Woodward

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Woodward Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
86 Reviews
3.0
86 Reviews
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Woodward Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas A. Gendron
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40 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good money, great location, great benefits if you are single (in 13 reviews)

  • 1 , some interesting technology, Good benefits/salary for the region (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • it is very difficult to work with upper management, specially with direct supervisor (in 6 reviews)

  • Compensation is fair, but company is located in a high cost of living area (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Positive Experience at Woodward

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly

    I worked at Woodward

    Pros

    Innovative company with a great location close to Chicago. Interned there for a summer and was treated as a regular employee. Gave me many projects to sharpen my skills and advance my career.

    Cons

    People dedicated to their work. Not a lot of interaction within the cafe or outside the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the intern program!

  2.  

    Not a mutual fit

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Woodward full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Looked forward to doing something meaningful with a growing company

    Cons

    Did not connect with supervisor and other team members

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A caste system

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Loveland, CO

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

    Pros

    OK benefits but have been cut every year for the past few, blaming Obamacare wearing thin. Recently kicked spouses off the benefit package

    Cons

    If you are part of the elite (directors, VPs) you can do well, big bucks and they have amazingly extravagant leadership trips twice a year. If you aren't the elite, good luck. The past six years raises have not met the inflation rate. If you complain the mantra is: "be glad you even have a job"
    Complete separation of the management from the workers, if someone hadn't pointed out the sales director to me I wouldn't know who it was,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth, come down & meet the people who get the work done, throw us a crust of bread now & then instead of "Let them eat cake"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Don't do it!

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

    I have been working at Woodward full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good money, great location, great benefits if you are single.

    Talent is high and great to work with. Lots you can learn

    Cons

    The place is is just too lean and getting leaner.

    More thought over stock price than quality or employee satisfaction. Note, HR is not there for you!

    Zero training, be ready to be dropped on the deep side of the pool and expect to swim if you want to cut it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance stock price with employee input and satisfaction.

    Stop sacrificing quality at the cost of cheap suppliers who only lead to more product issues and unhappy customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Positive and Helpful Intern Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Duarte, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Duarte, CA

    I worked at Woodward as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This company was wonderful to intern at because it gave me an understanding of a variety of different careers and the possibilities involved in each one. As a mechanical engineer, I was able to actually make a difference in the quality control of the companies product and lean an incredible amount about everything involved in the process.

    Cons

    In the department I was working in, there were many regulations imposed by their customers that prevent much of any change to the product or manufacturing process in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep finding ways to improve the manufacturing! There is much more work to go!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Manufacturing experience at skokie location.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Woodward full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, insurance.there is 401k plan with employer match, dollar for dollar, disability plan is OK, vacation plan is OK.

    Cons

    it is very difficult to work with upper management, specially with direct supervisor. they do not recognize what new employee contribute to the organization, specially when employee is overqualified with many years of experience and skills, promotions are getting only friends,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize new highly skilled employees with good education with many years of experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    OK, if you don't pay attention to how things happen behind the scenes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Assembler in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Electronics Assembler in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Woodward full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good medical benefits for employees. Stable work environment. "Competitive" pay (not the lowest wage, but certainly not above the local average either).

    Cons

    Too little regard for employee happiness - we were expected to show up every day and do a great job and be happy we had a job at all. The few times people complained, they were met with hostility or open threats about being fired. The term "team building" was a foreign concept when I was working there. Very little training for my position, and virtually no new-hire orientation. Medical benefits for non-employee family members isn't any better than other companies in the area. Several positions in the company appeared to be filled by people who were either friends of the boss or "happened to be in the right place, right time" (i.e. under-qualified personnel in critical technical roles).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to train employees, listen to them and what they're concerned about. A happy employee is a hard working employee, but a disgruntled employee can destroy your company's reputation even after he/she has left.

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

    Weak leadership, behind the times

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Talented staff
    Positive financial outlook

    Cons

    Woodward is striving to be lean but has not properly invested in business systems that allow efficient processes outside the manufacturing floor.

    They continue to make baby steps in the right direction, but the result is one system bolted onto another. Manual processes are still pervasive. Large projects are typically assigned to "members" to complete in addition to their standard workload and without project management training. Over-collaboration slows down progress and there is rarely a true decision maker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the desire is to continue with "One Woodward"...

    Break the cycle of over-collaboration by empowering decision making below the executive level. It is not possible to obtain 100% approval 100% of the time. Too often, months of work is thrown out the door simply because one President or VP didn't like change.

    Consider when "lean" has gone too far in the global support services environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Moving to new potential

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Woodward as an intern

    Pros

    Collaborative working environment, starting to move to new systems with the rest of the industry. Stable company with lots of opportunity for experience

    Cons

    team is scattered across country, all communication is via teleconferencing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not as appealing to college hires

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Woodward full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good medical benefits, good people to work with.

    Cons

    No long term vision, no plan for success.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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