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Updated July 22, 2015
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Boeing CEO Dennis A. Muilenburg
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Pros
  • Best work life balance you will ever find (in 186 reviews)

  • This is a huge company that offers many great benefits (in 246 reviews)

Cons
  • Lip service to work/life balance (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. Typical corporation

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

    I worked at Boeing

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

    Pros

    Benefits, I can't think of much else

    Cons

    Low pay for salaried workers, frequent layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like you can do no wrong


  2. Financial Business Analysis / Project Management / Pricing Strategist

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

    I have been working at Boeing (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High potential of virtual work environments. Must have willingness to travel and live in different cities to be highly touted

    Cons

    Lower Pay than Industry standard. Much easier to move laterally instead of vertical.

    Advice to Management

    Stop demanding employees to do more with less while using the same tool sets that have proven to be outdated and unable to get the job done.


  3. I love airplanes but I am worried about the future...

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products Large company with multiple opportunities Great inventory of IP International recognition

    Cons

    Company management and board is not diverse Aggressive unachievable financials projections New CEO does not have a good strategic vision beyond cost cutting Dated labor relations and approaches to work problems Too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    Management need to commute to reasonable Wall Street target that protect the company to the cyclical nature of the business. We don't want to go back to make furniture again for the company's 100th birthday


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  5. Opportunities but watch out..

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prime Planner
    Current Employee - Prime Planner

    I have been working at Boeing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment, cyclic in nature regarding employment. Leading edge tools, training and opportunities if you have the right skills set.

    Cons

    If your over 55, you're a candidate for layoff. My department hires young interns (tall, blond and pretty) then lays off the old folks. Honestly, this is so blatantly dishonest, yet a standard operating procedure for management. Management proclaims Boeing values as their guiding principles but will selectively ignore said principles if the situation warrants. Experience, loyalty and honorable service are traits diminished at Boeing by managers who lavish generous bonus on themselves while engaging in extreme nepotism and cronyism to build fiefdoms to suit their bloated egos. Boeing continues to eliminate retirement, medical other employee benefits at a voracious rate.

    Advice to Management

    Try being honest, everybody will be surprised.


  6. Computer-based Training Developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer-based Training Developer in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Computer-based Training Developer in Renton, WA

    I worked at Boeing full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    semi-decent pay. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    company does not really give a rip about people anymore. Thanks goodness Jim McNerney is gone! He was willing to gut entire groups of hard-working productive people to line his pockets with more money than any one person at Boeing should get!

    Advice to Management

    Change your management style. Start being leaders not managers. Learn form Southwest Airlines. Make this required reading for all managers/leaders: The Southwest Airlines Way by Jody Hoffer Gitte Lead with LUV: A Different Way to Create Real Success by Ken Blanchard Nuts! by Kevin Freiberg. All books by Jon Gordon All books by Patrick Lencioni’s


  7. Once a Great Company

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

    I have been working at Boeing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company continues to offer competitive market salaries with great benefits in healthcare and 401K. The company continues to make improvements toward health and safety for each employee. The company has a continued focus on "people first, customer always" type of philosophy. Great company for engineers to work on exciting projects and/or programs.

    Cons

    It's not like it use to be and I suppose change is inevitable. There is a concerted effort by management to get more for less from employees. The company encouraging retirement, volunteer layoffs, and involuntary layoffs by letting go of more experienced individuals across all functions or departments. Therefore, there will be more opportunities for less experienced employees. Promotions have become much more difficult to obtain than in years past.


