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Updated July 4, 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. Some Good Benefits with Poor Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Versatile Technologist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Versatile Technologist in Saint Louis, MO

    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

    The company provides competitive health/dental benefits compared to similar companies of its size. It also provides some flexibility for your work schedule, although this could vary significantly depending on the particular job assignment and your first level manager.

    Cons

    Accomplishing your work, or even feeling like you've accomplished any work, can be challenging at this company. It is bureaucratic with more required meetings and annual "training" than necessary. Communication tends to flow only one way -- from Executive Management on down. Input from employees is encouraged but not acted upon.. A survey is provided to employees periodically and Management creates action plans based on the survey results, but it's really hard to see any significant changes as a result of the survey. Management likes to say employees need to do more with less, but they don't provide any solutions, guidance, or additional autonomy to allow employees to be more productive. As a result, employees are left to do less with less, and the stress from not being able to keep up with the workload.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management needs to get out of their offices and learn the issues and challenges employees encounter. A quarterly management meeting to do a drive-by of an area has little value.


  2. Incredible products but terribly boring place to be a young, ambitious business person

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business and Planning Analyst III in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business and Planning Analyst III in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Boeing full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Absolutely incredible products, phenomenal tuition reimbursement benefit, excellent 401(k) match and contribution, very good work/life balance unless you are on the disastrous 787 Program or certain more demanding customer-facing roles

    Cons

    The place is enormous and moves so slow, most of your co-workers are likely eligible to retire and don't want to influence or embrace positive change, outdated level structure and embarrassing base compensation and merit raises for most positions (come in at 80-85% of market then expect 3% annual raises or maybe 5% if you are a top performer)

    Advice to Management

    Trim that fat sooner than later and pay for performance not years of service. Aerospace industry leading benefits aren't cool... We live in Seattle surrounded by tech companies so most good people will go there for more lucrative jobs if you don't accelerate cultural change.


  3. Structures mechanic

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Room to move up in the company due to people retiring. Would recommend.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites. Implement unnecessary rules and best practices. Micromanage

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and let employees do what they are good at. Do not deceive during contract negotiations.


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  5. electrical tech

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Boeing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work for semi decent pay. Good benefits and a lot of over time during certain times of the year.

    Cons

    Pay raises are too small, only advance if you know someone in upper management.


  6. Too big for its britches

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Not A Social Butterfly But A Natural Talent in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Not A Social Butterfly But A Natural Talent in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at Boeing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits they were better before they retired their traditional pension program. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Promotions are more politically oriented and not talent based; they tend to pigeon-hole people and count on paper degrees way too much, thus chasing true talent away. Perhaps not the best company to base a mission to Mars on. True Team building is more lip service than reality. The company is full of pikers waiting to retire choosing to kick the problems down the road rather than accepting responsibility and dealing with it.

    Advice to Management

    Look for the real talent in your organization beware of the social butter-flies and bean counters. Your HR is getting too lazy relying on paper degrees rather than seeking true talent; insist they actually speak to applicant's previous employers; it may take more time but they can get real insight on the individuals abilities much more important than the paper degree.


  7. Regional Manager International Airline Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

    I worked at Boeing

    Pros

    Commerical Airplane: Build some of the most exciting, complex machines in the world... aircraft.
    Opportunity to travel internationally.

    Cons

    Company was not open to doing anything in a new, different way.
    Do not be by the doors when the day ends... immediate exit of folks.

    Advice to Management

    While the company seems to believe in doing it the tried-n-true Boeing Way... be open to new ideas & approaches. I understand that Airbus has their own problems, but learn from them the things that they do correctly.


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    It's OK, very political

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and room for growth.
    Very good benefits including telecommuting options.
    Work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Getting the simplest things done are often difficult due to red tape, budget issues.
    Many legacy systems, so hard to work on cutting edge.
    Pay is average and doesn't grow very well.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in technology and stop looking just for "cost savings" opportunities. Technology will either make or break this company in the next 20 years, so I suggest more investment in this area.


  9. Boeing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boeing

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Not much room for upward movement.


  10. Too Many Layoffs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Kamuela, HI
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Kamuela, HI

    I worked at Boeing (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    People, Pay,Benefits, Old IT location Seattle area

    Cons

    Layoffs So no cross training is happening. To many changes and no advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Stop cost cutting


  11. Boeing El Segundo Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Interesting challenges
    - Decent work/life balance
    - Casual work environment
    - Good place to gain experience
    - Good work location
    - As a systems engineer you have the opportunity to see our products throughout the entire life cycle, from creating requirements to deorbiting spacecraft

    Cons

    - Promotions are few and far between
    - First level managers are given insufficient hours to do their jobs and are expected to supplement their time supporting programs
    - Working multiple projects for multiple programs
    - Cubicle farms
    - Depending on the department you work in you might have to take on more responsibility as a young engineer but aren't given the respect to go with it

    Advice to Management

    Promotions should be based on merit and not because there's a business need. If an individual is performing at a level 3 then there's a lack of skill that the level 2 employee is having to fulfill.



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