Zodiac Inflight Innovations

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Zodiac Inflight Innovations Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
25 Reviews
2.9
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Digital design

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    Current Employee - Digital Design Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Design Engineer in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great to learn many new innovations in less time

    Cons

    None as of now. I had a wonderful time till date

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very bad experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations

    Pros

    Allowed flexibility with work schedules

    Cons

    Very unethical company to work for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations

    Pros

    Challenging work environment. Flexible Schedule. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Top management only gives promotions to people they like not based on peoples work or skills. Family oriented if top management likes everything is possible.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Annoying development process

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations

    Pros

    Used to be better. Few good people.

    Cons

    * Can’t finish any work to go through process in placed for managers to tract you down.
    * Can’t finish work until code review is done. Developers will pick on even extra white spaces. Most annoying code review process. Managers want everyone to be extremely picky thinking that will improve the quality of the product. Think twice. Doesn’t improve anything. Just take extra few days to finish any work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove all the useless process. When nothing is getting done, it's not just developers fault.

  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Its a job that will leave you dissatisfied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free snacks (can be a con), usually unhealthy snacks like cookies etc.
    Great IT department and HR department. Probably the best IT and HR people I've ever worked with. Wish other companies would learn from them in that area.
    Product is cool, fun to work on. Somewhat flexible work hours, though daily SCRUM status meetings at fixed times make it a lot less flexible.

    Cons

    Work environment is very crowded. They believe in open style seating, so there is no privacy for developers. Who would think that a cube could be missed?
    They also don't invest in resources for engineering. You're asked to write software that is highly dependent on hardware devices, and yet you have to share a hardware platform with several other developers. Other developers will snag it whenever they can, some will put a sign saying "in -use" then they go out to lunch and leave it busy all day. The managers couldn't care less about that, because as long as developers find a way to meet their SPRINT goals every 2 weeks, that's all that matters. Lack of available hardware to test and debug on means less testing is actually done by developers before it goes to the test group. This is something the engineers have complained about for 2 years and nothing was ever done.

    They have pretty terrible health insurance premiums. Worse than any company I have ever worked for, including a tiny 10 million dollar company I used to work for.

    SCRUM is practiced here, in a very strict manner. SCRUM is an agile methodology that has become a fad in the past couple of years. It promises great things, and really the only person who benefits is the unskilled developer and the lazy manager. The amount of actual work done is very small because you will spend so much time in meetings. There's the daily status meetings, the biweekly backlog grooming meetings, the biweekly retrospective meetings, and biweekly sprint planning meeting, and then the biweekly demo. By the way, since you've already spend half a day demonstrating your software to a product owner, whats the point of sending it to the test group anymore? Didn't you just show it works?

    With the SCUM practiced there, you lose site of the real deadline, and put a lot of pressure on everyone to make the sprint deadlines. Every two weeks, there's a lot of pressure and stress to make sure you meet your sprint goals. It doesn't really matter if the task you're doing wont' actually be useful for another month or two, if its a task you promised for the sprint you better finish it or else work the weekends to get it done.
    Its fine working overtime to meet a deadline that you know an external or internal customer is depending on. That's what you do at a company to support the team. But when you work over time to finish a task that no one really needs on the artificially created deadline, its very demoralizing and makes you feel like an idiot. Keep in mind, the management that expects you to work overtime to finish those tasks doesn't actually stay late themselves.

    I know many others don't like SCRUM, but they don't say anything. Most developers are too shy or too scared to rock the boat. They will wait until management changes, or management decides it was a mistake..and then watch them speak out one by one once its safe and talk about how much they hated all those meetings.

    The other issue with SCRUM is that it promotes a kind of generalization of the work force....it doesn't allow anyone to become specialized in anything. You're rarely allowed to work in the same area of code for more than a few weeks. Some managers believe this leads to everyone knowing how to do everything. Perhaps in some idealized reality that would be true, but if people keep leaving, that will never happen. It would take years for something like that to happen.
    Some developers are stronger in writing GUI software, and some are stronger in writing database queries...you don't force them to write both. The end result is a mediocre product, with no one fully understanding anything.
    I understand the problem they're trying to solve. Preventing disaster when a key employee leaves. But this isn't the solution. One of the joys of software development is being able to take ownership of a piece of code and finding ways to improve upon it and make it better. But when you realize the code you're working on won't be seen again for a few months, and that other developers are free to change it at will while you're gone makes it less likely that you'll spend the time to make that code better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Need to become a coding robot to survive

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many good people work here, but managers are driving them away or preventing them to excel. Everyone in HR is great. IT is also great.

    Cons

    You need to become a robot just to do what the SCRUM ticket says to do. If you do any extra work that is not defined in the SCRUM ticket, you will get in trouble. Senior management team says out loud that no one should be specialized in anything. It’s written on the company’s confluence page. They create this environment so that anyone can be replaced at any time. This leads into no one knows how the system works very well, but managers still push everyone to finish tasks as fast as a specialist. Just doesn’t make sense.

    Everyday process keeps on changing and developers constantly need to do QA’s work. You are asked to do in the area that you have no desire to do or no experience; therefore, the work is not getting done right and the top managers just blame on engineers. It’s not mid-level managers’ fault, it’s coming from the top executives. Mid-level managers don’t have any choice, but to follow the company’s rules.

    Read the previous review, “It’s a job that will leave you dissatisfied”. It describes the company environment very well.

    Be very careful working here. Saw many good employees getting let go without any good reasons. They go through constant hiring and layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Agile mythology is implemented wrong. Understand why so many people are leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    There is still lot's of room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility (working time, dress code);
    Since it's a small company you get to know everyone well

    Cons

    Management keeps pushing to get things quicker and better without providing the proper processes, training and resources to get the job done. Senior management promises customers unreasonable expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customers are important but remember to take care of your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning environment to really learn what your capable of

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    Current Employee - Rack Room Technician in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Rack Room Technician in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are great, atmosphere is great, room for growth and really flexible working hours.

    Cons

    could be challenging for some

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to be if you are proactive and enjoy a faced paced, challenging work environment.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have been working here for over six years, and have seen this company go through so many ups and downs. All in all, I am very proud to work here and with the recent acquisition, I look forward to what’s in store for us and being part of the tremendous growth that we will experience in the coming years.

    Very dynamic working environment with lots of flexibility. Relaxed dress code. Consistent growth year over year. Everyone acts like a team player, you never feel like people are trying to get ahead of you to climb the corporate ladder. Minimal bureaucracy (although that may change because of the acquisition). No need to follow the chain of command when you need to get an answer. Great location with lots of food choices for lunch. Many young people work here now (opposed to the first 4 years I worked here), and many of them are starting to shape the culture for the better.

    Cons

    Lack of training programs for newly hired employees. Most people are thrown in the deep end in the beginning to figure things out, but after a few months, everything seems to work out for them. Unpredictable schedule for most engineers because of what is needed to support various activities in the field. Office is quite crowded (although new space is scheduled for Q4 this year).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop the culture that is committed to our core values. Intentionally develop managers to become leaders. Don't neglect what's important because of what's urgent (they never end).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting!

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work for proactive individuals that want to make a difference. Good ideas get implemented quickly.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pace can get overwhelming. Lot's to do and schedules are tight. Sometimes it can be stressful meeting deadlines. Slow to eliminate poor performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the start-up company feel. Don't let Zodiac Aerospace swallow up the company and neuter the original IMS. Continue enabling those that get things done. Ditch the dead weight. Don't be afraid to lay off those that can't keep up or that continually drag their feet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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