Airbus Group Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
228 Reviews
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Pros
  • Flexible working times with flexitime giving a good work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • You can have great work-life balance, flexible working hours, (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • voluer dans l'entreprise, cela prend beaucoup de temps (in 6 reviews)

  • enough managers, in middle and upper management, apparently just driven by their own careers (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    test and services maintenance department trainwreck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Generalist Lll in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Generalist Lll in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    bennies, relaxed atmosphere. good people great hours

    Cons

    management HR no structure. unprofesional favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't offer any advice if you wont listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overworked Employees on a constantly shrinking staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are fantastic
    A product you believe in
    Casual culture makes for a more comfortable environment

    Cons

    Layoffs every year
    The staff keeps diminishing so more and more responsibility is put on an already overloaded staff.
    Staff is stressed due to layoffs every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. There are lots of good ideas that get ignored, and the consequences are felt through the layoffs every single year. That's not a good business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great ideas, intelligent employees, but they just need a little more rope

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Temecula, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Temecula, CA

    I worked at Airbus Group

    Pros

    A really relaxed, laid back "office" atmosphere. Employees regularly wore shorts and t-shirts to work and can seamlessly work from home whenever they felt like it. Some very smart project managers and business knowledge at the middle level management. Uses all sources of technology from MS to open source, depending on the project.

    Cons

    Uses all sources of technology from MS to open source. This is really a Microsoft development shop. Old products in use for years that need to be replaced but no one can finish new projects, patches, or updates. Drowning in their own faults. Absolutely no communication. Old employees run the underground here. If you ain't one of them, you ain't going to be happy here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have major leaks in this boat starting with the "experienced" employees not playing ball and protecting them. Time to crack the whip or this ship is disembarking So Cal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice place to make money but wouldn't wanna work there!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facility Maintenance in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Facility Maintenance in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Airbus Group as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits packages are nice as well as the pay scale being competitive.relaxed atmosphere. work schedule is nice!

    Cons

    There isn't any real structure. gets chaotic at times as far as decision making and or planning. antiquated equipment, but as funds permit modernizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training, training,training! look into department behavior. more staffing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company works in great business, helping people, but not the employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Changes are happening, but not quick enough. Love the business we are in, nice to know we are helping people.

    Cons

    Need further purging of the old guard. Benefits not aligned with the rest of the company worldwide. For a company with communications in it's name, it does a poor job communicating. Employees are just tools to use and exhaust. If you are not in the California office you are nothing in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going in the direction you are going, the company will eventually become a better place to work in 5 to 10 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked for Cassidian. Great colleagues, great products. Huge amount of integrity amongst the staff.

    Cons

    Shockingly inept management. Indecision is rife at the top. Far more concerned with staying in their jobs than doing anything worthwhile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop covering your backsides and start looking after customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Process and Bureaucracy dominate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Stevenage, England (UK)

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Likeable and skilled co-workers. Extremely flexible working hours (flexi-time). Low pressure.

    Cons

    Zero R&D budget, which means little prospect of contributing to new products or development. Often insufficient work load. Project code systems means employees are essentially prohibited from (for example) working on product improvements/R&D etc when workload is low. Fairly poor pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much process and bad management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexitime + friday afternoons off
    Some interesting people
    Portsmouth not the worst location (*cough*Stevenage*cough*)
    Ability to work abroad

    Cons

    Lower salary than equivalent graduate schemes (even within Airbus Group)
    Next to no proper training
    Little direction, especially at the start
    HR are fairly incompetent and can take months to pay back significant amounts of expenses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture your younger staff as they are the future, theres a reason this company has such a poor retention rate of graduates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Airbus Internship Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aerodynamics Internship in Bremen, Bremen (Germany)
    Current Employee - Aerodynamics Internship in Bremen, Bremen (Germany)

    I have been working at Airbus Group as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Advanced programs, experienced colleagues and a good experience of work life.

    Cons

    As an intern I have had no work to d, this has been very poorly organised as it seems they have to fill a quota of interns for the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that work is available before interns are hired. Continued support from your supervisor needs to be improved vastly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Slow and Inefficient - Continually Hampered by Process Diktats

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at Airbus Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful colleagues.
    Interesting technology and end product (even though it really isn't rocket science).
    Flexitime and ability to work paid overtime.

    Cons

    Low salaries for engineering staff - even contractors are poorly paid.
    Odd culture - an awkward mix of Franco-German-British (ie. Marconi-esque for those that remember) management styles and culture.
    Frustrating place to work - Every aspect of this business is process driven, inefficient and seems to take forever. Yes, you've guessed it, the gullible management have let the consultants in to sell them a series of overpriced 'projects' delivered by 'expert consultants' with little knowledge about how the business actually works. 'Lean' is the latest buzzword - great when you're making cheap mass-produced widgets/cars (eg. Toyota) but is it really applicable to essentially a low-volume bespoke product? The very processes that management use to improve efficiency are the very processes that hamper efficiency when real people try to implement them. Extremely frustrating. I found myself spending 25% of my time on paper chases, trying to get various bits of paper signed by managers and QA staff that knew very little about what they are actually signing. Inevitably when project timescales slip, the engineers and technicians then get blamed for not doing the job quickly enough!
    Lack of career opportunity - little real career development. Yes, they love to bestow inflated job titles such as 'Higher Senior Engineer' to make people feel good about their plight, but in reality this just means a marginal increase in salary and no paid overtime as you try to climb higher. In the end, I left to work for one of Astrium's customers - 60% instant increase in pay and now with real scope to develop my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Answers to all of the challenges within this business lie with the employees and not overpaid management consultants. Empower your highly experienced and committed employees to find optimum solutions. Encourage people to better communicate across departments. Spend more money on training and development. I worked there for 6 years and was never allowed to attend any technical courses despite lots of HR training and development guff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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