Hexcel Corporation Employee Reviews

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Not going to make the "Best Companies to Work For" list
HR Generalist (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTSeptember 19, 2016
Let me start off positively. The best aspect of the job is the great coworkers. The hours are demanding, and there is not a lot of work/life balance. There are a lot of people who suffer from burn out and disengagement. People who don't need a good work/life balance will thrive at Hexcel. There is also a view that you must conform with what management thinks, says, and does. If you can fall in line with the regime mentality, then you can fit in. There is a lack of appreciation and recognition for the countless employees who work really hard and put in a lot of hours. If you are a person who doesn't need to feel appreciated or recognized, then you will be okay in this company. Hexcel has a long way to go before they will be considered one of the best places to work. The culture needs a lot of improvements, and it needs to start with how HUMANS are valued in the workplace.
Pros
Average benefits, 401k, pay is fair
Cons
Culture, Work/Life Balance, Support from Leaders, Burn out
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Poor management and culture. No regards for employee safety.
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Casa Grande, AZFebruary 22, 2017
Poor business conditions leading to lot of layoffs. Upper management in charge of EH&S are not knowledgeable and are not able to provide directions. Employees are not very motivated and fail to be productive.

There are no growth opportunities. The employee turnover is high. Company managers will ask employees to take shortcuts. Poor safety record. The workplace culture is that of an uncaring attitude and lacks support particularly in Casa Grande and Salt Lake City locations.

Several employees have gathered and will be filing reports to regulatory agencies regarding unsafe practices and non compliance particularly in Process Safety Management.
Pros
None.
Cons
Plenty
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Great work environment
Maintenance Inventory Specialist (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTJanuary 17, 2017
Hexcel is a wonderful place to enjoy a long fulfilling career. I enjoyed the work I did. Supervisors put all their trust in the employees to do their jobs and are very receptive to any questions you might have. Great pay raises withing the first 16 months of hire.
Pros
Great supervisors and great pay
Cons
24/7 rotating shift
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Ups and downs
Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Windsor, COJune 19, 2016
Actually mostly downs. As others have mentioned the Windsor plant management are former Kodak employee with a severe good old boy management style. When a plant has 7 managers leave in three years and they only have a staff of 7 managers to begin with it says a lot about the work environment. And of course loosing 95 out of 130 employees in a 2 year time frame says a bunch about the stability.
Pros
Good Benefits
Cons
Poor Management
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Fast and rewarding job, above normal supervisor's.
Dip room , sawyer (Former Employee) –  Casa Grande, AZFebruary 1, 2017
Arrived received job assignment rotated between 7 different duties. Area was very hot due to the ovens used to process products. A group of individuals to work with.
Pros
Great pay and benefits
Cons
Hot when I worked in dip room, dusty when I was a sawyer.
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Poor Management –Stuck in thir ways
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Kent, WAMay 16, 2016
This is an organization that is stuck in their ways. They would like to tell you that they believe in lean concepts. However, their idea of lean is simply cutting. They refuse to truly invest in their employees. On the off chance that there is some actual training performed it won’t matter because management refuses to put in the time or energy to support or enforce the training. There is absolutely no internal growth. If you are hired on as a supervisor or engineer that is where you will stay till you quit. The one benefit to this organization is that if you become one of the good-ol-boys you have a job for life. Upper management will protect their own at all costs.
Pros
Long term employment
Cons
No growth
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productive
Lamination Technician (Former Employee) –  Kent, WAFebruary 12, 2017
hexcel is a okay place to work for small company not much work recent lay offs but business might pick up soon. overall okay place
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Not a friendly place to work ! Lazy Kodak employees take over .
Lead associate (Current Employee) –  WindsorFebruary 20, 2013
This was not a good place to work very poor Training. Safety was definitely not a concern in any department. They seem to have a few good trainers and the ones that were somewhat good either got fired or left. Although It is somewhat of a new company it seems that most of the employees that are employed there came from Kodak all the positions there are filled by Kodak people and Upperman type management positions bunch of lazy people. From Kodak. Definite management struggles and absolutely no sense of direction from any shift lead.
Pros
it's a job with very little benefits
Cons
very little breaks if any very poor work conditions and no morale
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great place to work.
Machinist / Chemical Mixer / Lead (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTAugust 6, 2012
everyday was a different order, for different customer or the same customer but different orders. how to mix chemicals and also learn the dangers of it and how some of the fabrications that we provide are for things that we use in this world. I like that they give us over time and also compensate us by the gift cards or by giving us raise. Management wasn't the best but they at least came and told you that your doing a great job and compensate you on a gift card or a raise in your department or group.
Pros
compensate, raise
Cons
other shift wouldn't work all day and leave you with the mess to clean up.
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Exciting Industry With Strong Future
Supply Chain Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Casa Grande, AZNovember 14, 2014
This organization is a large company that treats its employees like a small business which can be great and not so great depending on what you're looking for.

