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Updated December 8, 2018
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Textron Chairman, President and CEO Scott C. Donnelly
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Pros
  • "Very laid back, good work life balance" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Good Work environment and learning experience" (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of work/life balance - culture of long hours if you want to rise through the ranks" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Lots of layoffs around all the business units" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Company review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Technician in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for.

    Cons

    There are no cons associated with this company.

    Advice to Management

    Mission accomplished. Keep up the good work.


  2. "Very Volatile, Shoot from Hip mentality, Poor/Volatile Portfolio of Product Offerings"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience out of college. They operate by OTJ (on the job training). If you enjoy that you’ll love starting your career off with Textron as I did. Managers will often give you autonomy and your leash will grow as you gain more experience.

    Definitly build contacts on the floor, it will help you get things done quickly and efficiently. The line operators are very knowledgeable and they are part of the keys to your success if your day to day activities include line support and/or design engineering.

    Management has an open door policy and genuinely cared (at least during my tenure).

    Cons

    After leaving I quickly was able to see the view from the outside. It is a very volatile organization with little diversity in their businesses - looking at it from a product offering standpoint. They are in aviation, recreation, and defense. Not exactly your most recession proof sectors so expect tons of volatility. The business is impacted heavily by political climate, and that can be seen with the massive periodic rounds of layoffs.

    Management decisions at the corporate level are rather poor. Who spends millions on R&D, marketing, sales development just to go out and buy a an existing one less than 1 year later?

    A lot of “good ole” boys seem to have taken over lately so expect more of the same - decisions from the hip based off a likeable guys “hunch”. Don’t get me wrong the company makes money and is Fortune 500 off revenue - but when your product is expensive.... revenue will trickle in. Doesn’t mean it’s profitable.

    Biggest complaint - zero extended outlook. They live 2 years out, promote people into positions they are not ready for and then blame them for the failure of the business.

    The leadership development program is basically a glorified College Fraternity/Sorority in the workplace. In my experience there were only a maybe a couple of people that really deserved to be called “leaders” in the program. The rest were book smart - but really didn’t know how to get things done. It showed from the direct feedback I received from several blue collared workers.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps look at your portfolio and the diversity in business or lack thereof. Look at developing a true plan for maybe 3-5 years out. Take into account all the variables necessary to achieve these goals through ORGANIC growth and not go out and buy business that are volatile just to turn around and ditch them. Especially after pouring tons into trying to develop your own brand...

    Most importantly - promote/hire people on their ability to produce and not just what looks good on paper. Let’s also not make promotions seem like it’s part of the United States “affirmative action program”

  3. "Buyer/Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Buyer/Planner in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, everyone is friendly and always willing to help

    Cons

    No formal training; always doing lay-offs; and pay is low


  4. "Overall a good place to work; be ready to network to advance"

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, pay, benefits and vacation. Most people are also very personable.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lot of politics with respect to advancement. Not always the most qualified gets the job.

    Advice to Management

    Placing people into a job to 'retain talent' when someone else is more qualified and put in the work/years to move up kills morale. Do what is best for the company and not what is best for you.


  5. "Increase Pay for LDPs"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Textron full-time

    Pros

    Excellent networking opportunities with higher level management, challenging work, fulfilling tasks.

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to other full-time employees who are not in the Leadership Development Program. Since LDPs are required to move around and uproot our lives several times, a pay increase would help attract more high-aptitude candidates and enhance retention. Additionally, merit increases should be decided by our bosses, not the LDP managers who have not witnessed our work.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay


  6. "Territory Sales Manager"

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

    I have been working at Textron full-time

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, benefits, 401k, PTO, advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Constant change in management and direction.


  7. "Sr Electrical Eng Tech II"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Eng Tech II in Cockeysville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Eng Tech II in Cockeysville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    if new coming out of school, textron will bring you in train you and give you time to grow.

    Cons

    no much advance in career. don't promote his employee as much as it should. if looking for promotion may have to apply for another job with in the company.

    Advice to Management

    promote your employees and they will be happy to work, the environment it is good and pace but that is not all.

  8. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Textron full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced manufacturing environment, good cross-functional work.

    Cons

    No structure to day to day or internship


  9. "Production electrician"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Textron full-time

    Pros

    Super laid back, cheap benefits.

    Cons

    Pay isn't high enough


  10. "Mediocre large company"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Textron (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health and 401k benefits are good

    Cons

    No loyalty to employees and will cycle people out with no questions or though

    Advice to Management

    Talent retention