Boeing Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
1,980 Reviews

3.6
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Boeing Chairman, President, and CEO Jim McNerney Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible work schedules usually allow for a good work/life balance (in 152 reviews)

  • Great benefits, interesting work throughout most of my time there till recently (in 186 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work. Good benefits. Extremely limited opportunities for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boeing

    Pros

    Great work and great products. Smart people. Up-to-date computer resources. Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    It is extremely difficult to get promoted. There are a lot of people who were obtained from acquisitions or have just been around for a long time but have become complacent, yet taking up the upper tier positions. It is routine to layoff highly skilled people in mid-career to allow a small amount of advancement for early career individuals. It is common to require reduction in level to move to another group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than blindly getting rid of people by level, consider each person's contributions. Feel free to get rid of the dead wood, but don't get rid of the hard working people who are putting in 110%

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sheet metal

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sheet Metal Assembler  in  Ridley Park, PA
    Former Employee - Sheet Metal Assembler in Ridley Park, PA

    I worked at Boeing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay and great benfits and good secuirty job

    Cons

    Have to work 7 years to get top pay rate and everyone get same payrate and very bad labor union people dont helps people they just want make money off of your back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managment can make people work much better without union guys cuz they are laziest people around !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Relaxed work environment, but no job security.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA

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

    Pros

    Not as high pressured as some other companies. Average benefits. Some teams allow telecommuting or 9X80 schedule. Good company to work for couple years to gain experience and to move on.

    Cons

    Layoff, layoff, layoff, it is part of Boeing culture. No job security specially in overhead departments like IT. When it comes to advancement it is not what you know, but who you know. I would recommend the company if it was stable. Company does constant layoffs even when company and stock are doing great. Pay it is average at best with very little perks (no company parties, caterings....)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Cower to Retire

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Everett, WA

    I worked at Boeing full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Get a pin after 5 years of service. A clock after 10 years and an assigned parking spot after 20 years.

    Cons

    Preserving one's benefit is paramount. Boeing has been know for its pension and generous benefits.
    Although these benefits have vanished for new comers, those who have a pension and 2 or more decades at Boeing have a lot to lose especially when the cost cutting trend is now in full swing. Hanging on until eligibility is rather a complex game; trickier at the top than at the bottom. Employee surveys for instance
    can really affect a manager's retirement. Employee surveys measure engagement. Gallup studies have shown a strong correlation between Engagement an future earnings. A low employee engagement, meaning a low participation in the employee survey affect stock option and stock related bonuses: the type of bonus once get at the director and executive levels. Affect their bonuses and it trickles down to the managers. So what should Managers who have a pension to lose do? Be the advocate of their subordinates and risk losing their pension? That would go against human nature. Cowering is the logical answer as Chairman Jim McNerney pointed out right after an earning call with investors. The time could not have been more appropriate. The more benefits waiting their maturity date the more cowering. A negative feedback loop reinforced from the Chairman down to the hourly employee. Looking at demographics, the average age at Boeing is right around 46. Although a significant percentage of Boeing employees are now eligible to retire (first wave of baby boomers), most are not there yet, but close. During a cost cutting trend, one can only imagine how excruciating the wait might be for those directors and managers. cowering is a predictable consequence. cowering and fearing nurture discontent. fuel the fire with unions, and incidentally fuel the employee survey. Although the survey might show a high percentage of discontentment, the mere participation in an employee survey helps raise the engagement percentage up which in turns helps directors and executives stock option and retirement bonuses--cowering feeds the top layers. Based on baby boomer pension benefits and retirement waves still to come, the cowering at Boeing is bound to last another decade at least. Who in his/her right mind would join such a company?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cower until you retire. The mere participation in an employee survey helps raise the engagement percentage up which in turns helps directors and executives stock option and retirement bonuses--cowering feeds the top layers. Based on baby boomer pension benefits and retirement waves still to come, the cowering at Boeing is bound to last another decade at least. Who in his/her right mind would join such a company?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience and learning opportunities available to those willing to work hard.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    There are excellent employees and a great knowledge base to learn from. If you're willing to take on a task, they're willing to assign it to you. Benefits are on par with other large companies in the aviation industry. Company offers plenty of training and opportunities to continue education.

    Cons

    If you're not willing to work hard, no need to fear, it's almost impossible to get fired from Boeing! This drives a lot of employees to stagnate. Pay is not competitive, and salary increases only cover annual inflation. Positional growth is very limited, and very inconsistent across sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing is being done to retain high talented employees. The defense side of the company (BDS) is not agile enough to make the moves it needs to sustain the projects it has.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Boeing Travel

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Accountant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Security badge/card needed to enter the building to keep un-screened non-employees out.

    Cons

    Be aware of some of the other employees. Some fist fights have occured in the Boeing Travel department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stress the golden rule which will help productivity. Terminate employees that are bad and disrespectful toward others.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to do an internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great program set up for interns. You get the chance to see things only Boeing employees see and get to be very engaging on your team. Flexible hours are also a plus

    Cons

    Depends on your team. Im sure each varies greatly. As for me, the only con was being alone a lot. Summer is when most employees take vacations, so my mentors were frequnetly gone. They gave me a list of my tasks and let me go at it alone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    nice place to work. management does a great job

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    Current Employee - Assembly Mechanic  in  North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Assembly Mechanic in North Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Boeing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    jobs are simple to do

    Cons

    the walk to the buildings are long. at least a quarter mile walk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    double check on the leads, some don't know how to lead

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Up and Down

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    Boeing is a good company but you won't make any money unless you are in the commercial airplane program side. I have experienced both commercial airplane and Defense program. They won't layoff you off very easily and will relocate you to another region if they can't find something locally first. They are an established company and have a lot of good processes and training available for employees. They are good about allowing you to have a flexible schedule and even paid personal leave of absence days.

    Cons

    Good benefits but pension will go away for non-union employees starting January 1st 2016. The defense program is government budget ran so not much room for growth or big salary increases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees a little more so you can retain the talent and not lose them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great internship experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Management  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - IT Project Management in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Boeing as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome look at the aerospace industry in a large corporation. Although in my position was not necessarily related to my major entirely, I was encouraged to continually find opportunities to grow and network within the company. Did not take much to impress my team! Great pay and fun location in Puget Sound.

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to find a position that matches your major. Can feel lost in a large company, and students should proactively reach out to others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep showing new hires the cool and innovative stuff going on at Boeing. There's a lot of research and development kept under wraps that would make any intelligent college grad want to work here as much as Amazon or Apple.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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