Sikorsky Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Pros
  • Sikorsky (and UTC) creates a learning culture and puts their money behind it with a very generous Employee Scholar Program (in 20 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits, and a employee scholar program that anyone can take advantage of (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. Helpful (1)

    DO NOT WORK HERE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large backlog of work means that layoffs in the near future are nonexistent.

    Cons

    no cubicles, rude employees, similar to working at DMV. people do not share information readily; the older employees do not talk to the younger employees. I would highly recommend that one avoid Sikorsky Aircraft as a place to work. high turnover. rudest people I have ever worked with. definitely needs a management and close to retirement employee shakeup. do not work there. I can't wait to leave. the pay is terrible and the raises are insulting.

    Advice to Management

    clean the place up. treat engineers as intelligent people worthy of more respect. pay them commensurate with the cost of living in Connecticut.


  2. Helpful (1)

    This company doesn't foster an environment that is attractive to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Management in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Program Management in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky

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

    Pros

    They give nice benefits like paying off school loans and offering things like funding further education.

    Cons

    Management is top heavy and there is a lack of process and procedures. Managers don't receive proper training, therefore, employees don't get good guidance and can't improve. There's not much of a team atmosphere, management doesn't promote you having a life, they have complained that I have to leave for a prenatal doctor's appt, and there was nothing in particular that I missed. I was not given the job I was hired to do, and women are not treated as equals.

    Advice to Management

    Get training. Drop ACE and get AS9100 implemented. Stop missing delivery dates and treat employees with dignity rather than putting them under management that isn't trained and brow beats for no reason.


  3. Helpful (1)

    GO FOR THE SCHOOL - LEAVE FOR MONEY

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

    I have been working at Sikorsky

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

    Pros

    Employee scholar program............its the only reason to work at SIK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The school program is great at sik, i will give them credit for that (its a UTC policy) you get tim eoff from school, they pay for your school and books up front, and they give you stock when you graduate. top notch program!!!

    Cons

    pay is bad, raises bad, you'll go nowhere fast

    Advice to Management

    keep up with the times and realize your employees need money to live


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Get In, Get Experience, Get Education, then Get Out

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Technical in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Educational benefits are top notch - Opportunity to post to new positions & experience different depts.

    Cons

    - Mentorship is rare - Managers consider job post as career advancement - Saturdays & Sundays are considered working days - Highly cynical, condescending & disrepectful work environment - Command & control culture - Attitude that only managers should be respected & co-workers are irrelevant - Highly unprofessional workforce in all levels due to undeserved promotions b/w friends & family - Politics are so prevalent that employees are discouraged to try to advance & better themselves - Shuffles executive level mgrs around like cards which hurts morale - Employees are simply treated as numbers & not human beings Bottom line - Only come to Sikorsky Aircraft if you're aces with a bigwig, a size 2 - 4 white female, or a military man, have a Ph.D and can get in a department that you love, or just want to continue your education. Do not come if you're at all creative or motivated to move up or individualistic...else you will be purely miserable and compelled to hurl yourself out of the nearest window.

    Advice to Management

    - All management should focus on employee relations in addition to technical savvy - Encouraging, structured & accountable organizations promote innovation, loyalty, and bottom line results; Command-n-control beats people into submission and suppresses them - Take a look at Human Res. metrics such as turnover and be truthful in why people don't want to work in your department


  6. Helpful (1)

    STAY AWAY...unless you need a free degree, then use it elsewhere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Technical in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employee Scholar Program for employees

    Cons

    the place is a dump executives are the only employees treated fairly keep laying off salary so remaining employees are overworked time studies are needed on most positions deplorable level mindedness - you're not management? oh, sorry you can sit in a row with a bunch of other people with lesser than chairs/phones/parking spaces too many chiefs and none with any brains poor project management great pay but if you divide by your hours lucky if you're making minimum

