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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Learn about High Performance UAV's"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a relatively small company working on large DOD contracts competing with Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop, Raytheon, etc. There is plenty of opportunity for good engineers to learn new skills and to be a key contributor to the big picture. It is easy to be noticed and move up quickly. On the other hand, poor performance is also noticed quickly due to the nature of a small organization. Engineers here are not pigeon holed and are able to work on a multitude of projects requiring various technical skills.

    Cons

    This company suffers from the typical growing pains of a small company going big. Sometimes programs are underbid and understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    It's ok to turn down work when you don't have the resources to finish the work you've got.


  2. "Was a nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Shipper/Receiver in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Shipper/Receiver in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    health benefits. lots of interesting products.

    Cons

    A lot of favoritism among management and certain employee. Employees will do the unthinkable for personal gains. Unrealistic deadlines.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Fun Product, Not So Fun Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc full-time

    Pros

    Exciting and interesting Products. Involved in entire manufacturing process.

    Cons

    Employees are overworked. Overtime is expected of Salaried employees. There was a layoff one week, followed by an overtime request the following. The harder you work, the more they give you to complete. Management leads with fear and a loud voice (this did improve later on). The Business Development team underbids and overcommits on contracts. They have even been known to sell technology that has not been invented yet.

    Advice to Management

    Hold Business development accountable for their unrealistic bids. Reward employees who work hard and long hours. Improve work/life balance. Stop yelling and lead by example.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Composite Engineering Inc full-time

    Pros

    Floor workers are great. If you take your time and get to know them, they will bend over backwards for you. There are MANY opportunities to improve MANY areas and in that area there is job security.

    Cons

    Management talks a big talk but will never do what it takes to get the job finished. No accountability. You can cost this company millions of dollars and they will not fire you if you are not a floor worker.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with what you say and do what you should be doing.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Ran by a tyrant"

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

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people were great. Learned a lot about UAVS. Excellent healthcare. Fun activities during the holidays. Products are great and interesting.

    Cons

    Owner will work you to death. They don't believe in comp time. Don't ever get to leave on time. Management can be unprofessional quite often.

    Advice to Management

    People need a work/life balance. It's not appropriate to scream, cuss an yell at one another. Leaders need to learn to lead and set examples.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting product line, most of which serves to train our military personnel and keep them safer. Developing products could sustain the company for decades if successful.

    Cons

    Current management has no clue what we actually build, and tries to manage the company as if it were a high-tech service provider and not manufacturing.

    Advice to Management

    Use the knowledge of the people you hire as an asset, not something that has be trained out of them.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent Staff, Laid back environment, Easy Going, Flexible, Friendly, Established Business, Interesting Work, Cutting Edge Technology, Fast Paced Work Place, Good Communication.

    Cons

    Parent Company disconnected, Extreme Hours if Salary, Long Deployments, little to no intensive to shine, Cost Plus Contracts, ill defined job requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be petty and make good business decisions. Upper management is opposed to change and reason.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Better communication in 2014 for Composite Engineering, Inc. should be a top priority at the company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Composite Engineering Inc full-time

    Pros

    Diversity, international markets and cross culture of both professions and ethnicities within the company. There is never a dull moment at CEi.

    Cons

    Communication upward, downward and laterally.

    Advice to Management

    Make 2014 the year for a communication culture change. Take a few extra moments to stop by their desks or a simple 5-10 minute catching up session with them so they know there valued and needed.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Misguided Management"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They make interesting niche products. They know how to manufacture with composites. Manufacturing is their strength.
    Being such a small company allows one to see many areas and move around to different fields. Every part of the company is close together.

    Cons

    This small company is trying to play in a big company arena as a DOD contractor but is failing in many regards. Much of this can be traced back to its top-down dictatorial management style. Employees and employee input are not valued. They are willing to throw one of their own under the bus to get out of a tight spot. This leads to very low moral and high turn-over. I have watched some of the finest engineering talent walk out the door.
    Partial successes are over-sold. This comes back to bite the company over and over when it is time to perform. Very telling is the internal motto amongst employees: "Over-commit and Under-perform". The company has not learned how to apply sound engineering principles and to plan programs realistically.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to stop micro-managing everything. Let the experts in their respective areas do their jobs. They need to foster an environment of respect and team work and stop the internal back-stabbing and bullying. Middle management must be given the authority to execute industry proven engineering and management philosophies. They should not be used solely as a pass-through conduit for directives from above. The company needs a shake up at the highest level to establish a healthy and productive work environment.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of strong management, no trust in employees, poor business decisions, always running behind the 8 ball"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Because it is a small company you have the ability to do a variety of things and I was able to do a variety ot tasks and learn a lot of things.

    Cons

    You never felt that management trusted any employee. You were micromanged from the President down and once purchased by Kratos it was even more so.

    Advice to Management

    They need a consultant to come in and look how the company is being run. Being a start up and from owners with no prior work experience there are some major concerns about the structure and management of how the company bids there work and manages their staff. There was no management training.


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