Boeing Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
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Boeing Chairman, President, and CEO Jim McNerney Jr.
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Pros
  • Flexible work schedules usually allow for a good work/life balance (in 152 reviews)

  • Great benefits, interesting work throughout most of my time there till recently (in 186 reviews)


Cons
  • Not terribly great at the work/life balance thing even though management claims to be (in 30 reviews)

  • Management spends all their time in meetings pleasing upper management to make themselves look good (in 32 reviews)

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  1.  

    Bad, and no way up!

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    Current Employee - Repair Mod Tech A  in  Heath, OH
    Current Employee - Repair Mod Tech A in Heath, OH

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxing and laid back. A easy job for normal people in a little ol' town.

    Cons

    No way to climb up and the CEO is an old woman who thinks your compensation for hard work is your pay check....direct quote. Also everyone slept around to get there positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Cower to Retire

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Everett, WA

    I worked at Boeing full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Get a pin after 5 years of service. A clock after 10 years and an assigned parking spot after 20 years.

    Cons

    Preserving one's benefit is paramount. Boeing has been know for its pension and generous benefits.
    Although these benefits have vanished for new comers, those who have a pension and 2 or more decades at Boeing have a lot to lose especially when the cost cutting trend is now in full swing. Hanging on until eligibility is rather a complex game; trickier at the top than at the bottom. Employee surveys for instance
    can really affect a manager's retirement. Employee surveys measure engagement. Gallup studies have shown a strong correlation between Engagement an future earnings. A low employee engagement, meaning a low participation in the employee survey affect stock option and stock related bonuses: the type of bonus once get at the director and executive levels. Affect their bonuses and it trickles down to the managers. So what should Managers who have a pension to lose do? Be the advocate of their subordinates and risk losing their pension? That would go against human nature. Cowering is the logical answer as Chairman Jim McNerney pointed out right after an earning call with investors. The time could not have been more appropriate. The more benefits waiting their maturity date the more cowering. A negative feedback loop reinforced from the Chairman down to the hourly employee. Looking at demographics, the average age at Boeing is right around 46. Although a significant percentage of Boeing employees are now eligible to retire (first wave of baby boomers), most are not there yet, but close. During a cost cutting trend, one can only imagine how excruciating the wait might be for those directors and managers. cowering is a predictable consequence. cowering and fearing nurture discontent. fuel the fire with unions, and incidentally fuel the employee survey. Although the survey might show a high percentage of discontentment, the mere participation in an employee survey helps raise the engagement percentage up which in turns helps directors and executives stock option and retirement bonuses--cowering feeds the top layers. Based on baby boomer pension benefits and retirement waves still to come, the cowering at Boeing is bound to last another decade at least. Who in his/her right mind would join such a company?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cower until you retire. The mere participation in an employee survey helps raise the engagement percentage up which in turns helps directors and executives stock option and retirement bonuses--cowering feeds the top layers. Based on baby boomer pension benefits and retirement waves still to come, the cowering at Boeing is bound to last another decade at least. Who in his/her right mind would join such a company?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Parochial culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good resume builder, very slow in everything. Key to success is tenure in position and who you know, accomplishments are never discussed.

    Cons

    Very slow, low pay but a resume builder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good luck, Airbus keeps winning!

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

    Procurement

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    Current Employee - Procurement Agent III  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent III in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The only pros and Boeing was you were allowed to work virtual one day a week.

    Cons

    The St . Louis management was terrible. They show little to no respect to their employees, they pass the buck just as long as the management just not have to get involved or do any of the work themselves. They are disorganized lack of communication show little to no interest to current issues or problems. One of the worst work experiences I have had in my career so far. Currently looking for a new job outside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take on more responsibility and be more proactive with their team members. Upper management needs to get out of the clouds and be more realistic when it comes to treating all employees as an employee and not just a number. Some of the old school management needs to retire because they are just bringing the organization down. Worse job I ever had.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    "The Lazy B"

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    Current Employee - Propulsion Engineer  in  Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Propulsion Engineer in Everett, WA

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company overall has good compensation package with respect to other aerospace companies and the benefits (even though they've gone through cuts) are still great. Depending where you're at, you could have a very lax schedule including 9/80 and working from home (although they are starting to crack down on that). If you're an airplane enthusiast, you could end up working on some cool projects and even flying to supplier sites (with great benefits) on the company dime.

