Textron Systems

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Textron Systems Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
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Textron Systems President & CEO Ellen Lord
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great and extremely knowledgeable due to many years experience (in 4 reviews)

  • Opportunities to grow and move around the organization and their many operating units (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Defense Industry as a whole is facing issues but the company has weathered them just as well as any competitor has (in 2 reviews)

  • Textron Systems is a large company with many product lines (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting and the people are really smart. Leadership is engaged and committed to winning new business and mobilizing talent.

    Cons

    Extremely challenging evironment for a defense contractor due to DOD budget constraints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue employee engagement at all levels...may want to lean out some management positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for as the overall corporation is concerned.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outfitter in Slidell, LA
    Former Employee - Outfitter in Slidell, LA

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

    Pros

    Good job with good pay & benefits with ample family time.

    Cons

    1) To be as large as Textron is this was the worst run facility I have ever seen or worked at in my entire life.
    2) To many managers for the amount of workers.
    3) Managers (fall guys) were afraid to make a decision because higher managers would not let them.
    4) People not held responsible for doing their job and doing it right from the main office to the bathroom cleaners.
    5) Lead persons put into positions for jobs they couldn't do themselves.
    6) H.R. at the facility I worked at could not answer the simplest questions in a timely manner.
    7) The hourly workers that took pride in their jobs lost them due to the fact that the engineers and main office personnel were incompetent to due theirs or just did not care.
    8) Could not believe 99% of what you were told from upper management.

    **** The only time I was ever laid off with work left to be done but the so called educated staff could not make their product fit the false promises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management please don't fool yourself by thinking you did a good job. YOU DID NOT !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Behind the times

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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 Textron Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Money is good; people want to succeed; work hard at customer satisfaction (mainly because they have to); hire good technical talent

    Cons

    Behind the times; Management talent poor; process of the month club mentality; huge technical debt; poor process improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some progressive thinking managers and give them freedom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Overall rewarding and challenging- Wilmington W&SS

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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 Textron Systems

    Pros

    Small employee count lends to pleasant, less corporate, atmosphere while operating at large company level in terms of sales and professional / technical challenge, and resources. New facilitites, robust talent acquisition initiatives @ TXT level, and diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Older company, entrenched thinking, resistance to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance compensation on the curve, across business units does not incentivize individual contribution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent place to start a career... and to stay

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

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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work on exciting cutting edge products that are best in class and delivery superior value to our customers. A very supportive environment that will help you succeed. There is a great diversity of products that offer a wide range of work experiences. This is a wonderful place for any new graduate to begin their career, to develop their capabilites at their pace, and to stay or move to over business units that span a wide breadth of products. Employee contributions and input is valued.

    Cons

    This place is a best fit for someone who is self motivated, likes to work hard, and loves a high energy environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper level managers need to get out into the work space more. They need to get to know their employees on a first name basis. Some upper management do, many do not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    To be or not to be

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

    I have been working at Textron Systems

    Pros

    Very competitive pay scales for Engineers.

    Cons

    Medical insurance could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more senior level engineers in order to improve internal processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Textron, formally known as AAI Corporation gave me a fabulous career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    During my time AAI Corporation was a great place to do research and development for new products that were always cutting edge for hardware products. The office culture was casual professional, but the tasks were seriously attended. An individual could work as much as desired to complete the assigned tasks. The professional compensation was on target with industry.

    Cons

    The technology curve is the largest obstacle to program schedules. The biggest issue has been the demand of upper management to perform to unrealistic profit percentages. Management also places unnecessary pressure on staff to pull schedules in to a quarter or year end to make profit where other programs have slid. This places undue pressure on full teams during test and integration procedures. Management appears not to have a good understanding of the full engineering and test requirements of a system prior to customer acceptance. This is a current cultural issue which can have adverse affects on the core business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better understanding of the product development process. Work closer with engineering and ISC to understand the real effort to perform the development, manufacturing/purchasing and support processes such as QA, ILS and CM. Build and earn trust with full staff. Then they will trust management and work together successfully.

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

    Intelligent People Under a Harsh Deadline

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

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

    Pros

    The contract with the customer laid out an aggressive schedule with a limited, fixed-price budget that put a strain on negotiations with both the customer and subcontractors. The people staffing the project were highly experienced in developing the technology needed and brought a tremendous insight into how to execute the project. I learned a great deal about this aspect of customer operations and technology.

    Cons

    The limited budget and schedule imposed harsh restrictions on how to communicate with subcontractors and with the customer to the point of withholding useful (but not critical or illegal) information about tasks and resources. There was no career advancement path at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realign the project management approach to the current expectations of the customer and step away from the restrictions imposed in the proposal that are not truly required.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Big push to revitalize an admittedly old company

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    LDP Program puts you ahead of other "entry-level" jobs
    The company is very adamant about building its next generation of leaders, so it's pouring money into the LDP program, and other programs as well.

    Cons

    Locations aren't the best. The company basically has to be in the middle of nowhere in order to house its warehouses, engineering buildings, etc...so all locations regardless of what your position is--end up being there as well. However, headquarters are in Providence, RI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep showing new employees that you care about their development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Extremely focused and well communicated goals which are achieved by a strong sense of Teamwork from the top down.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Specialist in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Specialist in Wilmington, MA

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

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to learn both in order to achieve company goals by employing strong Teamwork amongst employees in all Departments. Management and subordinates are encouraged to speak openly and freely within their Department and point out possible methods of improving the Department's work in a timely and efficient manner. All questions pertaining to the individuals tasks are welcomed and treated seriously and with respect. This has created a Bond and Level of Trust within the company amongst the Employees and Senior Management that in my experience is rarely seen at most Companies. Hard work is rewarded not only with Salary increases but Growth opportunities that every Employee is encouraged to strive for.

    Cons

    Untimely Changes/Addendums to existing contracts that negatively effect the previously established End Date of particular projects and Work Packages with sometimes costly penalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign/Create Company Liasons to work and monitor closely specific parts of existing Contracts with both the In-House Federal Group and specific Departments assigned to complete their portion of existing Contracts in a timely and efficient manner thus ensuring zero Cost Overruns and meeting Due Dates for completion of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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