Meggitt Reviews

Updated 12 May, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for with a good future.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Account Manager in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Customer Account Manager in Montreal, QC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meggitt performs well against its competitors, many are much larger than Meggitt. The name is well known and respected within the markets of engagement. Competitive salary and benefits with good learning opportunities. Very active in continuous improvement and customer focused.

    Cons

    Thought the company values are good, senior management can struggle at times to hear the good ideas from within the teams.
    If you struggle in a dynamic matrix environment consider how you would adapt before jumping in.

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities, forums and strong processes for allowing new ideas to develop from within.

  2. "Cheap" is the most valued asset at Meggitt, McMinnville

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Investigator in McMinnville, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Investigator in McMinnville, OR (US)

    I worked at Meggitt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The McMinnville site was forced by corporate, located in the UK, to implement a program called DLA, Daily Layered Accountability, which consists of breaking work areas down by cell and management level, with goals for WIP, safety and quality. These were nothing more than bar chart printouts on a bulletin board that had to be colored in daily with the standard go/no-go colors of green and red, but it was a step in the right direction in terms of visibility. During my interview tour, I found it impressive to see that operators were being made aware of business goals and were expected to tie their individual performance directly into the success of the business.

    Cons

    The production floor is run by individuals without any education or training in leadership. Initially, I took a positive outlook about this: unskilled workers were getting business experience. It didn’t take long though to understand that what really drives this company is cheap labor, not an interest in building the skills of their workforce or hiring talented, educated individuals.
    Most employees are hired from a temp agency and are expected to work 12 hour days, 6 days a week. Many are not able to speak or read English, and the comparisons to a sweatshop are fair. As an employee with experience in aerospace quality and ISO9001, I made a concerted effort to improve the work instruction documentation only to have a lead operator speak the truth: why bother? Most of the employees can’t speak English, let alone read it.

    And although there was a safety program, overall the company was far behind most other’s in protecting their employees’ well-being. It was normal to see hand fab workers dipping their fingers repeatedly into methyl ethyl ketone. There was no exhaust system for removing fumes; instead they relied on two box fans placed on either side of a table to drive fumes from the immediate area. (I often wondered about the lack of explosion protection on fan motors and overhead florescent lights in the presence of these volatile, flammable organic chemicals.) Again, this is a result of hiring individuals from a temp agency with no prior experience with workplace safety, and then moving them into leadership positions.

    The culture is one of frantic finger-pointing and blame, but in the same breath, upper management would state that employee “engagement” was an actual goal. It was completely lost on them that hosting a bowling night, or a bbq lunch, was not improving workplace engagement. A true investment by an employee in a company comes with reasonable hours in a work week, mutual respect, sustained relationships and trust. All of this can be undone, as I witnessed, in a span of 10 seconds when an upper management employee announced brutally in a morning meeting that, “oh yeah, so-and-so is no longer with us as of this morning,” in a tactic that was purely staged for shock and intimidation.

    Under no circumstances should a college-educated individual look for employment at Meggitt McMinnville, as there are no relevant or current manufacturing skills to be learned. And in the most likely scenario, they’ll do an internal shuffle with temporary employees and fill your position with an unskilled laborer from a different department all because they’re cheaper.

    Advice to Management

    My job was to track both internal and external scrap. External had a fixed price (price paid by the customer), but internal scrap values were often “manipulated” to look better than they were. Instead of scrapping high volume defective parts with the inclusion of the cost of processing, they would often get scrapped out as material only with no accounting for any human-hours or machine-hours on the part. I was often told by my manager to get, “so-and-so to work his magic on that number.” I was also told to hold off processing any external returns received at the end of the month so that the numbers looked better for corporate, only to be hit by a high volume of returns in the subsequent month and sky-rocketing defect levels. There is no desire to by management at this company to look at the real numbers and explore the real root cause of defects.

    Training and feedback were almost nonexistent at this company. I was paired with an employee that thought “busyness” was work, and was more interested in running around the plant socializing than investing time in training. At most, I received a week and two days of training. After that I was set loose to learn everything on my own. There was a large disconnect between the understanding of my position by my manager and the actual work on the floor that I had to do in my position; typically the manager oversimplified all tasks and couldn’t recognize the interconnections of the departments.

    There is a real need to simplify how work is done. I had to fill out five Excel spreadsheets for customer returns, often repeating information in each one, all the while handling the same transaction in SAP. If the company would hire skilled labor, they would find that reporting could be automated in SAP.

