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Textron Aviation Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance with well established policies (in 8 reviews)

  • Good pay, incredible social programs for interns, professional and helpful staff, fantastic activity perks (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The Upper management mentality is that everyone is expendable (in 10 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is out of whack (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Overall a great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Textron Aviation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for continuing education/factory schools. Almost always plenty of overtime available. Textron is very good about promoting from within.

    Cons

    When you go into supervision it can be difficult to balance work and life.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to and increase the support of the technicians on the floor.


  2. "Textron Aviation Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supported flexible schedule to allow me to earn mechanical engineering degree.

    Cons

    Aviation industry fluctuates. Job security is never certain.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the folks on the floor.

  3. "Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, time off, people are great

    Cons

    Not any more than another company


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Airframe Design Engineer (2+ years)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Textron Aviation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the best known names in the industry (Cessna and Beechcraft), and a good place to start a career. They give a lot of freedom to new grads and you will have the opportunity to "wear a lot of hats", as this is a much smaller company than giants like Boeing, Lockheed, etc. This could be both good or bad, but those capable of managing this will leave with much more experience in a much shorter amount of time that what is possible elsewhere.

    Individual designers have a great deal of reach and decision making capabilities. It is common for engineers to point areas of aircraft and claim it as their own, which is a great point of pride as a designer and carries a lot of weight when discussing future opportunities both within and outside of the company. When it comes to design, your voice will carry a lot of weight, and this is something that will not be found at larger companies.

    Overtime compensation exists even for salaried employees (up to a certain pay grade). The compensation is by hour based on the equivalent hourly rate of your salary. During busy stages of a program, it isn't uncommon for "drawing pushes" to require more than 40 hours a week, and it is nice to receive this compensation directly rather than having to hope for a bonus at the end of the year/quarter.

    Working schedule is very flexible. Most people set their own hours (within reason) and most managers allow for flex time, where you work 40 hours in a week, but not necessarily five eight hour days.

    Cons

    Small warning to interns considering full time positions: your experience an intern is not reflective of a full time position. As a new grad that did not intern here prior, it was frustrating to see how well the interns are treated, while the new grads are simply dropped at a desk. New grads do not receive paid flight training, social dinners, field trips, networking events, or any of the benefits that interns enjoy. This shouldn't be a deal breaker on it's own, but it is important to be aware of this when considering any offers.

    Much of what is listed above in the pros section is a double edged sword. The design freedom puts a great deal of burden on an individual, and leads to a great deal of finger pointing when something goes wrong. The overtime compensation means that working beyond 40 hours is expected and not optional during high workload periods. And the freedom to new grads comes at the cost of any formal training or mentoring programs. Everything is learned on the job, often while actively working toward some impending deadline.

    Upper management seems out of touch with the business and those below them. Proposed schedules are comically unrealistic, and are often disregarded entirely because of their impossible nature. Mid and low level managers that buy into this form of leadership as yes men are promoted, while those that resist it are pushed out. The appearance of progress is often more important than actual progress, which leads to a lot of questionable decisions and a great deal of wasted time and resources.

    Additionally, profits come above all else. In a little over two years, there have been three rounds of voluntary retirements followed shortly by layoffs. This isn't because the company is struggling, but simply because we didn't "meet our numbers". The culture this breeds is toxic to say the least, and people regularly fear that they will not make it through the next round when it comes.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees, and they will take care of you in return. Adequate training/mentoring, reasonable expectations, and a small degree of job security would go a long way to improve the image of the company. If they continue with their current approach, it won't be long before their reputation is permanently damaged in a way that will drive away potential employees. Layoffs are unavoidable in the aerospace industry, but laying off hundreds of people, only to refill those positions after realizing there is a staffing shortage is just poor foresight.

    Overall this is an alright company to work for. It falls prey to a lot of issues found at larger companies, but without the higher pay and benefits usually found there. They offer excellent opportunities for new engineers to get experience and cut their teeth on real, meaningful projects; but long term opportunities and job satisfaction are questionable at best.


  5. "Great relationships"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Textron Aviation full-time

    Pros

    Great people, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Low job security, obsessive employee evaluation


  6. "Great place for Engineering Interns"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern in Columbus, GA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern in Columbus, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Textron Aviation takes really good care of its interns. The pay is competitive and the support structure in place to make sure you have access to the resources you need to make your projects stand out is also great. If your project is good, don't be surprised if people at the vice presidential level sit in on a conference call to hear you talk it up.

    Cons

    None that I experienced as a first internship

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting your interns! It's awesome that there are multiple full time staff with this job description.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager In Operations/Supply Chain
    Current Employee - Manager In Operations/Supply Chain
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Textron Aviation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - A lot of focus on internal movement and promotion
    - Good senior leadership team under CEO
    - Fun product to be working around
    - Great pay & good benefits
    - Great Flying Club and program for employees and their families
    - Many good people are team members

    Cons

    - Stories prevalent of CEO not driving teamwork and cooperation at senior leader level
    - Has not embraced work environment perks that are better known at tech companies such as creative work environments, free snacks and drink varieties in gathering areas, casual dress code, bikes on campus, etc.
    - Has a classic "corporate" feel and mannerisms
    - Not located near any exciting attractions such as mountains, beaches, large lakes, or big cities (Kansas City 3 hours away)

    Advice to Management

    - Invest more in recruiting and training, especially since the hiring happens at the entry level almost exclusively
    - Work on teamwork and trust throughout organization (Patrick Lencioni a good resource)

  8. "Working in the Aviation Industry."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Textron Aviation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay was good and benefits were decent.

    Cons

    They have started to outsource many of there salaried and bargaining positions. US contractors were replaced with offshore resources or sent the work to Mexico, shop floor positions given to local contractors who pay less in wages. They do this for cost savings but push many of their older employees to retire early or release them with a small severance package and expect them to find new employment.

    Advice to Management

    The bottom line is always a good representation of a companies worth, but throwing your employees to the employment/unemployment line is not always the best solution.


  9. "Value Stream Leader"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Textron Aviation full-time

    Pros

    - Great, hard working management team
    - Teamwork environment
    - Challenging

    Cons

    - Long hours and sometimes weekends


  10. "Mixed Bag - Review by Manager in an Outlying Service Center"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Advancement opportunities
    -Many good people in the company
    -Ability to share ideas with other parts of the organization

    Cons

    -Rate of pay is well below average for many roles, with little or no increase in pay for locations with a high cost of living
    -Some very difficult personalities in key positions
    -Typical large company bureaucratic issues
    -Extremely lean operations, reaching a point where there a not enough resources available for routine tasks
    -Stress level and workload for supervisory/management level positions is overwhelming
    -High level company values (such as focus on people) are watered down and twisted by the time they reach the lower levels of the organization

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the service portion of the organization to make it a world class network. The brand will not survive as "the cheap guy." You get what you pay for.


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