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Zodiac Inflight Innovations Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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  1. "Lots of work to keep you busy. I greatly enjoy my position."

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

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is very laid back. You dress business casual Monday thru Thursday and then Friday is a relaxation clothing day. You can wear shorts and flip flops if you like. The provide snacks and drinks throughout the different breaks rooms at no cost to the employees. Most of the employees are willing to help everyone else with whatever they need. The company is growing very quickly, which means opportunities to advice within the company.

    Cons

    With the company growing so fast there are some growing pains. You may have to work a few different thing outside of your job in order to complete your task. The bonuses aren't great compared to other in the industry. This is on the table to be corrected though.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it!!!"

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

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free junk food (at least before everyone hoards it away in their cubes), free coffee/soda. If you happen to be on the software team you can enjoy a beautiful spread of delectable catered goodies once a week, but don't touch it if you don't code!

    Cons

    Its a cesspool.. Probably the worst job I've had, with some of the scummiest individuals I've ever encountered. A place where mediocrity is celebrated, and nepotism/cronyism is the norm. HR is completely unapproachable, unethical and apathetic; most people are too afraid to even talk to them. Benefits are average at best, salary is ok but hours are horrendous. A great place to take a vacation, awesome for people watching but more of a stepping stone than anything.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings; communicate with each other, respect one another; put your heart into your product and remember who is pushing RAVE into the future.

    Rod Farley is not CEO its Matt Smith

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great work culture, average benefits, but there is a lot of work to be done"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is great. People work together despite the many challenges of a small company growing very quickly.

    Cons

    The company is growing very quickly, so everyone is required to work A LOT and to wear many hats. Long hours are not required by management or the culture - but are absolutely required by the sheer amount of work that keeps coming.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the core product (which is amazing) and more carefully pick and choose new development projects, programs, and customers.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Sr. Engineering Technician"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Yorba Linda, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Yorba Linda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Short commute, free coffee, free snacks (before the run out), pleasant work spaces,

    Cons

    cronyism, nepotism, "elite cliques" that always seem to get ahead at the company, regardless of their past performance in previous job titles. Certain DEPTs continually get unwarranted higher than normal evalutions (which equates to higher percentage raises,) especially if the manager is a member of the "elite"

    Advice to Management

    Promote by merit, while objectively evaluating performance, and not by clique, or personal relationships.


  5. "The people make the place something to look forward to"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Diamond Bar, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Diamond Bar, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people there are great and there is hardly ever lots of verbal abuse and hostility in meetings or in person. After having been at a place with public shaming, this place is truly one of the most peaceful places to work at.

    Cons

    Large company, growth and time to do things take a little longer.. as expected.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Mediocrity guaranteed"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can be a lazy worthless non productive big talker and very few people will call you out. Lots of yelling at times.

    Cons

    Organizational health of the company is exemplary of a sick and poorly run operation.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure how much you can fix the issue since you are pert of the problem.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "What a joke to work here! Why did I leave my old company?"

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

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The remolded portion of the building upstairs is nice, hours are good.

    Cons

    Unorganized! No communication, and Administration are never responsible for their mistakes Top administrators have no idea how unethical the Administrators.

    Advice to Management

    There’s constant miscommunication and contradictory information within the Software and HR teams - People disappear daily (administration stops by for surprise firings, others are let go without any notice) - employees are mistreated and are ignored in lieu of profit. I left my previous job being sold on a great opportunity and now I regret everyday coming. The HR department is wicked and non responsive. I simply ask questions as a new employee, only to be ignored for days. Then when I finally receive a response its in a harsh, short email regarding my questions.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Correcting older reviews"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Brea, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time

    Pros

    I am a current Software Engineer. There are a few inaccuracies in old reviews for this company that I'd like to correct. In 2014 the higher-ups in software management were replaced with internal promotions. This lead to a number of extremely positive changes in how the software team operates. An "open" seating arrangement is no longer used; all developers have a nice full-height cubicle. Bottlenecks on specialized, rare hardware are now uncommon: a large systems integration rack room available *only* for software developer use is now available. SCRUM is, at least culturally, being phased out. The former software management team was responsible for putting SCRUM in place, and it didn't work. The company is continuing with what works from SCRUM (like sprints whose stress levels are honestly pretty minimal). With SCRUM's cultural departure went artificial deadlines: they are, for the most part, now non-existent. Managers are able to provide clear, technical justifications of the deadlines they're imposing. An Embedded Software Group has been formed, acknowledging (finally) that the company's products necessitate that a core competency in lower-level Linux work be developed: the SCRUM ideal of a "generalist" is not so popular at ZII anymore. Besides the aforementioned management promotions, internal promotions on the technical side have been made. The software team is now heavily guided by a "Technical Director of Software" and a "Software Architect," two much-needed positions whose occupants are doing a great job of guiding the company towards great products. Combine all this with free snacks, free sodas, free coffee, a catered lunch every Wendesday, and a twice-annually "RaveAboutIt Day" wherein developers are given control of a day of their labor to do something cool for the product suite, and you've got a work environment with a truly positive future. I'm happy with where this company is headed.

