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Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.5 1,875 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Boeing Chairman, President, and CEO Jim McNerney Jr.

Jim McNerney Jr.

(812 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work schedules usually allow for a good work/life balance(in 150 reviews)

  • Great benefits, interesting work throughout most of my time there till recently(in 184 reviews)


Cons
  • Not terribly great at the work/life balance thing even though management claims to be(in 30 reviews)

  • Management spends all their time in meetings pleasing upper management to make themselves look good(in 32 reviews)

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    Opportunities to gain varied experience and incremental career growth

    Lead Engineer (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsGood benefits, good work life balance, plenty of opportunities to try new or varied work experiences. There are opportunities to move to new locations. Many development programs, classes, and formal education. Can switch between a commercial job or defense industry job.

    ConsCareer growth can be measured by years of experience vs individual impact. Engineers carry much of the load for support functions. Work can be stove-piped to a degree due to the nature of defense contracts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for.

    Administrative (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood company to work for.

    ConsThey are currently outsourcing IT jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStand by your staff for support.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A wonderful place to work.

    Buyer (Former Employee) Long Beach, CA

    ProsThe pay and benefits were great.

    ConsThe good really out weighed the bad.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Enduring 10 years slow cultural change, need to accelerate, HR is the organization most resistant to change.

    Quality Manager (Current Employee) Everett, WA

    ProsSuper benefits package for all demographic groups of employees. Very competitive salary plans. Company pays for multiple degrees and certifications per employee. Large portion of employees can retire over next 5 years allowing a new workforce generation to bring their talents to the business.

    ConsWorkforce is old and gray. majority of managers (career Boeing) are stuck in theory X leadership, don't know how to use the talent on their teams and continue to do the same things and expect different results.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe courageous and invest some time asking 'What' to newer employees. Challenge the status quo and build the next generation of leaders.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manufacturing, not R&D.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Everett, WA

    ProsGood work/life balance, stable employment for years at a time, excellent benefits.

    ConsTechnology lags behind the times, and it is hard to bring new methods into the company. Lots of cuts and tight budgets mean your team may be just you. It can be hard to find the right resources for more complicated tasks because of the maze of red tape and overlapping requirements.

    If you work here longer than five years, you risk being channeled into aerospace as your only job option. That is fine if you are an aerospace engineer but can be problematic if you're not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop union busting. Apply Lean+ to your own processes instead of imposing meaningless requirements on the people who are building your products. Stop trying to build planes by outsourcing -- you have valuable expertise in the company. Put it in one place and use it.

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

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    Pay and benefits good but that is changing...

    Strategy Analyst (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsStable company and environment currently and projected into the future

    ConsI have never witnessed blatant politics and poor management with the other companies I have worked for

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your people and act on your words for creating an exciting place to work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Easy to rise up, but nothing good at the top

    Many (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsOpportunity in every field or discipline

    ConsGood ol boy club is hard to get in or navigate

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    RUNNNNN! (from the movie Minority Report)

    Structural Design Engineer (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe lure of engineering technology is strong. Once you are hired in, you can transfer to a different program every 2-3 years to keep things fresh. Engineering union SPEEA will keep you informed and will help you keep your compensation and benefits intact. You will find brilliant people in your journeys. Be assured they are self-motivated, they don't care about getting paid a decent salary and they are unsung heros, getting work done DESPITE management. I retired last year after over thirty years at Boeing.

    ConsManagement is terrible. Local management are nothing more than schedule monkeys. The good bosses get promoted fast, then you are left to train a new boss every 12 months. Executive management are outsourcing and selling off core competencies of the company, such as engineering design. They worship Jack Walsh & the GE "garage sale" model to show a profit. The bull flows heavily from the upper levels of management - trust your SPEEA union to tell you what is REALLY going on. Don't work overtime and take care of yourself. Don't pour your heart & soul
    into any job- you will get crushed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your talented and experienced engineers. Top down autocracy is what ruined the 787. Why are you outsourcing engineering? Learn to say NO to your bosses.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dead end. Unless you're part of the friends and family crew

    Test and Evaluation Engineer (Former Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsGreat 1st job. but not somewhere to stay long term

    ConsNo room for growth. You could be placed

    Advice to Senior Managementpay people what they deserve.

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

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    Lazy Bee Hive of Engineers

    Test Engineer (Current Employee) Everett, WA

    ProsVery competitive pay, beyond great benefits,easy to move within the company, lots of training is offered, building amazing aircraft.

    ConsIt's difficult to find people who work hard and love their job. It is mandatory to join the engineering union (SPEEA) and because of the union it is nearly impossible for anyone to get fired, except during layoff seasons. Well over the majority of employees will retire in 5-10 years and you get the feeling they want to 'coast' their way out. Not a motivating place to work. Not a culture who wants change or excitement. Also I hope you don't mind starting work at 6am, which is the only time you will find parking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of just pampering your interns to lure them in, treat your employees to a great working environment so you don't struggle to retain them.

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

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