Cobham Employee Reviews in Davenport, IA

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Stressful, challenging
NDT Level II Inspector (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IAOctober 5, 2017
A cut throat business that paid well but has a poor management core. Benefits are acceptable. The place lacks moral and valves and will do just about anything to make a buck. Resent trouble with the corporate office proves this fact.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Poor valves, Quality is only number 1 on paper or until it slows down production
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Contractors were not felt as part of company. Isolated.
Program /Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Davenport IowaSeptember 20, 2017
Details of job assignment and what was expected was not clearly provided. Management was not available most of the time. Good learning experience. Contractors were not felt as part of the company, Isolated at times.
Pros
Tools to perform assignment, Computer and programs.
Cons
Outdated historical information to provide management reviews
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Tight knit corporate life
Plant Pipe Systems Engineer (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IAJuly 30, 2017
I enjoyed my first several years. However, the company changed and became more and more constrictive and demanding. Limiting things necessary for a healthy workforce.
Pros
pay
Cons
big brother
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Worst company I have ever worked for!
Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IAJanuary 24, 2017
I was hired as an engineering technician for development of their KC-46 refueling hose reel system. Half the time we were standing around with nothing to do waiting on answers from engineers on issues we had for days at a time. There is so much lack of communication between what goes on with engineering and out on the production floor it's not even funny. Management is so profit driven and money hungry you are expected to be slave driven. A lot of assembly people are expected to work Saturdays and Sundays every week when busy schedules hit. This is definitely not a place I would remotely suggest anyone apply at or work for.
Pros
Pay, benefits
Cons
Upper management, lack of communication
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good place to start on aviation
Sheet Metal Mechanic/ Lead (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IAJune 25, 2016
very flexible with new personnel, lets you learn the job on your own pace...
workforce is fun to work with, even thought management was very new with the project i was assigned to work, they were willing to listen and provide us with assistance and help to.
Very proactive and helpful quality control personnel.
Pros
teamwork enviroment
Cons
location on the midwest, very cold....
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A company with a poor future and no moral compass
Assembler (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IAMay 31, 2016
Poor management, lack of training for all levels of employees, communication is non existent, good engineers are few and far between. A company that only focuses on being awarded contracts to gain trust from its investors without thinking about having to build an actual conforming product. Just an awful place to work no matter what position you hold. If considering applying do your research and don't just let the competitive pay lure you in.
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None
Cons
Employment for cobham
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A bad place to work
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IAOctober 21, 2015
The Best Places to Work Survey (2014) showed Cobham not only scoring below Industry in general, but also below other aerospace firms which don't do as well as other industries. Turnover of personnel is high. Cobham has both direct hires and contractors. Both of these have people who choose not to live nearby and travel home frequently to out-of-state locations; this makes for a disruptive work environment as well as employees who are less dedicated to the company. The management is completely out of touch with the work that's occurring and often are unavailable and un-involved in the the details of the tasks as well as if the work was accomplished to the requirements of the program. Management will say "good job" to substandard performers. Standard industry practices are not followed. There are only a few electrical engineers on staff despite the high number of electronic components. Quality personnel don't take the initiative to work anywhere else other than the manufacturing floor. People who try to make changes or bring up concerns are returned to their seats or sent out the door. The verification team on the refueling product is very immature. Components were allowed to sit without modifications for several years without testing and with known concerns. People are assigned to different position titles and descriptions from their previous experiences and are not mentored in their roles. Engineers are hired who may not have actual degrees in engineering. Products produced are typically for the military and the concerned citizen may sit in fear that the statement  more... of work for the contract isn't followed. Configuration control was almost non-existent and each person had to store certain files on their own computer or the group server (but without upper level oversight or direction). Upper level management very rarely asks for presentations of status and then refuses to get involved in any issues that are brought up. The engineers are left to linger in ignorance about what the gimmick is. The product must at least go to market before there can be aftermarket rewards.  less
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Benefits
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Management, Work Environment, Quality practices, High staff turnover
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Good co workers
Assembly Technician (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IASeptember 8, 2015
feast or famine either hunting for to fill 40hr work week or lost of OT if they don't get the OT hrs voluntarily they go to scheduled OT
Pros
benefits co workers
Cons
management not that great
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Conditions changed with new business operation framework and management
Technical (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IASeptember 1, 2015
Used to be a wonderful place to work but too-rapid growth and inadequate training for the newer employees has plunged communication and effectiveness to an all-time low.
Pros
Free parking
Cons
Inadequate interdepartmental communication
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Spine-less management and predatory work environment.
welder (Former Employee) –  davenport IAFebruary 23, 2015
I have never worked for a place that looked down upon taking initiative to get a job or task done. Or where you get paid to play on your smart-phone instead of actually preforming for job. The welding department couldnt have been more of a joke. The blueprints were terrible at best, and the engineers where about as intelligent as a four legged animal. There is a reason for the high turnover rate at this company. If you are a good hard working person who actually takes pride in what you do, this isnt a place for you.
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One of the best jobs I've had.
Assembler 1 (Current Employee) –  Davenport, IADecember 28, 2014
Working at Cobham is borderline repetitive but benefits are top notch.
Management seems to do well most of the time but really enjoys seeing schedules met or exceeded.
Pros
Benefits and bonus free lunches.
Cons
Occasional overtime.
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Constant stress
Technical (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IASeptember 22, 2014
Employees constantly under stress to meet unrealistic deadlines; lack of training or direction to new employees; excessive turnover; money spent on "feel good" projects rather than new employee training; too many levels of management. Decent benefits.
Pros
Free parking, oh boy
Cons
Extreme and constant stress, job/life balance unacceptable, used to be a nice place to work but now it's just based on more and faster production, even if it's wrong.
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Comment – December 11, 2015

