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  • Company doesn't want to hire enough people to have a good work/life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Limited career advancement opportunities between business units (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good for fresh PhDs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is pretty good

    Cons

    Employee satisfaction is not well

    Advice to Management

    Middle management needs improvement


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to start a career, but no place to move."

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer/Scientist, Research Engineering in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer/Scientist, Research Engineering in East Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall work schedules are flexible. Most people are good to work with. Some good younger talent if they can remove some of the dead weight in the way.

    Cons

    Go-getters get shouldered with all of the work. Yearly reviews result in everyone getting the same review and similar raise. This is very de-motivating

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. There's a reason that employee surveys are below 50% favorability. Managers don't know how to be leaders and as a result there is no long-term vision

  3. "Great experience for family and work balance"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer/Scientist, Research Engineering in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer/Scientist, Research Engineering in Stratford, CT

    I worked at United Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great support for continuing education

    Cons

    Compensation may seem competitive when compared with other companies in the Aerospace Industry, however, it is not competitive versus High Tech companies

    Advice to Management

    Make compensation more competitive with other tech companies not just Aerospace


  4. "Great people, large bureaucracy."

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a (very) large company so there's a lot of opportunity to move around.
    The people I worked with were technically outstanding.
    You get to work with some pretty amazing technology.
    You can work hard and advance your career or lay low. Your choice.

    Cons

    Research and development moves very slowly (not surprising, considering the size of the organization, the product lifecycle and type of products.)
    A lot of decision-making is based on internal politics.
    You can spend lots of time and resources on bad ideas, especially if you are far from the front lines (aka the ultimate customers)

    Advice to Management

    Research Center: pick a few areas and commit resources--if your level of commitment is the occasional minor project, then just don't hire in that area.


  5. "OK place to work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been working in the research center for 5 years. It is fairly flexible, knowledgeable colleagues to work with and OK compensation. Different things to work on.

    Cons

    Too much of a show place, tour comes everyday and disrupt working. People skill is much more important than technical skill to be successful. Many time people get lots of money doing things really doesn't make sense, only because this guy has good exposure and can get money from upper management.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "10 years and a layoff"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Middletown, CT
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Middletown, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    safe working environment and good caferteria

    Cons

    they are definitely looking for younger people

    Advice to Management

    stop age discrimination


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Goodrich was a decent place to work but UTC has changed the place with vice grips of ACE reqt's and etc.."

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    Current Employee - Staff QA Engineer in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Staff QA Engineer in Chula Vista, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at United Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salaries, Career opportunities, company sponsored educational benefits

    Cons

    UTC is laying off senior staff thru golden hand shakes and lots of outsourcing key support dept's. Hiring freezes big work loads.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate what is going on to all employees. Discuss company common goals to all.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Transition from Goodrich to UTC is miserable"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Chula Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great associate engineering program and leadership development rotation program. Pays tech assemblers very well. Many are able to sustain a 40 hour work week and has great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Massive cost overruns. Poor engineering management and directors. Goodrich culture is being slashed for cost savings, which dramatically has reduced productivity of engineers. Very outdated software technology tools.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to stop assuming they know how to deal with the problems and open up forums for gathering feedback. Many managers start fires in new programs and move on to other newer programs without knowing the damage they have caused.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Staff engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit, a lot of training opportunity.

    Cons

    Always downsize. No job security

    Advice to Management

    Please take more care of employees, not Wall street.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Run. Away. Now."

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Farmington, CT
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Farmington, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee scholarship program - free tuition, regardless of study area.

    Cons

    Incompetent middle management. Recently, there have been many lay-offs and movements of senior managers. Middle management has been aware of them, but failed to communicate any information to us. In fact, they herded us into a room and demanded to know what rumors we'd heard about the reorganization (while indicating that they knew everything and would not tell us about it).

    Low recognition of staff. One of the products released this year had been under the guidance of someone who was laid off. The new manager came in and took all the kudos for the new product, with no indication that it had, in fact, been 90% completed by the previous team (including people still in the organization).

    Advice to Management

    Sack middle managers.