Textron Systems Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Textron Systems President & CEO Ellen Lord
Ellen Lord
30 Ratings

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)

  • Very large company and somewhat of a learning curve learning about all the different businesses (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great Internship

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

    I have been working at Textron Systems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Chance to meet great people and learn about the business

    Cons

    Can get slow at times


  2. The Ship has Sunk

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Textron Systems (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    * The work can be fulfilling when there is work * The flexibility is one of the few things keeping people around

    Cons

    * Very few people left that are worth their weight and incompetent people were and are kept around for years * No vision for growth and a lot of senior management that hasn't produced almost anything in years * A horrible rating system that prevents the vast majority of employees from getting anything but an average rating which kills morale and productivity

    Advice to Management

    Instead of getting rid of engineers, get rid of people who have failed to develop business. If an engineer failed to produce a product, they would be let go, why isn't BD held to the same accountability? There is too much overhead due to all the upper management, which drives rates up too high. Revise the rating system so that it contains decimals and raises are affected down to the fractions. Why would anyone try for a 4 when they could score what could effectively be a 3.8 yet be rounded down to a 3 due to the system? Very few people want to put in the extra effort as a result. Get away from the DCGS-A SIL and find good opportunities in other areas and branches of the military


  3. Challenging Defense industry changes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Wilmington, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Easy work although repetitive at times. Very little pressure and good work/life balance. Peers are friendly.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement. Perhaps driven by lack of future contracts. Responded too late to the market and was punished for it. Went through the motions for change instead of establishing true programs that will add value for the future of the company and employees. Culture was antiquated but made attempts to modernize.

    Advice to Management

    Provide career advancement road maps, less favoritism to existing incumbents who are not qualified for positions. New Management restructuring and


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  5. Came back for a second time

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

    I have been working at Textron Systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interning with Textron Systems for my second summer in a row. Good company, definitely room for developing skills in different areas of a business. The work experience is quite beneficial and it can be fun when you realize the bigger projects in which you are working towards.

    Cons

    Some of the work can be pretty slow paced. The workload can fluctuate and may not remain consistent, which can be a good or bad thing depending on the person.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep expanding and growing!


  6. Textron Systems

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Textron Systems full-time

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

    Pros

    Career is fulfilling based on the work and support it provides to our nation and the warfighters that protect it.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is lacking. Current administration running Austin office only knows how to cut costs to keep up with falling revenue. There is no vision and there hasn't been any growth strategy in the last 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Cutting costs to break even is not growing. Eventually you will be left with nothing left to cut. Get a real vision and market strategy.


  7. A company in transition

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA

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

    Pros

    The company, a division headquarters, was very well run and had a lot of experienced employees when it had a lot of government contracts, from about 2003-2011. It had about 1400 employees on site at its peak.

    Cons

    When the company lost most of its government contracts, it had sequential layoffs in a short period of time, and now only has a little over 300 employees on site. It is no longer the division headquarters and is a minor operation of the larger Textron enterprise..

    Advice to Management

    All government contractors have had a difficult time in the last few years - the business is cyclical and the company needs to have experienced employees on hand to take advantage of the next up-cycle.


  8. Shiny for a bit, then you notice the rust

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Hunt Valley, MD

    I worked at Textron Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Insurance and investment options are on par or above many in the defense industry. Good first-line managers. Not a bad company for young professionals.

    Cons

    Management is disconnected. Don't expect to move up if you aren't part of the "boys club."

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management? You need new management.


  9. Great place to work for new college graduates

    Former Employee - Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD

    I worked at Textron Systems

    Pros

    Friendly and supportive co-workers, lots to learn for new graduates

    Cons

    Difficult to climb/advance the career ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Employee engagement needs improvement


  10. Functional Mechanical Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD

    I worked at Textron Systems

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

    Pros

    Diverse and innovative work within the engineering dicipline. Excellent and knowledgable staff.

    Cons

    Management style is profit centric, not as much customer centric. Some management is ignorant of the product and needs to get on board with how and what they produce.

    Advice to Management

    Keep running in the direction you are taking and failure awaits you at the end. Look to innovate and become true leaders.


  11. really bad - biased management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Slidell, LA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Slidell, LA

    I have been working at Textron Systems (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    not that I know off

    Cons

    hostile work environment not conducive to creative engineering

    Advice to Management

    promote people with technical and managerial competence



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