. New hires can expect a great way to learn how the industry works and build valuable experience before moving on.

ConsManagement offers few opportunities for professional growth (travel, conferences, etc). The relatively high average age means lots of middle managers. The culture of jaded ex-Kodak workers can be depressing. Management is not interested in employee wellness, as evidenced by the health plan and lack of wellness-based incentives. The Hawkeye plant downtown is in a downright dangerous neighborhood. Violence outside the office and vandalism to employee property is a not so rare occurrence. The way management tries to downplay it is insulting.

Advice to Senior ManagementMove the heck out of Hawkeye and foster a culture of professional and personal growth if you want to attract and retain top talent.

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Good benefits, management could use improvement.

Systems Engineer I (Current Employee)
Clifton, NJ

I have been working at ITT Corp

ProsITT is a family oriented company. They provide great benefits and flexible hours. The atmosphere in the workplace is, for the most part, a friendly one. All employees interact with each other and when seeking guidance on any specific topic, most of them would be glad to enlighten you on any questions you have.

ConsWhen attempting to find some information or track a specific person down to speak to, it can be extremely difficult. Many of the employees higher up that know the systems well are far and few, and when a question arises that maybe only they would be able to answer, you will find that they are extremely busy with meetings and other projects.

Advice to Senior ManagementAttempt to take a larger role in projects with all employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Importance of an Educated Workforce.

Hardware Designer (Former Employee)
Fort Wayne, IN

I worked at ITT Corp

ProsIn Fort Wayne at ITT CS, the people are friendly and easy to get along with. There hours are very flexible with no or little supervision. The work is rewarding because the engineer will have to work with every department to handle any problems. They are increasing research & development spending with lost of all JTRS contracts. The CS division has bought multiple defense companies to broaden their product base since the SINCGARS radios are now obsolete. People work at ITT CS for most of their careers since it is one of three defense companies within Fort Wayne. A person needs to be very self-motivated. A promotion is pretty much guaranteed after two years for engineers.

ConsThey do not recognize the difference in pay between engineering degree and technology degree. A person with technology degree will get paid the same amount as an engineer. In fact, their duties will be the same. Because of this, their pay rate is compared to technology degrees. Work load is usually +40 hours. Since they only assign one engineer to each circuit board, then this person has to handle all the problems with project engineers non-existant.
They don't educate their workforce. They will pay for formal classes at a univeristy, but the small town can not support higher level of classes needed. The senior engineers still use slide-rules and don't know what Matlab is.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe willing to educate your work force. New engineers need a mentor.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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ITT is a great company to work for, provided you're hard working.

Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
Clifton, NJ

I have been working at ITT Corp

ProsThe work environment is generally fair and friendly. Employees are treated humanely and are given the benifit of the doubt. There are plenty of opportunities for growth, however, you must ask for it and show your enthusiasm for it.

ConsParking has become a real problem. If you go out for lunch, don't expect to find a parking at ITT.

Advice to Senior ManagementSome Senior Managers tend to not care about how they talk to employees. They just want things done, without too much regard to issues arising. Sending other employees to boss a hard working employee around is the worst possible way to lose the one good employee...even in a tough economy.

So be respectful.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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ITT is a good place to work if you like low pay.

Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
Huntsville, AL

I have been working at ITT Corp

ProsGreat work environment and they also will find another position within the company if the current contract runs out.

ConsThe pay at ITT is very low compared to other companies in the area.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with employees.

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