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Derco Aerospace Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Derco Aerospace full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People were nice to work with and benefit were fairly good comparing to other companies.

    Cons

    Was under Sikorsky and now under Lockheed. Directions were set by parent company.


  2. "Great company, great people. LOVE MY JOB!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Derco Aerospace full-time

    Pros

    Awesome culture, great employee engagement.

    Cons

    none! Derco is a great place to work


  3. Helpful (3)

    "was once a decent place to work but now it is just plain unethical"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Operations in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Derco Aerospace full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    usually dress code is casual. and you don't have to work hard - just play the game and you'll be just fine.

    Cons

    this place has so many ethical problems including FBI investigations (seriously, 2 in the last 3 years that we know of). favoritism is the company policy and i have never seen a place with such inept managers who immediately blame the non-management employees for all the problems. it's so bad because the people who do good work and never miss a day are taken advantage of while management's little buddies get a free pass. i never trust anyone in this building.

    Advice to Management

    please quit.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be a good place to work, now not so much."

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Derco Aerospace full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Modified Work Schedules
    Paid Time Off
    Some Opportunity for Domestic and World Travel

    Cons

    Pathetic raises - Every year is supposedly a record year in profits, yet there just isn't enough in the raise/bonus pool. I am sure someone there is getting compensated.
    Terrible Communication - Don't expect to know what is going on around here until after the fact.
    Very Clicky - If you are not in one you are definately on the outside.
    Poor and under qualified management - Do not expect support.
    No opportunity for advancement - even with multiple layoffs a year there are never any opportunities to advance.
    ACE/Lean - This is over used to a point where it is taking away from actual work/production time.
    ITC - So restrictive you can't perform your job effectively
    Poor Ethics - Trade violations, Fake invoicing to US Govt - Really....What a Joke

    Advice to Management

    Grow a spine and go to bat for the people working here in Milwaukee. Don't let politics and corporate dictate everything at this location. Try managing for once.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Will the last person remaining turn off the lights?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Derco Aerospace full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place if you have never worked anywhere else and are a member of the boy's club.

    Cons

    No direction or vision. Suffocation from corporate bosses. Constant rounds of layoffs. HR seems to run company and make decisions for management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to bring in smart outsiders and dump the dead wood and dinosaurs. Break the group think paradigm.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Door Should Be Closing... Favortism and Good Ol'Boys Survive"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Buyer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Derco Aerospace full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vacation time was great
    Employees were good...

    Cons

    Management is horrible.
    Miscommunication
    Lies
    Favortism
    Brown nosing
    Snitching
    ACE/Lean/Six Sigma

    Advice to Management

    Grow some balls and be honest with your employees. And don't allow those who sleep their way up the company to be in charge of people... when they have no experience and play favorites.


  8. "Small company feel, big company benefits"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Robins AFB, GA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Robins AFB, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Derco Aerospace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits with Derco are great, being a part of United Technolgies/ Sikorsky is one of the best parts. The bonus are good and the time off allowed to employees is top notch.

    Cons

    When part of a small satellite program you feel as though the company forgets about you.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to always keep employees engaged with all of companies actions. Have senior management make surprise visits to ensure leadership at site is on top of what is going on.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Going Nowhere Fast""

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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 Derco Aerospace full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay, and gained tools as related to ACE (however the company has gone ACE crazy, and you spend a fair chunck of your time working on ACE when you'd rather be doing your job)

    Cons

    Management is in a bubble. It is a good 'ole boys club. Those who suck up the most will get ahead. There are great people who work there who are often overlooked because they aren't in the 'clique'
    This company has been on a 'hiring freeze since 2009', with layoff's occuring 2x's/year since then. In 2009, they were at over 300 employees in Milwaukee, as of now they are down to 150 employees., There will be less this fall, with the distribution warehouse personnel being laid off in September 2012.

    Advice to Management

    The staff feels as though the company is being gutted, and will be either shutdown or sold in the next year or so. It doesn't matter what advice you give to managment, they have a track history of not listening.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Completely dysfunctional company"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Sales in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Derco Aerospace full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Has some extremely quality and dedicated employees. They are overall honest, hardworking folks.

    Cons

    Company has lacked cohesive strategy & leadership for over years. Their parent company (Sikorsky Aircraft) pillages the company, while management just tries to save their own skin. Drama, politics and a boys-club mentality rule the day, and the suck-ups get promoted. Morale is at an all-time low, and "process" rules the day, not people, performance, or relationships. This company has lost their soul, and rumor is they will be soon gutted like a fish by their idiotic by savvy Parent Company. Don't work for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some balls & stand up to SAS! They will fire you eventually too PS.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "If you will say "yes" to anything and not disagree with anyone, you'll do just fine at Derco Aerospace."

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    Former Employee - Derco Repair in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Derco Repair in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are slightly above average for the aviation industry. The work environment is clean and well lit. Workers do not have to clock into work. Timesheets are based on the honor system. Vacation time does not seem to ever be denied.

    Cons

    Business ethics are thrown out the window if they're going to affect the company's numbers for the week/month/year. The repair shop follows programs meant for manufacturing companies. The company deals with old technology. Management has their favorite people and definetly shows it.


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