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Esterline Reviews

Updated June 14, 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)

    "You should stay away if you are looking for a career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing really i can think of

    Cons

    Disorganized, chaotic, management is clueless, no real future.

    Advice to Management

    Know your job


  2. "Difficult To Work For"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Business was still functioning, even though they were undergoing significant changes.

    Cons

    Management still felt the need to use the rod to increase employee engagement.

  3. "Crippled by transformation"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Esterline full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are decent

    Good people

    Some schedule flexibility

    Has potential to be great if management can improve.

    Cons

    Recent restructuring has completely broken all processes and added a ton of new half baked processes.

    Perpetually behind and regularly asked to do more with less.

    Starved on resources (both people and proper equipment)

    Management is not in charge anymore. All decisions have to be done through corporate. Corporate is totally disconnected. This is a very inefficient and no way to run a business.
    Performance reviews are a joke and raises are below industry average.

    Advice to Management

    Push back on corporate mandates. They are killing the company.
    Hire new people and backfill the ones that have left.
    Build up your training and employee incentives program
    Consider updating equipment to something made in this century.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Needs a lot of improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Esterline full-time

    Pros

    Exposure and opportunity to participate in any step of the product development process from design through final production and support cross-department projects. You can learn a lot in a very short amount of time here. There is some camaraderie amongst employees within the same departments or areas.

    Cons

    The company doesn't have a unified vision for success and therefore different departments often work against each other. Trying to get support to complete projects is extremely difficult and frustrating.

    In general, the majority of people's mindsets and methodologies are old school and people are unwilling to adopt new tools and processes that will support future success and innovation. The current processes and systems within the company are completely antiquated and inefficient. People will often go chasing after the wrong problems because they are unequipped to be able to identify the most critical issues and measure the effects of their efforts. People spend long hours putting out small fires instead of tackling the main, systematic issues.

    Management talks a lot but fails to follow through on any of their initiatives. They are constantly changing their priorities and plans, which comes from the top down. Some managers have great intentions but are spread thin and do not get the support they need to be successful. Other managers are very difficult to work with because they are not team players or do not have the technical or personal skills they need to do their jobs.

    The benefits are good but the pay is not. The scale is based on national average and doesn't account for cost of living in the area, which can be a big gap in California.

    Overall, there is an air of disorganization and hardly anything that gets started is completed without major impediments.

    Advice to Management

    Inspire your employees to be industry leaders and encourage open-mindedness about new technologies/process. Be steadfast in your will to do the right thing and follow through on the important issues. Emphasize good relationships across different departments and working towards common goals.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Alignment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cool products and extensive international customer base.

    Cons

    Not customer service focused. Too concerned with internal metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Alignment is critical to grow the business. Providing a vision for growth is paramount. Customer service must be key to competitiveness.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "The pay seems well, but standing for eight hours a day isn't worth it, I think."

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get paid. That's about all I enjoy $10 an hour seems great to me, since I am a teenager,

    Cons

    I have to stand eight hours a day building parts, wearing out my hands and legs. People get super exhausted. I graduated high school so I wouldn't end up working in a factory like my family and I am current attending college as well and look at where I ended up. I need a new job fast!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A funny work experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Employees are nice. Good cross-training practice. Employees really immerse to the new job.

    Cons

    Very old building that we have to wear winter coat and gloves while working on our desk because thermostat was really broken or really old. Maintenance have tried several times to fix it but no change.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "More layoffs……."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wenatchee, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wenatchee, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work with pleasant coworkers
    Variety of different parts of varying complexity
    Located in the Wenatchee valley, lots of outdoor activities

    Cons

    No accountability what so ever
    Engineers have a very bad attitude in every level of the company
    No hope of a raise ever
    75 people have been laid off due to management’s non-existent plan for the present and future

    Advice to Management

    Everyone better work on updating their resumes


  9. Helpful (3)

    "15 years of loyalty, then I was let go."

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II/CAD Administrator in Coachella, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II/CAD Administrator in Coachella, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers are the best thing about working at Esterline Defense Technologies. If you are well liked and not an engineer, you will also be given many opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Engineers don't have many opportunities at Esterline Defense Technologies.

    Advice to Management

    If I could summarize into one piece of advice, it would be to listen carefully to your engineers. They aren't as satisfied as you think they are.


  10. "Too much lip service and and reliance on metrics that mean nothing."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esterline full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees who do good work are recognized each month with gift cards.

    Cons

    Employee professional advancement is hampered by lack of vision by management in recognizing and providing opportunities. Management pays lip service to "training staff" and seeks only local and cheap opportunities.

    Too much bureaucracy gets in the way of getting things done.

    Advice to Management

    Be true to your slogans instead of paying lip service.


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