Spirit AeroSystems

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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
127 Reviews
2.9
127 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

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

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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
  2.  

    Large aviation manafacturing

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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
  3.  

    Kinston Spirit

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    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
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  5. 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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    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    Not any pros at this time.

    Cons

    Finance does not do a very good job of promoting within.
    It is not what you know but who you know to get ahead.
    Have to identifed 15% of emoployees each year as not meeting expectations, even if they all are accomplishing the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Keep your eyes open for more stable employment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (more than an 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for Entry-level or Management/Directors, all others avoid.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer II in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer II in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Working hours (for engineers, at least)
    Good health benefits
    Good 401k match
    Good entry level time off & pay
    Great place for engineering contractors (Chaos = Cash)

    Cons

    Bureacuracy is ridiculous here; if you're hoping to change things here, stay away
    Hiring process is flawed. Credentials are everything, and capability is nothing.* (ex. below)
    HR treats people as a resource, not as a person. Working at Spirit - you are a part in the machine that can be replaced very easily.
    Pay flattens out very quickly (2-3% raises, not 4-5% inflation)
    Obtaining your next level raise is extremely hard
    Your manager is the key to your career - if they look after you, you're golden. If not, you will stagnate in pay and opportunities.
    'Good ole boys' organization. If you're in with a director or executive, you'll fly up the ranks. If not, you won't be able to climb up the ladder.
    Time off is ETO - No sick leave - If you're sick you're using vacation
    Does not promote within (or even outside) team. You are a resource to be tapped until they cannot get any more from you.
    Teams work against one another, not with one another. Transferring within the organization takes an act from the VP.
    Personal growth within the organization is entirely upon your manager. If your manager likes you, they will provide training to you. If not, you're stuck.
    If you are on a development program, you will be asked to work 45+ hours. Hope you like overtime. (Contractors, congrats.)

    *Rather than promoting within the team, a manager was hired from outside the organization. (Recurring flaw) His qualifications mentioned he was a strong stress engineer, though he would be working at managing multiple facets of the organization, such as industrial, design, and many other aspects. He was a great stress guy (could tell you how thick to make a part) but he was horrible at managing people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more open working environment where employees can move between teams
    Promote & train within the organization rather than promoting externally
    Rely on Chief Engineers to get the product right, and allow Managers to deal with personnel issues (promotion, training, etc.)
    Remove bureaucracy and allow workers to get things done; too many processes
    Institute a capabilities test to ensure that management is trained and experienced in handling personnel situations rather than simply hiring technical experts for management. Being a great engineer does not make you a great manager.
    Set more specific standards for achieving the next level and create opportunities for lower level engineers to grow into higher level technical or management roles.
    Institute a few sick days for employees. Too many employees come to work sick rather than sacrificing a vacation day, then the rest of the office comes in sick.
    I understand that HR is needed, but treating people with care rather than creating an envrionment of animosity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Infectious complacent type management, a lot of say, no do.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn, some good people, just have to seek them out.

    Cons

    Political placement atmosphere. morals and principles shelved by management. Lack of proper training, initiative must be taken by the new hire or else you will be lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where you came from and know that your crews see you fold when you think they don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The new management has changed this company from a very desirable place to work to one that is threatening.

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, including overtime for Exempt positions. Good benefits. Offers flexible schedules, irregular workweeks, and flextime.

    Cons

    The company culture and company values have steadily declined in the past three to four years and that decline began a significant acceleration in late 2012. At one time it was an enjoyable environment, even with the immense workload. People pulled together "to get the job done" - and did. It has deteriorated into a threatening environment in which employees are afraid to identify problems and concerned for their jobs and careers. Employees seemed to be viewed as liabilities rather than assets and treated as objects rather than as people. Employees no longer team as they did. One issue is self-preservation. The "knowledge is power" syndrome has become "if I am the only one who knows, maybe I will be able to keep my job." Another is the incredible workload created by laying off too many people and cutting in some areas to the point it is no longer possible to keep up. People don't have time to stop and help someone else think through an issue or solve a problem. They are also stressed to the max, which is taking it's toll on many of them physically. The work environment at Spirit is no longer a "healthy" environment in any way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (1) Adhere to your operating value of "dignity and respect" for all. Even if you have to share bad news, including layoffs, do it in a dignified way, rather than the demeaning way in which it has been done over the last year. (2) Quit blaming "the worker bees" for the financial problems caused by poor management decisions and directions. Take responsibility and deal with it at the appropriate levels. Quit rewarding the executives with pay increases and bonuses when they perform poorly while you lay off "workers" who have are needed and have performed well. 3) Most of all, stop mandating that managers give an employee a poor performance review (presumably to provide "cause" for layoff) when that manager's assessment is that the worker performed well. Let performance reviews be done fairly by those who know the employees performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be very cautious.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Oppportunity to work in a major aerospace manufacturer

    Cons

    Tremendous pressure and major fluctuations in management direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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