Recaro Aircraft Seating Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Technical Publications & FAA Submittals Management

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

    I have been working at Recaro Aircraft Seating full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent PTO, Pay Insurance and people

    Cons

    Pay grades are not really competitive


  2. Good and secure place to work with excellent benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Recaro Aircraft Seating full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company pays for the medical insurance and PTO plus holidays is somewhere around 5-6 weeks a year

    Cons

    The company depends a lot of the feedback from headquarters in Germany and the department budgets are very very small.


  3. A good company with great potential in the industry but management has no back bone.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certification Engineer II in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Certification Engineer II in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Recaro Aircraft Seating full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This company offers great benefits with excellent paid time off. Great company for family oriented professionals. Very clean work environment since all manufacturing/fabrication are outsourced. Fully climate controlled work environment. Paid holidays are abundant and 401K match is fair. Beneficial company to start your career with but after a year or two, you need to move on to ensure continued career growth, competitive pay, etc.

    Cons

    A growing company with many personnel changes at the middle to top level management in the last 10 years creating an unstable environment for the rest of the company. Company has many goals and targets but all are challenging to achieve continuously due to inability to retain experienced and reliable employees for the long term. Employees come and go at all levels and all departments. Guesstimate average length of service of all supervisors and to top management is less than 3 years at their current role. RECARO USA is established as a separate entity from its German counterpart but be aware that management personnel, career paths, and procedures/processes are decided by Germany where the "Functional Leadership" remains. A strong desire to mirror all operations, processes and procedures to be like that of the German facility, however management positions, number of staff members, financial support and employee compensation are at least a level or two below Germany in comparison in all areas. Management positions and other attractive positions are often filled by promoting and transferring in German counterparts. US Management team does not strive for individuality, too compliant in many areas where it does not make sense. Very weak career development, HR is more about hiring and firing employees rather than creating development programs for existing employees.

    Advice to Management

    If you are to succeed and excel in this competitive market, you must become more visionary and take charge of your own operations. What works well for Germany may not work well for you since you do not have the same infrastructure, personnel base, and financial support that they have. Why follow when you can lead? Break yourselves free of the "absentee" micro-management because when things go wrong, its still your fault; not theirs. Employee retention is key to any growing organization. Stop losing employees with experience and think you can just backfill with another one. Most professional positions here are high-skilled positions that require decisive actions. Seriously analyze this concern and put some well deserved thoughts and efforts into addressing this issue or you will always struggle to support your growth with new and inexperienced staff members while backfilling vacated positions simultaneously. Your current struggle is not only that you do not have defined processes and procedures in place, it is because everyone is so new (due to the constant turn-overs, changes of roles and responsibilities, understaffed departments, etc.) that no one knows what the heck is going on including management. Encourage teamwork and professionalism within your management team and this will trickle on down to everyone else eliminating a dog eat dog, finger-pointing work environment. Problems and inadequacies may come to surface easier and sooner when everyone has an opportunity to speak and share their ideas.


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  5. No transparency, no communication

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Recaro Aircraft Seating

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working on really exiting products for many different international customers. Every project is different from the other ones. Work never get's boring but can be quite stressful at times.

    Cons

    Management decision unclear and not well communication and not aligned between different managers and management levels. Criticism not really accepted.

    Advice to Management

    Explain decisions


  6. Work For Recaro Expect No Training

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

    I worked at Recaro Aircraft Seating full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Recaro pays for all medical insurance.

    Cons

    No training, which means you will be confused longer than neccesary.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, they don't even listen to the employees they have.


  7. Production Associate

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

    I have been working at Recaro Aircraft Seating full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package is above average, probably due to being a European (Germany) based company.

    Cons

    The base pay, for all areas, is below average, which is the major cause of an exceptionally high turnover rate of employees. The company's response to the frequent low pay criticisms is to claim that Recaro's pay "is competitive for our industry". The turnover rate also causes frequent shortages of workers for critical skills stations, resulting in the unpopular remedy of temporarily moving assembly line workers to other, more unfamiliar assembly lines to cover these shortages. Additionally, many of the workers hired aren't competent enough, or motivated enough to be trained (or trusted) for many of the critical skills positions.

    Advice to Management

    1. Increase your base pay! By doing so you'll attract a higher class of worker that can be trained for some of the critical positions and won't "call in sick" twice a week. Your "employee retention" plan that relies on things like company picnic's and Christmas Party's that employees don't value is ineffective at best.
    2. Alter your pay structure to offer bonuses to those employees that can function in those critical skills positions.
    3. Reduce the amount of "line shifting" to work other production lines (often building a totally unfamiliar class of seat.


  8. "Good Company but need to work more on employee motivation"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certification Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Certification Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Recaro Aircraft Seating full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have good values, work culture, respect for the employee

    Cons

    Uneven distribution of work to employees, lack of motivation, relatively low salary, lack of professional growth, work overload

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work more on motivating the employees, managing the work flow (distribution of work), estimating the resources need.


  9. Not too many things to learn here.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certification Engineer II in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Certification Engineer II in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Recaro Aircraft Seating full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good medical benefits. Company is located in nice area.

    Cons

    Low salary pay grade compared to industry. Not a very good place to rise up in career. Your knowledge will be negligible. Company has no interest providing employee additional work related training. Friendship with higher management is more important than your work performance. They have no set Criteria for their posts.

    Advice to Management

    Company has lit of people to whom company pays for no productivity. Too cheap for providing employees facilities for work. Poor work process system. Lack of communication.


  10. An exiting growing company with a lot of opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Recaro Aircraft Seating full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice environment, exciting product and a lot of opportunities to grow. Great people as well and some excellent benefits.

    Cons

    This is a fairly young company which has been growing fast. A lot of the processes have not kept up which can make the day to day work a challenge and sometimes frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Continue developing the processes, while intensifying employee training.


  11. Mid level aircraft seating company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Recaro Aircraft Seating full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly and good work culture. Opportunity to learn a lot at this place.

    Cons

    Research and development not present at fort worth.



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