Jeppesen Sanderson

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Jeppesen Sanderson Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
115 Reviews
2.9
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Jeppesen Sanderson President and CEO Mark Van Tine
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is better than most places (in 11 reviews)

  • Being part of the Boeing family of companies does lead to good benefits (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • The good ole boys network of top heavy senior management needs to be shaken up (in 8 reviews)

  • Individuals contributors are held accountable for their deliverables, but managers are not (in 5 reviews)

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    Navigation Information Analyst (Contractor)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Navigation Information Analyst in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Navigation Information Analyst in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Jeppesen Sanderson as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was able to get the job with short notice

    Cons

    The people are awful. It was a sweat shop. You are expected to so many projects per day....and if you don't, you could get in trouble. Jeppesen DOES NOT CARE about it's employees. They actually spend time planning for attrition vs. trying to retain talented individuals. It is a stagnant work environment, with 0 opportunities to move up or branch out into a better position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like you value your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sweatshop atmosphere, glad to be out of there.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jeppesen Sanderson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are highly motivated and believe in the mission of Jeppesen

    Cons

    Their building is very over crowded, to the point where they have people working in converted storage rooms and loading docks. Most of the management were promoted from within, and there was a noticeable lack of professionalism in the lower level managers. While they do produce a quality product, their technology is dated and many employees don't really understand what they are doing beyond doing it the way they have always done it. They got bought by Boeing several years ago, and my impression is that Boeing is pulling as much profit out of Jeppesen as they can which stifles the ability to really grow the company and workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For much it's history Jeppesen has been the leader and only game in town. Someday someone is going to come along and do it better and cheaper and will eat your lunch. Invest in new technology and in developing your own people rather than cutting training budgets for short term gains.

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

    Boeing culture corrupting legacy Jeppesen culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Jeppesen Sanderson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being part of the Boeing family of companies does lead to good benefits

    Cons

    The parent company Boeing is becoming more and more a part of the day-to-day activities at Jeppesen. All the large company stereotypes (inefficient process, waterfall mentality, high ceremony activities, much discussion/little action) are becoming the norm at Jeppesen.
    Also, it is very difficult to transfer within the company. Open positions are posted rarely, and the interview process (internal and external) moves glacially slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of just talking to employees during their exit interview, talk to employees who haven't left the company yet. They have good ideas, they've done software development for a long time. People are valuable resources within the company, but they're leaving because their opinions and experience are not being adequately considered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Little opportunity for a meaningful career

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Jeppesen Sanderson full-time

    Pros

    * Salaries are very competitive for the industry
    * Medical benefits are top notch
    * No pensions but there is a contribution to IRA based on age. 401K match of 75% up to 8% of salary
    * I cut my week off at 40 hours but the company expects more if there are deadlines to meet.
    * Paid holidays and incrementally increasing vacation with senority.
    In short - More hoops, a LOT more management and personally I'm burn out with no option for transfers or more challenging work

    Cons

    * The salary is good but since Boeing has exerted more control over the company the environment is deteriorating. My salary scale is a bit above average but I was informed by my manager that promotion wasn't possible short of a job change which seems to be difficult just short of impossible to obtain.
    * There is virtually no lateral career moves. I have applied for 21 internal positions in the company for jobs that I am currently working in with over 15 years of experience at in the last 3 years and was only able to get 3 interviews. I was informed by a manager that these were likely converting contractors to full time. I was approached by a contact company after going full time that there was a postion that I currently worked in available but I wasn't able to find this on the career site. I suspect that contract positions are opened with out opening this up to internal candidates. I'm heard similar comments from other workers and others who are reluctant to apply for a transfer for fear of retaliation. In short, this appears to me that employee transfers are rigorously controlled.
    * The group I'm in has a lot of favoritism in job assignments.
    * I had a minor surgery and requested temporary accomidations from my managers. Instead of letting me work at another job in our group that was less taxing I only given a option of a standing work station which wasn't a viable option. See issue above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Get rid of the excess managers that are a drain on the profit margins. 4 managers in a group of less than 15... REALLY. Way too much top level managers too.
    * Employees get burned out and need opportunities to get a job change. Locking people into a boring job only creates burnout and lowers productivity.
    * Stop the favoritism. Letting favorites grab all the better, higer visiblity job only creates dissention and alienation. This also creates repositories of expertise that are not shared and if the employee quits/dies/ or god forbid get a transfer much of this is lost. Currently I mentioned this as a risk to my manager and 6 months later nothing has changed.
    * Allowing personel to move to other positions can give more insight into better ways to address problems. I see little exchange of information on job skills and software knowledge. There is virtually no education other than company required information on discrimination, data breach, etc. computer based training.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lacking strategic leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jeppesen Sanderson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, great location. It was nice having offices in Europe.

