Pacific Scientific Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work, but it's a very reactive environment.

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    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Scientific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, ability to work from home, good benefits, and close knit employees.

    Cons

    * Management is not at all proactive. Schedule drives everything and engineers are expected to rush and fall into holes to meet that schedule. In addition, they don't allocate adequate resources to problems, and lean very heavily on a select few experienced engineers to pull off the accelerated schedule. * Low pay for industry * Little time spent on development and future training. All effort is used to fix problems that occurred yesterday rather than training employees to fix problems before they happen.

    Advice to Management

    Rank programs and assign resources based on that ranking. That way employees don't have to keep multiple plates spinning, which causes mistakes. In addition, those resources should be allocated months in advance so that employees can be trained or employees could be hired to meet the demand that the schedule requires.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Crazy Senior Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Scientific full-time

    Pros

    In the Finance department the work was varied and interesting. All analysts were give a lot of autonomy. The Finance department felt more like team as well. Whenever big decisions were made the management would bring everyone together to discuss and would listen to everyone's opinions.

    Cons

    Several of the senior management had severe anger management issues and the HR people would not do anything. There was open seating with no cubicle walls and one Vice President would often call people to his desk and scream and call them four letter words in the ear shot of the rest of the building. It was really dreadful. In fact many of the managers were prone to using foul language a lot so if four letter words are offensive, this is not the place for you. Also we were required to work night and day. I was at the office until midnight and right back in by 7:30 the next morning. There is no work/life balance. They own you.


  3. Employee at Pacific Scientific

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Scientific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    fast pace environment and work is challenging and

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancement to senior management


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  5. It's fun to play with explosives

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Scientific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with energetic material and on mission critical items for national defense items. Four tens schedule means every Friday off.

    Cons

    Days are long, downside to 4/10s. Changes are not adequately explained to employees. Career advancement is limited and information about moving up is not given out.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Pool Leadership - Starting at EMC top level.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Scientific full-time

    Pros

    Good Hard Working People who want to make a difference.

    Cons

    Horrible Management Structure which creates a culture of depressed employees who struggle through the day. People feel trapped because they are in a small town and any other jobs are in the greater bay area which is a very significant commute. Employees openly discuss the "Daily Beatings" which focus only on driving today's output and is not conducive to building moral or planning for tomorrow. There are no strategic plans for long term Success of Plant.

    Advice to Management

    If Danaher is serious about building world class organizations, they should replace the EMC leadership with someone who has a focus on Employee Development and Team Building. The current practices only lead to destroying individual moral and reducing employee contributions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    The flaws are baffling sometimes, but overall a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Scientific full-time

    Pros

    With most managers (micro-managers aside, because there are a few), you're given a big leeway to take your tasks in any way you think is best. The technology and the industry is IMO one of the most interesting out there in the defense world and this company is working on the cutting edge. However, its cutting edge for this specific industry. The technology is definitely not complex.

    Cons

    As far as company practices go, this company has some growing and learning to do. Some of the leadership positions were filled with people who might have been better left as followers. Listening or taking advice from people who have experienced it isn't their forte. They eventually learn, but it takes a lot of stubbed toes to get there. If you're from a more mature company, it'll try your patience sometimes. You'll be working with a lot of people who are not willing to step up to the plate and who don't work well with ambiguity. Volleying tasks back seems to be the SOP rather than working with ambiguity. Working here is like playing tennis. It is a "no-blame" environment (I don't know exactly what that means, but that is what they say). However, people have been cultured to come up with every reason why they cannot push their tasks forward.

    Advice to Management

    Hold individuals responsible for succeeding, and accountable for not moving forward. Fear of moving forward should be frowned upon way more than moving in the wrong direction.


  8. Overall good

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Scientific full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits. people are nice and friendly.

    Cons

    Working conditions not the best but getting better. Management is not the best as well.


  9. It takes a certain kind

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Scientific full-time

    Pros

    Pacific Scientific EMC is a defense subcontractor specializing in a variety of energetically driven (i.e. explosive) hardware and is a leader in its field. One of the benefits to working for this company as an engineer is being able to work closely with experts in the field and being actively involved with different facets of engineering, anything from product development to any and all aspects involved with sustainment.

    Cons

    The company is experiencing growing pains and has yet achieved its homeostasis relative to task saturation; and while good, it's obvious that every member of the workforce is being stretched beyond their job description. Although it is a great place to learn, the high pressure and urgency involved with even mundane tasks can become overbearing and stressful. Again, as stated in previous reviews for this company, the high turnover is not surprising in the least.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to mandate, enforce, and provide sufficient resources for cross-training at all levels. Given the specificity and artisan nature of the work, it is easy to default to task-specific expertise in the interest of haste, but it results in glaring weaknesses in redundancy and inadequately developed skill sets within the workforce.


  10. Constantly learning to become a better employee.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Pacific Scientific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They always gave their employee's the chance to improve their work experience withing the company by applying for new positions within the company, so that you could grow with the company and become a valuable employee.

    Cons

    Without a high school diploma you will not get very far from the shop floor.


  11. Pacific Scientific is an awesome company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Tool Maker in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Tool Maker in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Scientific full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have top benifits like insurance, vacation, sick pay and 401k.

    Cons

    I worked for a manager who had no personal experience in my work field.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire someone give them a competency test.



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