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Woodward Reviews

Updated August 31, 2017
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Woodward Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas A. Gendron
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Pros
  • Good benefits and good insurance (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits and job security (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • They are trying to modernize but upper management changes every year so most people just resist change until the new boss comes in (in 8 reviews)

  • Compensation is fair, but company is located in a high cost of living area (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to gain experience"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Designer in Niles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Benefits package
    -Good people
    - Sometimes there are bonuses

    Cons

    -Management is constantly changing
    -Annual layoffs
    -overworking employees

    Advice to Management

    Stability is needed in order for your company to thrive.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Extremely Dissappointed in Upper Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good core group of talented people to work with
    Acceptable benefits by today's standards
    lots of Challenging work

    Cons

    Benefits are depleted from what they once were

    Extreme double standard for acceptable behavior between management and regular employees.
    Recently a senior manager was put on administrative leave for the 2nd time in the past year for inappropriate conduct. This person has been moved laterally to get him out of the way of the area he was harming but still has a job. While recently, individuals were singled out and fired for their projects having technical problems even though a whole team of people are responsible for each project.

    Constant promises of help and resources to aid in the tremendous increase of business but when push comes to shove the purse strings are remaining closed.

    Every department in this company is understaffed and overwhelmed

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to preach ethics, integrity, honesty, and quality you better start practicing it. These ideals have to filter from the top down. It is extremely hard to filter from the bottom up. We are all savvy enough to know what has gone on with this senior manager in the last year. Do you think coddling this person and moving them into a cushy job to get them out of the way and appease them is setting a good example for the rest of us? Start thinking about the moral of your employees and practice what you preach!

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Place is a cult. Management needs to be progressive. Little chance for advancement. Need to keep up with technology."

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, professional people working there. Reasonable products, but antiquated designs. Benefits were acceptable. Part numbering system is top notch, thanks to Terry.

    Cons

    Teamwork isn't in their vocabulary. Constantly getting thrown under the bus. Poor customer service. Need to allow employees more latitude in decision making process.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp from top down, or bottom up. Up to you.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a solid foundation of company driven values based on Woodward's constitution. Tradition is a main stay based on their long history as company.

    Cons

    Can't execute their own values. Good on paper but that's where it ends. Poor communication among all groups and when things go bad, watch out for your back. Typical company with a flavor of the month program that wastes money on the hype and training but never follows through on the execution.

    Advice to Management

    CEO - Hold your staff and their staff's fully accountable for exceeding the WW150 and other initiatives. Great ideas but rarely are they fully executed.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Machesney Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Machesney Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Woodward (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits, lots of OT available if you like that, onsite cafeteria, good people, listen to music

    Cons

    Consistent long hours, unorganized, management doesn't consult with employees before changing their working days, raises are inconsistent, no work life balance, some supervisors are awesome but the newer ones are all about themselves and not their employees, HR is a joke

    Advice to Management

    look at your employees and utilize them, come around on the floor more and show appreciation everyday not just at the end of the fiscal year


  6. "Wasted Talent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Woodward has attracted some very good talented people.

    Cons

    Woodward has a very big problem in retaining the talent they have/had acquired.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. It's would be a waste of words.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Operations Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodward (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company sells products and services that are very profitable to several large OEMs. As a result, the company is stable due this diversity. Also, once the companies products are specified on an OEM's engine, sales for the life of the program are guaranteed. This can last 10 years or longer.

    Cons

    As a result of this diversity and large profit margin, middle management and above are mostly interested in advancing themselves. They have little interest of leading and promoting on merit. If you show up to work at 7 AM, and everyone sees you, then you will have a long career no matter what you actually accomplish. No incentive for performance or innovation. Woodward management at all levels are concerned about their personal bonus and Wall Street performance rather than appropriate staffing and employee rewards. Conservative and old fashioned - but they can do this because they make large profits. And because the products and services are so profitable, it doesn't take a skilled manager to make performance metrics. They just need to get into the good old boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Go on "Gemba" walks (or what ever the buzzword is at the moment) and listen to the people who actually do the work. Business processes are terrible due to lack of resources and old technology. "Lean" is preached and rehearsed, but rarely practiced.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Can't figure out why people stay here so long"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    As long as you have no discuplinary problems, it's easy to come in, do your job and stay for 50 years as there are no layoffs.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive which they attribute to northern colorado and being in manufacturing. But cost of living in area has gone up quite a bit, so not market rate. What you get coming in is what you will have for at 3 years unless you move to a different group or level.
    A lean company that doesn't have enough staff to cover overall production needs. So most people are overworked, stressed. This is a heads down just do your work kind of company.
    Communication between management and staff is lacking, unsupportive, critical.

    Advice to Management

    Severely pare down your VP member population. They do not had value to the bottom line (because of salary) nor do they add value in day to day operations. They do not do the heavy work at all. Not sure what they do beyond metrics and project de jeur.


  9. "Woodward Review"

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    Current Employee - NPI Supply Chain Buyer/Planner in Monrovia, CA
    Current Employee - NPI Supply Chain Buyer/Planner in Monrovia, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Reasonable pay, Flexible hours

    Cons

    Unreasonable work expectations.
    No accountability throughout certain departments


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Niles, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Aerospace content is innovative and exciting

    Cons

    Corporate ownership is onerous, with constant consolidation and downsizing, keeping stress levels high. Engineering failures hamper development.


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