Kaman Aerospace

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Kaman Aerospace Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Sounds good when you say it fast.... but most of management is self-absorbed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaman Aerospace

    Pros

    Good people who would like to do a good job

    Cons

    Most of the aero Management is self-absorbed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Should have been out of business tears ago

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaman Aerospace full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Honestly, none. The legacy of the old days (1960's) are fun hear about.

    Cons

    This is a dying company. They will likely stop shipping product next year. The quality problems with their primary customer, the government, are too numerous to recount here - they've been sued for knowingly putting substandard parts in products, numerously failed acceptance testing and have no viable quality control. The management team is the third group in 5 years who have been ineffective cleaning this mess up. The government has lots of places to procure these parts from, Kaman never wins new business.

    In a good economy this place would have emptied out and closed by now. It's sad to see people trapped on this sinking ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm sure your hands are tied and you didn't know what you signed up for until it was too late. The companies reputation in the Fuzing market has been obliterated through fraud, quality and failure to deliver. Move on if you can, your days are numbered here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Bad company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaman Aerospace

    Pros

    Stay Away. Its a dangerous place to work

    Cons

    Management. work balance bad, compensation bad, office culture bad and dangerous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the current management. Management is two faced and dangerous

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    KPP needs to create some new products and not rely on legacy products, otherwise, they're finished.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT

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

    Pros

    One of the best things about KPP is that they pay well. Also, for salaried employees, they have a pretty good policy when it comes taking sick and personal days off. Vacation time is just like anywhere else. You get the standard two (2) weeks off duiring your first five years there.

    Cons

    From January 2013 to the present time, KPP has specialized in micromanaging people to a degree which has never been seen since the dawn of time. Also, the 2013 year end reviews for most people were very punitive in nature. The morale of this place is at an all-time low and the prospects of it getting any better are slim to none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management at KPP consists of a bunch of overrated and over paid fools. Sr. Management is going to run this place into the ground with the decisions they've been making over the past two years. Sr. Management, without a doubt in my mind, represent the worst type of management that I've ever seen in my entire working career. Enough said.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Solid company, great employees, harsh conditions

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Kaman Aerospace is constantly hiring, because they are constantly understaffed. Pay is about minimum they can get away with for the positions, but it is a job. There is always work to be done. Great for go-getter types or people who can't sit still behind a desk all day.

    Cons

    Pay is minimal for a direct hire position ($45k for a starting engineer), but Kaman will pay upwards of $60 an hour for a contractor who can walk away at any point in time. Raises are few and far between, often late, and I have heard at most 1.5%. Management can be very confusing; much time was spent going back and forth on petty issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees what they are worth, they will perform better and have a more positive outlook on coming to work every day.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Conservative, average, small aerospace company.

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    They have a couple high performing business units that keep the main part of the business (aerospace) afloat. Good job security. There are a lot of employees that have been here forever (35+ years).

    Cons

    Excessive management structure for the size of the company. Limited growth potential. If hiring on, get as much as you can up front because promotions and raises come very slowly if at all. A very stagnant organization. I expected more opportunities with the large number of older workers retiring, but when they replace someone they tend to go outside the organization. Even though they say otherwise,management has a hard time seeing you as anything other than your current position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to be big, get rid of the dead weight, and let the performers rise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company outlook is terrible...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, CT

    I worked at Kaman Aerospace full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there isn't much left that the company has going for it at the Bloomfield Headquarters.

    Cons

    Lack of sustainable work and inability to win new contracts because of an aging and very expensive workforce will eventually lead to the closing of the CT Composites and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) divisions at the Bloomfield Campus.

    The total disconnect between management and non-management has led to a void of meaningful communication and understanding between the two groups. This, in turn, has cultivated an atmosphere of discontent amongst non-management personnel and a feeling that management is dismissive of their needs and opinions or even that management simply doesn't care.

    Lastly, the two divisions are running on a skeleton workforce where the average employee's age is over 50 and most of those employees have been with the company for at least 10 years! While some people may find this a "pro", in the manufacturing industry - where contracts usually go to the lowest bidder - an old workforce is actually a hindrance to winning new long-term work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train newer and younger "white collar" workers to drive down costs and quit with the buddy/buddy hires and promotions. All it has done is serve to destroy the company.

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

    Great people who want to builda great company, but can't becaue the management sucks.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer - Mechanical in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer - Mechanical in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Ok pay for engineers if you ask for it when you are hired.

    Cons

    IT has too much power and can make it difficult to work, and hey do not understand the technology. HR is run by a micromanager. They are worry about the time clock and not progress. Christmas bonus is a 15.00 butterball coupon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get educated on the artof being a manager and not a bully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Washed up DoD procurement outfit

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    Current Employee - Salvage Crew in Middletown, CT
    Current Employee - Salvage Crew in Middletown, CT

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

    Pros

    They pay you on time.

    Cons

    Old, old technology. Capital equipment is out of date and unsupported. Ridiculous IT policies and antique computers. No cell phones allowed anywhere in the building. Much of the staff are old-timers running out the clock. Half the building is empty from it's heyday in the 60's, when it wasn't owned by Kaman.

    This company is keeping products alive for the government that were developed in the 80's and their reputation in the defense community is in tatters due to quality issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Management - Sorting mail or janitorial services might suit you better.
    To Job Seekers - don't waste your time, seriously..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    office equipment is not up to date

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get current

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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