United Technologies

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United Technologies is a leader in the global building and aerospace businesses. Our investments in technology enable us to develop new and improved ways to keep people safe, comfortable, productive and on the move. UTC’s products touch millions of people every single day. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, we create the smart, sustainable solutions that move the world forward. Our businesses include:

Otis-The world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways.

Pratt & Whitney-A world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.

UTC Aerospace Systems-One of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced aerospace products and systems for commercial, military and space customers.

UTC Climate, Controls & Security-Promotes safer and smarter sustainable buildings with state-of-the-art fire safety, security, building automation, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and services.

United Technologies Research Center- The UTRC partners with UTC business units and external research organizations to expand the boundaries of science and technology through research and innovation, delivering technology options that meet and anticipate the needs of the marketplace.
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  • United Technologies Amy Grace

    Meet a Fairygodboss at United Technologies

    • Name

      Amy Grace

    • Position

      Fellow, Applied Data Science

      Windsor Locks, CT

    Amy Grace began her career with UTC nearly 30 years ago.  After participating in a co-op program while at Syracuse University, she found she enjoyed her assignment with UTC the most. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, she joined the ranks of Pratt & Whitney as an F119 propulsion systems analyst.

    In 1997, Amy became one of the first participants in UTC’s Flexible Work Arrangements program when she started working as a part-time employee after her first child was born. For the next 12 years, Amy continued to work part time in order to care for her four young children. However, working part time did not limit her career growth. “During those 12 years, I benefited from the Mentor-Protégé program and was assigned positions that increased my depth, breadth, and leadership skills. I became a Supervisor and then Chief Engineer as a part-time employee. I served as the team lead for Retention on our Diversity and Inclusion Council at Pratt & Whitney for three years,” Amy says. When her youngest child entered second grade in 2009, Amy returned as a full time employee.

    In 2016, Amy joined UTC Aerospace Systems in order to establish the prognostics & health management (PHM) organization in Central Engineering. At the forefront of her field, Amy has led trainings on PHM design and presented at aerospace conferences around the world. She has a patent in intelligent troubleshooting and has several other patents pending. Earlier this year, Amy was accepted into the UTC Aerospace Systems Fellows Program.

    After 30 years with UTC, Amy says the company’s distinguishing features are “’our products and our people.” Throughout her career, Amy has enjoyed working on cutting edge technologies. “The most rewarding part of my job is being able to develop products that have a measureable impact to customer satisfaction, and to our business,” Amy says. In addition to enjoying her work, she also enjoys the people she works with. “I work with arguably the most talented, innovative, passionate, and global engineering workforce in the world. We work in a collaborative environment, and my co-workers go out of their way to lend expertise,” she adds. 

    When Amy is not at work, she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, cooking, traveling, making home improvements, and spending time with her family. She says she finds inspiration in her parents, “who raised seven kids on one income and provided us with every opportunity”, as well as her husband, children, and siblings, “who inspire me to live and love fully.” She also credits Astronaut Story Musgrave, whom she became friends with after meeting him while in college, for showing her “there is no limit to what you can learn and be.”

  • United Technologies Joanne Tetsill

    Meet a Fairygodboss at United Technologies

    • Name

      Joanne Tetsill

    • Position

      Software Discipline Manager for SAIS

      Vergennes, VT

    Joanne Tetsill began her career at UTC in Northern Ireland after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Queen’s University in Belfast. Today, nearly 18 years later, she is a Software Discipline Manager at the Sensors & Integrated Systems site for UTC Aerospace Systems in Vergennes, Vermont. Joanne credits UTC with providing her a “wealth of professional and educational opportunities” throughout her tenure with the company.

    Early in her career, Joanne was afforded the opportunity to work in Indianapolis for six months as an Onsite Engineer for Rolls Royce. After the six month assignment, she returned to the UK, working as a project engineer before transitioning into management. Shortly after this change in position, Joanne decided she wanted to move to the US. Knowing she wanted to continue working for UTC despite the change in geographical location, she applied for a position in Vermont. After interviewing and successfully landing the position, UTC helped Joanne obtain her visa and relocate to Vermont, and two years after that, applied for her Green Card, allowing her to stay in the US. Having successfully settled into her position at work, with her first child on the way, Joanne enrolled master’s program through UTC’s Employee Scholar Program. 

    After earning a master’s degree in Engineering Management, she became a software manager and was expecting her second child. It was at this time that she took advantage of UTC’s parental leave policy. Being able to take an entire month of paid time off when her son arrived not only provided Joanne time to bond with him, but also allowed her wife to return to work. With two young children at home, Joanne truly values the ability to work remotely in the early mornings and on Fridays through UTC’s flexible work policy. By working remotely on Fridays, she is able to take the time to read for her children and their classmates at school each week.

    Joanne is also a proud participant the global leadership development program, Fast-Tracking UTAS Emerging Leaders (FUEL). FUEL is a two year program in which participants take part in cross-functional job shadowing, coaching, mentoring, and more. By learning about the different areas UTAS, she is able to advance both her career and the company. And clearly, her efforts are making a difference, as last year she was named a winner of the STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award, an award that recognizes women not only for their outstanding contributions to manufacturing, but also for their mentorship and support of the next generation.

