United Technologies

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United Technologies Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
188 Reviews
3.0
188 Reviews
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United Technologies Chairman & CEO Louis R. Chênevert
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good and great benefits also they have employee scholar program (in 15 reviews)

  • Employee scholar program is great (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • All business units operate autonomously so no chance to collaborate with others (in 9 reviews)

  • Communication with upper management wasn't always clear (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Moved yo Mexico

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Technologies

    Pros

    Closed doors. No longer in Tyler

    Cons

    Moved to Mexico no option to transfer

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Depressing place to work.

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain/Manufacturing  in  Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Supply Chain/Manufacturing in Hartford, CT

    I worked at United Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pros - Good compensation. Easy to not work hard and simply show up and get paid. Large company so there is ability to jump around and try out various roles if desired, although after working for 3 branches of UTC - they all have the same feel... sad.

    Cons

    Cons - Company is too big for its own good. Series of reductions and layoffs have deflated morale. Company takes ' this is how we've always done it' approach. Mandated boring corporate initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to foster a sense of culture and commitment from employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Top down hierachy, approval and controls makes execution too slow to implement great ideas!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Technologies

    Pros

    Great ability to define strategy and use of ACE. Communication from the top via meetings and webinars are good. Visual Controls guide the business units/departments.

    Cons

    Lack ability to execute to the plan due to high employee turnover. Leadership style is too political, disregards experienced advice, which threatens ability to work as a team. Leadership culture does not foster respect for legacy employees (Goodrich) and is not a united front of effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to build and trust your teams. Have respect for all persons and they will accomplish amazing work. Flatten organization, less centeralize management. Top down control is too slow for a global economy and ability to respond to customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great people, large bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at United Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a (very) large company so there's a lot of opportunity to move around.
    The people I worked with were technically outstanding.
    You get to work with some pretty amazing technology.
    You can work hard and advance your career or lay low. Your choice.

    Cons

    Research and development moves very slowly (not surprising, considering the size of the organization, the product lifecycle and type of products.)
    A lot of decision-making is based on internal politics.
    You can spend lots of time and resources on bad ideas, especially if you are far from the front lines (aka the ultimate customers)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research Center: pick a few areas and commit resources--if your level of commitment is the occasional minor project, then just don't hire in that area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    OK place to work

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at United Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have been working in the research center for 5 years. It is fairly flexible, knowledgeable colleagues to work with and OK compensation. Different things to work on.

    Cons

    Too much of a show place, tour comes everyday and disrupt working. People skill is much more important than technical skill to be successful. Many time people get lots of money doing things really doesn't make sense, only because this guy has good exposure and can get money from upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was cool

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    Former Employee - EBusiness Quality Tester  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - EBusiness Quality Tester in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at United Technologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Always the building. Could go down the hall and get some windows looking outside.
    Having a manufacturing plant connected where if we had eye and ear protection we could walk around and see .
    Bryant sponsoring Tony Kanaan in the Indy 500. Sweets in the Suites and red Converse shoes for everybody

    Cons

    2 floor system, I prefer 1 floor.
    Very few men active in the inside events, too many women.
    If you were "In" then you could stay In.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could use a diagram of who is the boss of who.
    Move quality test out from marketing and make it an independant partner with IT, Could never tell what IT was spozed to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    10 years and a layoff

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Middletown, CT

    I worked at United Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    safe working environment and good caferteria

    Cons

    they are definitely looking for younger people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop age discrimination

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Average conglomerate

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Westford, MA

    I have been working at United Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    UTC is a strong company with a well managed portfolio. They have one of the best educational reimbursement programs in the world, which can be a big draw for someone looking to enhance skills. They have reasonably comprehensive benefits. UTC's ACE is a good, middle of the road continuous improvement system that keeps technical performance solid. The company has a pretty good balance in integrating new acquisitions, imposing a few "best practices" like ACE, but letting the companies run themselves for the most part. UTC has a very strong corporate ethics program.

    Cons

    As a publicly traded company, the emphasis is relentlessly on shareholder return. That means strategy and innovation always takes a back seat to quarterly earnings. Long cycle time business opportunities are all but lost. This can be a major shock to acquired companies which have aggressively invested and taken some risks to create a business, only to discover that their days of expanding their business through investment and flexibility are essentially over. Risk averse is an understatement.
    Compensation is middle of the road. We don't "hire the best because we want to be the best". We hire the average, and hope our best practices level the playing field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push back on Wall Street and the corporate office a little more. Don't let UTC's corporate culture invade your successful company. Find a way to take the good best practices without becoming a clone. Fight to keep your truly exceptional innovators and behave like a startup. Use your discretion, and ask forgiveness later rather than falling into the "mother may I?" gravity well of corporate life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Learning experience

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    Former Employee - Chemical Operator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Houston, TX

    I worked at United Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great environment to learn gas turbine repair and chemical stripping.

    Cons

    Pay is not comparable to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better. Especially if employees are hardworking. And constantly learning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    What's the secret to being successful?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Variety of divisions and opportunities--ability to move around

    Cons

    Very male-dominated, hierarchical, rigid, non-innovative, does not reward risk-taking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become human

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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