Spirit AeroSystems

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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
36 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good benefits, including tuition reimbursement (got an MBA paid for) (in 15 reviews)

  • The company has traditionally provided good pay and excellent benefits (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Job stability and decision making from upper management seemed way off (in 10 reviews)

  • Senior Management was not upfront and truthful to their employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Caution Advised

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

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Steady work, Overtime helps pay the bills.

    Cons

    New type of manufacturing to the area, Low wages, Poor training, High expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out with the Boeing mentality and get on board with the Airbus mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unorganized, lousy pay, worst management team I have ever seen

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Kinston, NC
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Kinston, NC

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    You get paid every two weeks.

    Cons

    Most workers are hired off the street to build aerostructures and the closest they have ever gotten to an airplane is the time one flew over their house. The QA department is made up of meat inspectors from the local meat packing plants and have no idea as to what quality aerospace work looks like, much less how it is done. The few experienced people that do have are not considered for a position in management because knowledgeable people are a threat to upper management jobs. The most popular qualification for becoming a member of management here at the Kinston, N.C. site is experience in making hot dogs, you can't make this stuff up, I am being serious. We refer to our managers as "wiener slingers" because that is the only thing that they are truly good at.

    Then there is the union. The company allowed to IAM to waltz right through the front door and pretty much take over. The union now forces the company to keep on people who come in drunk and/or high on drugs. I have seen people, including members of management, get suspended 3 or 4 times for being drunk on the job before being fired. FYI: only hourly workers are fired for such conduct, not managers, they are reprimanded and sent home for a few days. The union also negotiated away a very generous matching 401K plan in which we were 100% vested in from day one of employment in favor of a retirement plan that pays a whopping $0.35 an hour into a union sponsored retirement fund. Top pay had no ceiling before the union, but was negotiated down to $18.50 per hour with a whole $0.50 per year pay raise guaranteed each year until you reach the $18.50 mark. Spirit claims to pay competitive wages for the area. They are honest about that part. They pay about the same as Lowes and Lenox China, but they pay about half what Mt. Air Cargo pays, which is right next door. sadly, the security guards make about the same as the production makes.

    All in all it is a poorly run company that is in deep trouble if someone does not wake up and realize that their current business model is a blueprint for complete and udder failure. Incompetency runs rampant from the top, all the way down to the low man on the totem pole. These reasons are why i am soon leaving with my 23 years experience and going to work at The Cherry Point rework facility and hour away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management? Get rid of the 99.9% of the managers that only have just enough sense to keep from crapping in their pants and promote the good people from the floor that have experience in building this stuff and have displayed good leadership qualities. But you will not do that because if your in upper management and your reading this, you probably fall right into the wiener slinger (Kinston) or burger flipper (Wichita) category and don't have the mental capacity to comprehend what is written here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    salary raises were frozen for 3 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    closed down week of Christmas

    Cons

    always laying off employees if not in the union

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great pay and benefits, poor management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Mechanic Level A in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Machine Mechanic Level A in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Some good people.

    Cons

    Company values are almost only based on profit. Allot of the union people don't mind their own business, always concerned about when someone else is doing, mainly because management has forced them against each other comparing their performance to each other. Personal growth is non-existent unless you take advantage of their tuition reimbursement program. Some areas in the machine shop are great to work for, other areas have people who are hard to work with. If you haven't been with the company more than 5 years your opinion doesn't hardly matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your young professionals as well as your seasoned professionals. Make some standards that everyone has to follow. Go see what is happening on the shop floor instead of trying to figure it out on your computer screens. Make your ethics and values just as important as profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was one of few managers who had truly worked my way up from the "floor", therefor I was viewed as a threat.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    If an hourly employee, you cannot beat the benefits. Finding health insurance like this anywhere else is the area has become impossible. This also means this will probably change soon. I was foolish and took a management role where I was viewed as a threat and they found a way to get rid of me. As an hourly worker, it is almost impossible for them to "get rid of you". In management, its a revolving door. STAY IN THE HOURLY WORKFORCE!!!!

    Cons

    Management is hit and miss. Some are great while others are absolutely horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, nothing good is going to come and all managers know it. This new CEO has targets and goals and they will be met and no one will stop him. Even if it means completely dismantling the company piece by piece to squeeze every dollar out of every share he can get. Even his senior team that he has brought in from outside the company fear being called to his office and these are seasoned executives. This company went from having a CEO who was driven by the value of employees and what they do for the company to a CEO who has a goal of per quarter share value at all cost.

    Many employees with valuable knowledge and experience are jumping off this ship like rats off a sinking ship. I even know one employee (experienced engineer) who they let go because "they were no longer needed" who they called back to work because they were lost in that dept without her. After being back 2 months, she quit because the environment had become so toxic. Everyone was working job scared, sharpening their resumes, and feared for their job everyday. The culture has gone down the toilet with this new CEO. Until this changes, and if in time (before the company is dismantled), the company culture will continue to decline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Underestimated contract requirements and overestimated capacity, resulting in always being 'behind the eight ball'.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Production Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Quality Production Specialist in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were always pretty good compared to other companies in industry and area.

    Cons

    Due to early management / contract decisions, very poor life/work balance. Middle management, particularly, worked like dogs, resulting in many turnovers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive for better life / work balance for employees, and listen to their improvement suggestions. It will pay dividends in the long run. Need more realistic expectations on new programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Large aviation manafacturing

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

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    Change, Change, Change, if that's your desire

    Cons

    Chaos at due to cultural and professional climate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting because of gender is handicapping effectivity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Kinston Spirit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mat’l Investigator in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Mat’l Investigator in Kinston, NC

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Individual Managers who care are a good asset

    Cons

    Not being able to count on communication or job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started out positive and team oriented. Sadly changed direction proving a hostile work environment for employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits - insurance, vacation, discount memberships.

    Cons

    A lot of distrust of upper management and the office world. Focus has shifted from quality work to just keeping shareholders happy. Moving to 'X' theory managing style, from what used to be a collaborative of team work between management, office, and shop floor world. Pressure from upper management to lower management to put blame of $$$ problems on the worker bees through false accusations, reviews, etc. Morale is very low in the office world these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect and dignity. They are on the floor doing the day to day work and continue to have valuable input. Sometimes, a hit needs to be taken to protect the quality of work and reputation of the company not just pass the blame. Covering up the problem, pretending it doesn't exist will not keep even shareholders happy in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Keep your eyes open for more stable employment

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

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Learning new tech with good people

    Cons

    Poor management, never know when you will be laid off, good ole boys club, The French run the show, not Spirit management. Meetings for everything, reassurance means nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How does management progress while workers get laid off?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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