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C&D Zodiac Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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Pros
  • If you like chaos, you will love C&D (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people, especially production floor employees (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Management making bad decisions, high turnover rate for production employees, engineers leaving left and right (in 8 reviews)

  • Low pay, disorganized, getting a raise is hard (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great people."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in La Palma, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in La Palma, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This facility offers a friendly environment. There's different types of committees to keep everyone engaged. They have random cookies day few times a year and fruits Fridays.

    Cons

    Definitely needs a little more work on communication. Certain departments seem to be out of the loop at times. Work is always rush rush with short coming deadlines. Scheduling is also another problem.

    Advice to Management

    Lack in providing the team with latest update.


  2. "None"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time

    Pros

    Family oriented environment ,work family balance

    Cons

    Lots of top management changes

  3. "Office Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers; decent insurance & nice offices.

    Cons

    Too many hours. Recent computer system change made job impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing things which are not broken.


  4. "Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Santa Maria, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Santa Maria, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My favorite things was the opportunity to try new things, gain new skills. I started working at Zodiac after 23 year in other aerospace Manufacturing positions. State your lofty goals early and often with your management and be open to letting your management edit those goals. If you want to move up, prove yourself, meet your deadlines no matter what. People who thrive in this company take on new challenges and master their position, regardless of what it is. They teach others what they know, then take on something new. Be open to learning from the senior engineers, be humble, but be confident. Your value to Zodiac is to share and contribute to the team, focus on keeping your boss out of trouble. Take the opportunities and training on root cause problem solving. C&D Zodiac does that well. Learn to be comfortable in chaos, there are new programs happening constantly and everything happens quickly. Innovation is heavy. Network with other division, gain and share knowledge with them. Build bridges with other departments. Their empathy to support you has huge payoffs. You can't be afraid of failure to be effective. People at Zodiac who say they are not appreciated seem to be those that reach a point of comfort in their routine and stop. If you are not a little uncomfortable or a little scared with the challenges you face each day, you are doing it wrong. I don't know if these are pros or cons, but if this is your personality, you will love this job!

    Cons

    You will have to deal with a lot of Millennials whom are often overly confident, have easily bruised egos and don't have the experience resolve complex and non-linear problems. If you are a senior level engineer, gain the patience to provide guidance for them. Learn Spanish, many people on the shop floor, although skilled and capable, don't speak English. You may need to lead meetings in English and Spanish.

    Advice to Management

    I was very happy with my management and gained a lot of professional insight from them, 1) take the time to bring you teams together to share ideas. 2) get rid of toxic people whom undermine the group, 3) If someone is not pulling their weight, your crew is waiting for you to do something about that. 4) Expect what your employees are capable of individually and reward them with praise when they meet your expectations. Ask your employees often what their lofty goals are and put them in positions to expose them to opportunities.


  5. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marysville, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people in the mix. Lots of potentially great workers.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional Leadership. No vision to solve problems, only trying to keep their jobs by finding blame. No career growth unless you're related to someone...or maybe have pictures of them in compromising positions.

    Advice to Management

    Lead, follow, or get out of the way.


  6. "Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time

    Pros

    Worked with great people. Learned a lot and had the ability to travel and see cool things.

    Cons

    The lack of senior people to mentor junior employees.


  7. "A Melting pot of styles to Manufacture Lavatories"

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Cypress, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Cypress, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    unorthodox approach to manufacturing cabin interiors, interesting environment. Needs a lot of careful work, high potential for efficient high quality Aircraft lavatory assembly. Open for culture changes

    Cons

    High turn over, not efficient usage of Quality and Manufacturing system, tribal knowledge. and lose of tribal knowledge through high turn over. all these spell opportunity to start from scratch environment.

    Advice to Management

    On the fly inspection and Data collection especially dimensional between parts made across Santa Maria, Ontario, Mexico and Cypess. Need to utilize the bar code scanning features in your MRP system to track work on the fly and compile together the proper QA paper work in real time. Thousands of man hours wasted doing rework on Non-conformance parts that should have been caught in Santa Maria Ontario and Mexico

  8. Helpful (2)

    "EHS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, especially production floor employees. If you like chaos, you will love C&D. Opportunity to learn if you are early in your career, but avoid learning bad habits that are prevalent here.

    Cons

    High management turnover, no consistency and some managers are part of old boys network and are completely incompetent. Very poor leadership, they are constantly fighting fires and don't invest in growing their people.

    Advice to Management

    Cleanup your culture, establish values and communicate often


  9. "Currently employed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership establishes good mobilization improvement activities.

    Cons

    Sometimes the significance of the mobilization efforts are not appreciated


  10. "Overall ok"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Huntington Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Mobility, lots of technical knowledge

    Cons

    Lack of internal communication, sites don't support one another


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