Overall Reviews at Safran
me | Huntington Beach, CA | Oct 4, 2018
Musical chairs inspectors and 2 QA managers in 1 year
As a Quality Inspector supporting the aerospace, aero structure, defense, medical, plastic injection molding industry to name but a few, my first reaction to the present day posing micro manager approach was in sheer disgust and contempt.
Lately, I have encountered an ageing board of CEO and administration who woo the woman staff and virtually ignore the male counterparts.
• Sadly, the budget support of the quality department falls far below the priority level which
• compromises the accuracy and adherence to any given company's quality clauses.
• Instead they spend company dollars on 1st and 2nd party body count who defragments the immediate
• order of command, thus becoming broken, frayed leaving temptation to frustration through a reckless chain of
• over staffed microscopic specialists, who juggle the department’s budget, veto your suggestion
• because it compromises their self-indulgent over expenditure while over analyzing and critique your job duties and
• workmanship procedures and vow there is a better way while claiming that we do not need to purchase better equipment.
• But before the door opens and closes there is that (standard operational bull****) trail of paperwork that can leave you in dismay.
• Then it is "Congratulations and welcome new fish". We will see if we can find a place for you to sit and get you up and surfing
• in the company sea. Weeks later.
• More companies would rather pay your initiation by demanding you sit a...more
Installation Technician | Wichita, KS | Aug 2, 2018
Great stepping stone and introduction into some of aerospace careers.
Having no prior aerospace experience before and only retail, gas station, fast food; this job was a huge stepping stone and I'm honestly glad I was given the opportunity. The workplace is clean and a little overwhelming if not used to industrial environments. Management is interesting, our site manager micro-manages but knows little of what really goes on. As for operations manager she is often talked badly of but truly is an impressive manager seeing what all she manages and knows, unfortunately not many see this as not everyone is management driven. However on the topic it does feel as if career advancement is very hard to come by and when it does odds are in seniority not potential. Possibly due to the lack to recognize and train/guide those that show a potential or willingness to advance into leadership positions. The overall work is easy once you learn to read blueprints and becomes repetitive and boring after while. Most stimulating thing for the mind while working is listening to some coworkers talk about others or listening to someone's podcast from their speaker. Overall it's been the best job I have ever had and plan to stay for awhile and try to advance into what I feel is a more appropriate position and hopefully be of more use as it has been good to me. The company does a good job of trying to empower TM's that being said there are teams that get work done but generally don't work as a team.
ProsPotential to Travel, Appropriate Pay, Good benefits, Set schedule and consistent hours, Overall Good environment.
ConsBreaks are a tad bit short for smokers, lack of training for new hires.
Manufacturing Associate | Denton, TX | Mar 5, 2019
Production of technical aerospace hardware assembly line
A typical day of work consists of clocking into a specific job (specific wire harness) and performing your designated process. When you are finished with that wire harness, you send it down to the waiting area for the next process it will receive. The next person will clock into that job and begin performing their designated process on that particular wire harness.
Personally, I found the hardest part about this job was the training class that we needed to go through before being allowed to work on actual wire harness on the production floor. It was a very technical course on electrical manufacturing processes.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the feeling of accomplishment that I felt after performing very well on a particular wire harness. It was the feeling that I actively participated in the production of a safe, commercial, airplane.
For me, the least enjoyable aspect of the job was the managements extreme focus on speed, which they define as "efficiency." I felt that there was an unbalanced focus on "efficiency" as it corresponds to quality. Therefore, it was easy to feel like you were always in a race-to-beat-the-clock.
Prosguaranteed pay raises every six months and full employee benefits
Conslimited health care options
Data Analyst | Huntington Beach, CA | May 16, 2019
Joined a good department with a good boss and everything went well for a year. Boss left. Replaced by a friend of a manager. That "thing" was verbally abusive and dangerous. Ignored everything he was told including from the VP. Made up rules that did not exist but felt we can read his mind. Caused all kinds of meltdowns and trouble. Harassed both teams in the US and France. That thing we called a boss was hated by both teams and everyone who worked with it. Complained to HR. They did nothing. Boss retaliated.
Heavy pressure caused a stroke that put me out of action for months.
US and France team was worried and concerned. No such response from boss. He felt no empathy about what happened. Reprimand by HR did nothing to change his behavior. HR refused to transfer me out of this monster's department even after a doctor ordered it.
This thing refused to admit the trouble he caused everyone. Bad behavior continued and intimidated co-workers to do what he said or else.
Returned back to work from illness. Only to be fired by boss for whistle blowing on him. Was told when returned, there was not going to be any retaliation.
ProsWeek off between Christmas and New Years.
ConsManagment, HR, dishonest policies, etc.
Operations Assistant | Santa Rosa, CA | Apr 20, 2020
Oppressive work environment that promotes people from outside, rather than promoting employees hard-work and long hours at the company.
My experience with Safran was, when a new position opens up, they interview and hire new people from outside, rather than promoting and moving current employees up for their hard work and capabilities. Safran thinks it is easier to keep employees stuck in their current position so they don't have to train them into a higher position. This is one reason why HR needs extra help to keep up with the constant hiring that goes on, because they cannot keep employees. Hourly employees are paid very poorly. Engineers and executives are salary and seem to be paid well.