    Joanne’s support for the next generation comes naturally to her, as she thinks the most rewarding part of her role as a manager is carefully “making the connection between engineer and product”  and then watching her employees not only succeed, but also enjoy themselves while doing it. Outside of her official role, Joanne also serves as a leader for the PRIDE and Women in Aviation Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which provide her opportunities to network and give back to the community.

    As a woman in science, Joanne has been deeply inspired by the female codebreakers of Bletchley Park, the central location for British cryptanalysts during World War II. “These women put their lives aside to help the war effort using their intellect and logic to help shorten the war overcoming hurdles and criticism,” she says. In her free time, Joanne enjoys cooking, skiing, running, and traveling.

  • United Technologies Andrea Duncan

    Meet a Fairygodboss at United Technologies

    • Name

      Andrea Duncan

    • Position

      Plant Manager

      Collierville, TN

    Andrea Duncan began her career at UTC nearly 15 years ago as a business unit manager in Athens, Georgia. Today, she is the plant manager for UTC’s operations in Collierville, Tennessee, overseeing the largest ducted manufacturing plant in North America. Within UTC, the Collierville plant is known for being innovative. Andrea credits the diversity among the team for that distinction, with people that are diverse in gender and industry background contributing to the thinking and ingenuity within the plant. As an African American woman, she’s a non-traditional figure in her role and Andrea views her background as an asset for recruiting.



    Andrea prioritizes mentorship and sponsorship of younger employees in her role at UTC. She has several mentees, including some that she’s never met before in person. Andrea values the opportunity to build relationships with colleagues, helping them through workplace challenges and career decisions, acting as a sounding board and providing an alternative perspective through which to view their future.



    In 2012, Andrea attended ASCENT at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. ASCENT is a national not-for-profit organization committed to women’s professional development and corporate career advancement. The opportunity strengthened her appreciation for the diverse thinking that women can bring to an organization. She notes that she came back to work feeling more confident in herself and with a new perspective on how her authenticity brings value to the organization. Andrea was proud to have been selected by UTC to attend ASCENT on the organization’s behalf, remarking that it demonstrated the company’s investment in her personal and professional development. She believes UTC actively seeks out new, innovative opportunities to invest in talent and considers the development of female leaders as a priority for the company.



    In addition to professional development opportunities, Andrea values the support she received from UTC leadership during her maternity leave. As the mother of 9-year-old twin sons and a 6-year-old daughter, she was heartened by the support that her all-male leadership provided and the flexibility she was afforded to take time off both pre- and post-delivery. She notes that what’s often discussed is the financial benefit of maternity leave, but that you can’t underestimate the impact that emotional support can have on an expectant mother or father.



    When she’s not at work, Andrea is likely enjoying quality time with her family. She is also committed to giving back; she’s involved with “Setting the Standard,” a leadership development organization for developing and empowering the next generation of leaders, and will be helping as they begin a new brand for young women. Michelle Obama is a source of inspiration for Andrea in her life. “She has a heart to help people,” she explains. “I’m encouraged by her words ‘When they go low, we go high.’ For me, it shows your level of integrity and that you will be true to that above all.”

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What Women Should Know about Working At United Technologies
United Technologies Corporation recently signed onto Paradigm for Parity, which is a coalition of business leaders dedicated to addressing the corporate leadership gender gap. The pledge signifies a commitment to position women and men to have equal opportunity. Our ultimate goal is to achieve full gender parity by 2030, with a near-term goal of women holding at least 30% of senior roles.

 

Our success as a global technology leader relies on their unique talents, perspectives and experiences – and our goal is to ensure our workplace actively fosters respect, inclusion and opportunities for all employees.  UTC is able to offer unparalleled career opportunities throughout our many business units across all disciplines including but not limited to operations, finance, engineering, digital technology, human resources, and legal. 

We also know that work and career aren’t the only priorities in life, so UTC offers a variety of work-life support systems that help employees balance the demands of their jobs with their personal commitments. These benefits include flexible work arrangements, elder and dependent care resources, employee assistance program, wellness programs, fitness facilities, tuition reimbursement and financial assistance for child adoption.  These are just a few of the ways in which our dynamic and inclusive culture unites work and life.

Gender diversity statistics

    • Gender diversity information
    • UTC is committed to a culture of diversity that promotes inclusion and workplace equality for everyone. Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) offer career development programs, networking opportunities, mentoring programs, are involved in their communities, and provide a voice to the company regarding issues pertinent to a range of topics.  The ERGs have a collective mission of supporting our efforts to attract, develop and retain top talent globally. They are instrumental in assisting with the design of mentoring programs, retention initiatives, philanthropic outreach, and important policy and guideline recommendations.
       

      UTC has over 100 ERGs across nine affinities globally. These affinities include: Generational, LGBT, African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American, Ability, Military/Veteran, Professional and women.

