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Astronautics Reviews

Updated September 26, 2018
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Pros
  • "The culture is overall friendly and encourages work-life balance" (in 6 reviews)

  • "You'll work with really good people who are passionate about the products they create" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Employees have been car jacked at gun point just trying to leave the parking lots" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Not a great neighborhood, but steps are taken to make sure employees are safe" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Mechanical Design Engineer - Summer Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment. Everyone was willing to help you if needed.

    Cons

    The office building itself it very old and not in the best shape.


  2. "Always Room for Improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Astronautics full-time

    Pros

    The coworkers are great, the product is interesting and challenging. Plenty of opportunity for problem solving, working by yourself, or working on a team.

    Cons

    The building is in a rather unsafe location. It's not just the parking lots. If you look like you don't belong to the area, you can get harassed on the commute to and from work as well. A new building would also help employee morale.

  3. "Program Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people who like working with each other and interesting projects that bring technology to world-class suppliers

    Cons

    Runs too lean with people barely able to maintain workloads, people often split between many projects so none really get the time they deserve, agreed upon schedule that have no intention of meeting, outdated processes, outdated facility, not the best neighborhood but security in place to help, too much of the "well this is how we always do it attitude"

    Advice to Management

    Staff your projects accordingly, set realistic goals for deadlines, listen to your workers when they say they need help, or at least let them say they need help and find a way to help them, and don't be afraid of change (sometimes it's needed)


  4. "Engineering Tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Astronautics full-time

    Pros

    Great Coworkers, great place to learn Engineering.

    Cons

    Lack of visibility on projects for the people who actually do them; Some depts try to back stab other depts


  5. "A good place to start - BUT"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Astronautics is a good place to start but don't stay too long . It is a prime player in the avionics field, and you will gain an understanding of how the aircraft industry works.

    Cons

    Astronautics is driven by lean engineering and production. This means it does not have sufficient personnel to do the job correctly or efficiently. When it is necessary to divide your time between to many programs none will receive the attention they should. The company has began outsourcing more and more sub assemblies without sufficient oversight of the suppliers.

    Advice to Management

    Change for the sake of change is not always good for the company. When something has been proven to work for a half century, examine the processes before blindly scrapping them. Astronautics would not be an international company today if things were as mismanaged as current management makes them out to be. Also just because a person is a super engineer does not mean they will be a super manager. Promoting top level engineers to management can result in the loss of a top level engineer and an addition of another mediocre manager.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding Experience - Engineering Management"

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    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.

  8. "Challenging Work"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  10. 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.