Zodiac Inflight Innovations Reviews

Updated Sep 23, 2020

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  • "Management team is not transparent and even worse not aligned(in 3 reviews)

  • "Great question that no one can answer(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company - growing fast"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Brea, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Ability to speak freely with leadership at all levels and they listen! Ability to manage self and make suggestions and if they are reasonable, allowed to move on them. People really care about each other and the business.

    Cons

    We need to strive to determine how we can best communicate across all departments. This is a common challenge at all companies and we are no different. We need to make sure all new hires understand this and take to heart.

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  2. Helpful (7)

    "Do not believe the Recent Positive Reviews"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hand Sanitizers, Masks and the remaining Co-Workers.

    Cons

    Everything about the management. Sadly all the bad reviews are true, despite the recent fake positive reviews. ( Probably the recruiter or HR has written it to boost up the rating level since candidates tend to look at Glassdoor before accepting an offer.)

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  3. "Good company"

    4.0
    Current Employee - UX-UI Designer in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    there are no cons for working for this company

  4. COVID-19
    Helpful (13)

    "Definition of Terrible Executive Leadership Driving a Company into the Ground"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    As other posts have mentioned, there really is not much left on the positive side here. Everyone worth anything at their job is active on the job market. So there will be more job openings soon if for some crazy reason you want to work here.

    Cons

    There are so many to mention but at a high level: Software is rolling back into archaic standards with leadership and process. The software tech is already there. This company is the poster child of an Agile adoption that has failed directly from the ability of executive leadership to buy in themselves. The COO specifically. Now new software leadership is rolling out their own custom process that "will work". How? Great question that no one can answer. HR is a disaster. The behavior out of this group over the years is appalling. They have a strangle hold over the entire company but have no clue what they are doing if you compare them to other HR orgs. No on ever holds them accountable. No one holds anyone accountable really. The company restructures so much. Semi annually at least. Its comical at this point. This is a reflection directly on the Executive staff and the CEO. Dont bother trying to be engaged, everything will change under the guise of fixing problems and youll be shuffled around. However no one can tell you how those problems will be fixed in the restructuring either. You will hear the phrase "we will learn and adapt" often. But they dont learn. They just shuffle the deck. Over and over and over again. The nepotism is like nothing you will have ever experienced anywhere. The executives are hiring all their cronies from other old companies of theirs and putting them in Sr. positions. Further, many that have blatantly failed at their jobs damaging both the company and the people doing the work. They are then promoted to higher ranks after creating these total disasters. Those that carried the burden from the outcome of these disasters are placated, ignored and pushed aside. There are so many more but I think you may understand the environment and culture with the above and other reviews. Unless you want your career to die a horrible death in the dark ages of tech, process, and leadership skills, avoid working at this place at all costs. And this goes for literally every role in the company.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Chicken with its head cut off"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Product Developer in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Nice coworkers, that's about it.

    Cons

    -Clueless management. Expect a re-org at least once or twice a year. -Lazy people don't get fired here, no rewards or incentives for hard workers. -Company is very top heavy. -No more free food or snacks. -A lot of good engineers are leaving or have already left, only a few remain. -Benefit being completely cut, used to get $1500/yr for vision/dental expenses.

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  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (8)

    "Destroyed by COVID"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You might get a nice severance when laid-off

    Cons

    The company and the industry were destroyed by COVID19. After layoffs and furloughs there was a massive talent exodus from the software team. The remaining employees are poor performers or approaching retirement. The managers in software are bad at software development and management. They struggle with basic tasks from their bosses and and repeatedly fail at basic project management. The company hires managers from failed or failing competitors like Rockwell and Panasonic, then wonders why poor performance and missed deadlines follow those managers.

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  7. Helpful (14)

    "The worst company that I work in my whole life"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free Snak, Free Electric charger station

    Cons

    Awful management, they only know how to talk nonsense and managers play golf together. They do not design too much and make anything in the house, they just buy everything from outsources and selling to Airlines, which looks like a Home Depot, but call themselves Aerospace innovation company. Matt Smith, who is the CEO and all his management team do not have literary management and they got promoted with just friendship.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Do Not Consider"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice co-workers and reasonable benefits.

    Cons

    Everything Else. Arrogant upper management with no plan. CTO with no people skills and always blaming others. CEO is a phony claiming to care about employees.

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  9. Helpful (13)

    "Good company, bad leadership"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of perks, good benefits and flexibility

    Cons

    A lot of bad leadership, HR doesn’t listen to employees only what the manager has to say, favoritisms and nepotism. You better agree with everything your leads and managers say or they will gang up on you out of fear for their own jobs.

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  10. Helpful (18)

    "Management, HR, and Staff Need Alignment"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Director of Software Development 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time

    Pros

    Flat organization within software development which allows individual contributors to own tasks, communicate with stakeholders, and have true product responsibility and accountability.

    Cons

    Management team is not transparent and even worse not aligned. There is no coherent vision or message, and they don't listen to feedback. They believe structure changes culture; therefore, there have been many structural changes in recent years, but the distrust, lack of information, and lack of investing in employees makes morale very low. The senior management team runs the company like they fear for their jobs. Decisions made beneath the senior management team are changed, ignored, or punished. Moreover, HR does not support employees. They support the senior management team. HR processes are back in the 20th century.

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