Update - this company has continued its trend of high stress, too many levels of management, too many unnecessary changes to its SOF, and a lack of commitment to its legacy workers. Employees continue to be treated as disposable and employee turnover continues to be high. New employees lack basic training for the jobs for which they are hired. Legacy employees are disrespected. Management lacks understanding of the basic principles for FAA projects. New management-level hires from outside the company contribute to a diminishing knowledge base. Overall, the company needs to listen to the concerns of its employees. Frequent surveys are conducted, but the results are ignored.

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Corruption everywhere you look
Cost Estimator II (Current Employee) –  Davenport, IAAugust 7, 2014
I was lied to in the interview about what the job would require. I was not challenged and requested something more challenging or even the decision making requirements that I was told would be a part of the job in the interview. Management listened to my concerns and was appreciative of my dedication yet nothing was ever done. Others had serious complaints and again, management did nothing. As soon as a concern is raised, a target is now placed on your back and management will make your life miserable.

They have non-compliant charging of actuals to projects, put made up numbers in government proposals to try and cover costs that they have overrun. If you want to sleep at night, this place is not for you!
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Lack of proficent Management
Finance Department (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IAJuly 24, 2014
Management played favoritism. Managers showed no professionalism. Managers would openly discuss their employee's salaries to other employee's that they over saw. Managers manipulated numbers to make their departments look better. Overall a very corrupt and toxic environment to work in.
There was no work/life balance. If you were salaried, you were expected to work 60-80 per week. If you did not, you were given poor marks on you performance review. Micro management was the Manager's choice of style. You were expected to be a robot and if you dared voice an opinion you would be black balled.
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Cobham Life Support provides innovation and technologies products to the military and commercial entities.
Cryogenic Cooler Assembler/Technician (Current Employee) –  Davenport, IAJune 19, 2014
Cobham Life Support provides innovation and technologies products to the military and commercial entities in which I served as a Proud Marine. A typical work day for me is an early start before clocking in. I manage the production and support of the pistons and screen punching equipment. Setup, adjust, run machines. Self-initiate decision to determine the needs of the production lines with minimum or no supervision daily. Inspect the production lines to access the need for the days ahead. I have learned that management has strived to develop a teaming atmosphere and to give employees an opportunity to discuss operations issues and complains. For the most part my co-workers are loyal to their jobs but most are afraid to speak up in fear of losing their jobs. The most enjoyable part of my job is when I am alone in the room producing the precise item for the production line and access the need before the supervisor request me to. Being proactive in my job has been beneficial to learn new techniques and a team player to get the job done right and with quality.
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Disappointed in senior-level managers
Marketing Manager (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IAMay 6, 2014
continuous high employee turnover (even in a poor economy) due to dis-satisfaction and frustration with senior management
excessive meddling by UK senior execs results in poor direction, mis-management, and lack of decision making
no promotion potential - Davenport has demonstrated numerous times that they will not promote talented insiders to director-level positions
Pros
good pay and very good benefits
Cons
poor management at director level & above
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good workplace for direct employees
Mechanical Design/Drafter (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IANovember 19, 2013
I was a contractor for only 3 months.
What I can tell is it seems to be a good company to work for as from what I heard of the benefits where competitive, and they had extra curriculum activities to keep up good moral for the employees.
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No customer service
Assembly Technician (Former Employee) –  Davenport, IAFebruary 26, 2013
I worked there for over a decade and the new company philosophy is the bottom line and not customer service. Bean counters are now in charge and they don't care if the work is done correctly and to the customers satisfaction. They only care if its done fast and within the time they allow.
The company has gotten to the point that if you don't sit down, head down, and shut up then you are a trouble maker and they will make an example of you. Even if you point out how the process they are changing do not make sense and are making it more difficult to complete the job correctly. With the work we did there is no second chance to get the job done correctly. It has to work everytime the first time. No exceptions.
Pros
paid well for the area i worked in.
Cons
management doesn't care about the customer or employee relations.
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