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Updated February 4, 2018
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  1. "Challenging Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting products and customers. Company is undertaking many new programs. Challenging assignments with opportunity to take on additional responsibility. Leadership has made a lot of good changes but there is more to be done.

    Cons

    Tight timelines and demanding work. Some processes are dated.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, continue to invest in new products and customers. Upgrade facilities.


  2. "Aircraft Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Aircraft Technologies Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Aircraft Technologies Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No reason to work there, the management are all lying,
    irresponsible, sometimes ignorant of their duties

    Cons

    Working there for a while I found a job closer to my profession,
    agreed with supervisor, wrote a special form about my transfer
    to another department, and sent this form to HR. (Supervisor waited my)
    In 2 weeks I was came to the HR to ask about my transfer to another
    department, but they told me,- <<You are fired>>.
    Of course I was in shock,- It is not a company, it's Kindergarten

    Advice to Management

    No

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Astronautics full-time

    Pros

    You'll work with really good people who are passionate about the products they create. The culture is overall friendly and encourages work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not a great neighborhood, but steps are taken to make sure employees are safe.

    Advice to Management

    Keep exploring ways to keep employees engaged and happy.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding Experience - Engineering Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineering Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineering Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are looking to get exposure to the entire product development process, this is a place to make that happen. The company is developing its next generation products and there is plenty of opportunity if you are up for the job and willing to work for it. Customers are world-class OEMs and demand high-caliber engineering to meet critical product requirements.

    Cons

    Project timelines can be challenging requiring hard work to meet key milestones. Products are highly regulated because of their impact to airworthiness.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in and develop your technical teams. In my opinion, the company’s technical capabilities are just as much of an asset as its product lines.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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


  7. Helpful (7)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (5)

    "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.


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