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Universal Avionics Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  1. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Avionics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a very easy place to work for.

    Cons

    There is not much opportunity for over time.


  2. "Could be great, but.."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Avionics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Even pace of operations
    Good workplace relations
    Reasonable management
    Customer-focused policies

    Cons

    Unclear strategy for growth
    Inconsistent, poorly-focused communications

    Advice to Management

    Create a strategic plan to assess and capture market opportunities, then make sure everyone knows how they contribute to that plan

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Things could have been different"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler2 in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Assembler2 in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are great people who strive to be the best in their field. They take pride in completing tasks on time.

    Cons

    A lot of favoritism from management. Certain people are always favored over others which causes others to not always try their best.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the individual not just the team they work on. Many times employees are overlooked for petty reasons which in turn makes them feel underappreciated.


  4. "Excellent workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front Desk Administrator in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Front Desk Administrator in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Avionics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sense of community and care for employees.

    Cons

    There seems to be a good bit off pressure for the engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Was NOT a happy Camper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Avionics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great snacks in the Corporate Area, so if you happened to forget lunch or need a quick "pick-me-up" they have it!

    Cons

    Certain Management was definitely not in tune with their employees work and worse yet, would allow a co-worker to give daily feed back on a employees performance, instead of reviewing it for themselves on an occasional basis. This type of behavior from management affects the integrity of employees and the company. I feel like it should be the decision of a manager to make a final decision, not their best friend!

    Advice to Management

    PLEASE be more in tuned with your staff and make sure you are well informed (from a reliable, honest and neutral source) before making a final decision that can cost a person their future.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Board Repair Technician"

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    Former Employee - Board Repair Technician in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Board Repair Technician in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many good financial benefits here.

    Cons

    Average pay.. Standing ground for doing whats right and needed gets you in trouble. Getting help from engineering is a waste of effort. Getting a product done on time from engineering is a waste of effort. Getting a product that works from engineering probably wont happen within the next 5 years at least. This company is milking old existing product, while failing to deliver quality new product. A few minor successes on the the new product lines is overshadowed by the fact that the products are several years late from the promised delivery date, and often don't work out-of-box.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on success in the industry and quality of product. Customer service is great here but if the product doesn't work or isn't on time for the customer to buy and use, then all the service in the world wont save you. Stop encouraging fraternization and rewarding those who do. Reward those who give an effort and want success for them selves as well as you. Consolidate the company infrastructure to reduce empire building and standoffish behavior. Encourage cooperative teamwork, and discourage desires to keep knowledge to oneself.


  7. "Good so far"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Avionics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Have been here for a few months but seem like a really good company to work for.

    Cons

    None so far that I can think of

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Avionics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Privately held, independent work environment, nice working conditions, good hours, and decent pay. Secure environment, plenty of company functions and celebrations. Open door policy.

    Cons

    Business down turn resulting in layoffs and moral issues. New managerial philosophy away from people focused. Job security not what it was in the past. Big wigs get lots of perks with no significant increases for workers.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "1000 Days to 1 Universal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Universal Avionics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot of hard working people in the trenches trying to do a good job and some interesting technology. Nice facility but it's at least half empty.

    Cons

    Upper management has no vision and is just skating by. When it was pointed out that there were numerous inter-facility communications problems and poor middle managers they developed "1000 Days to 1 Universal." It took them a year to come up with some useless flash cards and a management retreat to make a slight change to the company motto. They couldn't even do that on their own, they had to hire a consultant.

    Advice to Management

    You need to find someone with some technical vision to run the company instead the used car salesman who is running it now. There is real competition out there now and Garmin is going to eat your lunch.


  10. "Status quo no longer acceptable."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Avionics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    After decades of running the business the same way senior management is discussing direction, purpose and focus on what will take the company to success in the next decade. Glad to see them having the difficult discussions that come with running a business. A lot of fresh talent has come into the company bringing renewed energy, outside perspectives and ideas.

    Cons

    A lot of tenured employees trying to ride out to retirement without wanting to put any energy into the future. Too much "just tell me what to do" mentality among staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pay and benefits structure is sound. Keep focusing on direction, better communication, swapping out stale employees with more energetic, driven ones to take the company to the next big era.


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