    Cons

    "Good ol' boys" running the show lacked strategic vision and the ability to transition the company from the paper maps / mail room mentality to a software and electronic data provider.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pack up and go home and leave the task of transforming the company to people who know what they're doing and have the guts to drive lasting change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The GNS resistance to crucial conversations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Navigation Information Analyst Level III in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Navigation Information Analyst Level III in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    Employees are talented, professional, and consistently some of the highest level "thinkers" I've had the privilege of working with. Almost across the board, Jeppesen GNS has consistently hired analysts who are driven and passionate about the aviation field and the role that Jeppesen products have in that community. Boeing offers company match (which can be allocated to stock, a major plus at this time).

    Cons

    Management is constantly working against their employees, often using "Big Brother" (aka Boeing) as the scapegoat for their excuses to why they refuse to support employee initiatives, technology updates, and forward thinking. Over the past year and a half, the restructuring efforts have eliminated so-called work-life balance and put undue pressure on already stressed-out employees to perform to standards that arn't transparent or even communicated. There has been a serious decline in morale, attrition is at a high, and mgmt's refusal to acknowledge these facts has put the squeeze on the millennial generation who have the time, skills, and education to seek employment elsewhere. This will leave a future void in talent when it will be most essential in the ever competitive technology field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET WITH THE TIMES! If your millennials are posting resumes elsewhere and leaving for flying jobs that are half the salary, where will this leave your company when the good ol' boys generation retires? Be real and ask us what's driving us out, and be transparent about your efforts to retain your best. Find out what we value and make the effort to deliver and you will receive devoted, hard-working people in return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed feelings

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

    I worked at Jeppesen Sanderson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, some flexibility with schedules and working remotely.

    Cons

    The good ole boys network of top heavy senior management needs to be shaken up. The politics of this company will keep it from moving forward. The the lack of ability to follow their own policies is downright wrong. (I am stating this mildly)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Stop protecting your own job and try to do something good for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Too many politics leads to slow delivery

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jeppesen Sanderson

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Decent facility

    Cons

    Too many management levels leads to confusion and various priorities
    Leaders are not held accountable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut some management or align the management to have a set of priorities.
    Define clear and specific expectations for what success looks. It needs to be more than under budget, and on time.
    Determine the priorities, and not have several #1's.
    Let the doers do their work ~ upper management should get out of the way and let the people do the work they know how to do.
    Bring back educational benefits.

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

    Aviation leader in aviation industry

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Jeppesen Sanderson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting industry for a pilot

    Cons

    Backward technology limited opportunities to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional

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

    I worked at Jeppesen Sanderson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Good benefits
    Supportive senior management
    Good intern program
    Good location

    Cons

    Unprofessional
    Instability
    Hiring Freezes
    No feedback
    Poor departmental management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I expected a much higher level of manager when I went to work for this company. My immediate supervisor did not ever give me feedback, even though we would have weekly meetings regarding the work I was doing. There was never positive nor negative feedback, which is not good for nurturing employees from within the company. They do not practice what they preach in terms of their corporate values. I know multiple people who have had issues with the company having hiring freezes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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