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Textron Systems Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • I got some great experience and met some great people while working there (in 24 reviews)

  • The benefits are good, especially if you intend to further your education (in 8 reviews)

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

  • This leads to high turnover and a frustrating work environment (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Overtime Practices"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Textron Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    401-K matching, fitness benefits, relocation opportunists nationwide.

    Cons

    Management stresses multiple unpaid overtime hours each week (minimum of 3 overtime hours). Failure to meet the overtime goal results in poor performance reviews and reduced pay raises. Overtime pay is by special request only. The first 5 hours of OT is always unpaid.


  2. "Spin zone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workforce at grass root level. Good tuition reimbursement program. First line managers seem to care about their teams.

    Cons

    Management decisions are based on fear and lack of quality information of what is really going on. There is a lot of spin.
    Lack of diversity in hiring, retention and opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Need to dig deeper to get the real skinny. Need skip 1 to 3 levels to get the best information.


  3. "Nice people but depressing culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Wilmington, MA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Textron Systems as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Senior Leadership was friendly, everyone greeted each other
    -not bad pay for second year internship
    -HR staff will help you find a position you want

    Cons

    -everyone there seemed a little unhappy with their lives
    -lots of busy work for interns
    -company was going through a large period of layoffs, culture not too great
    -have to pay for everything (coffee, paper cups, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    -value employees more and work to provide meaningful projects (especially for all interns)


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "The good, bad, and ugly. Unmanned Systems (AAI Corp)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits were very good. The people were some of the best I've met. You can travel if you want to. The work is pretty cool. There is a good amount of talent you work with.

    They got that going for them, which is good.

    Cons

    Tons of bureaucracy and more bad leadership than good.

    HR has lost its rightful place in the hierarchy and has somehow become the supreme authority....this is beyond a con. If you are reading this and thinking about working here and have never experienced an HR dominated organization, please save all of your happiness and look elsewhere; it'll suck your soul dry of happiness watching as your leaders are denigrated to nothing and your friends continue to be laid off but this magical group of low skilled/talent individuals continue to rule. Its almost like congress.

    You will work. In many cases, you will work (uncompensated) far beyond 40 hrs/wk. Engineers and PMs work week usually ends around 50 hrs, sometimes far beyond. This would be fine if it was known upfront so someone could negotiate their salary ahead of time but it isn't. If you expect 40 and out, this isn't the place. Negotiate at least 25% more salary because you will be expected to put that time in.

    Promotions are few and far between. I was in a meeting where they explained that a level III engineer is considered a good career level and that IV's, Principals, and Fellows, are reserved for SMEs and that most folks will never see past III. Lots of engineers left that following year.

    Advice to Management

    You aren't as good of a set of leaders as you think you are. That doesn't mean resign or leave, it means to analyze yourselves and accept that fact, purge who you must, and strengthen what remains. This company could be great again! Let your directors and managers have the authority to overrule HR. Please return HR to their rightful position as pigeons at the feet of the gods that are there solely to service the needs of the people and company staffing.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "High potential, but too fractured for success."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Textron Systems has many great employees and offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience across multiple disciplines. Employees who perform at a high level have a great opportunity for early recognition and advancement.

    Cons

    Textron Systems has high potential with it's many operating units and facilities, but unfortunately the business is very fractured with too many senior leaders failing to support the larger business strategy. Anytime a decision must be made for the better of the entire business there is almost a level of paralysis caused by senior leaders with self serving interests.

    Contracts are bid very poorly and won(bought) with very low margins setting the business and customer up for potential failure. Unrealistic sustained performance goals are demanded from employees often pushing them to burn out levels with very little concern for the impact to work/life balance.

    Salaries are not competitive when compared against the larger defense contractors. Benefits are not great and health coverage is terrible. Annual performance appraisals are often challenged and manipulated by HR and senior leaders. If the business does not meet fiscal goals, the employees are left to blame regardless of their performance or effort.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the employees and strive to improve the culture. Weed out senior leaders with ulterior goals or motives. Recognize/reward employees even when the business misses the mark.


  7. "Overwatch - Austin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Textron Systems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Nice people to work with. Covered parking. Ok benefits.

    Cons

    The work can be interesting and challenging but it also depends a lot on contracts. At this time government work is slow in coming so there is a lot of down time or work just fixing bugs which for most developers isn't super exciting or challenging. The company is also currently unstable due to the government slowdown in turning on work so there have been a lot of layoffs.

    If you are seeking stability this is not the company for you at this time. Maybe in a few years when things get better. If you want to climb the ladder, this is also not the place unless you are starting at the very bottom - that is if you are more senior then advancement is difficult right now because of the elimination of so many positions and shrinking work force. If you are freshly out of college this is a good place to get some experience because most of the above probably won't matter as much - getting experience is more important.

    Having said all that, Overwatch in Austin is owned by Textron which is a big corporation so if you are willing to relocate then there probably are more opportunities including advancement.

    When things turn around for this company and they start growing and hiring more, it will probably be a decent place to work. Note it does not have many social activities that a lot of other companies tend to have. It is not cool hip and happening but it is decent work and the people there are really nice to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Better reward and recognize your employees, especially right now since there have been so many layoffs - show appreciation for the ones who've stuck with you during these hard times. Listen to your employees more - moral is a problem and it isn't all just because of the lack of work. Try to make the environment a more fun place to be and make people feel more like you actually care beyond them getting their jobs done. Have better communication about what is going on even if there is nothing really new to report - say something. The constant silence and then layoff followed by a "this won't happen again" isn't making anyone feel good.


  8. "Challenging Defense industry changes"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Textron Systems full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Provide career advancement road maps, less favoritism to existing incumbents who are not qualified for positions. New Management restructuring and


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Shiny for a bit, then you notice the rust"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Insurance and investment options are on par or above many in the defense industry. Good first-line managers. Not a bad company for young professionals.

    Cons

    Management is disconnected. Don't expect to move up if you aren't part of the "boys club."

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management? You need new management.


  10. "Functional Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse and innovative work within the engineering dicipline. Excellent and knowledgable staff.

    Cons

    Management style is profit centric, not as much customer centric. Some management is ignorant of the product and needs to get on board with how and what they produce.

    Advice to Management

    Keep running in the direction you are taking and failure awaits you at the end. Look to innovate and become true leaders.


  11. "What a great concept - left to the inept"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Mechanical Designer in New Orleans, LA
    Former Contractor - Senior Mechanical Designer in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Textron Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with the new Ship to Shore Connector, cool project....being run a ground by poor Management = such a shame, could be an awesome rig were it not left to incompetence....and of course bean counters, who can't see past the bureaucracy of pedigree ( a degree is better than dyed in the wool experience) so sad for Textron

    Cons

    I am a Mechanical designer (their system of choice Solidworks) the models I dealt with were by far the worst I have had to work with in my career (poor modeling techniques)....so now I understand why they were sooooo excited when they found out that I DID understand Solidworks - the employees do try, the ones they keep are the young fresh people with brand new B.S.M.E.'s and ZERO experience = which equals FAILURE

    Advice to Management

    Get off the golf course out into the fray =dump the good old boys, seek out talent, reward talent and remember - a politician has NEVER designed anything which has ay redeemable value - NEVER


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