    Cons

    The mid-level manager you're assigned under will make a HUGE difference on how you perceive the company. Thankfully, the company has evolved to a point where positive, corrective steps are being taken for those managers who aren't doing so well. There are a few rogue employees who make large scale changes without discussion with the team at large. These employees continue to make everyone's job harder. Thankfully, their role in doing so is now recognized by management. Lastly, the codebase itself has a large amount of technical debt. Early code falls into one of two categories: 1) outsourced stovepipe code, and 2) overcomplicated, over-templated, over-abstracted code unsuitable for embedded systems. Lots of work has been done to address this technical debt, but lots of work remains.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. You're having a positive impact.


  9. "Digital design"

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    Current Employee - Digital Design Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Design Engineer in Brea, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great to learn many new innovations in less time

    Cons

    None as of now. I had a wonderful time till date


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Its a job that will leave you dissatisfied"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zodiac Inflight Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free snacks (can be a con), usually unhealthy snacks like cookies etc.
    Great IT department and HR department. Probably the best IT and HR people I've ever worked with. Wish other companies would learn from them in that area.
    Product is cool, fun to work on. Somewhat flexible work hours, though daily SCRUM status meetings at fixed times make it a lot less flexible.

    Cons

    Work environment is very crowded. They believe in open style seating, so there is no privacy for developers. Who would think that a cube could be missed?
    They also don't invest in resources for engineering. You're asked to write software that is highly dependent on hardware devices, and yet you have to share a hardware platform with several other developers. Other developers will snag it whenever they can, some will put a sign saying "in -use" then they go out to lunch and leave it busy all day. The managers couldn't care less about that, because as long as developers find a way to meet their SPRINT goals every 2 weeks, that's all that matters. Lack of available hardware to test and debug on means less testing is actually done by developers before it goes to the test group. This is something the engineers have complained about for 2 years and nothing was ever done.

    They have pretty terrible health insurance premiums. Worse than any company I have ever worked for, including a tiny 10 million dollar company I used to work for.

    SCRUM is practiced here, in a very strict manner. SCRUM is an agile methodology that has become a fad in the past couple of years. It promises great things, and really the only person who benefits is the unskilled developer and the lazy manager. The amount of actual work done is very small because you will spend so much time in meetings. There's the daily status meetings, the biweekly backlog grooming meetings, the biweekly retrospective meetings, and biweekly sprint planning meeting, and then the biweekly demo. By the way, since you've already spend half a day demonstrating your software to a product owner, whats the point of sending it to the test group anymore? Didn't you just show it works?

    With the SCUM practiced there, you lose site of the real deadline, and put a lot of pressure on everyone to make the sprint deadlines. Every two weeks, there's a lot of pressure and stress to make sure you meet your sprint goals. It doesn't really matter if the task you're doing wont' actually be useful for another month or two, if its a task you promised for the sprint you better finish it or else work the weekends to get it done.
    Its fine working overtime to meet a deadline that you know an external or internal customer is depending on. That's what you do at a company to support the team. But when you work over time to finish a task that no one really needs on the artificially created deadline, its very demoralizing and makes you feel like an idiot. Keep in mind, the management that expects you to work overtime to finish those tasks doesn't actually stay late themselves.

    I know many others don't like SCRUM, but they don't say anything. Most developers are too shy or too scared to rock the boat. They will wait until management changes, or management decides it was a mistake..and then watch them speak out one by one once its safe and talk about how much they hated all those meetings.

    The other issue with SCRUM is that it promotes a kind of generalization of the work force....it doesn't allow anyone to become specialized in anything. You're rarely allowed to work in the same area of code for more than a few weeks. Some managers believe this leads to everyone knowing how to do everything. Perhaps in some idealized reality that would be true, but if people keep leaving, that will never happen. It would take years for something like that to happen.
    Some developers are stronger in writing GUI software, and some are stronger in writing database queries...you don't force them to write both. The end result is a mediocre product, with no one fully understanding anything.
    I understand the problem they're trying to solve. Preventing disaster when a key employee leaves. But this isn't the solution. One of the joys of software development is being able to take ownership of a piece of code and finding ways to improve upon it and make it better. But when you realize the code you're working on won't be seen again for a few months, and that other developers are free to change it at will while you're gone makes it less likely that you'll spend the time to make that code better.


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