Sikorsky Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
227 Reviews
3.0
227 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sikorsky (and UTC) creates a learning culture and puts their money behind it with a very generous Employee Scholar Program (in 20 reviews)

  • I have been told that the Employee Scholar Program and stock award program has been limited lately (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance: is always on the horizon; there seems an innate inability to eliminate bureaucracy (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay raises are very poor and no adjustment for cost of living (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not the place to be a salary employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Final Assy Foreman/Manager in Stratford, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Final Assy Foreman/Manager in Stratford, CT (US)

    I worked at Sikorsky full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great products are made here.

    Cons

    Salary employees are very unappreciated. There is an extensive network of it's who you know to get ahead. Favoritism rules the way in being recognized, compensated, or rated in performance evaluations. Little consideration is actually given to who actually performs better at their jobs.
    I was actually told once during my employee review and annual raise / bonus ( That I was given a good incentive last year and this year better incentives were given to other lower performers to try and make up gaps in salaries for the year between foreman in the same positions. REALLY ! Were is the incentive / reward for performing better or at a higher level then your peer's.

    Overtime isn't compensated at all, and you very, very frequently work at least one day each weekend, if not both. I spent countless hours working the weekend for over 6 years.

    I also was laid off due to a down turn in production due to a temporary lull because of the government budget sequester. I lost my job as well as 1 other salary guy on a production line of 13 foreman between all 3 shifts. 6 months later they put postings back up to rehire 2 people back to those positions.

    How much money do you think the company saved doing this as opposed to the hardship they handed me and my family by being unemployed and collecting unemployment, only for it to run out and force me to seek and gain employment at a wage very much lower just to have money coming in.

    Just one example of you being only a number as a salary employee and showing how much they really don't care about the individual.

    By the way, the hourly union employees get away with murder. The union walks all over the company and HR and management are frequently powerless or to scared to anger the union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. You abuse your salary employees and take advantage of the economy that they will tolerate. Like Audry Brady and Doug Moneta told us in a management meeting " Be Thankful you have a job"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Learned quickly why Sikorsky is known as the " Bully Company. "

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst in Stratford, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst in Stratford, CT (US)

    I worked at Sikorsky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sikorsky pays very well. As a buyer in procurement I found the work to be very challenging and never ending "plate was always full." Benefits are very good but like everything else changing with the times, cost continues to go up.

    Cons

    Very disappointed in Sikorsky's ethics, it's only talk. Example, in their buyers training classes the Supplier Quality Assurance Department sends in a person who tells the class "if your boss tells you to do something illegal, don't do it."
    If you go ahead and do it you can get in trouble with the government, if you don't you get terminated by your boss when SAC has their next massive layoff. All you need is to bump heads with one manager and your out the door plus "black listed within United Technology."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should take a good look at their mid level managers, a good percentage of them should not be in a managerial position. Their actions will some day get SAC in major troubles with the government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company if you are working directly on a helicopter program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sikorsky full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty stable company with OK benefits such as defined contribution and 401k matching as well.

    Cons

    If you are not working in one of the helicopter program, then you are consider non-essential staff and consider overhead.

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  5.  

    discuraging place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer in Stratford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Mfg Engineer in Stratford, CT (US)

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    pays ok.. coworkers are great, enviroment can be negative often times

    Cons

    management is horrible and they keep adding layers of management because someones son or daughter needs a job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    An excellent place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Sikorsky as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Though it has a deep sense of factional (departmental) pride, over all, this is by far one of the most customer, community, and employee conscious companies that I have worked for in over a decade. They are driven and well-balanced.

    Cons

    Factional: the main facility (Stratford, CT) has a strong union presence. There is a strong sense of "us vs. them" between blue and white collar workers. These hang-ups often lead to misunderstandings and energy can be wasted on soothing ruffled feathers.

    Suggestion: "Get over it!"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to bring blue and white collar factions together. Sponsor events that will help them to get to know one another. Erase the "us vs. them" stigma and help get things moving smoothly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent stepping stone for your next career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Palm Beach, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Palm Beach, FL (US)

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The employee tuition reimbursement has got to be the best in the industry, if not the best available. UTC, Sikorsky's mother company, has an outstanding arrangement to help anyone better themselves through continued education. They pay 100% of college costs (with exception of a few caveats on the details). Compensation is roughly abreast with the industry normal (see cons) and the benefits package is not terrible.

    Cons

    Get the money up front because you will never get it later. Annual raises are a harsh slap in the face compared to how well the company is doing. They have more excuses for NOT giving you an "adequate" raise than Elvis had hits. You will struggle to keep up with inflation in that regard.

    As far as personal growth is concerned, if you are not participating in the employee tuition reimbursement program, you will not be getting anything. There is a possibility of moving up in the company but it is as common as winning the lottery. You can transfer laterally all day long and sometimes get a raise that way (maybe to the likes of 8% if you're lucky) but other than that expect to transfer out rather than up.

    If you are one of the lottery winners and get selected for a advancement, remember moving up in the company is not always considered a promotion. It depends heavily on where you move to and which department you came from. On that note, the company is very departmentalized in that the multiple departments simply do not communicate with one another. Often times you will wonder how things get done because different entities within the company are so foreign you would never know they were all from within the same organization.

    Best of luck! You are going to need it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee engagement is not giving out pizza or the occasional catered lunch. Employee engagement means getting your employee's thoughts on current items the company is facing. Stop telling the employees they do not know what they are talking about; they will only be as good as you expect them to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Aerospace Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Great employee scholarship program
    - Opportunities to get into many different aspects of the design and test
    - Cool product

    Cons

    - To many managers who seem clueless
    - Way to much time providing status and not enough time fixing issues
    - Difficult to move up pay and level grades

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire or demote half of yourselves and we'd get twice as much work done and have a much better product..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Coatesville, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Coatesville, PA (US)

    I have been working at Sikorsky as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company is great, people are great and management is good! They provide Snap-on Tools and clean and organized work space.

    Cons

    It is in Amish Country! Very rural, and lots of farming. Not much to do around here!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    AWESOME...so far

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Stratford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Stratford, CT (US)

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The culture is awesome. So many employees here are passionate about the work they do. It is truly inspiring to work here. As a government contractor security is obviously tight but the work atmosphere is relaxed and has moments of periodic stress but I would not characterize it as a stressful job.

    Cons

    I have yet to find any real cons with working here. But an issue I see that is something that every large company has is having bureaucracy inhibit productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stay away from CMHP

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky

    Pros

    It is an honor to work with Canada Dept of National Defence with the commitment to provide a world class aircraft to Canada.

    Cons

    Sikorsky management lacks expertise, does not provide leadership or useful program guidance, and makes excuses rather than solving problems. In one year, management promoted/hired 10 managers compared to only 3 engineer hires and no promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, partner, and take action.

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