Telephonics Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2020

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2.6
33%
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42%
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Telephonics President Kevin McSweeney
Kevin McSweeney
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "A 4-1/2 hour work week and a good benefits package(in 16 reviews)

  • "4-1/2 day week, great talented people, good benefits(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "upper management is absolute garbage(in 12 reviews)

  • "Too many to describe but main issue is corrosive culture driven by senior management behaviors(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Confident"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Huntington, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Telephonics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    New work added in every department assures focus and a challenge to advance our talents to a higher opportunity

    Cons

    Not enough cross trained teams to exchange the knowledge needed to produce and ship product faster

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  2. "Your textbook corporate workplace"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Supply Chain 

    I have been working at Telephonics full-time

    Pros

    4 1/2 day work week Friendly co-workers AC blasting in the summer

    Cons

    Lack of supervision and management. You are thrown into your position with essentially zero training, causing you to rely on your co-workers to teach you.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same company it used to be"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Other in Huntington, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Telephonics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits are good and they constantly remind us

    Cons

    Employees are not respected or treated well

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  4. "Challenging Enviroment"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Telephonics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    4 1/2 day work week with flex time. Enviroment and personal is very friendly and orientated to success. Support and mentor programs exsist.

    Cons

    Managment sometimes puts heavy demands, and sets unrealistic goals which are forced to achieve.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging environment and good products"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Farmingdale, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Telephonics full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The work is challenging and you are never bored. The compensation is good. As a PM we are given the tools to be successful which depends in a large part on your own abilities to drive success through the project team and organization.

    Cons

    Very little training and there is an uncooperative spirit among departments as if we are competing with each other as opposed to working together.

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  6. Helpful (9)

    "Death by Attrition"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Hardware Engineer in Huntington, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Telephonics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are great to work with, the ones that are left are very knowledgeable and pleasant 4 1/2 day work week (for now)

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch, does not value older employees. Most of the brain trust has left or is poised to leave in the next year or so with no one to replace them company consolidating 3 buildings into one, poised to be sold in the next few years Using the insurance there is a death sentence as their gauge for employee value and layoff targets depends on how much you use.

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    Telephonics Response

    HR Director

    Telephonics respects your decision to express an opinion through this vehicle, but comments concerning poor workmanship, targeting specific groups of individuals and lacking technical knowledge cannot go unanswered. As a federal contractor our products and processes are under constant vigilance by a number of federal regulatory agencies. We welcome that scrutiny and work in tandem with those agencies to ensure that our products continue to exceed the high standards our customers expect from Telephonics. We are an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and value each of our employees not only for their technical and professional expertise, but also their diversity. It seems your resignation didn’t elicit the response from us that you desired. We hope with time and distance, you will look back on your years with Telephonics in a more favorable light.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Could Be Better"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Telephonics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good company culture, pleasant coworkers, small business environment. The people I met while at SEG were a pleasure to be around and some of them were great to work with. The atmosphere is laid back and easy-going, and given the work and experiences I had before my time at SEG, I can say that overall the quality of people there is very high. I still miss them, and if I could change anything about my current job, it would be to have many of my coworkers from SEG come here.

    Cons

    It's extremely easy to be overqualified for everything you do at this company, and as a result, to be bored, under-utilized, and under paid. Although SEG is a technology and defense company, they aren't interested in innovation, research and development, or new ideas. They're interested in turning the crank to rush out redundant products that are no longer interesting or new or cutting edge. There appears to be no investment in the future at SEG. If you have a Ph.D or a research intensive Master's degree with a thesis dissertation, you're probably overqualified for any position at the company. Despite this, SEG seeks Ph.Ds to employ (and underpay) to do trivial, mundane work that is easier and less sophisticated than anything that person has done in the last 10 years. When I started at the company, 12 of the ~100 employees were Ph.Ds. That's 12% of the company holding a Ph.D. Within two years, 5 of the 130 employees were Ph.Ds. That's less than 4% of the company holding a Ph.D. Four of those 5 had been at the company 10 or more years, and were therefore in comfortable positions, likely explaining why they would stay. Almost all the PhDs doing technical work had left the company. These numbers mean the company grew in size, but the amount of highly educated people diminished. These numbers say more than words can about SEG's priorities and problems. There was (and still is) a mass exodus of many of the most qualified and experienced people at the company, many either realizing their skills would be better utilized (or utilized at all) elsewhere, or that someone else would finally pay them what they were worth, or maybe realizing that they wouldn't have to put up with patronizing, insultingly simple tasks that exhibited a constant pattern of undervalue. There seemed to be very little room for career growth at SEG, unless you were hungry for a management position. Many people at SEG who had worked there for 4 or more years in technical areas were doing basically the same work they started out doing, the only difference being they were now more efficient at doing it. This is the nature of much of SEG's technical landscape -- work that isn't that mentally taxing, work that doesn't require deep mastery of any skills, work that won't change any time soon, and work that is repetitive and boring, but a cash-cow for the company. The software group is the only branch of the company that seemed to be doing useful or interesting work. Almost all other groups were turning a crank or rehashing old ideas, with hard opposition to any kind of new direction or new ideas. Even when managers wanted to push for new ideas and capabilities, upper management was good at squashing those ideas and reiterating the importance of status quo production and crank-turning. This aversion to new ideas and innovation went all the way up the chain. If you've been at a company for 4 years and are doing the same thing you started out doing, with no greater responsibility or technical sophistication or lasting contributions to the group's capabilities, there's either something wrong with your abilities, or there's something wrong with the company. Sometimes it was certainly a little of both, or only the former, but many times it was the latter. You had talented and intelligent people doing things they had long been overqualified for. Not necessarily because they wanted to still do these things, but because there wasn't work at a higher level of technical difficulty for them to be promoted to. If you wanted more challenging work, you had to find a new position within the company, with a new manager. And this often came with its own problems.

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  8. Helpful (4)

    "Their subsidiary SEG is a sinking ship without rescue boats!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Telephonics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Engineers are competent and intelligent. With the right leadership they are capable of producing high yield products and solutions. Calm work atmosphere and friendly faces make your days enjoyable.

    Cons

    Upper management is delusional and misguided. They have used outdated practices to fuel their business process for far too long and now are being swallowed up by the magnitude of their drive. Projects are accepted with limited scope and lack of resources, the ball is constantly dropped when deadlines are due. The company is ran more like a kids clubhouse than a functioning technical organization. Do not work here! Their ignorance will consume you and ill-prepare you for how real engineering companies complete jobs, projects and tasks. The managers are lazy and pass the buck, everyone believes they have all the time in the world to complete projects and make excuses when the work isn’t satisfactory with the words “We’ll do it better the next time”. One day soon there will no longer be a next time! Their clients will realize that proprietary doesn’t always equal quality or well-managed. SEG is one of the worst employers I’ve ever had! The Project Engineering Department is a farce, the managers that run it spend more time figuring out ways to “improve processes” (by watching YouTube) than actually supervising and managing the completion of projects. One of them is often MIA and the other does not understand the content of the work but enjoys giving orders in his ignorance. Save the effort and time, do not work here!

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  9. "Okay"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Video Editor 

    I have been working at Telephonics full-time

    Pros

    Laid back work environment, casual setting

    Cons

    management can be very rude at times

  10. Helpful (7)

    "Sinking Ship"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Telephonics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    lots of down time. if you enjoy doing nothing, being non productive and watching the clock all the while getting paid a decent salary this job is for you. it is a production company that doesn't produce anything!

    Cons

    upper management is absolute garbage. one of which prides himself on how many people he has fired. the other knows absolutely nothing about the job he has or what the employees appointed under him do all day.

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