Sikorsky Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
226 Reviews
3.0
226 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.  

    The most both challenging and rewarding company I ever worked for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sikorsky

    Pros

    I was given opportunity to showcase my technical skills and use
    my education.

    Cons

    avoiding being misunderstood as overly ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give new hires an audience when it comes to solutions.

  2.  

    Good place to work if you don't mind all the rules

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Obviously the best paid job l've ever had. The work isn'the difficult, but the inspectors are tough.

    Cons

    The constant rumors of lay offs, then they change their mind, then they DO lay people off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the time the workers know that you are lying. We have family and friends upstairs and we have already heard the truth. When you say you don't know, we were testing you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great projects, good experience, exceptional colleagues, big company feel.

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

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

    Pros

    I worked in the Engineering department for a smaller subsidiary and the greatest advantage was the amount of responsibility relative to my experience. It was a great opportunity to take on bigger projects earlier in my career.

    Cons

    Sikorsky is a huge company and carries with it some serious difficulties: bureaucracy, management hundreds of miles away making uninformed decisions, constant budgetary pressure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very challenging environment that changes with customer obligations.

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

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

    Pros

    Hard work and flexibility can pay off with a competitive and rewarding career.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth within the job fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more guidance and help with career growth while maintaining steady compensation increase year over year to avoid stagnation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    ACE is the place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Jupiter, FL
    Former Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Jupiter, FL

    I worked at Sikorsky as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay for contractors is great. For regular employees is average.
    Type of work is interesting, especially for someone interested in aviation

    Cons

    Management has the company so completely hacked up it is hard to understand what they will do next. During the last 4 years the company announced hiring freezes, massive layoffs, cancellation of overtime, redaction of raises for all employees, increased use of contractors, decreased use of contractors, etc. At the same time the company was hiring like mad, work was going gangbusters, and the earnings were through the roof. It created a lot of frustration for many employees. It made employees feel like they were not valuable. Also management implemented ACE, which is a six sigma type of program. All employees were required to learn and implement this program; although it did nothing effective nor did it really improve efficiency.

    Expect long hours and lots of overtime. Sadly most of your overtime will not be paid for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are looking for better efficiency and lower costs, consider improving employee conditions. Also retaining experienced employees is essential at a high tech firm. Take the resources and effort to make sure that people who have been with the company for a long time are valuable. Also, contracting out computer services to an outside vendor is a silly thing to do when dealing with a company made up of mostly engineers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    great company

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

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    professional workforce, excellent environment, you get sickleave and vacation

    Cons

    no longer offer retirement for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Manager in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Data Manager in Stratford, CT

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

    Pros

    looks good on paper when you're applying somewhere else...

    Cons

    everything! the culture, the declining benefits, the man's world attitude, hiring freezes, constant threat of lay-offs, furlough days every year, terribly low pay, and horrible office space... just to mention a few things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop caring so much about what the outside world thinks of your company or keeping up your "image" and start caring about the people who break their backs wo0rking for you just to have the carpet pulled out from under their feet in a layoff.... while you spend millions on landscaping, executive suite remodels, and outside helecopter sculptures..

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

    Large company - works for and against you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, salaries, chance to work on a product that you can actually see the result of your efforts.

    Cons

    Large company management structure - can get lost in the shuffle. Reorganizations are constantly taken place with little regard to employee input or satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company with some management issues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Stratford, CT

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

    Pros

    - Good working environment. Plenty of time for deadlines and within our own immediate department you can express yourself and engage in good work conversations.
    - Technology is somewhat up to date. Good computers and software is available for you.
    - Good benefits including healthcare and time off. Time off includes vacation, personal days, and sick days which you have plenty of.
    - HR is understanding of your personal situations and will work with you and your management.

    Cons

    - Salary is a bit under national average.
    - Career growth can be limiting. You may not be promoted for a long time. Sometimes requires you to move to under department.
    - IT support is very low. Technical issues may take months to fix.
    - Training is hard to come by. You learn from your coworkers but be expected to teach yourself.
    - Sometimes engineering is pressured by other groups (i.e. upper management, purchasing) to make decisions.
    - Be expected, as an engineer, to do a lot of management type work (i.e. paper work, releasing of documents, contract work).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Purchasing should not be allowed to influence engineering decisions. Purchasing should work with engineering more to help them complete their job. Sometimes engineers know more about purchasing contracts and deliveries than they do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place for an internship, very helpful engineers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Stratford, CT

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

    Pros

    They allow interns to really become involved in important programs/projects

    Cons

    Dealing with HR is a pain

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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