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Boeing Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
2,230 Reviews
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Boeing Chairman, President, and CEO Jim McNerney Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Boeing offers great flexibility to its employees with their work/life balance (in 186 reviews)

  • Great benefits, interesting work throughout most of my time there till recently (in 246 reviews)


Cons
  • Not terribly great at the work/life balance thing even though management claims to be (in 44 reviews)

  • Management spends all their time in meetings pleasing upper management to make themselves look good (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    Procurement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Buyer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Boeing

    Pros

    Lots of training good work area

    Cons

    Poor management lack of communication overall management needs to be overhauled and start fresh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees work together as a team and try to be team players

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Engineer

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

    I have been working at Boeing

    Pros

    High salary, great location, flexible hours

    Cons

    Very few women engineers, lots of gender discrimination

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not interested in their employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Kent, WA

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

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits (although the company is constantly cutting away at these)
    For new employees, there could be great opportunity for advancement as the golden tidal wave of the baby boom generation approaches retirement.

    Cons

    If your in defense, you have to be willing to move every two to three years to:
             -Keep your job if your older
             -Earn raises if your new
    The company has a major age discrimination issue, struggling to keep elder employees viable (some were hired before everyone had computers) while at the same time maintaining a competitive edge.
    It is difficult to get out of the company after too much time. Recruiters of other companies have told me that they throw out resumes with Boeing experience, because the employees only have skills relevant to Boeing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that your employees are important. Respect their needs, and reward them for choosing to work at Boeing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing yet easy

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

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

    Pros

    There can be a lot of freedom to work at your own pace and choose your own projects to work on. There are opportunities and projects at this company that cannot be matched by other firms or in other industries. The benefits are good (unless you compare to tech companies). Most jobs here do not require you to work once you leave the office. Most managers are nice people.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty frustrating. There are internal salary tables with a minimum, market, and maximum. I have yet to know someone who is making market or better. It's really demotivating to exceed expectations on the yearly review, yet be so close to the minimum pay on the salary table year after year after year. Promotions are pretty difficult and when they are not, you can expect a negligible pay bump. Promotions are based more on years at your desk than performance.

    You have to get permission to install software. Up to last year people were still using Windows XP. As an individual it is really difficult to stay current with technology when many of are systems are 10 years old. Boeing is afraid of new technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Boeing has stated many times that it has difficulty attracting 'talent' that wants to relocate to Seattle and therefore has decided to move a lot of operations outside of WA state. If the company wants to have geographic diversity, that is fine, but don't fool yourself on the reason that you can't attract talent to Seattle. Microsoft, Amazon, and countless other companies are expanding in this region. People want to work for those companies because the pay is better, they offer better benefits, don't take ages to hire someone, and stay current with technology.

    Change something with compensation. People are rewarded more for years of service than current contribution to the company. High performers are leaving and the low performers just float on by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    This review applies solely to Finance in St. Louis

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

    I worked at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    Easy work. High Pay. Good work/life balance. Easy Culture. With any technical skills, a finance employee can easily be the most efficient on a team or even department.

    Cons

    Boring. Company doesn't desire improvements. Avoids technical efficiency. No reward for efficiency. Management will commission studies, but has already made decision before info is brought back. If the decision is already made, employees time shouldn't be wasted on the study. Workers with seniority status repeatedly disagreed with basic principles of Algebra, resulting in mediocre decisions. Cafeterias are expensive and lack good/healthy food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace change and accept the ideas of younger people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Crappy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MExhanical Tech Senior in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - MExhanical Tech Senior in Everett, WA

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

    Pros

    None none mien none none

    Cons

    Rude, lazy lazy lazy lazy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unreasonable

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Boeing is a very non diverse company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Management in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Materials Management in Renton, WA

    I worked at Boeing as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary and lots of opportunities. (if you got a good manager)

    Cons

    If you have a bad manager, which a lot of people have. There is no way you can succeed. HR and Ethics wont help you. Usually all of the leadership positions are taken by white male that dont appreciate women opinions or success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    In a tail spin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Author in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Author in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great company to work for

    Cons

    If you are in the puget sound area and don't touch an airplane you will not have a job too much longer here. Management actively seeking to disperse unions. Awful morale. CEO is out of touch and want his employees cowering before him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice that can help. Too far gone for that. Retire.

