Bell Helicopter – Washington, DC
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I have been working at Bell Helicopter full-time for more than 10 yearsPros
Great people. Exciting work (if you are in the right job). People are very passionate about the product.Cons
-Bell has known for years that V22 production was slowing down, but leadership failed to plan for this.
-Built a new 300 million dollar facility claiming thia would help solve financial woes.
-Bell actually towes their employees with ZERO notice. They created a huge parking crisis and then decided to start towing people's cars the same day they laid off hundreds of hard working people.
-Technology is way behind here. Bell attempted to remedy this by spending a ton of money on a business systems modernization project, but failed miserably.Advice to ManagementAdvice
I was impressed with the CEO for his candor when discussing upcoming layoffs. The problem Bell faces now is that they have a population of good workers that have lived through a dozen layoffs in the past 2 years. These people are all stressed out, paranoid, and have low morale.
Advice to Engineering Leadership:
Bell is an engineering firm. We are the talent. When you let HR bully you into changing everyone's title to engineer 1-5, but the rest of the company doesn't have to conform to this flattened hierarchy, it is ridiculous. People were demoted for no reason. Others were robbed of future promotions. Why are their Principal Mfg Engineers and not Principal Engineers? I hear the younger, talented engineers talk and they see the writing on the wall. Bell cannot hope to keep it's talent unless something iabdone to remedy this.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookNo opinion of CEO