       

      Our women-focused ERGs provide professional development, mentoring and an opportunity to build community. For example, the mission of the Finance Women’s Forum is to advance and promote women within finance. As our largest ERG, it also boasts one of the longest standing mentoring programs in the organization. Based on their work and voice, UTC’s Finance organization now has more women in very senior leadership roles than ever before.
    • Women in workforce
    • 25%
    • Women holding senior management
    • 31%
    • Women directors on board
    • 25%

Programs, initiatives, groups

    • Additional information
    • Employee Scholar Program (ESP) - United Technologies Corporation offers its employees the opportunity to continue their education with the company-sponsored employee education program. It is one of the most comprehensive company-sponsored employee education programs in the world. Since 1996, we’ve invested nearly $1.25 billion to empower employees to do amazing things. Those employees have earned more than 37,000 degrees across 50 countries, and 30 percent of degrees earned through this program have been granted to women. Since 2012, women have represented 29 percent of all ESP participants. In 2016, 28.5 percent of the total enrollments of ESP were women.

       
      Executive Development- In 1999, UTC began a partnership with University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business to create a three-tiered leadership development program. The Emerging Leader Program (ELP) addresses core leadership issues and supports corporate-wide objectives. ELP is focused on developing high performing, high potential middle managers as they prepare for increased responsibility. The program emphasizes application of fundamental business concepts that are directly relevant to managerial roles. Participants learn to think more broadly and globally with an enterprise perspective and understand UTC financial drivers and business models. Since 2012, Darden has maintained a 22 percent female participation rate. This is a nomination-only program designated for high-potential employees.

      Re-Empower Program- Experienced professionals sometimes take a career break for a variety of personal and professional reasons.  Returning to work after an absence of two or more years can seem daunting. To help with this transition, UTC’s Re-Empower Program is designed specifically to help you bring your knowledge, experience, training and creativity back to the workforce. Over the course of the four-month program, professionals will gain paid, on-the-job experience, have an opportunity to participate in sessions with leadership, develop personalized plans for success, and receive coaching to guide their reentry experience.  Upon completion of the program, based on performance and contributions, participants will be eligible for full-time employment.  UTC will start actively recruiting for its Re-Empower Program in Fall 2017 and will officially launch its first cohort of the Re-Empower Program in January 2018.
    • Unconscious bias training
    • Yes
    • Internal mentorship / sponsorship programs
    • Yes
    • Internal employee networking
    • Yes
    • Succession planning initiatives
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for recruiting
    • Yes
    • Diversity initiatives / processes for performance evaluation
    • Yes
    • Sabbatical leave benefits
    • Yes
    • Executive coaching
    • Yes

Flexible working

    • Flexible working policies
    • United Technologies Corporation is committed to providing a family friendly work environment for all employees. We encourage our employees to utilize our UTfleX program. We understand that to recruit and maintain a world-class workforce, attention must be paid to supporting employees as they manage their work and personal responsibilities. While not a new benefit, UTC has re-launched its flexible work options supported by resources to help employees think through what is needed to ensure the arrangement will be successful.  This relaunch focus is on strengthening a culture that embraces flexibility for all, and includes manager training and coaching to help them be creative in meeting individual requests for flexibility as long as business needs are met. Advancing flexibility regardless of gender or family situation removes potential stigma for women and parents who flex.  With senior leadership’s commitment to utilization, we are able to support employees and managers in a flexible work environment.
    • Remote working
    • Yes
    • Part-time working
    • Yes

Parental Leave

    • Overview: Parental leave policies
    • UTC offers up to four weeks with full pay and benefits if you are a birth mother, legally adopt a child, are a birth father, receive a surrogate child or become the legal guardian of a child under 18 years of age.
    • Paid maternity leave
    • Yes, new birth moms can and are encouraged to take up to 8 weeks of paid maternity leave. This leave is in addition to the parental leave already available to fathers, adoptive parents, surrogate recipients, and new legal guardians, offering up to as much as 12 weeks of paid leave in total.
    • Unpaid maternity leave
    • Yes, UTC offers an unpaid leave of absence for the birth, adoption or placement of a child, and for the serious health condition of an employee or an employee’s family member. An unpaid leave is also available to care for an ill or injured covered service member or covered veteran or because of any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, child or parent is on covered active duty.
    • Paid paternity leave
    • Yes
    • Unpaid paternity leave
    • Yes
    • Adoptive paid leave
    • Yes
    • Short-term disability benefits
    • Yes

Maternity-Related Benefits

    • Lactation facilities
    • Yes

Care-taking benefits

    • Care-taking benefits information
    • Employees at UTC can contribute from $120 up to $5000 a year tax-free to pay for eligible child care and/or elder care expenses so that employees (or employees and their spouse) can work, look for work, or attend school full-time. Eligible expenses include:

      ·  Child care for children younger than age 13, including:

      ·  Child care provide in your home (by someone who is not your dependent)

      ·  Licensed nursery school or day care center, and

      ·  Summer day camps (day care expenses only)

      ·  Elder care for eligible dependents, in-home or at eligible facilities
    • Childcare subsidies
    • Yes
    • PTO that explicitly covers care-taking
    • Yes
    • Elder-care benefits
    • Yes

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