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"Inability to move forward with new technology."

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stratford, CT
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stratford, CT
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

If you want to be apathetic, or lack the skills to compete in computers, it is a good place to work and do nothing but agree with management. Listen to what they say and repeat it back to them and one can do well, but think critically and technically, and your ideas are not wanted.

Many of the benefits come under the umbrella of the parent company United Technologies which owns OTIS, CARRIER, Pratt and Whitney and Sikorsky among others. Therefore the benefits follow that of the corporation, and are very reasonable, but are not representative of what Sikorsky management would want to provide.

Cons

It is very difficult to move forward with new technology. For example, systems designed around data base technology are promoted instead of newer concepts using web technology. It becomes difficult to integrate information.

It is a place where cliques can form, to maintain and protect older systems, and they can use workplace mobbing to destroy new ideas and the people who propose them.. See the definition of workplace mobbing on the web.

Most of the management lack the skills to technically evaluate any ideas, and listen to exaggerations of what systems using older technology will do. Since the government and other political considerations pay for most of Sikorsky products, there is no accountability for poor systems, and instead if a system fails to work as promised, there is always more money to pay for more promises. People whose systems could never work, get the most money. Note: this is the company that spent 3 billion dollars on a Comanche Helicopter program before the government finally pulled the funding. (Only two Helicopters were built.)

One could say that many of the management obtained their current positions at that time, because they could spend a lot of government money without accomplishing anything.

Advice to Management

HR should realize that there are other types of harassment besides sexual or ethnic harassment recognized by law. This include an harassing environment for those who want to pursue new ideas.

The management should require a technical review of projects. They should compare what was promised against what was produced. Even a system which is considered successful may be too inflexible for future requirements.

The continued use of the same consultants should be stopped, to prevent kickbacks and the type of familiarity that allows the consultants to become political. Sikorsky should not allow the consultants to suggest paths that only make the consultants more money. This management is not capable of coming up with a path for systems which will be required for the future.

Other Employee Reviews for Sikorsky

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horseheads, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horseheads, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great benefits.
    -Excellent reloction potential under the UTC umbrella

    Cons

    -"Old school" management practices
    -Low pay for the industry
    -no life/work balance
    -promised bonuses not given
    -Need to be in the "click" for promotions

    Advice to Management

    -Lean Manufacturing is more than a buzz phrase to throw around the office. You need to commit to improving processes and actually spend the money to do it.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It was one of the most professional companies I have ever worked at."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coatesville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coatesville, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sikorsky treats its employees with the talent and expertise they all possess. Sikorsky is an extremely helpful employer when it comes to explaining benefits and helping to understand policies and procedures. The only reason I left the company was to pursue my education in another location. I would go back immediately if I could.

    Cons

    At the time that I was working there, Sikorsky was going through a structural change. Keystone Helicopter was bought out by Sikorsky so there were many uncertainties at the time.

    Advice to Management

    I think that management needs to be more engaged with the employees, even if that means just simply walking by through the workplace areas and talking with employees.


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