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I'd like to lay some ground work here first. I've been with Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions now for over 26+ years. I joined in 1985, and our first business celebration included Surf and Turf with a live band. It's been a while now since we've even had a business celebration, and about the only thing we got was a Christmas dinner with a White elephant gift exchange. Benefits were pretty much no out of pocket, but now we share in a great deal of those. I haven't had my head under a rock the past 26 years, but I don't have to say that our benefits, pay raises, get togethers (kick offs and holidays), and even pay raises have suffered tremendously over the past 26 years. I think the nail in the coffin was when I hit 25 years, and found out there was no anniversary gift, they had changed it to every 10 years now. A quarter of a century of service, and nothing? Thanks, Honeywell.
I was just in a meeting, and management was asking why Honeywell employees aren't selling more SPOT, or getting involved in the sales and promotions of the business. I have a theory about that. When I joined the company in 1985, I was told repeatedly that Honeywell's people are their most valuable asset. It was a blend of talent and intellectual capitol that kept the company going, and it showed in our pay raises and benefits. I haven't heard that from management for over a decade or longer now. In short, I feel people that work for Honeywell, feel basically a dis-connect that wasn't there when I joined. There are times where Honeywell makes me feel more of a burden than an asset when reporting financials and I know that isn't the case. Honeywell’s management has lost touch with their people. When pay raises come along now, they let us know that because of the economy, they cannot give us a pay raise that comes up even with the basic cost of living increases. All this is in the face of multimillion bonuses given to management. All we are reminded of is that we are lucky to have a job.
Honeywell management, in their greed and narcissism, has all but forgotten about the people that they are living off of. They have cut back benefits and pay in order to keep their own pockets lined in abundance. What they fail to realize is this is a downhill spiral. I've seen scores of very talented people leave the company in the past few years, and I myself may follow soon. The situation that the management of Honeywell has created, and seems to be continually reinforcing, is the whole reason unions were created. The American middle class is the greatest purchasing power on the face of the earth; and corporate America, including Honeywell, is systematically destroying it. Where will Honeywell sell its fans, T-stats, AC equipment, etc. to when the middle class is gone? China? Good luck with that.
So, Honeywell management, can you fix this? Can our new motto be an old one, that People are its most valuable asset? Can you make the “little people” feel like part of the company again, and take pride in it, and feel good about how the company takes care of us? In short, can you make us feel like we did in the 80s, when Honeywell management really understood how to grow and build a business, and make us feel like we were part of something, and feel good aobut going out and looking for new sources of revenue like SPOT, and other opportunities?
Signed, … Still a valuable asset…

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    FAITHLOVEHOPE Sep 10, 2014

    Our Company was just acquired by Honeywell and even though our Employees are already starting to find out the things that have been stated above it still saddens me to hear them. Before we were bought out we had cheaper insurance, morale was better and we even received gifts or had parties for the holiday's. Now we don't get anything an on top of that they have frozen our 401k without a hint of when it will be unfrozen. I feel bad b/c I was one who prayed for our company to be bought out in fear that we would go under and everyone lose their job. However I now feel like we were sold to the devil. Contractors that had been with our company before the buyout were offered full time employment but with a pay cut. I have never in all my years of working heard of an employee making more as a contractor then they did as a full time employee. They were told it was b/c they would be receiving benefits something they weren't receiving as a contractor but that is BS. Needless to say those that could offered to declined the offer and went else where. Morale has went down and our technicians are working like robots most of the time working 7 days a week which has caused our repeat repair rate to increase. With all this being said I am a true believer in my faith in God and I really believe that all this will work out for the good of all the employees that have put their blood, sweat and tears into their job. Just continue to pray and do your best in this circumstances and we will win!! I do believe that a company like Honeywell has the potential to be a great company but the company will have to care about it's employees first. Anyone or anything that is motivated by money alone will never gain the success it hopes for. So let's just pray that our company does not fail but that it realizes the great people it has holding it together!!

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    CHARLLY May 26, 2012

    your right about the managers.its all about them. yes but we have a job, never mind cost of living raises, never mind any kind of raise, never mind caring at all about your employess, lets make sure that the managers make their bonus even though they just stand around thinking of ways to be-little us, don't even mention the word praise the managers keep it all for themselves, praising each other on how unfair they are to us. what ever happened to good managers wanting to have ther empolyee happy to come to work.IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG WITH WANTING TO LOVE YOUR JOB AND HAPPY COMING TO WORK, SOMETIMES YOU WISH THEY WOULD LAY YOU OFF, BUT THRIR TO GREEDY TO DO THAT, HEAVEN FORBID WE GET UN-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

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    M.E Frustrated May 08, 2012

    I am just the wife of an employee of Honeywell, and I find it absolutely horrifying how he is treated within the organisation. Office politics are a normaly day to day issue. My husband does not play these games.
    After 10 years of service to the company, his boss didn't even congratulate him. He ordered his gift online and when it came to collecting the gift, his boss was so blazare about it, it wasn't even special.
    Point is, we came to the Middle East 4 years ago, with the promise that we will be looked after. He was to be put on a higher band so as to attain full housing allowance and school fee cover, as it is inconceivably high cost of living here. He still to this day has not received this and it is breaking our spirits as we are financially stranded in a country we want to leave because, we have to pay for things like school fees on credit.
    I am also a full time working mother of 2, so it isn't that I am sitting at home and not contributing financially to our case.
    Our children are in the cheaper option of international schools here and pay QR9000 per term for each child. I only earn QR16000... which just covers housing. You do the maths.
    When he challenges management about this, he gets put down. People that use to work below him who change departments so that they do not have to sit with management like that, are receiving these benefits (They are a lower band them my husband).
    Expense claims do not get paid out in full, it's all based on if the manager thinks it should be paid, and not what Honeywell policy subscribes.
    But what to do? Management here is all for themselves and not their employees. Since we have been here, my husband has had 4 different bosses... all Indian, all unable to keep the promise made to my husband 4 years ago.
    My husband is a hard worker, and dedicated to doing the job properly. He is not one for half hearted efforts. But get's nothing in return for his dedication.

    Frustrated!!

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    samsonvon Dec 09, 2011

    It is not just in Minnesota. It is here in Georgia, too. You are absolutely right. Honeywell is riding their profits on the employees backs. Not only did the 401K's take a cut, but also some of those employees who were in buyouts saw their 401K's magically revert to Honeywell stock - when it was sinking! Pay freezes, commission cuts, furloughs, and layoffs have stricken most every company held by Honeywell. Threats for job security are daily, insurance costs have risen with co-pays being eliminated and deductibles so high that most will be 100% out of pocket for all medical expenses, those with chronic health issues are discriminated against, and even something as simple as keeping time has to be lied about, making employees work for nothing during certain times. It's ridiculous. No longer made in America folks - Honeywell is a global company. Used to be a good company - no more. Used to be a good place to work - absolutely no more. Dave Cote, you should be ashamed of what you have done to this company and to the people who work really hard for you.

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