    Cons

    Where do I start?

    If you're a young, motivated Millennial that wants to move up fast and have the opportunity to progress and contribute at a fast pace, don't bother. This is sloth like company whose logo might as well be "we've always done it that way". Most people here are at or beyond retirement age and are literally counting the down the hours. People are overall very unhappy, cynical and resigned after working here 20+ years and seeing the company continuously cut down on benefits.

    Management is a joke. Actually, most engineers end up sitting around comparing management to Dilbert cartoons. Most have Dilbert cartoon snippets cut out and posted around their cubicles. Essentially, all management does is go to meetings to figure out what other management wants them to do. The entire thing is fascinating to watch because most are in there just staring at their blackberries. When done, they will return to tell their engineers what they need to do and when they need to do it by. If no, they will look very bad to the 6+ layers of management above them.

    If you're lucky, big if, you'll actually get a chance to do some exciting engineering work. However, you will most likely be a giant paper pusher updating spreadsheets, online databases and answering emails and churn about your "status" on a particular item. This could easily become 50%+ of your life here. You are not an engineer, you are a Microsoft Office+PowerPoint+Excel expert!

    Bureaucracy is comparable to the U.S. government. They might take tips from them I think. And if you have an issue, well, this isn't an open culture. Boeing is a very, very passive aggressive culture. No one here speaks about the issue, they just talk around the issue so conflict resolution is non-existent. Then again, I speak purely of the engineering environment. Other areas could be better or worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to shrink (as in less kingdoms) and actually "care" about people and display some minor leadership skills. The company needs to begin shifting towards a collaborative culture vs. top down culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disgusting Ethics, Poor Management, Incapable Executives

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    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer  in  Ridley Park, PA
    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer in Ridley Park, PA

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Big name, looks good on a resume
    You'll learn how NOT to manage an engineering projects
    Exposure to a process-driven environment

    Cons

    Executives have terrible ethics, and a all around incapable
    Managers are lazy, and extremely short sighted.
    The company is constantly making decisions to save a dollar today at the cost of 5 dollars tomorrow. And then blaming the engineers for those failures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop screwing the employees.
    Don't let McNerney talk to reporters, he just ebarasses the company.
    Stop all the fake "employee first" BS, every one sees through it and it makes morale even worse.
    2.5% raise to go with a promotion? Are you kidding? Seriously, when I was promoted the raise was 2.5%.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boeing I.T. execs no longer value their employees - used to be good - no longer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good benefits - decent pay

    Cons

    Has become very unstable and a sad place to work - thousands of people are losing their jobs in I.T. due to the "IT of the FUTURE" initiative. Basically IT of the FUTURE boils down to if you aren't willing to move your family to some god aweful place, they will lay you off!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees or all of your key talent is going to walk out the door and you will stuck with your useless selves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just a number, don't practice what they preach, like working in high school

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Change Management Specialist  in  Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Change Management Specialist in Everett, WA

    I worked at Boeing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Only pro is money is pretty good.

