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Gregg G. Williams
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  1. "Great Opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Williams International full-time

    Pros

    Small company. Great opportunity for young engineers to take on as much responsibility as they can handle.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be overwhelming when you're given a new project with not a lot of guidance.


  2. "Great place with great people"

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Walled Lake, MI
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Walled Lake, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Williams International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are awesome. It is a privately owned business and the employees are like family. I have only one complaint. When I asked to move out of a team, like I was told I would be able to numerous times, it never happened. I made the mistake of taking a job elsewhere and do regret that. I would go back but WIlliams has a strict no re-hire policy.

    Cons

    Can be out of touch with employees and there is a large age gap between older and younger employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees when they want to move to a new role. Other than that, Management is doing great.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "OK BUT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, workout room, soccer field, baseball diamond, skating rink, flu shots, turkey at Christmas, two week paid plant shutdown for Christmas/Near Year

    Cons

    If you end up where I did, you'll have the worst boss of your career! Also, there is no cafeteria. Buildings are old and run down, there's no apparent CAD management, design/drawing checking function non-existent (check your own work), little standardization from one design to the next. Worst of all, quick-n-dirty work is rewarded but not thoughtful, thorough, well-planned design work with good drawings.

    Advice to Management

    Designing it right the first time is the best approach! It saves immeasurable time and tribulation for all those downstream of the design function and saves having to redo it with the inherent errors. Also, good drawings and CAD models beget more of the same because then so many new design variants are drawn from a single high-quality design set of complete and robust CAD models and well-drafted drawings. Also, ditch the high-deductible medical plan.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Worst company to work for!"

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    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Walled Lake, MI
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Walled Lake, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Williams International (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get exposure to jet engines and on rare occasions advanced technology. You also get an education on how they built jet engines in the 60s and 70s because they still use that technology.

    Cons

    You will be silenced regarding any outside technologies, there is a conscious effort by management to pigeon hole employees! Speaking out is a real no no. They claim to be open to suggestions but the moment you give them you are flagged as trouble maker. They spend zero dollars on advancing technologies and came up with an equation that goes something like this: you can buy that technology that would clearly advance our products if you get rid of employees. One employee was worth about 100k in equipment! Management from supervisors on up are exceedingly vengeful! Don't be fooled by the nice white buildings, behind those walls is a failing company. I can count how many times parts that were scrapped and clearly not fit for use were unscrapped and put on engines.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of everyone in management and start over! And when I say everyone I mean from the top down! Stop being yes men to what is basically a dictator in a suit.


  5. "Williams International"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Williams International full-time

    Pros

    Good Supervisor and amazing facility.

    Cons

    Down economy forced waves of layoffs.


  6. "Repair and overhaul mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Lake, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Lake, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Williams International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gain experience with repairing, maintaining and overhauling small turbofan engines. Get yearly pay increases. Get the chance to travel the world to perform scheduled and unscheduled repairs to the engines. Tools provided by the company.

    Cons

    None really come to mind

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. "Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Williams International full-time

    Pros

    Williams has an Energetic atmosphere, helpful workers, flexible hours, sporting activities on site during lunch. The management tries to make everyone comfortable in their role.

    Cons

    Williams is a smaller company so the variety of job openings isn't always as great as some of the larger competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for ways to improve training of incoming people. A better general overview of the company and the products they make would help newcomers.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Arragant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wixom, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wixom, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefit are about average from any other shop. Clean working environment.

    Cons

    They have a good ole boy clicke of employees that have 20 and 30 years of time at Williams international. That same clicke will talk bad about you to the boss and you will be screwed. It is just not a friendly environment. Cover your back.

    Advice to Management

    Retire your floor management and employees with 30 plus years.Train your managers on respect. New employees may stick around longer.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Antiquated Culture, Flawed Management"

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    Former Employee - Field Technical Advisor in Walled Lake, MI
    Former Employee - Field Technical Advisor in Walled Lake, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Williams International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great industry exposure
    - Skilled engineers
    - Small company means you'll work a lot with other departments
    - Some opportunities to learn
    - 100% tuition assistance

    Cons

    - Management is highly resistant to change and unlikely to accept an employee's advice
    - Higher ups are mostly "yes men" and individuals who are friends of the owner
    - Very poor work atmosphere, the Walled Lake facility is old and has serious air quality issues. There are almost no windows, and the walls are all painted white more than once a year.
    - Would not recommend this company to any young professional looking to start their career. Pay is mediocre and work/life balance is terrible.
    - Certain types of individuals who enjoy doing one thing and are not bothered by repetitive work and belittling managers will succeed at this company. If this isn't you, stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Renovate the facility and start treating your employees like valued members of a team. This will require an overhaul from the top down and an emphasis on developing a strong culture among employees. The road to positive change must be deliberate.


  10. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Walled Lake, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Walled Lake, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Had you working on real engineering projects. Overall they were very appreciative of the work you do. Employees are focused but still fun people.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was a little boring, and things got quite. And other times there was a great load of things to do. Not much more than any other place.


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