United Technologies

www.utc.com/
Women's Ratings
3.8
  • Headquarters Location

    Farmington, Connecticut (United States)

  • Number of Employees

    10,000+

  • Website

    http://www.utc.com
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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.
Highlights from United Technologies
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    Meet a Fairygodboss at United Technologies

    • Name

      Andrea Duncan

    • Position

      Plant Manager

      Collierville, TN/UTC Climate, Controls & Security

    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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    Meet a Fairygodboss at United Technologies

    • Name

      Lauren Palmisano

    • Position

      Associate Director of International Tax

      Farmington, Connecticut

    I recently celebrated 10 years at UTC and I think it’s an amazing company to work for. As an Associate Director in the International Tax Group at UTC, I provide tax counsel on international reorganization transactions. During my time at UTC, I have taken advantage of opportunities to move around within the Tax function – representing UTC in tax audits and controversy matters, performing tax M&A for one of the business units and working within the state income tax group – and I appreciate the many different work experiences I’ve been exposed to over the years.

     

    It has always been evident to me that the company values its employees and encourages and invests in their lifelong learning.  After working at UTC for three years, I participated in the Employee Scholar Program, attending New York University School of Law to earn my LL.M in Taxation. The technical knowledge I gained through the program was game-changing and has allowed me to take on more challenging assignments.

     

    I am active in several Employee Resource Groups, including the Finance Women’s Forum. Through this group, I was matched with a mentor in a senior management position within the company. My mentor provides unique insights from a diverse perspective and I value the guidance I have received through our relationship. I am also part of the Finance Diversity and Inclusion Committee, leading a sub-committee effort focused on improving processes to help recruit and retain diverse talent.

     

    Last year, I participated in UTC’s Finance Development Week, an offsite workshop for finance professionals at UTC. We engaged in various trainings to develop both our technical knowledge of the company’s Finance function and our communication, teambuilding and leadership skills. The training was incredibly energizing and I felt a heightened sense of empowerment upon returning to work. I believe there is a continued commitment to my development as a leader at UTC and programs like the Finance Development Week serve as prime examples of the resources the company is willing to commit to support and develop its people. I always feel like the company is behind me and rooting for me to succeed.

     

    I am inspired by the people I work with every day. I find it rewarding to interface with a talented team that comes together to do what’s best for the organization, in the face of complex business issues. Outside of work, I love spending time with my two rescue dogs. I am also an avid runner and I have completed five marathons.

     

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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