    I can’t recommend any engineers look into work at this site because the company would only pay for two licenses for their CAD software. It was a frequent occurrence to hear an engineer ask another if they were done with the program so that they could use it to do their own work. What’s the price of all these wasted hours compared to a software license?

    Lastly, I was told that my interaction with my peers wasn’t satisfactory. I was given no further information about this. From my perspective however, my most notable interaction with a “peer” consisted of the individual tasked with training me telling me that his “rear end” (not the actual word used) was his best asset, and he would show it to me one day, just not at work. I really do believe that his interactions with his peers should be evaluated, especially with women!

  3. As a contract term employee of Meggitt, it was fine.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - PC Refresh Manager in Simi Valley, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - PC Refresh Manager in Simi Valley, CA (US)

    I worked at Meggitt as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You can telecommute for your work.

    Cons

    There is a lot of opportunity to improve in MIS, but they just move too slow. The main reason is the lack of budget.

    Advice to Management

    Just need to get some funding to manage MIS the right way.

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  5. Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Meggitt

    Pros

    Engaging people, good range of products, constantly looking to better them selves.

    People I dealt with were friendly and helped me to develop.

    Cons

    Was a big commute for me, but that shouldn't effect anyone else. The offices could be located in a better area with more going on

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work that you are currently doing at Meggit. I htink the company is in a strong position moving forward.

  6. Upper management doesn't listen or communicate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Corona, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Corona, CA (US)

    I have been working at Meggitt full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Upper management will kill your site because they cannot be bothered to come to the site and listen to the engineers. Additionally, while they are killing your site they will lie to the employees to cover up their intent.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying and start communicating with your engineers.

  7. Helpful (1)

    investing in the future

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company takes a long term outlook and continuously seeks to remain relevant in aerospace and energy markets.
    Benefits package is higher than average.
    Recent emphasis on employee wellness.

    Cons

    Fast paced work environment.
    Need to be comfortable with multi-tasking and working in a multi-site environment due to nature of organization.

    Advice to Management

    resources

  8. Helpful (3)

    Executive Management is completely incompetent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Meggitt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company match for the 401K is good.

    Cons

    The executive leadership is so weak that the company is becoming more and more unprofitable. They keep laying off people in order to make the bottom line look good, when what they really need a thorough house cleaning at the top levels. The good people are over worked and looking to get out, while those who are incapable of making a contribution continue to get paid well for doing next to nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Things are not getting better. Instead of laying off people who actually perform, you should be looking at pay cuts for yourselves in order to make the company profitable again.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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

    I worked at Meggitt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Paycheck is ok for industry

    Cons

    Limited startegy from management team

    Advice to Management

    None really. This is a downward spiral

  10. Helpful (1)

    Meggitt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Floor Worker in Rockmart, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Floor Worker in Rockmart, GA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You can make some ok money here, but its that steal toe boot working in a plant life.

    Cons

    True plant life. Steal toe boot, on a bell system like your in high school, and they will try to find a way to get you fired if they don't like you, or at least in the plaster shop

    Advice to Management

    Get younger hard working people in management

  11. Helpful (1)

    RUN!!! If I could pick zero stars, I would have.

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA (US)

    I worked at Meggitt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many talented individuals within several areas in the company. Overall, some really nice folks.

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    Very meeting heavy. I do not mind productive meetings, but having three MANDATORY DAILY meetings before I can even turn on my computer or sit in my seat was obsurd. I didn't get anything out of those daily meetings. They took a huge chunk out of my extremely busy days.
    Training? What training? No real processes in place. In my department, everyone had their own way of doing things...because of lack of processes and training, and being thrown in the deep end to sink or swim, the folks who made it and didn't quit, did what they could, their own way. In the short time I worked there, I had three bosses, and more than 1/3 of my department had quit or resigned within a 90 day period. HELLO!!! HUGE RED FLAG THAT SOMETHING MUST BE WRONG.
    I have left with a very bad taste in my mouth, and do not have very constructive things to say, so I will stop here.
    If you are thinking of applying here, really do your homework. The place has a lot of unhappy, overworked, and mistreated people.

    Advice to Management

    I think it is very apparent that there are several areas that need major improvement, more help or better people in place to lead. It is not a secret to HR or Management where these places are. If you KNOW about your weak areas, why are you not focusing time and resources to fix and make them better? Wake up. You are going to lose more talented and dedicated employees, lose business or even suffer having to go through lawsuits. Your business has some huge gaping wounds that need to be bandaged.


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