Everyone else is paid very low wages and expected to work overtime in order to make enough money, and to keep up with the work load. And, if you ever enjoy a laugh over anything, people are written up for it, yes for laughing. They expect you to drink their Kool-Aid and sell your soul to their company for low pay and lack-luster environment. Even then, people are constantly being fired or leaving the company. Lots of back stabbing and firings at the end of day with no warning. Not worth it.
Laboratory Technician | Walton, KY | Feb 9, 2020
Easy work but very stressful environment
A typical day will be spent processing various test samples taken throughout the manufacturing process. Most of your time will be spent on the computer and in meetings. You'll need an understanding of basic laboratory skills, like chromatography, spectroscopy, and microscope usage. The coworkers are friendly but don't let your guard down too much because they will turn on you if it is in their interest. Management skills are seriously lacking and they are ill-equipped to really offer assistance if needed, so be prepared to make sure you really know what you are doing so that you do not inadvertently fall out of compliance with the ISO and FAA standards and regulations. The benefits package is pretty standard, you get 2 weeks of vacation time to start, which increases to 3 weeks at year 5 and 4 weeks at year 10, and 2 weeks of sick time which does not roll over from year to year but if you are an hourly employee they will pay out any unused time at the end of the year; salaried employees have a use it or loose it situation with sick time. They do offer relatively good health insurance and a 401K which they will partially match up to 6%.
Production Associate | Denton, TX | Feb 24, 2020
Poor work-life balance, decent job
Being a Production Associate at Safran is a fairly straightforward manufacturing job. The actual workplace is air conditioned and fairly comfortable for what it is. You get decent pay (for an entry level position) with small incremental raises every six months. The healthcare is pretty cheap and decent. There aren't very many opportunities to become management or raise your pay past the scheduled raises. The management is not very good. The dress code is just regular casual clothes, so you can wear pretty much whatever you please (within reason). You get a 30 minute lunch (theres a lunch room with vendors/snacks you can buy) and two 10 minute breaks.
You occasionally will be surprised with over time (10 hour days) that can last up to 6 months. Sometimes you will also have to work 7 days a week. This is probably the worst part of the job.
No real workplace culture besides people complaining about over time. Most of your workers are just average joes from all age ranges, but more baby boomer/older people than young people.
Prosdecent insurane, decent pay, air conditioning, easy
Conspoor work-life balance, too much overtime, bad management
Design Engineer | Grand Prairie, TX | Apr 14, 2019
Great group of people to work with with each person having a through grasp of their responsibility while still taking time for pleasant conversation.
Very professional and diverse work culture. My opinion is that every person was an expert in their job position. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable at their position. Everyone there is a dedicated person not only to the position they filled but also to the company as a whole. I would have loved to have become a full time employee there. They run pretty lean so that meant everyone was very proficient in their job responsibility.
On the day prior to my last day the engineering group took me out to lunch. We had a great lunch! I was especially touched when they let me know that they never take the contractors out to lunch. That showed me they were going to miss me as much as I was going to miss them. Great people to work with and a great company to work for. I will always have very fond memories of that place.
ProsMonthly company status meetings.
ConsSpeaking for myself only, Safran not having enough work for me to be able to stay longer or to become a full-time employee.
Administrator | Everett, WA | Jun 24, 2018
Enjoyed working at Zodiac Northwest Aerospace
A typical day at work could be stressful but I always felt my work was appreciated. If deadlines were getting close and resources were thin, the "teams" pulled together to get the job done.
I learned a lot about project management, work flows, working as a team, and compliance and conformance in a regulated environment.
Management could be demanding but was encouraging and provided guidance as needed.
The workplace culture was great. The company held BBQs/parties to celebrate project/growth milestones and the successes of the teams involved. The atmosphere was mostly pleasant making it easy to report to work.
The most difficult part of the job was having to say good bye due to a layoff.
Company leadership values and recognizes the hard work and dedication of their employees resulting in professional growth.
I especially appreciated that one of the core values is "Humility". That one word say's a lot about the leadership of the company.
ProsGreat co-workers and leadership was encouraging.
Systems Administrator | Menomonee Falls, WI | Jul 23, 2018
Highly Technical and great atmosphere.
This position was different most days. In IT, it's difficult to determine what may happen. Some days, my to-do list would have to wait because of hardware of software problems. But I enjoyed my career in IT because it allowed me to hone my problem solving skills. There is nothing I enjoy more than locating a problem and determining a solution. Also, teaching employees how to perform specific tasks utilizing the company software.
In addition, I enjoyed setting up new computers or re-installing software, sometimes working with the operating systems. I also was required to travel for proprietary software training.
The atmosphere was relaxed and business casual, but very professional. Fellow employees became good friends.
The most difficult for me was when a company from France purchased and reorganized the firm. They opened a number of offices throughout the US and moved most corporate responsibilities to Atlanta.
ProsProfessional and hard working environment
ConsThe company being purchased