Kearfott Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Company Turning Around

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

    I have been working at Kearfott

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    New direction with all new management working to change the company. Delivery and quality performance has been a real turnaround. Customers like us too now, a welcome change.

    Cons

    Culture still not turned around. People and management need to take accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, the company will improve because customers are seeing a big difference.


  2. Needs better leaders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Assembly in Asheville, NC

    I have been working at Kearfott full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good honest people work there. Could be a good company again if the right person was in charge and the family would spend a little money.

    Cons

    "A bad manager (in this case, president) can take a great staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation". That's what's happening to us now. Good people getting hired that seem to know a lot about business and they leave because the president and owners don't trust them to do the job. President does not have business background and does not know how to motivate people. He knows so little about individual jobs and what it takes to do them that he lays off people that are needed to run the company. Then he wonders why we can't get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Find somebody that has run a business and made it work. Spend some money to give us good equipment and motivate us to do a good job for you. Criticizing us and taking more and more away doesn't make us want to do better. Keep the good people here that wanted to do a good job for you but you wouldn't let them.


  3. Company with Great Potential but let the owners get in the way

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Asheville, NC

    I have been working at Kearfott (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Aerospace parts, single source items, and potential to develop new and better navigation parts and instruments. Great people work for the company, friendly atmosphere. Most employees are extremely dedicated. Highly talented people have been hired and are very capable of turning this into a class A company, but they aren't allowed to make needed and necessary changes to make the company grow. Therefore, they leave to work for other companies that WANT TO USE their knowledge and talent. Most of these people are very frustrated becasue they are hired to do a job and they are very qualified, but they aren't allowed to do it. When the owners finally realize they have to make changes and invest a little of their money, and TRUST the people they hire, the company will turn around.

    Cons

    Outdated, old school management style. Owners are cheap and do not see the value in investing money in key strategic areas in order to make money. Sales and engineering are not the only vital areas where they need to spend money. Old equipment, old technology, and a very inadequate ERP system that is working against and not for them because of the customization the company made to it instead of using it as intended. Key employees that are vital to the organization get laid off to make sure the business "makes money" every year when they should be willing to accept a down year in order to keep the knowledge that is lost forever.

    Advice to Management

    The owners need to visit other successful companies and learn their business strategies. Companies can not be run the way this one is. Learn that all of your departments work together. Every area is key to your business and you ignore everything but contracts, sales, and engineering.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    When employment drops by 95%, there is a reason why it happens

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Little Falls, NJ
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Little Falls, NJ

    I worked at Kearfott (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Even though they don't pay well, they do pay.

    Cons

    Low Salaries, lack of promotion/opportunity, Lack of continued R&D leads to stagnant products and customers replacing Kearfott whenever possible.

    Advice to Management

    Get good managers and LISTEN TO THEM. Family management is not cutting it. You owned some of your markets and now competitors have taken much of it from you. Investing in your products is a costly choice but necessary of you want to stay in the business.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Company and family that owns it live in the dark ages

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

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Most of the people there are nice. Once you get on, it's hard to get fired because they got you for a steal.

    Cons

    Family owned and that family has no idea how to run a business. They believe in squeezing the life out of people and technology. They do not reinvest in the company, new equipment or training. Their technology is dying and they show no signs of adding new. Company has gone from almost 3,000 employees when they bought the company in the 1980s down to less than 600 and shrinking. Family needs to visit other progressive companies to see what kinds of management styles work and proven techniques. They are so convinced that running a company the way they were ran in the 1960s that this "new" stuff can't possibly work. Obviously, their old style isn't. Low pay, and no incentive to stay there. They will hire less talented individuals to save a nickel, or just not replace key positions, or promote from within (someone that has no clue how to do the job their superior did)

    Advice to Management

    Spend the money to hire great talent, invest in new technology, and watch your money grow. Stay out of running the business.. You don't know how. (or at least take some management classes to see what you do wrong)


  7. Helpful (1)

    Completely out of touch management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Black Mountain, NC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Black Mountain, NC

    I worked at Kearfott full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very friendly coworkers. Great location.

    Cons

    Nepotism, favoritism, gender bias rampant. New Jersey management is clueless.

    Advice to Management

    Quit micromanaging.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Textbook example of hoiw bad management ruins a good company

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

    I have been working at Kearfott full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people. Dynamic market with opportunities for innovation and growth.

    Cons

    Family owned business dominated by insular thinking. Management idoes not care about their employees - attitude is "don't like it go someplace else". Petty squabbling and infighting amongst senior managers gets in the way of getting work done. Senior managers are slow to make decusions but quick to blame when trhings don't go right. No planning, no strategy - just make the numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Turn the management of the business over to individuals are who are actually interested in making the company run.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible

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

    I have been working at Kearfott full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great for those working with old technology..minimal advancement or promotion

    Cons

    Minimal skills utilized...laid back and political games

    Advice to Management

    Think long term.. spend some money to research and improve product design


  10. Helpful (1)

    Company having a hard time transitioning to the third generation of family ownership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Black Mountain, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Black Mountain, NC

    I worked at Kearfott full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful location near Asheville, NC.

    Cons

    Huge, constant turnover in professional ranks, recent 25% layoff skimmed all the senior contributors. Management direction changes quarterly. Low pay scale in Asheville, NC area.



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