    Cons

    Don't practice what they preach. Don't train new Boeing employees, politics are extremely evident here, and it's not who you know but who you blow. They love butt kissers, yes-men, knee pad wearers, and suck-ups. Old employees with 20 or more years think their stuff doesn't stink and can do no wrong; don't like change and feel threatened by new hires that have more real world experience than they do. If you don't play by their rules of "it's always been this way" then you get black listed and don't stand a chance of going anywhere. Management Top Heavy, I mean really? Level 1-5 managers needed? Plus supervisors and leads? Boeing has way too many employees and not enough work. Lots of employees stand around and talk all day and gossip. Actual work takes less time than documented. Employees who've been there a while abuse the overtime system and bilk Boeing out of Millions each year. Unions don't work for the employee anymore, it's all about money and bribes. Each year more and more benefits get taken away cuz stupid unions won't work with Boeing to keep jobs here. No wonder they have shipped jobs out overseas. I would too if my employees were greedy, whiny babies. Old technology used to do jobs and alot of complaining by employees to improve things, but no one does anything to fix it, and those that try get knocked down. Teamwork not encouraged, no true open door policies, no training, no work instructions that actually describe how to do the jobs in detail, too much tribal knowledge so when people retire, so does their knowledge of how to do the job. Too much power tripping and control freaks there. Demoralize people all the time. Worst Company to work for. I could go on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all those layers of management, they are not needed. Wake up and see just how much your "loyal 20+ year" employees have been robbing you blind by working maybe 1 hr each day and gossiping the next, but complaining they're is too much work but not enough people. It's all bull. Let someone like me come in there and show you the reality of what really goes on there and you'd think twice about believing your long term employees statements of too much work and not enough bodies. Get rid of the "tribal knowledge" employees by forcing them to document their knowledge like it should have been done in the first place. Hold people accountable for their actions. Right now good people are punished when it's the so called loyal employee who is the one truly at fault. Truly look at outsourcing. Has anyone done a true ROI? Does it really save you money to ship it overseas only to have to rework it here or find out the vendor used black market parts or cheaper materials or hazardous materials to build your product? Remember you are creating product that could cost people their lives. I am a certified Lead ISO Auditor, and if I were to audit your company, you'd fail miserably. Employees have no idea where to get documents and work instructions to show them how to do their jobs because 99% of the time they don't exist or are so lacking in information they do absolutely no good. It's amazing you can get a plane built in the Everett plant. Do you know I worked for almost 3 years doing absolutely nothing? That's because your so called SME's & leads didn't train new hires and no one was willing to help; afraid I'd do the job better, and trust me I would. Wake up and install cameras in work areas, add badge readers to all building entrances. Do more internet spying to see just who plays around on the internet all day and who actually works.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sad so Sad Really

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    None Not any more at least. Used to be a great place to work. Good benefits great pay, decent management. Now we have a lot of detached demigods in charge. Short term gain is the vision. No long term outlook.

    Cons

    CEO has no respect for workers. He is disregarding company policy on mandatory retirement and will keep working since "my hear is still beating and the workers are still cowering" Creates a very hostile workplace from the top!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to your technical roots. Finance is a tool not an end. Remember how the company got to where it is and dance with the one who brought you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not innovative at all

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    Former Employee - Configuration Design Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Configuration Design Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Boeing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company does pay well, and does provide good benefits, but that's about the limit :/.

    Cons

    This is not a company for "free thinker" engineers. The engineering side is run by "subject matter experts" who are 20 years behind in their field. When challenged, they respond with something along the lines of "we already have the best in class capabilities, why do we need to change?". Job status has no basis in merit: it is purely based on how long you have been at the company (which explains why some really unqualified people are considered experts).
    Whenever people poke their heads out of the box, they get pushed back down. They actively hunt down & destroy disruptive innovation, despite claiming "innovation" is a company value.

    Design is largely done by intuition and experience of the experts, which usually leads to poor performing designs and cost over-runs. The design mentality is largely the same as it was in the late 1980's, but with incremental technology improvements.

    Also, there is the bureaucracy. It took a full year to get approval to bring in non-standard computers for a group that needed better computers. Any time someone tries to do something new/non-standard, it has to go through a massive approval process, which inevitably ends up getting an expert to say "well, we don't need that, we already have the best", despite whatever evidence you show to the contrary. And, since they're the experts, their word is god.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a dramatic turn-over in the way things are done. The "old guard" needs to be sidelined without passing on their "experience" to the new guard (otherwise, the new guard will be taught to do things the exact same was as they did). This is, of course, if the senior management really wants to change things up, & not just continue doing things the way that they've always done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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