Boeing Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 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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    Soul-draining work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Analyst  in  Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Analyst in Renton, WA

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Leadership opportunities are available IF people follow the established internal rules and are politically savvy. It is gratifying to support production of an exciting array of diverse products -- from commercial airplanes to military product to support services. Pay is good, benefits are fair.

    Cons

    Politics run rampant. Emphasis is on production and profits regardless of which job you hold. Managers/leaders rely primarily on entrenched processes and defer to internal political pressure at the expense of embracing diversity of thought and creative approaches to issues, problem solving and growth. Huge bureaucracy prevents assignment of authority commensurate with assigned responsibility and limits flexibility to respond to emergent issues and hinders creative problem solving. This is a non-people oriented company with a hierarchical work environment. Company leaders hold the expectation that the company owns your time -- both on and off work -- in the pursuit of profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach concerning concern for people, properly staff your factories and stop working salaried people to death without compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Ineffective Leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits if you are a heritage employee

    Cons

    Senior managers are incompetent at best

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The revolving door.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Everett, WA

    I worked at Boeing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the opportunity to learn diverse functions

    Cons

    I've experienced four layoffs in my 16 year career at Boeing. Age discrimination is rampant to cut costs. They hire no experience workers sacrifing core competencies and quality thereby increasing costs due to mistakes, inefficiencies due to long learning curves and ultimately higher mfg costs. When there is a problem or rate change they want you back. When the problem or issue is resolved you are laidoff. Some reverse discrimination for fear of lawsuits, people who need to be let go are retained due to their minority race status. Still male dominated with glass ceilings for women. Promotions and raises are predominantly through changing jobs not for performance within your group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boeing has changed!

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Everett, WA

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

    Pros

    Great product. Great pay if you don't have a degree but if you're educated, salary isn't as competitive.

    Cons

    There are not enough parking spaces and their security guards ticket you daily. Some new employees don't even have desks. Pension plan will be eliminated on 12/31/15. Rampant nepotism, can't move up with out sponsorship. I've worked at several multi-billion dollar companies and Boeing by far has the dumbest managers I have ever seen. Boeing doesn't value creativity nor efficiency. Company doesn't want you to think but to follow the process. If you want to be mentally challenged- this is NOT the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more parking spaces, if you don't have parking then don't ticket people. Promote telecommuting. Stop the rampant nepotism. You should have grandfathered the pension plan because you will lose a lot of talent next year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

    "The Lazy B"

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disgusting Ethics, Poor Management, Incapable Executives

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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