Woodward Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Woodward Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas A. Gendron
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46 Ratings

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

  • Great people to work with, good benefits (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. Logistics

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Logistics in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Woodward

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good security for experienced workers

    Cons

    Pay not great. Lots of cost cutting in departments

    Advice to Management

    Supply workers with necessary supplies


  2. Helpful (2)

    Potential is much greater than reality

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Woodward full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I was thoroughly challenged during my time at Woodward, and I feel I was able to grow my career substantially in a very short period. Pay on an annual basis was decent for the region , and the benefits package was also very good. The potential is there for this to be a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Absolutely no training or on-boarding opportunities. Very stressful to get acquainted here. I felt as if the company viewed me strictly as a resource rather than a valued employee. Bonus structure here was very poor, and the pay was not great when you consider how many hours you had to put in just to barely stay afloat. Turnover in my department was very high.

    Advice to Management

    Offer training and growth opportunities for your employees. Don't just view them strictly as a resource to be maximized. There is a lot of potential for this to be a great employer to work for, but from an employee's standpoint, this just isn't currently the case.


  3. not good not bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Woodward full-time

    Pros

    they have a good team

    Cons

    dealing with old products is painful

    Advice to Management

    stay in touch with engineers


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good place but could be better

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

    I have been working at Woodward

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is decent and they do offer a tuition assistance program to allow employees to go back to school. Most of the members themselves are great to work with and are more than willing to work on a problem until it is solved.

    Cons

    Not enough human resources to do most jobs properly. Overtime is almost expected of most members. The company could improve on developing the employees that want to move up in leadership.


  6. average

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

    I have been working at Woodward

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

    Pros

    Good soups in Cafeteria also it is clean

    Cons

    Cons outweigh Pros so quite a few

    Advice to Management

    Seems mostly absent minded


  7. Helpful (3)

    Woodward, generally stable

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Skokie, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Fairly stable environment. 401k benefits and medical benefits are really good. It's pretty laid back if you can get on the bosses good side, though he's somewhat of a control freak.

    Cons

    Management is not great. The software department is generally senior heavy and there's little opportunity for growth. Most of the work is old technology. 70% of the work is for test engineering, so if you're a design engineer it's likely you won't get the interesting design work. The work environment provides little to no privacy so it's very difficult to feel comfortable at work which is very problematic when your job requires you to focus and use your brain.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management. The management doesn't respect their employees and has little experience.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Manufacturing supervisor

    Former Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in Niles, IL

    I worked at Woodward

    Pros

    Good environment good people good company very helpful employees always new training programs to upgrade your skills in your field

    Cons

    You must like updates with new challenges everyday and looking forwards to start your job on daily basses there is notting like working for a big family with common goal

    Advice to Management

    Automations, and robots for manufacturing is a must


  9. Not a bad place...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator

    I have been working at Woodward (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, flexible, decent pay, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay could be more competitive.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Good and Bad

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

    I worked at Woodward full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits package, good people, flexible hours, extra perks with time off and bonus package, competitive salary.

    Cons

    The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Seems they are constantly recruiting high end talents to have them leave after a year. Processes seem to be constantly broken.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time on the talent you have, grown from the employees who have been there, they are less likely to leave.


  11. Helpful (4)

    If you want to just "get by"

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

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

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

    Pros

    good co-workers, fairly easy going environment, stable

    Cons

    average wages at best, be prepared to commit a lot of time and energy, but skimp to live off off it. The longer you are employed, you will see a lot of BS advancement of "special people", but probably not you. Too many middle management people who seem to not have actual jobs other than to chat, and possibly troubleshoot YOUR situation. Continuous improvement my behind. Constant supplier issues just to save a buck, causes a backlog, then its mandatory 10's. Have been slowly taking away or modifying anything related to good benefits packages. Kicked all spouses off of health care. Decided that all tobacco users should be charged $110 a month to leave the campus if they don't quit. I guarantee you they will severely modify or eliminate the annual bonus for us un-degreed mouth breathers SOON. Keep the shareholders happy, bend your employees over...

    Advice to Management

    promote from within, stop using Adecco temp agency and cycling thru employees. Reward loyal and dedicated employees with more money, it makes us feel wanted, and trust me, it helps morale.



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