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Panasonic Avionics Corporation Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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  • Work life balance needs adjusting (in 8 reviews)

  • Long hours expected but not compensated (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Panasonic Avionics has great benefits.

    Cons

    Depending on the department you are in, the company will work you until you are literally being taken to the hospital.


  2. "Consultant"

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

    Pros

    It is a company with great opportunity and a leader in the industry of inflight entertainment.

    Cons

    May delay or take too long to take consultants on perm.

  3. "Still a great industry leading organization"

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

    I have been working at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities, benefits, and challenges

    Cons

    The organization is going thru change and that can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the organization and knock down silos.


  4. "Well Managed, Stable, Mature, Well planned projects."

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    Current Employee - MTS4 in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - MTS4 in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Its a very well managed company. stable, and they pay competitive, and have great benefits. Also, there are a lot of very experienced engineers to learn from ... I mean guys with 30+ years experience.

    Cons

    Because things have to be so well tested, things can move slower than in other sectors. Vacation time starts off a bit low if you are a senior experienced person. they start you with the same as someone fresh out of college.

    Advice to Management

    Vacation for experienced employees need to be more competitive with other companies.


  5. "Great stable company with benefits. People here are nice which trickles down from the average management."

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience and opportunity to learn. People here are smart and approachable. Good work life balance. Some people show intense passion for product.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic , so processes and workload can be slow/delayed at times. Difficult to move up because they only hire highly qualified talent. Most people have held positions for many years. Slow growth.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your youth in order to innovate more. Incentivize employees to stay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Integration and Test"

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    Current Employee - Integration and Test Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Integration and Test Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company, has lots of talented people that work here. They hire a lot of young, new graduates so good for people with little experience to get into a good company. Health benefits are also good, better than the industry standards. Salary par with the industry.

    Cons

    Very inefficient processes. There are on-going efforts to improve these processes but I think we have outgrown the current procedures/processes! I think there are also too many layers of Project Managers and Program Managers, management in general.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company that is a leader in in flight entertainment"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager II in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager II in Lake Forest, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and work/life balance, usually only 40 hrs per week. Good location in Lake Forest, easy to live near work.

    Cons

    Not as high pay compared to areas in Orange County. Poor data management causing a lot of group silos. Some managers don't work well with other groups.

  8. Helpful (18)

    "Avoid this company unless all you want is a salary"

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

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

    Pros

    1. Good benefits, salary and travel expense policy

    Cons

    1. The most immature engineering department that I have ever met in my life, filled with engineering managers who just fight with each other and develop contradicting technologies. Everything is a turf war, and they develop middle layers just for the sake of developing middle layers to control each other. Most engineering managers (except a few), are not technical enough / have the balls to facilitate technologies debates.
    2. I guess this is not just the engineering department. All departments don't communicate with each other and hate each other. Sometimes the managers hate each other so much, they teach their team members to hate the members of the other team. So you are "guilty by association", when it's absolutely critical that the teams work together. In the end, the customer and the business suffers because of these turf wars.
    3. The sad thing is that, I realized that if these managers actually communicate properly with each other, they will find that their interests are actually aligned. Poor communication creates false assumptions with results in unproductive hate of each other.
    4. Management culture is toxic where favoritism trumps reasoning.
    5. The are so many questionable hires at key positions, that results in the rare good employees feel like a "slap in the face".
    6. Ok, so if you are not experienced, I would still respect you if you are willing to learn from mistakes and willing to change. However, that is not the case, there seems to be no intention to change the practice. And managers just crosses their fingers, closes their eyes, procrastinate on the problem, and hope that the problems will go away. A key example is that managers are absolutely adamant about sticking to the "process", when they themselves believe that the "process is broken / not sufficient". They why don't you do something about it?

    Advice to Management

    Seriously, I'm not sure where to start. Good luck.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Let's Make Panasonic Great Again"

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Panasonic Avionics Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are above average, starting pay is decent for the industry, micro-managing is discouraged (at least it was in my department). Contractors/temporary employees seem to be treated well and temporary workers are paid for the holidays they had off. The office buildings and facilities are beautiful in the Bothell, WA location. There are plenty of nearby nature trails to enjoy.

    Cons

    Yearly raises are small and it is difficult to move up or around in the company, as internal job transfers tend to be rewarded via favoritism and not through merit. There are too many time-consuming, pointless meetings and reports. However, the biggest issue of all is the chaotic environment: too many politics, bloated egos and often ineffective management. The company culture thrives on “putting out fires,” rather than being proactive and planning ahead accordingly. Lower-to-middle-level supervisors are often too afraid to discipline difficult employees. Good employees are then expected to pick up the slack for their poor-performing peers and the work-life balance can be non-existent (it is very difficult to be fired here and abysmal employees take full advantage of this). The higher-level managers have often acquired their jobs through nepotism and not because they earned it. Many of them do not add any value to the company and they are a huge waste of payroll and morale... Moreover, there is a lot of unnecessary, blatant disrespect and un-professionalism that occurs among the departments. Most of this stems from the fact that there is too little understanding or consensus over what each department is/is not responsible for and the various departments are beset with both an“us versus them” and a “the sky is falling” mentality. Finally, corporate keeps approving high-volume programs with increasingly short deadlines without bothering to do any research as to whether or not the company has the infrastructure to support this increased volume of work within the promised shortened lead-time (newsflash – it often does not). Not surprisingly, this cutthroat, thankless culture has resulted in a loss of many exceptionally talented employees over the years… If you are an honest, hard-working employee, you had better develop a backbone quickly or you will 1) be “rewarded” by drowning in too much thankless work and 2) get dragged into the pettiness, drama and politics that management seems to thrive on.

    Advice to Management

    As of Feb. 2017, Panasonic Avionics is being investigated by both the DOJ and SEC on foreign bribery allegations. Subsequently, the CEO and several other high-level employees have abruptly left the company. This might be a blessing in disguise because PAC has been in dire need of a management overhaul for a long time... Anyway, my advice to management is pretty obvious and not very original: get rid of the surplus of dead-weight employees and supervisors. Stop being “yes men” to the customers and actually do your due diligence to see if the company has the means to follow through on the proposals before agreeing to them. Take the time to properly train your staff. Foster an environment of respect, collaboration and communication, rather than pointing the finger of blame. Hire effective, knowledgeable managers who lead by example. Stop overworking your good employees and start implementing ways to praise and reward your high-performing workers. Reduce the abundance of meetings and reports. Finally, I would recommend giving the office workers the freedom to take their laptops home and work from home 1 or 2 days a week. The commute times are getting increasingly worse in the Greater Seattle area and having the ability of a more flexible schedule would make a huge difference in boosting both productivity and morale.


  10. "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


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