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Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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  1. "CWDS is an excellent place to work. We work on brand-new technologies in a great team atmosphere. Very challenging work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation. The projects are always very challenging and exciting. Recognition of achievements. Strong team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Difficult schedules to keep without the need to work extra hours. Need to provide more training on various technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide feedback on projects and recognition for successful work.


  2. "Program Control Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in East Farmingdale, NY
    Current Employee - Program Control Analyst in East Farmingdale, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    autonomous working conditions and pleasant atmosphere

    Cons

    opportunity for advancement - unknown and lack of availability of a list of company grades/levels

    Advice to Management

    Through review process inform an individual of opportunities available and steps/processes to move up the ladder.


  3. "Engineering Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is good company with high technical projects

    Cons

    Sorry, I do not have any idea about cons.


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  5. "Senior HW Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Designer in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Designer in City of Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some nice people. But that is about it. There is a good work/life balance. I am not sure what others think, but I really think that you can find a decent balance between your work and life.

    Cons

    They are working with really old technology. There was not much challenge at work. There is too much of micro managing happening. The hours are little strict. I was warned few times about being late for half an hour. It is a very unorganized work environment. The peoples are technically in a decent level. But, you will not be surrounded with super smart people, as I used to see in the other places that I had worked. One thing I noticed is that the company cares so much more about its contractors than its direct employees. And another negative side of working there is the System Engineering team. At least on the projects that I worked, system engineers were really not doing much, and they were just waiting to see what HW/SW engineers have on their plates to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Please cut some slack for the engineers. You really don't need to micro manage everything. A good engineer will delivers his assignments even with a higher quality if there is less of micro managing.


  6. "Software Engineer Intern"

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

    Pros

    Pretty good pay with decent work. (Verification Team)

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, not very good at assigning work or completing projects on time.


  7. "many changes!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions full-time

    Pros

    They are a good company but are in flux. Many management changes at the top. I've been told that I would no longer recognize the company!

    Cons

    Uncertainty and risk due to the management changes. Current economic climate makes things unclear. Management is competent but sometimes does not put "people first".


  8. "Great company, however lacks drive."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employees are very friendly and helpful. Very flexible work schedules and pay is decent for certain positions. Many employees are contract based if you desire short term work.

    Cons

    Management lacks drive which hurts the company's performance. Teams are very small and there are limited test stations to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Push for deadlines more.


  9. "privileged to work with some amazing people and Customers"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance/Customer Presentation Administrator
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance/Customer Presentation Administrator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A place that is willing and acknoledges ideas and works to improve the work and quality of the work environment for all. You are able to grow within the company and they also encourage you to grow and accel.

    Cons

    Losing my job to restructering which was not the companies fault it is just the nature of all businesses because the work ebbs and flows with the financial time.

    Advice to Management

    keep listening to all employees, some will have amazing ideas, some will not but just showing interest has some affect on employees/


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not the Worst, Not the Best for Computer Engineers"

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    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You certainly gain plenty of experience as an engineer, working on several projects at once. The core group of engineers who have stuck around long-term are mostly a very nice and intelligent group.

    Cons

    Everything is managed like a start-up. Pay is not competitive. Performance reviews are harsh across the board, seemingly to keep salaries down. The volume of work and level of pressure are unsustainable for most people.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people for the level of work expected instead of giving it all to top management. The good engineers at the bottom learn pretty quickly that they're getting the raw end of the deal, and it destroys morale.


  11. "Okay company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people and salary is okay too

    Cons

    Management at very top level need to look after people.
    Close companies after buying

    Advice to Management

    Senior management need to look after employees and need to provide more career expanding opportunities


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