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Ultra Electronics Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Decent pay and benefits package (in 9 reviews)

  • Helpful support, Great people with a great deal of experience, Interesting projects to work on (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management team has no idea of what is going on on the shop floor (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management has on occasion cut off their nose to spite their face, on things from position name changes to salaries (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Past"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, high level engineering

    Cons

    Upper management needs to focus on growth

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Implementation/Support Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Some travel, some office work, some work from home

    Cons

    Company is headquartered in Manchester England, the 6 hour time difference could at times be challenging.

  3. "Ultra-MSI makes very cool products for aviation, aerospace, military industries."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wallingford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wallingford, CT
    Recommends

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Mostly very nice people. Very welcoming. Low stress, casual atmosphere. Knowledgeable staff due to longevity. Very interesting products for many industries, in particular the military, aerospace, aviation and more.

    Cons

    Two companies owned by the same larger company but run as independent business units making it difficult for cross-functionality. Some employees have been there for a very long time and some complacency exists.

    Advice to Management

    Some personnel issues need addressing. Also certain critical areas appear to be understaffed which leads to errors and long lead times. Although this is not coming directly from the MSI management. It comes from above.


  4. "Life at Ultra"

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    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Austin, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great peers to work with.

    Cons

    Advancement was limited at times.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Pointless Company with a Point!"

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    Current Employee - Technical Project/Program Manager in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Project/Program Manager in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location for me. 3eTI finally put in a leader who is not stuck in the 1980s so there is some hope. I hope Ultra Management won't squelch him.

    Cons

    Ultra corporate parent is stingy and has no new ideas. Rakesh, the CEO is a stubborn ego maniac without vision, hot tempered wannabe phony with no substance. He makes Ultra miserable. 3eTI finally has a new leader and I hope he can turn things around. The last guy was a certifiable meglomaniac who produced a lot of anxiety in the employees and enriched himself at everyone's expense. He kept one person around for nearly 10 years who treated people badly always saying "But he's effective" in the mean time the reign of terror continued. I don't know how he sleeps at night and he needs to do some serious self-reflection and soul searching. I hope he never runs a company again.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Rakesh! Fund new and innovative products. Encourage your employees' creativity. Stop the incessant "data calls" and overly onerous micro-management of companies. Let them pursue a broad and innovative vision. Give them room to execute, take some risks. Stop buying companies that are not profitable. Put a leader at the top who is a positive visionary who can make this company grow again.


  6. "Assembly"

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    Current Employee - Quality Operator II in Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Quality Operator II in Westford, MA

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Work effectively with others to achieve consensus to accomplish organizations goals and cooperative , team oriented, patients, calm under pressure, able to work independently

    Cons

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    Advice to Management

    Enthusiastic about new challenges anf easily adapt to changes in the business direction, self-motivated


  7. "Ultra-Herley"

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

    I worked at Ultra Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small, fast-moving military contractor in electronics. Good people, and good benefits, and each of the 3 locations are good places to work.

    Cons

    Management is occasionally slow to make needed changes.

  8. "Worker"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Round Rock, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Round Rock, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only real pro is coworkers. Benefits are okay but not great.

    Cons

    Management, management, management. The "managers" do not work. They don't know the jobs for which they are to manage. They throw employees under the bus instead of helping them succeed. Immature, unexperienced managers put in place by the dictator VP. Employees are not valued and are often verbally abused or discounted altogether. Horrible management techniques allowed to continue. Employees are written up for reporting poor treatment by SMT.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of specifics VP and 95% of your SMT. Bring corporate in to see what "really" goes on. Stop giving employees lip service and DO something to show them you do care about the mistreatment they receive from the inadequate SMT


  9. "Employee"

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

    I have been working at Ultra Electronics part-time

    Pros

    The people at Ultra are super friendly and welcoming. I love the flexible hours and the work environment at the office.

    Cons

    The interview process was very long and arduous. I had two back to back interviews, one behavioral and one technical.


  10. "Senior Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Columbia City, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Columbia City, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Very stable work environment.

    Cons

    Low salary base for the job title and area.


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