Jeppesen Sanderson
2.8 of 5 102 reviews
www.jeppesen.com Englewood, CO 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Jeppesen Sanderson President and CEO Mark Van Tine

Mark Van Tine

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    Mixed feelings

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Englewood, CO

    ProsGood benefits, some flexibility with schedules and working remotely.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too many politics leads to slow delivery

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood pay and benefits
    Decent facility

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Aviation leader in aviation industry

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsInteresting industry for a pilot

    ConsBackward technology limited opportunities to advance

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unprofessional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsUnprofessional
    Instability
    Hiring Freezes
    No feedback
    Poor departmental management

    Advice to Senior ManagementI 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Managers not leaders with only one chart in their flight bag.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Englewood, CO

    ProsNice location in southern Denver suburb of Englewood. Long history of supporting the aviation community. Great place to get some junior level experience before moving on.

    ConsJeppesen is stocked full of managers who can't lead. For the past five (plus) years the only management tool (i.e. chart in the flight bag) has been the layoff. Those who have tried to affect change at the leadership level have been let go either officially or just frozen out. On the software delivery side the company is full of Directors with no software real development experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview all layoffs that have occurred over the past five (plus) years and ask yourself if Jeppesen is better, worse or the same as a result. Thin the director ranks and replace them with experienced software development professionals who deliver on commitments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Change not there

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Englewood, CO

    ProsPay okay and you get insurance benefits

    ConsThey have taken away a lot lately from school reimbursement to just standard items in the work place. They proclaim change and how they need to change to make the environment better but when it comes time to change you run into a brick wall. Also team building is virtually non existent. You have a slight few of hard workers and then people that generally skirt around doing their work and they get away with it. Really kills any desire for anyone to excel as you get paid the same whether you work hard or are slacking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to fire the slackers. It takes over a year to fire someone it seems and that is too long. If you truly want change to happen cut the dead weight. You have programmers that only know how to do old coding. You have people that are stagnant and feed off of others and you fail to reward those that come into the company trying to make a difference thus adding to the lack of motivation. I have seen people get away with not doing their jobs for over a year and nothing has happened. In previous jobs I worked, we were fired for doing less. CUT THE DEAD WEIGHT and get in fresh blood. CHANGE if you truly mean it, enough red tape.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Restructuring does not fix the real issues within Jeppesen - Need a change at the Director Level

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee)
    Englewood, CO

    ProsJeppesen has some very talented, hard working and loyal employees who have contributed greatly to their past success. Also, the corporate office is in Englewood, CO.

    ConsStrong leadership and innovation at the Director level for the most part is non-existent. Directors are more concern about protecting their turf, giving excuses and kissing up to VPs than helping their staff succeed at meeting business goals. Jeppesen talks about being responsive to customers and market needs but their actions do not follow and Directors are not held accountable to produce. If you are able to effectively "spin" and excuse poor or non-performance, you have a great shot at becoming a Director or higher within Jeppesen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you restructure again (which seems to happens every 18-24 months), bring in new Directors and hold them accountable to what they say they are going to deliver.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Jeppesen Sanderson

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Englewood, CO

    ProsCompany Overview
    As many have said previously, Jeppesen seems like a company that is circling the drain due to a lack of direction, leadership, or strategy. Put simply, the company doesn't know what it is or what it wants to become. One year, we're a information provider....the next year, we're a "leading" IT company focused on software development. The constant change in direction just comes across as meaningless corporate jargon.

    Even those years that we have a coherent strategy, the company is extremely poor at executing that strategy. Revenues are stagnant while expenses grow exponentially as the company invests in more and more projects every year that are disconnected (see paragraph 1). This leads to "expense mitigation" activities (i.e. RIFs) around the 2nd Quarter of every year. Additionally, the financial goals set are so absolutely ridiculous - and nobody thinks we can actually achieve them - that nobody really tries anymore.

    Pros
    - The pay is pretty competitive, although you can probably get more $$ at similar companies
    - The benefits are good
    - You can go through the motions and get rated pretty highly. Expectations of individual contributors is low so if you want an "easy" job, this is your place.
    - Despite this, the quality of the individual contributor is actually pretty good. I respect my coworkers and I think most people are pretty good at their job.
    - The location of the company is great next to I25

    ConsCons
    - While the quality of individual contributors is pretty good, the quality of management above the first-level is atrocious. On the whole, they are more concerned with protecting their domain and making sure you "know your place" than actually doing a good job. Disagreeing with management or any of their jargon is not only frowned upon, it is outwardly dangerous. I have seen many instances of retaliation from managers when an individual contributor or lower-level manager doesn't tow the company line. Just say "yes" and you'll be okay.

    - I would avoid any of the overhead, support functions (i.e. H/R, Finance, Supplier Management, Project Management, etc) as the culture in these groups seems to be more unhealthy than in the core functions. The leaders in these areas are particularly clueless and backstabbing. Morale seems to be very low.

    - Jeppesen has created more and more meaningless processes that don't help execution in any way. This means that most of your work will be towards supporting processes just to "check the box" without doing any meaningful work or analysis. It can get boring.

    - Individuals contributors are held accountable for their deliverables, but managers are not held accountable for their performance. For example, one of Jeppesen's business units has been wildly unprofitable for the last 7 years yet NO changes in management have occurred during this time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to Boeing - either absorb us or get rid of the entire Jeppesen SLT. If I were starting my own company, I wouldn't trust any of them to work in any sort of leadership role.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The Costa Concordia approaching the rocks !!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsMostly stable environment for now
    Good name recognition in Aviation world
    Company is still profitable
    There is opportunity to affect the future of Aviation information

    ConsSenior management is an old boys club
    Bureaucracy, red tape and egos are suffocating innovation
    Pushing real status quo change in not accepted
    Agenda's and turf/position protection is the primary concern of leaders
    Environment of fear combined by lack of leadership at all levels
    The company is IT inept and is getting worse

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead or get out of the way. Do away with the "cast" system of the Boeing "haves" and the Jeppesen "have-nots". Realize IT is not your forte and get real help from IT professionals. Get rid of the “Yes-men”, ineffective know-it all’s, brownnosers, and professional corporate climbers sitting in the leadership team. Stop re-shuffling the deck in hopes of a better result. Do away with the rampant bureaucracy. Come up with realistic profitability projections that take into account the enormous Boeing operating overhead and send these to Boeing. Close down unprofitable product lines, offices and restructure/rightsource inefficient production and software development units.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company has amazing products but is dysfunctional in many of its business practices & work culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Englewood, CO

    ProsCompany had amazing products. They were well planned & organized, creative, & useful.
    Strong attention to detail in most product lines.
    Always striving to constantly improve products.
    Truly concerned about the "safety" of the aviation industry.

    ConsDifferent parts of the company would only see their "piece of the pie" and not how each group needed to work together for the good of the whole company.
    Many departments were only concerned about how their "kingdom" could be expanded.
    VPs out to "win" over other VPs ("us" versus "them" mentality within the company)

    Advice to Senior ManagementVPs need to hold each other accountable for what they say they will do.
    Management needs to listen to employees who ask tough questions (generally they make their lives miserable). The company needs to honestly face some internal operating issues.
    Give advancement opportunities based on work accomplishments/effort not solely on political connections.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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