Textron
3.0 of 5 81 reviews
www.textron.com Providence, RI 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 27, 2014

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Textron Chairman, President and CEO Scott C. Donnelly

Scott C. Donnelly

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49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The pay is decent, and the work-life balance is very good"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Good career growth if willing to move between companies, which could require relocation"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "The business units seem preoccupied with narrow markets"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Textron is a very process oriented and slow moving company"
    in 3 reviews
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    Marketing (Former Employee)
    Providence, RI

    ProsLarge company with a lot of strong brands that are fun and challenging to work for. They will move you and give you the opportunity to grow.

    ConsIt is very corporate and so there are senior officials that will step all over people to make their next step. Very little care given to people being misstreated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a closer look at the executives. You are losing top talent becuase they are blinded by their own aspirations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    opportunities for growth

    Contracts (Former Employee)
    Wilmington, MA

    Prosplenty of room for younger professionals since most employees have been working there for over 20-30 years

    Consthe building and office space could be renovated. looks a tad old

    Advice to Senior Managementadvertise your internship positions more so that students can know what you do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Fort Worth, TX

    ProsClose to my home, no long drive fighting traffic and no long hours. This is a very quiet place to work.

    ConsYou never know were you stand with your direct supervisor, as management does not allow for open door policy. Now I know why everyone is so quiet, if you ask a question you may or may not get an answer,

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo Not Assume

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience seeing different business units through the rotations

    Leadership Development Program - Finance (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsLots of movement going on and they promote young people

    ConsThey require you to move many times to further your career

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good multi-industry experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood exposure to a diverse set of businesses - automotive, aviation, defense, commercial. Career growth potential better if able to move, since businesses are headquartered across the country and in Europe.

    ConsMost businesses are still operating at a minimum staffing level after the recession, meaning more work for the same pay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned much while receiving hazardous duty pay.

    Corporate Leadership Role (Former Employee)
    Providence, RI

    ProsDiverse business portfolio and compensation levels

    ConsCaustic culture, over reliance on Six Sigma dogma, and internal versus external orientation

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeware of your individual and collective blind sides

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive internship experience

    LDP Intern - Finance (Former Employee)

    Pros- Textron has placed a clear focus on acquiring and developing talent through internships and the LDP
    - Good exposure and (mostly) meaningful assignments
    - The intern event in Providence was a great chance to network with other interns, LDPs, and directors at the corporate level

    Cons- Company is kind of a dinosaur without much ambition or entrepreneurial spirit

    Advice to Senior ManagementRekindle the fire, get employees excited to work for Textron again, and better align employee incentives with the company's overall objectives and strategy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Spinning Out of Control, Going Down

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsGood benefits, leave, liberal travel policies, good employee discount programs.

    ConsEndless, disruptive layoffs and job redirections without time for healing; corporate restructuring at least every 3-6 months; management rules 100% by emotion and feeling and 0% by business cases and logic; pay has been slashed and benefits have been reduced; bonuses have been eliminated; no business discipline - shiny object and panic rule the method of business; investments are often eliminated in mid-progress due to changing priorities causing chaos, RIFS, and uncertainty. Vice Presidents and Directors get blamed and fired for failing to turn the tide, but crippling decision making comes from on high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpdate your resumes, because the cycle over the last five years says your days are limited here. Someone new will be brought in with a new vision (which will be the same vision with a new coat of paint) in about six months. Meanwhile, top talent will be lost to better opportunities and RIFS, your budget will be slashed, and you'll be called to the CEO's office to get yelled at so often that you will never accomplish your bold, identical to the old, goals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great internship experience with high levels of exposure.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat managers, easy going culture and a great talent mobility

    ConsNone that I can think of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up! Ride out the sequester and we'll have this.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Old School, Dated and Boring Company - Potential is there!

    Leadership Development Program - Finance (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting product line: Helicopters, Armored Vehicles, Smart Bombs, Private Jets
    Diversified Conglomerate
    Global Business Units locations
    History of business (proven)

    ConsOld workforce
    Workplace feels like an old high school at times
    Lack of Textron brand recognition
    Bleak business outlook

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to retain top tier talent
    Increase awareness of the parent company & subsidiaries
    Change attitude from "Oh well, that's Textron for ya!" to "Let's improve / change XYZ..."
    Challenge employees in a more aggressive manner

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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