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Textron Systems Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pros
  • I got some great experience and met some great people while working there (in 25 reviews)

  • Benefits are good and there is a lot of opportunity for training and promotion (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Somewhat of an antiquated work environment (in 9 reviews)

  • Not the greatest benefits, work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Slidell, LA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Slidell, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    All of the employees have a great working attitude and are very helpful when you are working with them

    Cons

    The work is mainly Government related so if no contract no work

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating empires and assign qualified people to be the boss


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Completely dysfunctional"

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    Former Employee - Entry-level Human Resources in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Entry-level Human Resources in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Textron Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great resume-builder and learned what business I shouldn't work for

    Cons

    Management disconnected with teams. Inexperienced employees thrown into leadership roles as "stretch opportunities" and fail miserably. When leads fail, employees on lower level are subject to disciplinary action and will not have a voice in defending for root of cause. Feedback is not appreciated or taken seriously.

    Above all, the passive aggressive culture and apathy of management is sickening. Work environment is highly stressful, leaving even the top-performers paralyzed by stress and unable to perform in dysfunctional environment. Worst professional experience ever and so embarrassed that I recommended my colleagues to apply and have to experience an incredibly poor internship with the company. Waste of their time.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck

  3. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Textron Systems full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of upper management exposure at my location in Austin.

    Cons

    The business is lacking a little on company culture, but they are beginning to try harder!


  4. "Good, challenging technical work environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Williamsport, PA
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Williamsport, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Textron Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid corporate management keeping business units aligned - no silos. If business unit is run well, left to manage selves.

    Cons

    Local business unit senior management tends to be reactive. Pressure to hire from within the corporation often misses external talent.

    Advice to Management

    Build a staff you can trust - then trust them.


  5. "Good money, poor management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Flight Crew
    Current Employee - Senior Flight Crew
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay checks, good co-workers

    Cons

    Under funded and short handed

    Advice to Management

    Change rotations and improve retention


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Where you work while you're looking for another job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Textron Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Large base of entry level employees to build a network with- you will need to bond with others in the same dreadful situations as you.
    -Internal promotions
    -Holiday shutdown

    Cons

    EXTREMELY high turnover (very frustrating) due to:

    -Lack of company culture & engagement
    -Lack of trust and development- no stretch assignments given
    -Upper level positions are not given to those who deserve it- rather to who they see "potential" in which could mean extremely unqualified for the role
    -Hypocrisy of policies and lack of communication regarding it
    -"Old school" ways of thinking, very un-open to change and modernization
    -Uncompetitive entry level salaries
    -Lack of mid level positions
    -Office is boring and unappealing
    -Looming layoffs always on the horizon

    Advice to Management

    It's one thing to say you foster employee engagement... and it's another to actually live by it. This place was full of employees who didn't want to come to work.. so bad that they eventually quit. Focus on exit interviews and why employees are leaving at such high rates (especially entry level) so you can help engage that population and eventually others. Be honest and truthful with your employees and give stretch assignments to more employees rather than your "chosen few"... HR needs a wakeup call in talent development, compensation, and employee engagement.


  7. "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people - fair benefits

    Cons

    Continuous downsizing - uncertain future

  8. "Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Textron Systems full-time

    Pros

    The work is extensive and interesting. Expected to perform on project teams and is a matrix organization so you can continue to stay in your discipline or can expand into other areas of interest.

    Cons

    Disciplines are organized into matrix, so you can continue to stay in your discipline or can expand into other areas of interest.

    When you are asked to work extra effort and you are salary, you have to give them 5 free hours before they will pay you straight time.

    Advice to Management

    need to provide change the vacation policy so employees can carry over more than 80 hrs to the next year. most other companies in the area allow for many more hours can be carried over. I.e. Lockheed


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Human Resources- Entry Level"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You can get promoted quickly if you do a good job because they don't want to backfill anyone and only shuffle people around.
    - the benefits
    - camaraderie amongst lower level employees

    Cons

    I would HIGHLY CAUTION anyone who is considering accepting a job in Human Resources at Textron Systems. I have never been part of such a dysfunctional group of HR professionals. During my time with the company, I found the HR department to be very hypocritical...we would tell other employees and managers what they would need to do and wouldn't even follow our own rules. Additionally, the HR leadership team is not transparent at all with their decision making and there is no flow down of communication to lower level employees. The most frustrating thing while I was there was that employees in HR aren't recognized for the work they do..if you do a good job that is just the standard, but if you mess up it's the end of the world and you are chastised and yelled at. The HR team does not work as a "team"; people love to point fingers at you, and they don't ever try and help you out in situations where you need support. Senior leadership couldn't care less about lower level employees, how much work you have, or how stressed you are; they will tell you to keep working. The Talent Acquisition team is in disarray and has essentially fallen apart and no one seems to care at all, which for the team is upsetting and frustrating. There are no goals within the HR team, and if there is they sure aren't celebrated at all. Lastly, during my time at Textron Systems, I was never once asked for feedback from upper management in regards to how things are going, how my manager is doing, how processes are being ran..which I think goes to show just how much they care about lower level employees opinions.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your lower level employees. Try and understand how much work they have and how stressed people are. Give people meaningful work. You all need to take a good look at the culture within the HR team and try and address some of the underlying issues. ASK YOUR EMPLOYEES FOR FEEDBACK! Create and celebrate goals that are achieved.


  10. "Textron Systems Unmanned Systems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Textron Systems full-time

    Pros

    High variability in day to day tasking

    Cons

    Customer tends to provide inadequate or vague information

    Advice to Management

    Make the compensation process more transparent.


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