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Curtiss-Wright Controls Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent place with good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, incentive bonus, good salary (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • too much politics in upper management for a small company (in 6 reviews)

  • Different business units have absolutely not insight of shared work (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good engineers, poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great engineers
    Opportunity to work on innovative designs that serve customers well

    Cons

    Toxic politics
    Good engineering is backseat to sales. Projects are promised with inadequate time, planning, and money in a desperate attempt to show bids.
    Nepotism Nepotism Nepotism. It exists everywhere but at CW it's a way of life
    Open degradation and belittling of employees across the board, top to bottom, performing and non-performing

    Advice to Management

    The one piece of advice for management, namely fire all of the managers and revamp the culture, is the one thing least likely to happen. The place is poison.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Be very careful of what you sign up for!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Benefits
    - Pay was decent
    - Some of the co-workers

    Cons

    – Management of all levels:
     - They are clueless to what is going on
     - They don't know what each job entails therefore, there is a constant battle of who should be doing what
     - When they can't figure out an issue they fire individuals who took on the issue but weren't fully trained
     - Assign the work of 3-4 people and expect everything done timely even if that means working 80 hour a week
     - Micromanaging
     - Don't know how to talk to or treat employees
    No work life balance, you have to create your own if you want it
    Every business unit operates as a silos
    Lack of onboard training
    Monthly close process takes weeks to complete because there is not clear way of performing tasks
    No employee appreciation therefore, employee morale is horrible!
    Too many politics
    No room for growth because even if promoted you're still doing your previous duties
    Not enough employees for the work
    High turnover
    Not a good work environment, profanity is constantly used, talking down to employees is a constant as well

    Advice to Management

    Wake up because when good employees understand their worth there will be an even higher turnover. Treat employees with respect because they are people too and not just a timecard to get you to your bottom line!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "company in trouble"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in City of Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting product game, good engineers

    Cons

    clueless management, no future planning, no advancement

    Advice to Management

    too late for advice


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  5. "Software Engineer"

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

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls full-time

    Pros

    - Pay was decent
    - Interview process was easy, about a 20 minute phone interview
    - Coworkers were smart and easy to work with
    - Free coffee

    Cons

    - Unorganized management
    - Some micro managing
    - Software lead had no idea what was going on
    - Rarely get to see software manager unless deadline was approaching
    - Product was not that great
    - Parking was horrible

    Advice to Management

    The Curtiss-Wright Controls location in City of Industry seems to be headed in a bad direction. Start hiring more qualified people and paying them better wages instead of hiring 50 interns to just complete a project.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Why would you board a sinking ship?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I suppose with no strong managers you have opportunities to excel. But pay will be as low as they can get away with, and if your ideas involve anything that doesn't provide immediate affect on quarterly earrings - forget about it.

    Cons

    But in all seriousness... whether it's based on mismanagement or intentional planning, this division of the company is not long for this world.

    Markets are not understood or valued.

    Goals and objectives are based purely on monthly and quarterly Wall Street objectives.

    Sales growth is only attained through acquisitions, not organically.

    Strategies are not clearly defined or even communicated.

    Managers are under experienced and ill prepared. Just wanting their "piece"...

    EVERYTHING is being moved to China or India.

    Employees are treated like a number. Reminded we are "lucky to have jobs"

    Once people break free, few jobs are back filled. This means everyone is overworked.

    Morale is regularly reaching new lows.

    Benefits are being cut each year, to the most minimally acceptable levels.

    Should I go on?

    Old (incompetent) Boys Club.

    Talent isn't key to success.

    Wall Street LITERALLY dictates every decision.

    Customers are starting to see they come last...

    Advice to Management

    Even if the goal is only to please Wall Street, identify how to make your employees actually feel valued.

    You are rapidly approaching a point of no return, where the broken spirt of the staff will become a runaway train that you won't be able to control.

    Every department runs lean. But too lean. Your burning out the few who have chosen to stay and help turn things around.

    Pay for the kind of quality employees you want on your team. Offer opportunities to grow and then make an environment staff will want to stay for.

    Move into the 21st century and be willing to look at processes and practices in new ways.

    If your lucky... you'll end up with dedicated, educated staff that feel empowered to help the company succeed.


  7. "Company of silos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The products are Interesting and the worker try to overcome the management short coming by working harder and longer.

    Cons

    Management lacks accountability, which permeates to the lower management and employees. The company has many silos between departments and within departments.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be interested in doing what is in the best interest of both the company and employees not what is best for personal interests. Eliminate the department and inter-department silos. Provide an environment for open and honest communication.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The engineers and technician are good to work with

    Cons

    The management is incompetent and the workload at times is not reasonable.

    Advice to Management

    Very top heavy. Do you really need 5 levels of management for a handful of engineers?


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ineffective management leads to low efficiency."

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    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Farmingdale, NY
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Farmingdale, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    They promoted the workplace as a "family unit." All of the workers were friendly and the atmosphere promoted solidarity. Everyone worked well together and there seemed to be a general feeling of pleasantness in the workplace.

    Cons

    The upper management lacked a clear vision and micromanagement was a huge concern. Due to obvious favoritism, there was some animosity between certain departments. This also contributed to certain individuals who were not necessarily qualified for certain jobs being promoted into positions that they couldn't perform.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right person for the right job and micromanagement will not become an issue. Try to avoid very obvious favoritism.


  10. "It ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gastonia, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gastonia, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Curtiss-Wright Controls full-time

    Pros

    I can't think of any

    Cons

    To much change in the last few years

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stop being cheap


  11. Helpful (2)

    "No growth opportunity, good people all around, bad management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Curtiss-Wright Controls full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, at least for the ones I worked with.
    flexible work schedule, can come in as early as 7 leave as early as 3:30
    free coffee.
    pays well.

    Cons

    required overtime,
    schedule slip as always,
    many people don't know what they are doing, (lack of leadership)
    No growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Running a company with this style will never go far.
    Try to keep the employees happy



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