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

    High hopes for a new career fell out of the sky like a faulty jumbo jet.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boeing

    Pros

    Health insurance is dirt cheap. For employee +1 it's only 22.00 per pay check. There are some decent education benefits through the joint programs.

    Cons

    Where do I start...

    At the orientation in Seattle, there are two parts. Boeing corporate and after that IAMW 751 union reps. The Boeing corporate portion paints a rosey picture of how great the Boeing culture is and you get a warm fuzzy all over. Then the union comes in and pretty much deflates everything and paints a very dark picture of Boeing. That is after you are forced into a Union. Yes folks, being part of a union is MANDATORY. They are quick about taking your money as well.

    Next, off to training. Not job specific. It's three days of learning how to set up an email account, choose benefits, go over Boeing / I AM joint programs, Web based training on safety, ethics compliance and such.

    On to my assigned work location. I reported to be assigned plant and met my manager and safety focal. A tour of the facilities was next. Lots and lots of old, and I mean OLD milling machines. As old as the people that work there that are retiring in masses.

    My first real day followed and I started to see what Boeing is. The last union contract negotiated had a lot of take aways, the biggest one being the replacement of the famed Boeing pension witha 401k. This has the majority of the people there very mad and bitter. You can cut the negativity in the air with a knife which makes new comers like me uncomfortable to say the least.

    Then there is an acceptance issue. These guys have been there so long that there is a hierarchy, a pecking order, if you will, where new comers are made to feel left out and unwelcome. This falls in hand with the next con.

    OJT. If you are an outsider with no experience with milling machines or CNC (computer numerical control) systems....God help you. I've tried to be in on the trouble calls, troubleshooting and just trying to learn the basics of this new job. I was left with having to look over people's shoulders trying to get a feel for what is happening and try to ask questions only to get bumped out of the way and grunted at when trying to ask questions. After a few weeks of this type of behavior and just observing, one of the senior guys had the audacity to tell me I needed to get into the habit of asking questions. My reply was "My only question is, what is going on? It's hard to ask questions after getting snubbed so many times by so many people, including you!" He got mad and walked away. Strike 1 for me for wanting to learn.

    Later on, I overheard several conversations of how the best revenge against Boeing and the Union for the contract take aways was to not train the new hires and retire before the pension goes away.

    Try showing some initiative? Well, the first time I did that on a trouble call, I got a talking to by a senior tech about my place in the shop. I was made to feel like I was stepping on his toes when I was feeling desperate to make a contribution to something...anything. So much for trying. No recourse because in a union, seniority rules the roost and I'm at the bottom of the chip pile. Strike 2 for me for wanting to contribute.

    Safety is a running joke here. The machines are so old and in dire need of safety retrofits but the cost would be too great. Need to secure power to a motor? Pull the 408 VAC fuses with the power still on.
    There is lock out, tag, try out training that is mandatory for technicians and mechanics but it is very generic. If you don't know how to work on a tool safely due to lack of training and are thrown at something because you are a warm body, the training is pointless.

    I'm already looking for a new job. The negativity is suffocating to the point where I wake up every day dry heaving and fretting about going to work. There will be no strike 3 for me.

    Maybe it's a union thing. I just dont know. I see smiley faces on the managers all the time and see frowny faces on the workers with the exception for a small few that seem to love their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As far as the union goes, managers are powerless because the managers are non union. From what I've seen, their only role is to get volunteers to work overtime on the weekends and holidays.

    Jim McNerney shot his mouth off about employees cowering before him and angered the unions. This prompted a slogan drive for IAMW 751 that came up with clever phrase "We Cower To No One"

    I have no advice for management nor union reps just these two questions.

    A) Who would want to work for a corporation with that kind of attitude towards its employees?

    B) If the union "Cowers To No One", why did you give in to all of the take aways knowing the negative impact it was going to have? Or are you also going to be retiring soon and don't care?

  11.  

    Low wages

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    Not too sure, maybe the size of the company, not really sure

    Cons

    Low wages for employees, salary not competitive, terrible salary negotiation process. Huge bureaucracy, very slow to make decisions...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the reason among others am sure why the company doesn't have the very top talents, or why those there leave is the compensation package. Although many would like to work for you due to name recognition, the salaries turn most of the best down.

    Doesn't Recommend

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