The management team tends to wavier and flip flop on issues which causes confusion within the organization.
Pros
Great benefits, competitive pay, global organization
Cons
Work life balance is not valued
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The job pays well but that's what keeps you there
Service Lead (Former Employee) –  West Valley City, UTFebruary 14, 2015
This is a good job for single kids out of high school who want to make a lot of money. The management is poor usually giving writups without verbal warnings or even trying to work out issues. They are a finger pointing company instead of trying to resolve things they look for somebody to blame and fire. Because of this the workplace has a fairly high turn over rate. The hours where not great but most people make it work. Overall in the seven years I was there I felt it was a waste of my time. Workers are a rough neck crowd usually very clicky and have bad habits including foul language and chewing tobacco on the job. The most enjoyable part of the job is being in a position to work alone away from the politics and the crudeness of the work environment.
Pros
Pays well
Cons
Nobody can match the wages so you can't leave
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Hexcel is a company with great potential held back by an archaic culture
Engineer (Current Employee) –  West Valley City, UTMarch 11, 2014
Work life balance is excellent at Hexcel. There are occasional long days but they are few and far between. The hardest part of the day is dealing with the pervasive CYA and non-collaborative culture. Co-workers openly withhold information "to have an edge up" out of fear for their jobs. Getting management to make a commitment is like trying to catch a shadow.
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A sad little company...
Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) –  Kent, WAAugust 4, 2014
A sad little company with sad little managers. There is a deep culture of fear at all levels. No innovation. Everyone seems to just keep their heads down to avoid management's wrath. You will not find any diversity at Hexcel. There is only one female/ minority manager. There are no women/ minorities in any engineering leadership position. There is little freedom to make decisions. Management will tie your hands while they second and third guess your work-- then blame you for delays. Prepare to have to defend and fight to the death to prove you are not a complete idiot.
Pros
Other engineers are nice to work with
Cons
At hexcel, you can assume you are always wrong-- unless you are in the ol boy's club
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A cheerless place to work given the incompetency of senior management
Operations (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTJanuary 17, 2014
The good: The pay is above average. Tuition reimbursement is good and was easy to get. Co-workers are generally friendly.

The bad: The glaring and stunning lack of quality in senior management. Not all senior management is dreadful--a few are really good--but the bad ones are so dazzlingly incompetent the good managers seem imaginary. Example: problems on the manufacturing floor are overlooked for more serious issues such as the color of filing cabinets or the number of chairs needed in the lunchroom. While it is starting to change, a lot of the equipment is old and breaks down. There is also a fair amount of nepotism here. For some manager jobs, the turnover is nearly every year. Then again, a number of managers have never worked any where else—and it shows. Another reviewer mentioned a non female friendly environment; while not widespread at Salt Lake, some of that does exist.
Pros
Pay, benefits
Cons
Senior management, turnover, nepotism
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Was a start up. Ok place to work.
Process Associate (Former Employee) –  Windsor, COOctober 20, 2012
This four year old company has had some growing pains and struggles for the future. It is not the best place I've worked. It lacks in work life balance issues for it's employees, it's opportunities for advancement are shortcoming and it's management has had some issues.
Pros
free lunches from time to time and decent pay.
Cons
irregular break times, if breaks at all.
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Employees are just a number
Production (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTJuly 6, 2012
Not a positive place to work, employees are not treated with dignity or respect. The company shows no appreciation of employees, only the bad is highlighted. The production schedule is 12 hour rotating shifts which makes it difficult to have a life outside of work. Employees get a week off every month (unless they are forced to work) which can seem appealing, however the rest of the time is spent adjusting to the day/night rotation, which makes it hard to live a normal life.
Pros
wage, benefits (medical), tuition reimbursement.
Cons
production schedule, employee morale is not a concern, the union, scheduling, upper management.
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Very poor Management
Former employe (Former Employee) –  Windsor, CoAugust 16, 2015
Very unsafe place to work. OSHA has been there several times. Very poor working conditions. Low morale. Very Very poor Management. From the top down. the only good thing is the Benefits. One manager even told me to take a short cut. ( very unsafe ) practice.
Pros
Benifits
Cons
Management, Low morale, Very usafe conditions.
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Management has issues
CATIA Designer (Former Employee) –  Kent, WaOctober 7, 2013
High turn around. The Management I dealt with had issues with women Designers. This was reflected in their comments during the interview and after the employment offer came in. The group was 100% male accept for the 1 woman that had left after only 3 months, I was offered the job to replace her. Needless to say I know exactly why she left. If you are a woman don't walk away from this place RUN!! No career opportunities here, no appreciation for the work you do or experience you have.
Cons
EEO issues
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Very professional and well managed organization
NC Operator,Shipper,Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Burlington, WAMay 8, 2015
I really enjoyed working here. They provide extensive, training, and career advancement opportunities. I retired in August 3014 due to medical reasons that have since been resolved.
Pros
Extensive benefits program, friendly environment
Cons
30 mile commute to work
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Good Company but they keep on your toes about your job
Manager (Current Employee) –  Salt Lake City UTNovember 29, 2014
Good company to work for but the feeling by a lot of people is that they are not secure with their jobs. This is cause from the lack of leadership acknowledgement and pushed down.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
You dont know where you stand with the company
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