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Airbus Group Reviews in Bristol, England

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
258 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • Flexible working times with flexitime giving a good work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Fantastic flexible working - 35 hour week and a midday finish on Fridays (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • enough managers, in middle and upper management, apparently just driven by their own careers (in 7 reviews)

  • voluer dans l'entreprise, cela prend beaucoup de temps (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Airbus is trying really hard to keep us all engaged, but some difficult times ahead and investment is reducing in Filton

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fuel Systems Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fuel Systems Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great flexibility (flexitime etc)
    the people you work with are fantastic
    The work is really interesting, who doesn't enjoy playing with planes?
    they try to encourage cross fertilisation of ideas
    It is a good place to work if you can find an interesting project/task

    Cons

    Too much focus on management structures and pointless additional layers of management
    Checklist engineering takes priority over the actual engineering
    Climate of who can blame the supplier first is somewhat boring
    Most engineering occurs in Toulouse so sooner or later you'll need to decide if you're going to shift your life to France or accept that your career is limited
    With most of the big projects closing up now, there appear to be limited options/investment in the 2-5 year future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there are simply too many middle managers for whom their entire working life seems to revolve around talking to other middle managers and making sure they can answer questions in meetings with senior managers immediately. Note this can mean that you need to constantly report progress and there are teams where there are as many people monitoring and reporting as there are actually doing the work.
    massive silo mentality prevails despite attempts so far
    "grey beard engineers" are slowly being pushed out and the attempts to capture knowledge is not replacing 40 years of experience.
    Those in charge of the budget have too much power and too much time and energy is spent making sure the books balance.
    We treat all subcontractors like scumbags, this is really starting to get on their nerves and the best ones have started to drift away.
    Graduates are encouraged to become middle managers and take no technical responsibility, invariably I think more recruitment is required from the supplier base as all the training in the world won't allow you to understand the technical detail required to actually make the things we contract out to the suppliers
    because people move around so much, they do not suffer the consequences of their short term decisions, and if anything that appears to be the game, get out before your decisions can be pinned to you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad at all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Not Declared in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Not Declared in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Airbus Group (more than a year)

    Pros

    - high quality company
    - really multi national
    - excellent flexi hours and only 35 pw

    Cons

    - better pay would be advantagious
    - they like free labour work sometimes, promoting internship for free for long periods and not hiring at the end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good when your young.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good travel and mobility options. Lots of different roles and opertunities. Great graduate scheme.

    Cons

    Not so great as you get older and settled (married, kids etc) and can't be so flexible. It has the usual big company politics, made more complicated by the multi-national setup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Such a big drive for mobility has demotivated and limited the careers of those who can't move. It has created a them and us divide between those on mobility and those not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fuel System Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fuel Systems Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Fuel Systems Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Great Company
    - Great People

    Cons

    - Filton is boring
    - Beraucracy slightly anoyying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - stop cutting costs and let engineers do their thing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very international

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Performance Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Performance Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Frequent travelling across sites, job security, opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Depending on your boss is hard to change positions inside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing in financial results and invest more in innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fuel Systems Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Fuel Systems Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at Airbus Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fabulous opportunities to learn, grow and contribute to a product that is a pride for the company.

    Cons

    Salary is competitively lower and the career progression is slower. Roles to boost career prospects is also less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Big company benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are great benefits working at the Airbus group, opportunities are available to move within the company and gain experience in different roles/jobs.

    Cons

    As expected it does also get effected by being a big company - the usual scenarios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Experience working at the lowest level AKA undercover boss.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    All you need to brings value to the business (i.e. Airbus, Cassidian, Astrium, Eurocopter)

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Airbus Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities are provided to research engineers and corporate roles such as governance and management, process methods and tools development.
    Resources are available to explore lots of different technologies.
    You can work and collaborate more easily with all EADS business units and beyond corporate boundaries.

    Cons

    Don't forget to get back to business units once being in corporate projects.
    Restructuring of business units affects the projects of corporate, but this is normal for any organization!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent environment to learn political aspects of inter-corporate affairs

  10.  

    Nice environment, Lack of opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at Airbus Group as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    No great pressure
    Ability to travel

    Cons

    Little scope for promotion
    Stuck in the same department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change bureaucratic nature of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great 12 months, perfect work life balance!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Metallics Technology Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Metallics Technology Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at Airbus Group as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great positive working environment
    Given real responsibilities
    Feel like you are generally contributing towards the company
    Interesting projects to work on
    Great city to live in and go out in
    Opportunities to travel

    Cons

    There weren't any Cons to be honest the only thing I can think of is the 12 months went by to quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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