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Panasonic Avionics Corporation Reviews

Updated February 12, 2017
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  • Sometimes long hours, short schedukes (in 13 reviews)

  • Work life balance needs adjusting (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Passionate and energetic people to work with

    Cons

    At times may require travelling


  2. "Good work place!"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of stability, good work environment, and always learning something new every day which is good for the career

    Cons

    None yet that I know of!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits .
    Great management and great team .
    The schedule is flexible and provides an excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Management does not have any metric to measure performance of the employees. There is no way to advance in your career based on the results you deliver, but rather based on the internal connexions within the company.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job with providing a good environment to work at and a good work life balance. Set proper goals for employees to know what they should focus in order to advance in their careers.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Low pay long hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The coffee machines work sometimes but the replacement ones use this nasty tasting instant Nesquik coffee that foams and tastes like liquid styrofoam

    Cons

    Low pay relative to the industry
    Long hours
    Absurd policies
    Poor work environment
    Mediocre health benefits
    No retirement plans

    Advice to Management

    The solution to falling behind in the market should not be to overwork your current employees but rather change management policies to better fit the needs of the customers. Cracking a whip and attempting to micro manage only serves to decrease morale which leads to less optimal products


  6. "Panasonic Avionics, Bothell, WA, Business Technology"

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    Former Employee - Senior S/W Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Senior S/W Engineer in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panasonic Avionics Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great facility, location, management, co-workers.

    Cons

    Were open source, no more. Went with big buck SW solution being developed on Microsoft Stack for supporting repairs and calibrations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Job titles didn't make job responsibilities."

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    Former Employee - Technical Service Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Service Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    PAC is a big company that has a lot of job opportunities. Benefits are about average with the rest of the industry. You won't get fired.

    Cons

    A lot of over paid employees that just sit back and collect a pay check. Older employees tend not to want to learn or improve their working ways. The are to scared to fire people.

    Advice to Management

    Go through the company and find all the bad eggs (there are A LOT of them) and clean them out so the good employees can help save the company before it falls to far.


  8. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Repair Technician in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Repair Technician in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    4 day work weeks, plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    Seem to be overworked and understaffed recently.


  9. "N"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Intern in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Intern in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, Challenging work

    Cons

    pay was average, Not able to convert the internship into full time even though worked really hard, Never got reply from team or management for full time job opportunities.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Inefficiencies are a byproduct of its own success"

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

    I have been working at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is in a unique position in the marketplace, with large share taken and little competition. The engineer-to-order business model means employees can work on a much more diverse portfolio of products. Field Engineering itself is a unique job that has many perks like travel, company car, and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    As a result of its rapid growth, the company is unable and unwilling to adapt or scale to the size of its customers. Many within still believe Panasonic can support a 300-aircraft airline using plans meant for a 30-aircraft airline. Internal groups have completely lost interest in developing a robust product and refuse to accept responsibility for the bugs they release into the wild. As a result, the company is struggling and many skilled employees are leaving for competitors. Likewise, customers are frustrated and have (very publicly) awarded lucrative contracts to competitors.

    

The Field Engineering department is structured under global sales. Executive and management decisions are often made in the name of sales, growth, and customer satisfaction, without much regard to regulatory procedures or impact on manpower. Often, Executives will step in and command an entire team to drop everything to investigate a extremely mundane problem affecting a single passenger. Management is a self-contained group that has been known for favoritism. Many executives and managers do not hold themselves accountable to the customers and often respond to tough customer questions with silence or throw employees under the bus.

    Accordingly, the Field Engineers life is extremely unpredictable: priorities change often, last minute travel is expected, 60-80 hour work weeks are the norm with no overtime/comp time, and mundane/tedious reports fill out the remainder time. Most Field Engineers come from maintenance or technician backgrounds rather than engineering, which makes effectiveness an issue. Likewise, other groups within the company cannot take the department seriously. Pay is not competitive and salary increases are really adjustments for inflation.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on internal development to scale the business and utilize manpower more efficiently, then let the business come naturally as a result. Stop being "yes men" to customers and start shaping the group into a legitimate engineering organization and give them engineering responsibilities. Identify and eliminate sources of favoritism and begin compensating employees fairly and based on the amount of work they contribute.


  11. "Inventory Coordinator III"

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    Former Employee - INVENTORY COORDINATOR III in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Former Employee - INVENTORY COORDINATOR III in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panasonic Avionics Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, small manufacturing environment and great benefits.

    Cons

    Because it a small company, leadership loyalty goes to legacy employees.

    Advice to Management

    Value all employees not just the ones you have history with.



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