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Updated November 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Astronautics full-time

    Pros

    Fun
    Great
    Happy
    Lively
    Easy
    The people there are great, at a person to person level

    Cons

    Redundant
    Lonely
    Slow learning
    Slow paced execution
    micromanaging
    More organization will make company go further and employees less salty

    Advice to Management

    More organization will make company go further and employees less salty


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Astronautics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Low stress/work life balance. Family has strong values and cares about employees.

    Cons

    President - poor at execution and very poor leadership skills.

    Advice to Management

    Family needs to have the courage or will to make senior leadership changes.

  3. "engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Astronautics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I do not recommend to work in this company to anyone .

    Cons

    Management are not honest, not exact and lying to much.

    Advice to Management

    To hire employee necessary more responsible


  4. Helpful (5)

    "On a downward spiral..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Astronautics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Due to the small size of the company, there are opportunities to move around and try different positions in different departments. Also, in most salaried positions you get the perk of a flexible schedule as long as you're putting the time in, so the work life balance is pretty good. One of the things that attracted me to the company was the group of long-term, brilliant, hard-working individuals that seemed to be the glue of the place, but it seems that group is tired of being disrespected so they are quickly running elsewhere.

    Cons

    Number one is executive management. There is poor communication (i.e. he said she said, no accountability) and disrespect among the group, which is then relayed down to the next layer of management, and on and on, and it makes for a very tense environment. The business groups have chased off a large percentage of critical folks in the last six months, and there are more lining up at the door. Engineering groups are tired of the mass chaos which is caused by poor organization from the business side, so many of them are leaving too. Number two is headquarters location. It is dangerous, and neither management or HR seems to take it seriously. Locals will break through the "secure parking lot" fences in the middle of the day and steal car parts and they think it is best to keep it hush hush. They've been talking about a building move for years, and once again, that has been put on the back burner because the business is struggling.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking to your "valued employees" with utter disrespect, and maybe show a little appreciation occasionally for the hard work they do for you. It is appalling the amount of times I have heard upper management talk to employees like they are toddlers being put in time out. Start having conversations with your people, and treat them like people. Step up and be leaders, not dictators. Since the CEO is the only one who makes the big decisions, it would probably be helpful if he was remotely involved at Astronautics.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Astronautics full-time

    Pros

    Decent environment, and good people.

    Cons

    Horrible building location, not safe for employees.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Nice Sized Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is large enough that there are opportunities to stretch your legs and try new things but not so large that it is overcome with bureaucracy.
    While working here I have had the opportunity to work as a software developer, FPGA designer, systems engineer and research and design lead. I don't think you'll get such an opportunity at a place like GE.
    The people are really nice and there are many long term employees which shows the company cares for people.
    I have really enjoyed working at Astronautics.

    Cons

    The area isn't the best, but the company is looking to move at some point. They also have fenced in parking areas and security guards.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Keep Looking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Astronautics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Interesting Product
    - Good work life balance
    -You can complain about the company and almost everyone agrees with you

    Cons

    - Stale culture. Not a progressive company. Majority of staff is closer to retirement than not. General consensus among the employees that have been there 20+ years is "this place use to be a lot better before the new management"
    - Upper management does not provide clear objectives. Have yet to find a leader who knows the sweet spot between micromanagement and total hands-off.
    - If you prove yourself to be a good worker, will only be given more work.

    Advice to Management

    - Provide written outlines for project objectives. Stop expecting your individual contributors to manage entire projects. You have no right to be condescending and angry with your staff if their output is not to your expectations when you have not clearly conveyed those expectations in the first place. Provide examples of what you want if there is a question. Take responsibility!
    - Bring in fresh blood. Lots of it. Freshen up the culture, make it a fun place to work, not a stressful one. What happens in 10-15 years when 75% of your company is retired (or quit)??
    - Provide clear paths to career growth.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Research and Design Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They allowed me to make projects my own with little over the shoulder supervision. I was able to discover the solution to problems on my own accord but received proper assistance when I asked. There are a lot of smart people that work here and there is much to be learned. A great place for a first internship.

    Cons

    I completed projects quickly and sometimes needed to find work to do on my own


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Severe Abuse on Cultural Grounds, and Age Discrimination"

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    Former Employee - Drafter Designer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Drafter Designer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Astronautics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Normal work schedule
    There are some nice people working at this company

    Cons

    My father gave this company over ten years of his life. He holds a Master's Degree from a reputable accredited university overseas, and was fully qualified for the position that was offered to him in the early 2000s. Since there was a language barrier due to a recent immigration (fresh off the boat) and little experience in conversational English, they have decided to completely disregard his professional technical qualifications and offer him a laughable rate of an entry level cashier, to which he had no choice but agree, considering the whole family's state of financial despair and insecurity. By doing this, they have demonstrated disrespect towards his very person-hood, disqualifying him as a professional and depriving him from an adequate salary that should have reflected his strong expertise in the field, and human worth in general.

    Since my father is a humble, very responsible father, husband, and a hard working man, he would dutifully come to work with a soldier's precision, unfailingly, day by day, demonstrating high level of professionalism and diligence. His rare and humble attempts to get slightly promoted or get a raise in a salary for a couple of dollars were constantly suppressed and discouraged, while his job security had been constantly - and in an escalating manner - threatened.

    Around two years ago this company hires a new manager/supervisor who is put in charge of hiring and firing procedures, and without a blink in the eye, he fires my father; their whole management claims that this decision is based on the choice of majority.

    During his last months at work the management had been insisting that there isn't much work to do, very few projects, meanwhile enthusiastically hiring young people - recent college graduates.

    Perhaps some business-driven enthusiasts would blatantly interpret this as a logical and necessary measure to improve business flow by injecting young blood into corporation's vessels, but the truth is surprisingly different. These cynical measures work for a very limited time period, but in the long run it severely compromises the company's reputation and puts a very dark and ugly mark on it that is impossible to erase or disguise.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to business owners: avoid hiring management with poorly developed sense of justice and honor. By doing this you help spreading vanity disease that severely affects the quality of life of ordinary people....and the number of those hurt souls with broken hopes has been devastatingly increasing.

    My father deserves a moral compensation for what has been done to him for all of those years at your company.


  10. Helpful (2)

    ""Astronautics is a Premiere Organization""

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Astronautics full-time

    Pros

    Challenging assignments with a great amount of freedom to perform so as to fulfill expectations both internally and externally.

    Cons

    Challenging assignments with a great amount of freedom to perform to unwritten expectations. The sexual harassment was unwelcome.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent about your business, setting top line goals, and demonstrate achieving them.


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