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Moog Animatics Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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  1. "Moog Animatics"

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

    Pros

    Very familiar working atmosphere. The colleagues are competent and very kind. The team spirit is good and also young employees are valued and appreciated and have good chances to develop.

    Cons

    It is a small company with limited development stages regarding career. The salary is average. Internal processes and the structure has to be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Better internal organization. Slightly increase salary average. Optimize the structure and communicate it to all employees. Delegate responsibilites more often.


  2. "Great company to work for with good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Senior Cost Accountant in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Accountant in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly and care for employees

    Cons

    Small size company, Limit room to move up

  3. "Moog"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good overall benefits and size of the organization. Good hard working employees that were committed to customer service and quality of the product they produced.

    Cons

    Lack of vision and strategic focus on new and innovated designs. Only enhancements to existing designs.


  4. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Moog Animatics full-time

    Pros

    It was great working with a lot of the people. It felt like I was working at a startup based on the amount of people at the building.

    Cons

    Many of the things weren't methodical. Issues come up and there was a lot of guess work involved. Many didn't get along with one another and this was evident since my first day.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend trying to establish a positive environment with more work-related events to bring everyone together. Most of the days were just all work and no play.


  5. "A place for seasons...."

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

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

    Pros

    It used to be a good place for a kid or two out of college to start , but that is not the case anymore. Very few people who know the product inside and out are still left. Whoever is there seems to be just passing through.

    Cons

    There is no trust between Engineering and Production with employees. There is no communication between management and employees. Company morale has gone down steadily since before the sale of the company to Moog.

    Advice to Management

    Management is too close to the employee problem. Slowly, they need to be exchanged out for people with different blood. It's important for management to bring in different people with a great background diversity for marketing and new product development.


  6. "A place to start..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Moog Animatics full-time

    Pros

    Very little. Small environment with a Mom and Pop type feel. Employees were very nice. After hours work was rare. This was however a good place to start a career.

    Cons

    Horrible trust issues along with little authority to effect change. Set hours for everyone including salaried employees. Pre and post acquisition saw very little change..

    Advice to Management

    realize that this the bay area and that its no longer the late 80s and early 90s.


  7. "Didn't meet expectations"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits; product applications were interesting

    Cons

    Resistance to change; production manager was complacent and lacked leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Need to change current designs to be manufactured quickly and efficiently.

  8. "So goes management, so goes the company..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool product! Fun technology with a wide scope of applications. Perhaps the best product on the market for fast product development & fast prototyping. Good working hours & nice workplace.

    Cons

    Poor leadership & mismanagement from the top resulting in massive turnover! The harm to a company in turnover for a highly specialized technical product that takes years to master its critical technology is hard to quantify by loss of market share & sales. The new president replacing Bigler simply does not have enough of a technical background to do the job, actually a freakin English major! So he's in way over his head in the technology and temperament, even in marketing he's just clueless. Comes off as a super nice guy when you meet him, never a direct answer, just chuckles and sighs a lot... but after the veneer comes off you get to see a vicious & vindictive corporate POS. Hence builds a toxic culture. Products are so capable, yet for the high turnover in manufacturing and sales SmartMotors have high failure rate too. So even after the acquisition by a great company the SmartMotors have still not been made reliable. When products fail, they are not warranted in good faith unless a giant future sales potential exist. They charge the customer just to evaluate why the controllers for the motors fail which even when not misapplied, as they are filled with Chinese components! They have burned so many of their industrial customers & distributors by not standing behind their product or even with emergency stock for their customers, that their brand is badly damaged and will have a challenge to ever recover.

    Advice to Management

    Shame on Moog for not doing their due diligence in this purchase. They paid over 5 times too much & got sold a bill of goods. There were duped bad, no other suitors were even looking to buy the company for its anemic profit & expiring patents. They kept it all such a good secret of the acquisition they didn't avail themselves of the employee's or ex-employees insights about the companies precarious outlook & structural problems. Moog needs to change management at this subsidiary or just cut their losses.


  9. "Pretty good but room for imrpovement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy working at Animatics for the most part. Most of the people are friendly (though most aren't the go out after work together friendly). Since they've been acquired by Moog, positive changes have been taking place such as yearly reviews (which they didn't have before), an actual HR person, some processes and better monitoring of benefits. Depending on the manager, some are more flexible with time than others, though everyone generally sticks to the 8-hour rule. Some social things have been implemented such as holiday parties and chili cook-offs, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 people lead lunch time yoga/pilates in one of the open areas. In comparison to the previous review, there are no longer the top people who call it "family" and bring in their kids (even though they didn't allow others to) so in that way it's gotten a little more fair.

    Cons

    Transitions are not easy. Though no one got laid off during the acquisition, there have been lots of new systems going into place and politics in the office definitely exist. Generally the pattern seems to be getting younger sales engineers in who do a good job for a year or two, and then losing them to a competitor (who pays commission) once they get good enough to make a difference. The people who are happiest here are those that are content doing their job and getting their paycheck, unfortunately there's not much focus on improvement or career trajectories of the individual unless you really push hard, and even then it's not a priority. There's still some "bad blood" from certain management that didn't exactly treat their employees fairly (lowering salary during the recession and never bringing it back up), but for people hired after the acquisition it seems to be just fine.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing your people more, as they're the most important asset you have as a company. Also a little moral boosting every once in a while would help. There are a few people in the company working really hard and pouring their heart into their work but without the proper recognition, you'll probably lose them sooner rather than later.


  10. "Good learning opportunity, lacking in benefits of larger companies"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn a lot. A very unique and intersting product.

    Cons

    Duties and responsibilities are ambiguous or undefined. Management and organization is lacking. Strange culture about time off and attendance.

    Advice to Management

    Structure incentive programs for employees. Be more flexible with time off. Define career paths within organization


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