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TransDigm Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible work environment.."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TransDigm (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people and lower level management
    Newly renovated office space
    Generally, good work/life balance - management is understanding of family commitments and obligations
    Office staff have ability to work from home when needed

    Cons

    Senior management is only focused on satisfying corporates agenda
    Very focused on making the "number" - does not care what it takes to make it including letting people go
    People have grown accustomed to annual layoffs if sales are not met
    Poor company culture/values
    New President every year
    Lack of direction from Senior Management - company direction/policies change with every new President
    The only that is consistent is chaos

    Advice to Management

    Was great before we were acquired several years ago...the company is hemorrhaging good talent and senior management is so focused on making the annual sales target, that they simply do not care. It's not uncommon for people to either leave or be laid off and the job not be filled...in many cases, the work is shifted onto the remaining employees already trying to manage a difficult workload.

    Employees are not appreciated at all and it is obvious with the lay-offs which have come to be expected virtually every year since the acquisition. This is true for all companies acquired by Transdigm...every company experiences the same thing...mass layoffs at time of acquisition, no appreciation of employees and it just goes downhill from there.

    Opportunity for growth is minimal with little, if any, compensation and is only privy to the select few.

    Advice to people seeking work - good short term oppty to gain some experience but would not recommend a career here..

    Advice to management - appreciate your employee's, recognize that they are more than just a warm body and focus on what made the company great. Staying competitive and remaining relevant starts with investing in your employee's..


  2. Helpful (1)

    "One of the WORST companies to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are none....other than to just have a job that continues to get the rich richer!

    Cons

    This company does not care one bit about its employees. The only thing this company cares about is how much money they make. There is no incentive/bonus to work for this company other than to simply say you have a job. The moral is very low, and seems to be getting worse. I would not recommend working for this company at all. I have been with the company for a little while now and planning on looking for something better. You tell me how one person can get a 60 million dollar bonus check, but then want to give the employees a gift card, or better yet a merit raise that doesn't even cover gas to and from work. There is no moving up within the company, no opportunity for growth and the pay sucks. I would not even waste the time, or ink to fill out a application for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Think about how you are making your numbers to be able to get the bonuses they get on the account of the employees. Without them there would be no trans digm. Give a reason for people to come to work for the company other than to just have a job. No one is trying to get rich, but to be able to feed and take care of our families.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "The worst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good entry job if you need some experience. They manufacture easy parts, easy to understand. Very hard to mess up but people still find a way

    Cons

    Management is bad. The president has full power to fire/hire who ever. Every year they have to meet a certain productivity, if they dont they lay off people. they layoff people who been there for 10-15 years, they have no loyalty to you. all they care about is the sales per head. They down sized my company by half and then they expect the same amount of work to get done. this results in employers having to spend 50+ hours a week at work, and this doesnt guarantee them job security.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate w/ the worker. make decision together and not by going off from the president. bring back the worker's bonus. positive enforcement should be your way


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Would not work there again."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent and there are some nice benefits. The "regular" people who work there are pretty good to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management only cares about how much money they can make and about themselves and how wealthy they are going to retire. There are some really bad communicators in management.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Just Don't Work There"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransDigm full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The guys know how to make money, and the CEO is among the highest paid. The company is expanding fast, acquiring new facilities, generating more cash. It is happening fast. Stock prices are climbing.

    Cons

    From the inside, it is a gloomy picture with layoffs and long hours for salaried employees. Company president acts like a dictator with absolute authority, hiring and firing on minutes notice. My way or the highway makes employees feel demotivated and unappreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your plans. Show appreciation and some respect to employees. A company president should not be a dictator and act like a narcissist. Stop underlying threats of terminating more employees.


  7. "Not all that great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits because they exsist and other than that feast or famine

    Cons

    Lies so they can try to get experience out of good true workers. They only care about money not people's lives on a commercial or even civilian business plane. The greed is so self infused they don't realize they are going to kill people flying.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing you can do because the owners hold the answers and you as a manager are mot bright because any normal human being would have reported them to the FAA because they are your next twin towers situation. Go transdigm!


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Man's Club"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TransDigm full-time

    Pros

    There are nice co-workers at the corporate office and other division offices and locations. Decent pay and benefits. Pretty good holidays.

    Cons

    Corporate management is full of loud, crass, foul, chauvinistic, classless people. You have to play the boy's club game to fit in. Your life will be theirs and not yours anymore.

    Advice to Management

    They would be too stubborn to heed any advice from some lowly employee.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Confusing experience."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very nice people to work with, except senior management.

    Cons

    Senior management only cares about themselves and the money.

    Advice to Management

    Need better communication with all employees


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Too focused on pleasing shareholders"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are an executive at a business group, the stock options can be valuable. Not many pros other than that.

    Cons

    TransDigm is WAY too focused on getting their stock value up any way possible. Management doesn’t want to hear “no” at the highest level and forces this down through their business groups. It affects all employees in the TransDigm “family”. This is a HUGE negative…it doesn’t motivate people to do better…it causes frustration and extreme burnout with all employees. This burnout leads to the good employees leaving to work elsewhere.

    They love to paint the picture if you work hard…you’ll be promoted. They actually mean they want no work/life balance. You need to be a “yes” man and work ridiculous hours because most business groups are understaffed due to an insane “one size fits all” headcount policy where they feel your headcount should be based on sales.

    I’ve seen employees at business groups working 15 hour days (not uncommon for lower level employees to have mandatory 10-12 hour days). All of this is viewed as normal and acceptable by upper management. I’ve heard a president of a business group once say that he felt comp time (for these extended hour days) was akin to “stealing from the company”.

    Health insurance for a company of this size (when you include all the business groups) is pathetic. I’ve been in smaller companies that have had better health insurance coverage. Again…this is all due to their “bottom line”.

    Advice to Management

    I really don’t think anything will ever change with TransDigm. Not with leadership that focuses so much on shareholder value and not their employees. Their CFO just cashed out some stock options for 1.8 million recently…so they honestly have no reason to change their ways. They really only care about money and the bottom line.

    They have no pride in the company they run or the business groups…only that it keeps making money year after year and the stock prices go up.

    TransDigms’s “hands off” approach is good. However…when they force a headcount and don’t want to hear “no”…it all goes to the wayside. Let companies run the way they need to. You have talented execs in charge. Profits don’t always need to rise year after year. The stock price doesn’t need to keep going up. Focus on making a better company…not a more profitable company for a change.

    The best way to get more out of employees is to make them feel good about where they work. Stop focus on “running lean”.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Competitive mindset"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay
    Competent colleagues and management
    Strong work ethics
    Flexible hours (for salary)
    Financially sound and stable

    Cons

    Ruthless in layoffs (3 layoffs in 12 months)
    Corporate office dictates how things are done in individual divisions
    Constantly changing priorities making it difficult for employees to focus on their work (partly due to resource constraints)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek new opportunities. Need to separate between Sales & Product Management so that the focus is there between getting new business as well as satisfying current customers. Get rid of the month-end 'meet the sales target' mentality. If we want to improve, we should continue to do that every week, not just during the last week of the fiscal month. All in all - great job!



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