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Boeing Chairman, President, and CEO Jim McNerney Jr.

Jim McNerney Jr.

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Pros:
  • "Flexible work schedules usually allow for a good work/life balance"
    in 142 reviews
  • "Great benefits, interesting work throughout most of my time there till recently"
    in 176 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not terribly great at the work/life balance thing even though management claims to be"
    in 30 reviews
  • "Senior management is slow to move and a little slow to adopt new technologies"
    in 30 reviews
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    Boeing has been good to me!

    Supply Chain Specialist (Current Employee)
    Mesa, AZ

    ProsOpportunity for advancement if you're willing to take on work, go to school and further your education, basically put yourself out there. Plenty of oppportunity to move within Boeing, from division to division, so overall you can call the shots in your career. Generally a great place to work, good people, no major complaints.

    ConsBenefits are good, but they were great once, so I definitely see a downward trend to eliminate more and more emoloyee perks. The company has gotten away from creating loyalty among the workforce, so people are starting to come & go, whereas if you worked here, you were here for life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome managers need to grow a spine! We have become so team self directed, they have gotten lazy and uninvolved and don't back their people up. They expect us to do everything and they sit back and claim successs under their leadership. If that's how they want us to do business, then eliminate managers.

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

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    Do more than what is expected from you

    Systems and Data Analyst (Current Employee)
    San Antonio, TX

    ProsGreat company / great benefits

    ConsDoing things that are not normally part of your jon

    Advice to Senior Managementget some new IT managers

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

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    What a great company to work for

    Systems Analyst III (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsThe staff are very good at what they have been chosen to do. Everyone works well within a team environment as well as by themselves when needed. Boeing for all of the slander and name calling outside of this company is basically ignored by staff ad they do a wonderful job. Individuals are given recognition for jobs well done in the form of both or either awards represented by bonuses and Awarded Recognition for a job done well done in the form of Certificate of Recognition. Boeing is aware of time needed off to go do the other things in life such as doctor visits, training outside the work place which Boeing will pay for. There are really not enough words for all of Boeing's Pros.

    ConsThe only con I can think of is the amount of meetings which one is required to attend. There are tremendous amount of meetings that are requested initially in the beginning of a project. After the specific project gets off of the ground and running the meetings do become less frequent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay aware of your teams and continue to participate within each team.

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

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    Great place for the rat race

    Supply Chain Specialist III (Former Employee)
    North Charleston, SC

    ProsIndustry leader, worldwide opportunities, competitive salary, great benefits, exciting industry

    ConsHuge company, slow to positive change, review and advancement process lacks humanity and reward for impact on company,

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave the courage to actually measure Morale as something other than compliance with attendance to mandatory meetings that are historically shown to promote morale. That's called compliance for fear of loss. If Morale is truly a vital metric, then the accuracy of its measurement has a corresponding effect on the

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

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    Great company, gives back to employees and the community

    Assembler B (Current Employee)
    North Charleston, SC

    ProsUpward mobility in the company
    Fantastic benefits
    Great community outreach
    Can communicate one on one with your manager for personal scheduling
    Overtime very available
    Interesting technology at work, always evolving
    Annual bonuses and additional occasional productivity bonuses
    Safety

    ConsCan be shifted onto different teams (and/or shifts) doing different jobs at a moments notice.
    Mandatory overtime at certain times.
    1st level management and team leads are sometimes fueled by the "good ole boys" system

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntrospection

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

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    Fulfilling engineering employment, but poor advancement opportunities

    Structural Analysis Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsI joined Boeing 18 months ago looking for an employer that was engineering interesting products and that valued quality engineering. Boeing for the most part does these two things well. The quality of the engineering staff is generally excellent, the work is interesting (particularly in Phantom Works), the resources and tools provided to the engineering staff are good but not excellent. Good benefits when compared to other defense industry companys, but only average when compared across all industries.

    Great place to work for recent grads starting an engineering career. The fully paid advanced education benefit is excellent.

    ConsDon't be suprised if Boeing's initial offer seems very low. If you are experienced, submit a counter offer.

