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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
2,377 Reviews
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Pros
  • Boeing offers great flexibility to its employees with their work/life balance (in 186 reviews)

  • Great benefits, interesting work throughout most of my time there till recently (in 246 reviews)


Cons
  • Not terribly great at the work/life balance thing even though management claims to be (in 44 reviews)

  • Management spends all their time in meetings pleasing upper management to make themselves look good (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    This is a fantastic company to work for, you are changing the world

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boeing

    Pros

    You are part of the largest manufacturer in the United States

    Cons

    It's extremely large and political

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    37 year veteran of Boeing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boeing

    Pros

    I spent what feels like a lifetime within the system, and it is a system. That said the company offers a wide variety of locations, careers and a good salary. I had the good fortune to work at numerous locations across the United States and have been blessed to work several very interesting projects.

    Cons

    After 37 years inside I feel institutionalized. (Or maybe I should be...)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall compensation is very fair and the work life balance is good. However, the culture of boeing is, well..."old."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boeing

    Pros

    Vacation time, and flexibile schedules are some huge pros here.

    Cons

    There is a lot of layers of management and getting promoted is getting harder and harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper/executive level management seems disillusioned with how workers really feel in terms of morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    comfortable but not a good fit for millenials

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    Current Employee - Procurement Agent II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fair.
    Work hours can be flexible depending on the department (9/80 schedule for example)
    Interesting product
    Due to company size, there are a lot of internal activities in which you can participate.

    Cons

    Promotions are based on seat time, less so than actual performance.
    Company culture is old school.
    A lot of convoluted rules, especially in the Defense side. This makes decision making somewhat difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the millennial requests for growth within the company. A lot of young people feel trapped in their positions because they can't move from one type of job to another. Allow people to move more freely within the company to maintain the workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity and a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The Boeing Company has outstanding benefits. Work life balance can be challenging sometimes but managers do encourage you to go home and not work OT.
    - Back to school benefits - Boeing will pay 100% for and Engineering degree at any level.
    - Pay is within the market reference
    - Flexible schedule can be arranged with your manager

    Cons

    - RED TAPE - That being said Boeing employs over 150,000 people.
    - Growth can be limited depending on location.
    - Development of employees are not really a priority, more of a "Catch Phrase"
    - Not exactly what you thought you would be doing out of school?
    - Very political company. Especially with the Union and the push for Non-union sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to the employees
    - Rotate employees through out the site
    - Develop employees beyond their statement of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Exciting work for you.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    For an average performer, the pay is slightly higher than average for the area. Boeing is one of the two major employers in the St Louis, MO area. As a result, you get some company initiated perks (like free airport parking and car rental and other discounts) and also some vendor provided perks (like discounts on apartment rental)..
    Boeing sponsors your education completely free to you for anything less than a graduate degree. For a graduate degree, you still get refunded for all the costs (book, tuition, fees ...) but you have to stay with the company for two years after your last graduate class (whether you complete your degree or not).
    Boeing provides excellent health coverage for the individual. You can also exercise for free in the company gyms if you can make it at least eight times a month (the charge is $10 a month voluntarily deducted from your paycheck)..
    You will enjoy a great work-life balance with flexible schedule. Recently, the company increased vacation accrual rate to stay competitive in the industry.
    With the company's positive outlook, you are assured of a longtime availability of a position in one project or another.

    Cons

    Boeing has an attitude towards software engineers as dispensable. They seem to be waiting for the day they complete all their software tasks on plate so that they can focus on building airframes. There is an irritating saying that gets uttered in the company, "We are not a software company."
    Boeing will employ all the tricks on the book to lower their non-recurring engineering cost on software engineering. St Louis is not known as a technology hub; so, the competition between companies to retain talent is non-existent. You feel stuck with the job and salary (insignificantly higher than average) that you get offered. I don't think management keeps relocating engineers from other locations to St. Louis by accident. The second trick is to not differentiate between software and firmware engineering. You could be performing work as close to the metal as a firmware engineer but you will get paid the same salary as other software engineers that are higher in the niche.
    Boeing does nothing to appreciate exceptional talent.
    The family health insurance is mediocre that you pay substantial portion of a thousand dollars out-of-pocket as cost of healthcare. This is in addition to the increased monthly premium from the individual coverage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    So far, after three years, the experience has been quite good.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great work/life ballance. work is interesting, and the benefits are the best in any industry.

    Cons

    Your experience really depends on your team and manager. There are alot of Theory X management style folks still here (when I want your opinion I will give it to you), not sure if that is because of the large quantity of ex military folks here or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow strategy to be driven from the bottom up, not top down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is a good company to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company provides: competitive salary, great work life balance and, health benefits. Match 401K amount up to 8% of salary and tuition assistance.

    Cons

    Hard to get a promotion; if you don't know someone higher up that will speak up for you....Good old boy network.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company with which to start an aerospace career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aerodynamics Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Aerodynamics Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Boeing full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Good compensation and paid overtime
    - Great health benefits and 401K match
    - Plenty of career development opportunities
    - Feeling of community
    - Good work/life balance
    - Interesting work projects

    Cons

    - Typical big company stuff: 2 weeks and 6 manager approvals to get a new, $5 stapler (ok, maybe that's a slight exaggeration); difficult to collaborate with colleagues in other business units due to budget charging constraints; lots of red tape
    - Engineers in Washington state must join the union (that's a state mandate, not Boeing, but it is still something a prospective employee should be aware of)
    - My previous organization moved to different Boeing sites in the Seattle area 4 times in a 6 year span. One of those moves was completely completely across town, and my commute went from 15 to 50 miles each way. When I finally escaped that 3 hours of commuting per day and found a position back within 15 miles, it wasn't long before an announcement was made that my new organization was being moved to Seal Beach, CA. Each of these moves places a great deal of stress on the employees and their families, therefore morale, productivity, and quality suffer. Furthermore, with each of these moves I saw many quality engineers retire or find work at other companies. Some of these engineers were experts in their field and it was a big loss to the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't stop investing in future technologies. We need to stay ahead of the competition in product performance and operating cost.
    - Stop moving groups across town and across the country. It lowers team morale, hinders productivity, and results in large amounts of attrition, often by very knowledgeable and experienced individuals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Boeing full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Extensive employees services, ranging from community groups to advanced training. Perks are great as well.

    Cons

    Frequent management shifts, some IT departments behind the times. Career advancement is not promoted enough, people get to comfortable and neglect current technologies and trends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your managers are inspiring and actually have experience doing the work that they are managing, at least the first level ones. Promote career growth and adaptation of new technologies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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