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Updated February 11, 2018
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Pros
  • Good pay, shift work, decent management (in 5 reviews)

  • plants globally) has been very good and there are some very knowledgeable good people there (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Staffing is a bit on the lean side, as well (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Global manager"

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    Former Employee - Technical Professional in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Technical Professional in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product line ranging from carbon fiber to prepreg to part production for Boeing, Airbus, Spirit, Orbital ATK, Bell etc. New plant and existing plant growth (22+ plants globally) has been very good and there are some very knowledgeable good people there.

    Cons

    HEXCEL has had heavy growth thanks to Airbus and a good product But salaries are consistently lower than the industry regardless of the job and location around the world and there is no desire to rectify it.
    People are forced to work overtime whether hourly or salary as more work and projects are assigned to an already over burdened workforce. But HEXCEL has historically and repeatedly not wanted to hire more people when they are unsure of the European economy especially since this is a highly technical and specialized industry.
    HEXCEL implemented IT solutions 7-8 yrs to facilitate Office Communicator conference calls globally internally and externally to reduce travel costs and time.
    Unfortunately something was lost without the occasional face to face.
    - Maintaining relationships and building relationships which brings Trust
    - Accountability ensuring that the persons on the other side completely understand and will honor their commitments
    - Providing support and training and ensuring the support is compatible and understandable to the benefactor regardless of country and language
      - this means verifying the best people who really need the support and training are receiving it
    HEXCEL became a "matrix" management organization which means you can and will have a solid line chain of command 1 direction PLUS a dotted line chain of command that is just as important. This adds to the increased workload plus also makes it more difficult getting things organized, completed and understand ding which boss has priority!

    Advice to Management

    HEXCEL makes good product and will always attract new employees and customers.
    But knowing the salaries are lower than the industry standard regardleas of the job and country demonstrates a lack of respect for the employees.
    Company Christmas parties, picnics and finally implementing an employee stock purchase plan does not make up for low salaries, lower than cost of living increases and increased workloads.
    And being a Matrix management organization this slows the process to get things completed plus knowing which boss and group has priority. I believe those dotted and solid lines still add to the lack of accountability and trust.


  2. "Controls Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time

    Pros

    Good manager and has great benefits

    Cons

    Weak raises and Night shifts required

  3. "Controls Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits and a bright future. Has good opportunities for advancement and training. Safety is a high priority. The company is growing.

    Cons

    Hexcel tends to run lean and does expect a lot of its employees. Due to the nature of the production process their is an expectation that there will be overtime on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the current culture, appreciate the individual effort that employees put in, add employees in the case of excessive overtime.


  4. "Manufacture"

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

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time

    Pros

    Friendly employees, good pay, easy parking

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch with employees. No development.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Decatur, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hexcel invests in its employees and provides many opportunities for advancement. With steady growth, comes even more opportunities. Thus far, this has been my most rewarding and satisfying tenures.

    Cons

    12hr swing shift is taxing on family life.

    Advice to Management

    Doing great!


  6. "Decent Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time

    Pros

    The job is decent for what the company does. They're one of the leaders in this field.

    Cons

    Not really an opportunity for advancement outside of production.


  7. "Limited upward mobility"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great products (composite materials), good history of growth.

    Cons

    Very little promotion from within the company. They generally fill all upper level salaried positions by hiring from the outside.

    Advice to Management

    If you have to hire from the outside, you are doing a poor job grooming/training your best assets for future success.

  8. "Lab Technician"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They allowed us to pick our start/end time as long as it totaled 8.5 hours per day

    Cons

    Disorganized management
    Not paid well enough to live in the area
    Extremely toxic work environment
    No opportunities to advance to a new position within the company


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Dictatorial and unfair management practice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Casa Grande, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Casa Grande, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is anything good to say about this company. The above average pay you receive is really not worth the trouble, the stress you will add to your life. Find something else to do even it pays less. You will be much happier in the end.

    Cons

    Poor morale and lots of gossips. Employees are treated just like a number by HR and management.
     Poor management and favoritism are well and alive at this company. Employees are treated too unfairly for petty things. There is no common sense. If anyone has a vendetta against you, you may as well look for another job. There is no open door. Whatever someone says against you is what matters. There is no sense of investigating and finding out the truth. In fact, going to HR as last resort can be used against you.
    If you have an issues, there is really to talk to.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some real and experienced managers who know how treat his people and someone who has the integrity to do what's right, not some inexperienced and insecured manager . People are what make this company successful, not the other way around. Until that happens, turnover will continue.


  10. "Great products but management has room to improve"

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

    I have been working at Hexcel full-time

    Pros

    Great products and technology, cool markets. Will give you a lot of work quickly, great place to start career

    Cons

    Management is poor at communicating clear goals for your growth as an employee. Compensation is mediocre with a larger amount heavily concentrated at the top - like many firms. They are quick to hire from the outside but not promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your employee communications in one to one reviews - set clear goals. Invest in your people.


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