    The two largest concerns for me are performance recognition and advancement opportunities. I joined Boeing as an experienced engineer, taking a pay and grade cut when I accepted Boeing's offer. A year and a half later and I'm still the same grade and nearly the same salary, even with my manager stating that I should have been hired in one grade higher. The performance management process at Boeing is broken, which is great for an average engineer, but terrible for the high performers. Managers are very constrained on the pay raises they can give to their employees and in-line advancement is done by committee. Boeing is also going through cost reduction exercises with intentional reduction of advancements above grade 3.

    In-line advancement beyond grade 3 is difficult and beyond grade 4 doesn't happen. For experienced staff, Boeing requires applying for a new position and these positions are often open to external candidates, so they are competitive. It is unclear if Boeing gives internal candidates any preference in the hiring process. It is no different to applying to another position at any other company, so there is little incentive to remain at Boeing if you find a better offer elsewhere.

    Tools and methods in some disciplines, like structural analysis, lag behind those used in other industries. Boeing doesn't pay for training beyond grade 2, it is on your own time. The engineering responsibilities are strictly separated (particularly loads, dynamics and structural analysis) which leads to engineers who are not well rounded.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Into the grinder...

    Environmental Control Tech B (Current Employee)
    Everett, WA

    ProsSecond and third shift get a shift differential, plus they're not as overrun with people. The money is doable at first; every six months sees you an additional 50 cents until you max out for your pay grade, which occurs after 6 years...if you can put up with it that long. Also, Boeing will give you money for school, if you can find the time to go!

    ConsThe machinists union is weak. Period. They're not going to do much for you. The company exists on your normal shift M-F, but also the continuous overtime. Hopefully, you don't have a life, because, if you do, it will cease to exist or just ruin your relationships. This place is truly a grinder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to management is this: Cut down on the overtime. Your folks will work better for you if they actually have a life outside of work. Also, not everybody that works here is childish and seeks to work the system. Find the good ones and promote them--you're going to need them!

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

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    Great technology, great employees, poor management, detached executives

    Programmer/Analyst (Former Employee)
    Richardson, TX

    ProsYou will be working with some of the best and brightest engineers and scientists in the world. There is an excellent culture of openness, equality, and responsibility that has developed as a result of the executive embarrassments of the early 2000s. Compensation is generally competitive, but raises are poor, and bonuses for non-management are paltry. Monstrous company, lots of positions to grow into for your career, if you can find an open one not actually reserved for someone already in the company (they do try very hard to help laid off employees to find other positions inside the company). Health benefits at one time were considered some of the best in the country, but have been recently reduced to now only comparable to industry competition. Still decent, but not awesome. 401k contribution pretty solid, but again not as great as it used to be.

    ConsExecutives have made lots of choices the past few years in the interests of cutting costs (a.k.a. layoffs, site consolidation, benefit reductions). For the defense side of the company, the constant contract cycle can be quite stressful if you get into a situation where your employment depends on the whims of the government customer or the competency of your local leadership, which can often be up-and-comers targeted for leadership positions, and have zero concern for their next opportunity - they don't fight hard or always make choices in the long-term interests of a program. This ship handles like a pig. Change is soooooooooooooooo sloooooooooooooooooooow. IT is pretty far behind the technology curve. Far too much still done in spreadsheets or on paper.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to get a far better handle on the pulse of the company from the rank and file, and actually take action on it. The Boeing Employee Survey is intended to accomplish this, but in over a decade at the company I saw only a couple of local issues addressed one year, and absolutely ZERO correction of the course of the company as far as making real change. Instead HR reviews the results, and says that the numbers suggest that the employees are just complaining about the same things they always complain about. Well wouldn't that indicate there are some problems you should be addressing? So many lifers looking to retire in the next few years, and still no succession plan to transfer all that important knowledge. Everything done lately has been monkey-see-monkey-do trying to mimic moves by competitors in the interest of the stock price, but you're not actually adding long-term value or viability to the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a good company, not any longer

    Staff Analyst (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsOptions to do lots of interesting work. Potential for international travel.

    ConsPoor executive management. Don't care about employees. Frequent layoffs. All projects are considered urgent, till the next re-org and management changes direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAct as if your employees matter. Stop the lying and hiding critical information employees need to make life decision.

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

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    Overall, ok, you have to take the bad with the good.

    FRT (Current Employee)
    North Charleston, SC

    ProsBenefits are great, especially education.

    ConsPay rate, limited time off. Very much a good old boy system to advance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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