"Company Culture" does not exist. Divisions are divisive. Communications between divisions is poor.
Support from management
Management exists to show how smart it is. Hint: It's not that smart. Any ideas that challenge the status quo are quashed.
Teamwork exists because the front-line employees have learned how to work together, NOT because of any "Company Culture."
Freedom to work independently
There is a small level of autonomy, as long as it does not challenge the status quo
Communication is horrible. The flow of information is controlled by management to give them control, and to disrupt the efforts of the front-line employees.
Since it wasn't my position to know, I don't know if women receive equal pay to men, for similar job levels.
Attitude towards older colleagues
People are respectful. Unfortunately, some times the respect for age is out of sync w/r/t the actual knowledge and skill levels that are assumed for senior staff.
Overall compensation for your work
Pay is good...until you start working for free (that 50+ hour reference from earlier)
Office / Work Environment
Some people are friendly, as with any company. Others are so condescending and petty that they draw all the air out of the room.
Minimal. The machine shop does put aside clean scrap for recycling. Other than that--paper, plastic, etc.--the company does nothing.
Non-existent. The company demands 50+ hours/week, and then offers no "quid pro quo" if you need time off.
The parent company, Cobham, has a good image in their field. Aeroflex has a negative image, and has been responsible (it's in the news--it's not a "secret") for some critical schedule delays of important projects.
If you're a part of the "old guard," then it's good.
Easy access to the front of the building, an elevator between floors, and handicapped-accessible bathrooms. They make reasonable accommodations for people with special needs
Has always been good. They are currently making a stronger effort to improve Workplace Safety further.
The work WOULD be challenging, if it was handled competently. Instead, specifications are ignored (or non-existent), and blind redesign and re-work are the order of the day.
Inclusive / Diverse
A good mix of peoples. You've got to give them that.
Suggestions for improvement
- Management is to entrenched to listen to suggestions.
What I like about the company
I'm sorry to say: Not much.
What I dislike about the company
The projects, which SHOULD have been challenging, were not. Specifications were ignored until AFTER a particular product was built and tested. Upper level management tries to control the flow of information--even within a group! Work product, particularly analysis, is poorly performed, poorly managed, and even more poorly presented. Funny--while the INFORMATION should be allowed to flow uncontrolled, the final work-product needs some control; but the opposite is true. Meanwhile, the company DOES have a good handle on the development and control of many of its procedures and other "required" documents. But it's not enough.