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Updated November 22, 2017
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  • Upper management did not listen to my hiring manager and did not allow me to stay during the school year (in 5 reviews)

  • Complete lack of vision and way too much middle management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Esterline, once a 'string of pearls' now a jumble of chaos"

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Engineering in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Former Employee - Vice President of Engineering in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Until about 2010, Esterline was run mostly as a set of independent and thus successful sites. Growth was strong, stability was good and morale on par with most large companies. Thus, it was a pretty good place to work.

    Cons

    In 2011 new management initiatives were started related to centralization. These were intended to optimize the enterprise and eliminate duplication at many of the sites (HR, IT, Finance..). However, the time scale was too compressed, funding inadequate and the complexities of the sites under estimated. This has created a chaos that does not appear to have an ending.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the individual operating units and their reason for being successful, that is why you bought them. Trying to turn them all into some UTC like automaton has resulted is a demoralized and under performing set of factories, each trying to just survive.


  2. "Esterline Korry"

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

    I have been working at Esterline full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and schedule expectations.

    Cons

    Not a typical office enviroment, noisy due to equipment nearby.

  3. "Production Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Esterline full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with capital thus getting new equipment is possible
    Multiple opportunities within other portions of the company
    Skilled employees that will help you when you need it

    Cons

    work/life balance can be poor
    Sometimes unclear direction from the top, poor communication among leadership

    Advice to Management

    Help your leaders succeed instead of constant turnover of senior leadership. Guide us instead of shaming us towards success. Listen to our advice as experts instead of immediately dismissing it.


  4. "Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paso Robles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esterline full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great production staff and willing to help out. Work half day on every Fridays.

    Cons

    Bad management and inexperience engineers. A toxic combination for failure.

    Advice to Management

    Please hiring staff with experience and allow them do their jobs. Please, no micro-management.


  5. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sylmar, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great set of people, very employee focused

    Cons

    Non-competitive pay scale for employees

    Advice to Management

    Keep forging ahead!


  6. "Production"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Esterline full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, good people, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Disorganized & chaotic, no one really knows or understands how seals are made that's why its extremely painful to fix problems, no appropriate training


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It was a fantastic place to work. It may be again someday."

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    Former Employee - Operations in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Operations in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esterline full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -The people that work in the Everett plant are fantastic.
    -Most of the management team that blew up the culture that made this such a great place to work is gone.

    Cons

    -A new management team is in place. Everett will be different in the future.
    -This location was used as a test bed for a Kaikaku. That experiment was partially successful. There will be ongoing waves of change at this location.

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to your people.
    -Do things correctly the first time, at the beginning of projects.
    -Live up to the values you voice.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "It was fun when smart and innovative people ran the engineering department. However, that time is gone."

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

    I worked at Esterline full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Early hours and flexible schedule. Also, workers care about their jobs.

    Cons

    Screaming and disrespectful program managers. Export compliance will eventually ruin the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent engineers.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Platteville, WI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Platteville, WI

    I worked at Esterline full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues with whom to work

    Cons

    Leadership not always on the same page


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The worst company i have ever worked for."

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

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

    Pros

    You get paid. Good place to grow.

    Cons

    Directors have no idea about rubber and they make the worst possible decisions to destroy Kirkhill. Some directors only know how to use excel but that is it. This company will drive you crazy if you know how to work with rubber because of the poor decisions of the managers.

    Advice to Management

    Tell you directors to learn how to work with rubber because they make HORRIBLE DECISIONS.


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