  8. Boeing

    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kenmore, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kenmore, WA

    I worked at Boeing (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401 K, Pension, Training, Telecommuting, Paid sick leave, up to 3 weeks vacation

    Cons

    Too big, slow growth and Management favortisim

    Advice to Management

    Be equal to all


  9. "The No Exceptions Game"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - M P R F (Move Airplane Parts) in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - M P R F (Move Airplane Parts) in Everett, WA

    I worked at Boeing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Medical Insurance Free schooling, tuition, books. Your hourly salary. Retirement not as good as it used to be

    Cons

    Too strict with the time clock & there are no exceptions, 3 strikes your out! People who go to treatment for drug & alcohol, if you slip once on a U.A. even if you had alcohol in your system from the night before, there's no tolerance so they will automatically fire you there are no excuses. The management will walk you out right away. The company want all the people who've been there for years, OUT of their jobs, because they make too much money. They want them out also because they have to match their retirement up to certain % but they match .50 to $1.00. There's a whole retirement today then what it used to be. Everyone that works there hates it so you can really feel the negative energy in that place big time. There's a lot of snitches and people that constantly brown nose management!

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to be fair and not just like a certain few they maybe on your crew. They need to be honest and transparent as to their own team! They need to work as team and always singling people out. They need to give at least three try's on U.A. s They need to be nicer to the old timer's there as well! They also nee to treat their employees with a little more kindness and dignity,respect the elders and let them teach the younger group some knowledge to pass down.


  10. Contractor at Boeing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Team Leader in Long Beach, CA
    Former Contractor - Team Leader in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at Boeing as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Glad they provide contract jobs and I really connected with the interviewing panel.

    Cons

    Plenty of work available, but not many opportunities were extended past the contract work period. And they tend to favor those early in their career path, a plus for entry level type workers, but could be a challenge for experienced professionals. In addition, as a statistical "minority," I sensed and experienced a bit of cultural adversity, while navigating the Boeing culture. Also, there appeared to be an air of anxiety as layoffs are random and roaming and most employees viewed it as a time when managers retaliate against those they are in disagreement with. I personally would not work there again.

    Advice to Management

    Treat others as you want to be treated.


  11. Works you hard and doesn't pay enough

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst IV in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst IV in Renton, WA

    I have been working at Boeing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good 401k benefits (Voluntary Incentive Plan). Employee Incentive Plan bonus is nice but it is not something you as an individual has much control over b/c it is based on the stock rate. Insurance coverage (multiple options) seems decent compared to other large companies but cost has been going up the last 3 years and will continue to. Easy to move around within the company to try new jobs, different locations/cities/states, or different divisions (commercial, defense, services, corporate). Non-management employees get paid overtime (time+$6.50) for more than 40 hrs/wk (not all groups will approve you to work OT depending on the allotted budget though). The airplanes/products we build are pretty cool.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company. They make it really hard to get promotions even if you work your butt off. There is a pretty strict years of service rule before you can attempt to go to the next level, even if you are already doing the work. It's still a good old boys club and there are lots of office politics and so many levels of management that you have to get buy-in from before moving on with decision making. It is a slow moving world b/c of the approval processes for practically everything. They talk a lot about caring for their people and work/life balance but then they make it really hard to take time off (though I think some of that depends on who your manager is). Most managers are old school but I do think there are more younger managers coming into play now as first levels but they still have to do what their senior managers, directors, and above... tell them to do so it's not as though they have much control. Time keeping is tracked daily and scrutinized even for salaried employees. Vacation and Sick leave are separate buckets. PTO would be so much better like other companies do it. My overall experience with managers who give recognition to their employees is pretty low. They have multiple incentive programs but it seems that most managers (maybe 75%) dont use them. It is very unfortunate. Year end merit raises are a joke (2-3% and dropping) and they are making it harder and harder for you to meet the goals they make you agree to. On the Boeing Commercial side they are forcing a 20% (exceeds) 60% (meets) 20% (does not meet) rule for all non-management employees within each managers team (so if you have 3 people on your team one of you must be put into the "does not meet" category. Not good for morale at all. At least this is what is happening in the procurement world. Parking is usually a problem at most sites. Overall, like the title says...they work you very hard and expect a ton from you but don't compensate you accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your people more, your direct reports, the ones doing the work should be compensated for the work they do and not just put into some cookie cutter mold at the end of the year based on the Business Goals and Objectives that they were forced to comply to at the beginning of the year. Use the incentive programs to at least recognize and encourage your employees throughout the year. Fight for your people and dont be a pushover.



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