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Textron Systems Principal Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2015

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  1. "Enormous waste of talent"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The work can be challenging and interesting, and the projects are meaningful: they affect the safety and effectiveness of our military personnel.

    Cons

    Financial floundering leads to knee-jerk layoffs, sabotaging morale and causing talent flight. Large military programs are frustrating because they can be way too complex, are managed using inefficient waterfall processes.

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    Textron Systems2012-11-27
  2. "Challenging Defense industry changes"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Textron Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Easy work although repetitive at times. Very little pressure and good work/life balance. Peers are friendly.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement. Perhaps driven by lack of future contracts. Responded too late to the market and was punished for it. Went through the motions for change instead of establishing true programs that will add value for the future of the company and employees. Culture was antiquated but made attempts to modernize.

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    Textron Systems2015-07-07
  3. "Gurgle, gurgle..."

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Textron Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You get to work in a decent office space with covered parking.

    Cons

    Everything was cut to the bone so all the engineering talent left for greener pastures. Then they started cutting into bone, then amputating limbs. I'm surprised they're still in business.

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    Textron Systems2015-03-05
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Slowest Sinking Ship"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once upon a time the complexity and pace of the work was wonderful. It challenged you to be the best while serving your country. "ADC" (Additonal Compensation) was very rewarding.

    Cons

    I'd complain about the horrible HDHP medical plan, long hours (death marches), lack of remote work (classified labs makes that hard) and so on but the real problem is this company is simply dead. Innovation is dead, new business prospects have died up and there has been a drain in talent ( by choice and by not ) for the last several years. This company isn't going anywhere.

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    Textron Systems2012-12-15
  5. "Was a great place to work before the Textron buyout."

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money's good if you can get a security clearance. Austin is a nice place to live. Still a few seasoned pros around you can learn from.

    Cons

    Constantly changing direction at the whim of Army program management. No job security at all (60 % of Austin employees have been laid off in the last couple of years). They want to be a software service company for the government rather than product developers.

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    Textron Systems2012-05-30
  6. Helpful (2)

    ""Doing the right thing" is not as important as your Manager's ego"

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    Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Textron Systems

    Pros

    Getting paid for hours over 40 and weekly until 2011 The majority of the people are good to work with The complexity of the engineering environment gives good opportunity to learn a lot Nice building and location in south Austin

    Cons

    Employees are not empowered to make decisions Managers only look out for themselves and will throw employees under the bus They have laid off some really great people with a lot of domain knowledge that would challenge the status quo and kept those that were "yes men" now the ship is sinking even faster. Wish I didn't still have so much company stock...my portfolio has taken a major hit.

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    Textron Systems2011-08-19
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Slow downward spiral has rapidly turned into deep tail-spin"

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    Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Textron Systems

    Pros

    - Used to hire really smart developers. Many are still there. - Some good test practices, have a good test group. - Deliveries are consistently more stable, better tested than other contractors. - The Software Product Line approach has finally failed (only scaled-down version exists in the form of "futures"). - Mostly window offices rather than cubes. - Located in South Austin. - Some advance notice over the past few months about impending layoffs.

    Cons

    - Jim Wade retired a long time ago. After company was acquired by Textron it hasn't been the same since. - Ambitious, talented developers run off by old-school, out-of-touch management. Now many of these developers are competitors who are siphoning away contracts. - Lost good managers (domain experts) who could bring in new business. - 0% flexibility to work from home. - No more pay over 40 hours (unlike competitors). - No flex-time. - Process at the expense of common sense (too much process, and the process police are often clueless). - The customer is often difficult, political, unpredictable, sometimes nasty. - Bug fix cycles can be monotonous, mind-numbingly tedious (lots of process). - Series of layoffs over the last two years have taken huge toll on morale. - Technical lead role usually means you'll never write code again. - The definition of a "good developer" according to management is often someone willing travel or take on lead roles rather than someone who can actually design or write code. This has resulted in a dilution of technical competency over the years.

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    Textron Systems2011-05-24
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Talented co-workers, career-limiting management"

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    Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Textron Systems

    Pros

    This is a place where your co-workers will be strong and you will be able to build your skills in many ways. They do (sometimes) pay overtime and they promote from within. They will provide opportunities to lead, if you want them, though those opportunities are typically quite low-level. Think responsibility without matching authority, autonomy or compensation. If you are a talented developer looking to work with other talented developers and are approximately mid-level in your career, Overwatch can provide solid opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    There is no rational incentive to work harder than average or get into any leadership role with Overwatch. If you take a lead role, you get no raise, yet have more to live up to on your performance review. Performance reviews are set to prevent rewarding more than 2-4% of the employees, regardless of individual performance, across the board. Since more than that percentage of the workforce is in a lead position, the lead is doing themselves a disservice by accepting the additional requirements. If you simply perform your job just as you are asked to do, you will be graded as meeting expectations. Going the extra mile in any capacity, from trying to improve quality to the skills of those around you to sacrificing time with your family, working free overtime, producing more than the next coder, stepping up to a lead position (without the additional pay), or even working through Christmas multiple years in a row (real example) will not be enough to earn you anything better than "meeting expectations", as there will be at least a few handfuls of others who will do this, and only a couple of folks are allowed to exceed expectations. Also, mistakes are quickly and publicly punished. One does themselves no favors by taking risks, as success gains no rewards and failure is quite publicly, quickly and harshly punished.

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    Textron Systems2011-03-30

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