Textron Systems Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Excellent place to start a career... and to stay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Intelligent People Under a Harsh Deadline

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Analyst
    Former Employee - Program Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Specialist in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Specialist in Wilmington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Company has been struggling since 2010

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Above average benefit, flexible working hours and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Heavy top, no communication between top management and foot soldiers. Overall morale dropped fast.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond 5 yrs from now.


  6. Great place to work, endless growth opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Textron Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly values promoting from within and giving stretch opportunities to current employees. Once you get in the door you never want to leave

    Cons

    Very large company and somewhat of a learning curve learning about all the different businesses

    Advice to Management

    Streamline communication and have more company wide events to meet people from other business units


  7. Great people; OK management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow and move around the organization and their many operating units. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic management that allows little feedback from the bottom. Culture is untrusting and toxic.


  8. Out the door

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was with this company for 5+ years and found it to be a good working environment. At the time of my employment there were a bunch of PMs that were due to retire in the next 3 years and I had an eye on advancing my career in that area. Perk and time-off policies were industry standard for that time.

    Cons

    No mentorship. No forward vision and 500 of us got laid off on a Thursday. For three years we asked what the strategic vision was, why weren't writing proposals for new work as the major programs were winding down. Then we lost two programs in a month and most of the experience was shown the door.

    Advice to Management

    The old management is gone, as they deserved to be, and the company re tooled and revectored. I hope they all spent a long time going over lessons learned.


  9. Impressed with the work ethic displayed from all employees -- operations, engineers and functional staff!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Textron Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overwatch is a relatively small operating unit within Textron Systems. You will have the opportunity to make a difference immediately.

    Cons

    Only “one deep” is several roles due to size. Several roles perform multiple functions or rely on support from other Textron Systems operating units.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace an open door policy. Solicit employee feedback in multiple methods (one-on-one discussions, skip-level lunches, etc.). Address actions promptly.


  10. Decent empoloyment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers, decent salary, nice facilities

    Cons

    Challenged by current sequestration climate


  11. War Profiteers of open source code and software

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The corporate headquarters in Austin, TX is a great location and the facility itself is very nice and conducive to collaboration and developers working long hours.

    Cons

    The company suffers from bloated middle management and lack of business ethic. Employees supporting federal contracts must maintain a foot out the door and prepare for inevitable layoff.



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