Williams Named “Cool Place to Work” September 3rd, 2007

Williams International was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business magazine as one of their 2007 “Cool Places to Work.” The contest was sponsored by Crain’s and the American Society of Employers.

This award selection was based on the passion our team members have for the aerospace industry. We attract team members who share this passion, enjoy the broad and innovative nature of their assignments, and thrive in an environment where they have broad responsibilities early in their career.

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recognized that team members are able to see the fruits of their designs by working in integrated teams during the manufacturing and testing of products they design, which is rare at other companies. State-of-the-art design tools and equipment are used throughout our operations.

The company’s open-door policy for anyone who wishes to talk to any company leader was also a factor in the selection as a “Cool Place to Work.” This creates an open environment allowing all team members to take part in improving the company. As President and CEO Gregg Williams continuously states, “team members must not only be change-friendly, but also change-hungry.” Team members are encouraged to exhibit free-flowing creativity and intellectual stimulation. Independent thinking is not only encouraged, but expected by top management.

Other factors that contributed to the selection included:

  • Work Life Initiatives – our comprehensive health and retirement benefits, optional long-term care insurance, flexible work schedules, educational assistance and paid time off.
  • Performance Management – internal and external career development opportunities, new hire orientation, a formal performance review process, frequent promotion opportunities, lower than average turnover.
  • Total Rewards including things like employee recognition, cool celebrations, our pay programs, and a Results Based Incentive system.
  • Corporate Citizenship and Leadership including charitable contributions, support of community based programs, promoting volunteerism and demanding high integrity behavior.
  • Work Environment -- having an aggressive workplace safety program in place and maintaining an environmentally friendly workplace.

All of this (and more) makes Williams International a Cool Place to Work, where each team member can be proud of the many great products and services our team members make and deliver.