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Williams International Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
13 Reviews
3.3
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent engineering culture, small enough to retain agility

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Walled Lake, MI
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Walled Lake, MI

    I worked at Williams International as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Relatively small by aero engine manufacturer standards, which makes each individual's effort have noticeable impact. This also means that each analyst is exposed to a number of different programs, so there's less risk of getting "pigeonholed" with one task.
    - Friendly, competent engineering staff.
    - Lunch-hour sports are supported. This is not only a great way of staying healthy, but also really makes the afternoons much less of a slog. It's fun to set sneaky b-ball picks on the VP's too. On-site showers are good for post-sports clean-up and cycling commuters alike.
    - Ability to work on cutting-edge defense research projects ups the cool factor.
    - Company is family-run, so decisions tend to be more focused on long-term factors than the industry norm. (I.e., there's no share price to worry about, so there's less emphasis on short-term thinking)
    - Interns and entry-level engineers are given real responsibility right from the start.

    Cons

    - Uncertain growth potential: The company went through a major growth phase with the introduction of their civil turbofans decades ago, but now the market isn't growing much, and new engines from the big boys (GE in particular) will put on the pressure even more.
    - SE Michigan location (where most engineering goes on) is good for families, but a bit dull for the young professional.
    - Resources are more limited compared to big companies, engineers often have to make due with outdated equipment, however this generally isn't a critical problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take on additional technical risk. It's uncomfortable, but necessary to prevent long-term decay of competitiveness.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Rewarding Summer Internship

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

    I worked at Williams International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly and welcoming environment, always able to work on something you're interested in, the work is the same as full-time engineers

    Cons

    Very small company, could feel like working on an island at times, leadership is very busy and gives ambiguous direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A pleasant working environment

    Former Contractor - Pro-e Senior Mechanical Designer in Ogden, UT
    Former Contractor - Pro-e Senior Mechanical Designer in Ogden, UT

    I worked at Williams International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Future potential outlook is promising

    Cons

    Cannot think of any challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough experience to offer a valid opinion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn and work

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

    I worked at Williams International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good place to experience design, engineering, testing and manufacturing all under one roof. Also offered a great work life balance.

    Cons

    Smaller company with limited promotion opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent family owned business

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

    I have been working at Williams International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair treatment of employees, good benefits, exciting products and growth opportunities. Three locations, two in the US, and one in Mexico. Michigan location primarily engineering, R&D, and R&O. Utah is design to production facility. Mexico is labor-intense low-technology production facility geared for cost reduction.

    Cons

    Small company with limited growth opportunity beyond lower management. Many educated and highly competent employees competing for a few positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Williams International

    Pros

    good sense of community
    Work on real projects
    Everyone is willing to help explain things
    Work with full time employees

    Cons

    direction of projects changed frequently
    old facility
    Generation gap (It's getting a lot better though)
    Directions on what to do and how to do it are sometimes unclear

  8.  

    Gained good experience from the internship

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Williams International as an intern

    Pros

    The pay is relatively competitive

    Cons

    The facility is a bit outdated

  9.  

    A great summer internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Expansion Division in Walled Lake, MI
    Current Intern - Expansion Division in Walled Lake, MI

    I have been working at Williams International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, lenient managers, and an open-ended project made me enjoy my internship in the expansion group. There were also fun activities for the interns: most of the employees were pretty cool.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about, other than a rather unclear expectation of my work. It took me almost the whole summer to compile the analysis program I was working on, and got little help from supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much: good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great in the begining, very sad at the end

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Total Assurance Program in Walled Lake, MI
    Former Employee - Director Total Assurance Program in Walled Lake, MI

    I worked at Williams International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small private high tech company that can offer rapid advancement

    Cons

    A major change in company culture when the founder passed away. In my opinion; as rapidly as you can advance, you can be terminated for apparently any reason. In my opinion I was terminated for being too successful and making too much money on a commission bases. My job functions were passed to much younger employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of being overzealous of ones accomplishments; focus more on what is best and more productive for the company. Show more integrity, less arrogance, and greater appreciation of your high performing employees, as they are hard to come by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of real potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Walled Lake, MI
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Walled Lake, MI

    I worked at Williams International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Advanced technologies and tools to work with.

    Cons

    The company is small and subject to the whims of the owner. Be prepared to be dissapointed in any for of advancement as well as the very poor decision makings of upper management. Constant lay-offs and the owners propensity to listen to those not in the jet engine business make this to be one stressful job at all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greg Williams should come to the logical conclusion he is not nor will he ever be his father, his thoughtless decisions have cost hundreds their jobs and the company valuable business and resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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