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Sikorsky Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
235 Reviews
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235 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sikorsky (and UTC) creates a learning culture and puts their money behind it with a very generous Employee Scholar Program (in 20 reviews)

  • I have been told that the Employee Scholar Program and stock award program has been limited lately (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance: is always on the horizon; there seems an innate inability to eliminate bureaucracy (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay raises are very poor and no adjustment for cost of living (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Invaluable internship for college freshmen and sophomores

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You will not be fetching coffee. This is a directed program with competitive pay. End of internship presentations to upper management

    Cons

    At such a big organization, it's tough to get a grasp on the company as a whole

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great people, stifling workplace

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    Former Employee - IT Intern in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    There was a lot of opportunity for personal and career growth for interns. The people there are warm and friendly, and I felt like a part of the team.

    Cons

    The intern project was out of scope and I had little to no management. I was divided from my intern peers and I had limited access to resources that could help me. I felt as though while the experience I gained in overseeing my project was valuable, it wasn't the kind of technical growth I was looking for. The limited exposure I had to other departments felt stifling. I also am not a fan of the traditional cubicle setting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Final Assembly Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Final Assembly Supervisor in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Final Assembly Supervisor in Stratford, CT

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

    Pros

    Great Benfits, Great pay, Good people.

    Cons

    Goverment Controlled, union sucks. Hr does not support Supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take back the floor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Let your career hover at Sikorsky!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great place to start as Sikorsky looks good on any resume.

    Their Employee Scholar Program is a great way to get your masters degree and they will pay for it!

    Week 52 is closed for factory shut down, so essentially another week of vacation.

    Can move around departments and UTC to advanced your career and get a change of pace. You'll need to do this if you ever want to earn more $.

    Decent medical benefits, dental was just OK.

    Some really cool products and undoubtedly make the best helicopter available.

    Cons

    When you take a job here, make sure to negotiate your salary really high as UTC rarely gives out raises. Expect a raise and review every 18 months and the pay bump to be about 0 - 2 % increase. Most people will end up leaving as their pay is no longer in the competitive market.

    Union runs the company and there is a great "us vs them" mentality. If you do anything with the union, expect a few "tunbacks" or grievances issued against you. UTC as a whole needs to review this toxic relationship.

    Layoffs a plenty - estimate one per year. HR and the company never seem to have a correct amount of workers but it seems overtime is always given out.

    Advancement is not realistic here. Expect to work in your role for 7 - 10 years before being considered for a promotion.

    Nepotism is common. Expect to see departments where 5 people all have the same surname and treat their department like some secret society. Thus, like the other reviews, and "old boys" club is clear and present here. That being said, Sikorsky seemed to be hyper focused on hiring minorities for all managerial jobs without looking at qualifications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working in Engineering department is fulfilling.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time

    Pros

    Enjoy the challenges of my technician job, especially working on many new projects. It is still satisfying to see a part we fabricate in the lab get tested on a flight aircraft. Decent medical benefits. Flexible work hours are a plus. General good will among workforce. The lunch-and-learns can be really interesting.

    Cons

    Raises are so small these days, compared with the eighties.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Stratford, CT

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

    Pros

    Good salary if you work hard. Very good education program. Can move to many different positions based on performance.

    Cons

    No one is willing to admit they own a process. A lot of finger pointing and rear covering going on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My employment at Sikorsky was a joke. When I brought to the attention that a much inexperienced employee was changing my

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    Former Employee - Liaison Engineer
    Former Employee - Liaison Engineer

    I worked at Sikorsky full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the employees are good people and want to put out a good product.

    Cons

    Family being in position that they have no clue about or experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up before your L:iaison Dept gets you in trouble with the FAA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to create foundation in Industry

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    Current Employee - Design Intern in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Design Intern in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    excellent graduate education program
    great starting salary (average)
    all engineers willing to provide assistance in time of need

    Cons

    long process to increase salary
    long process to "move up" in organizational chart

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value the work of your worker(s) much more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Learned quickly why Sikorsky is known as the " Bully Company. "

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst in Stratford, CT

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

    Pros

    Sikorsky pays very well. As a buyer in procurement I found the work to be very challenging and never ending "plate was always full." Benefits are very good but like everything else changing with the times, cost continues to go up.

    Cons

    Very disappointed in Sikorsky's ethics, it's only talk. Example, in their buyers training classes the Supplier Quality Assurance Department sends in a person who tells the class "if your boss tells you to do something illegal, don't do it."
    If you go ahead and do it you can get in trouble with the government, if you don't you get terminated by your boss when SAC has their next massive layoff. All you need is to bump heads with one manager and your out the door plus "black listed within United Technology."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should take a good look at their mid level managers, a good percentage of them should not be in a managerial position. Their actions will some day get SAC in major troubles with the government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company if you are working directly on a helicopter program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pretty stable company with OK benefits such as defined contribution and 401k matching as well.

    Cons

    If you are not working in one of the helicopter program, then you are consider non-essential staff and consider overhead.

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