    Advice to Management

    Hide the perks you give to your executives more carefully. Pay attention to the amount of stress placed on those who are keeping your company going. Hire some management who know how to MANAGE.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Inability to move forward with new technology.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to be apathetic, or lack the skills to compete in computers, it is a good place to work and do nothing but agree with management. Listen to what they say and repeat it back to them and one can do well, but think critically and technically, and your ideas are not wanted. Many of the benefits come under the umbrella of the parent company United Technologies which owns OTIS, CARRIER, Pratt and Whitney and Sikorsky among others. Therefore the benefits follow that of the corporation, and are very reasonable, but are not representative of what Sikorsky management would want to provide.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to move forward with new technology. For example, systems designed around data base technology are promoted instead of newer concepts using web technology. It becomes difficult to integrate information. It is a place where cliques can form, to maintain and protect older systems, and they can use workplace mobbing to destroy new ideas and the people who propose them.. See the definition of workplace mobbing on the web. Most of the management lack the skills to technically evaluate any ideas, and listen to exaggerations of what systems using older technology will do. Since the government and other political considerations pay for most of Sikorsky products, there is no accountability for poor systems, and instead if a system fails to work as promised, there is always more money to pay for more promises. People whose systems could never work, get the most money. Note: this is the company that spent 3 billion dollars on a Comanche Helicopter program before the government finally pulled the funding. (Only two Helicopters were built.) One could say that many of the management obtained their current positions at that time, because they could spend a lot of government money without accomplishing anything.

    Advice to Management

    HR should realize that there are other types of harassment besides sexual or ethnic harassment recognized by law. This include an harassing environment for those who want to pursue new ideas. The management should require a technical review of projects. They should compare what was promised against what was produced. Even a system which is considered successful may be too inflexible for future requirements. The continued use of the same consultants should be stopped, to prevent kickbacks and the type of familiarity that allows the consultants to become political. Sikorsky should not allow the consultants to suggest paths that only make the consultants more money. This management is not capable of coming up with a path for systems which will be required for the future.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Old Boys Network

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky

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

    Pros

    Good education plan, direct bill no reimbursement and many colleges and universities participate. Flexibility in certain departments. Centrally located, commute is a breeze within New Haven & Fairfield Counties. Really cool to see and end product that can defy gravity and that you have had a hand in creating.

    Cons

    Not a great place for women. Very little growth from within, many of Senior Management are not what we would call "home grown" but from another Helicopter company. Promotion of work life balance, however, in practice it is very non existent and hard to balance once on the program. Salary employees have a very expensive medical plan that requires a large amount of Cost Sharing from the employee which we do not understand as the company is self insured and has the ability to have much more control over the choice of plan. No vision coverage. Vacation time takes 7 years or more to earn an additional week.


  9. Good place to work..........If your a Yes Man

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ACE Coordinator/QA Manager in Horseheads, NY
    Former Employee - ACE Coordinator/QA Manager in Horseheads, NY

    I worked at Sikorsky

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

    Pros

    Good concepts and business structure.

    Cons

    Incompetant upper management. They are highly educated but lack in common sense both business wise as well as personally. Upper management hates to hear the truth. A person can go far in the company as long as they kiss butt and tell them what they want to hear. Any hint of the truth......your career there is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Use some comin sense, trust your workers. Utilize more communication, the workers do not trust you because you are not communicating to them. They are left in the dark and that is how rumors start and grow. Also, accept the truth, even if it hurts! In the end it will be the most beneficial. Also, dont ask for an opinion if your are not ready or can not handle what you are about to get.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Sikorsky Huntsville - A Crazy Manager and Turnover rate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Engineering in Huntsville, AL

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

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

    Pros

    They have software integration lab to build and nobody knows how.

    Cons

    It's a dead-end job and that's the the atmosphere management wants it, Management does not encourage us to our skills and responsibility and not once has anyone encourageed earning a Masters degree. I've seen it; they will harass and isolate you for hard work, and punish overachievers. There was a mass exodus in December and January, then in April, by their staff level engineers and all that's left are inexperience associate engineers. In my years I have to say this is the worst manged operation company I've ever seen, People do not get along, the teams so dysfuntional and its the managers. No leadership skills right up to the top, This site manager has her PhD in Psychology and she lacks any technical skills, I wish she would go. I am here because I am terrified of her as are many employees

    Advice to Management

    You need step down immediately. Your actions are unethical, immoral and wrong; just wrong You inviting engineers who work for you over to your house on the weekends should be disqualification for you to continue with your position You are incompetant and voluntarily step down immediately Each day you are there is a liability to Sikorsky.


  11. 6 years of ERP and WAN support for MRO subsidiary of Sikorsky

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Shelton, CT

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

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

    Pros

    Sikorsky Support Services Inc (SSSI) morphed into SAM (Sikorsky Aircraft Maintenance) and was a fairly independent, quick moving smaller company, adroit at getting and running small and large govt contracts. It had an entrepreneurial attitude at first, but seemed to lose that in 2009 with a management change.

    Cons

    Became almost absurdedly bureaucratic after change in management in 2009. More emphasis on "criossing t's and dotting i's: than doing business. Move to SAP over internal ERP, Deltek did not go well.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture good workers, reward them, don't burden them with onerous rules



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