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  1.  

    Record profits-Employee bonus is way down

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    Former Employee - Consulting in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Consulting in Everett, WA

    I worked at Boeing

    Pros

    Benefits are good for a family and work life balance can be fair

    Cons

    Salaried Employees and Engineering Union received about 30% less on the Employee Incentive Plan (EIP) Bonus this year compared to the last 4 years even though company had record profits. EX; 2013 17 days pay/ 2014 12.5 days pay (about 4.5%. Managers dependent on level 1, 2 or 3 received 12-18% bonus. Explanation from leadership was items like Tanker Charge, Late Plan Deliveries etc. but these were leadership decisions that caused issues. Benefits are shrinking every year. No more pension after 2015 even for current workforce.
     Do not care about people and believe all are plug and play. Do not value ideas other than like theirs. Very old school and hard to get anything done.
     Poor planning and budgeting so a constant fire drill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees, Listen to their ideas even as they may be different than yours and not the status quo. Pick fewer projects and actually accomplish them instead of taking on way too much and finishing little. Plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It all depends

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    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Boeing

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, global experience, salaried job

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, top down management, lengthy hiring and promotion process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better advancement process for younger employees >10 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Company promotes talkers not doers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

    I have been working at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits; flexible hours; incredible product

    Cons

    Promotions are given to used car salesmen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, it's a lost cause

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Materials Science and Engineering Intern

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    Former Intern - Mateirals Science and Engineering in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Mateirals Science and Engineering in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Boeing as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pros: Lots of other interns, good networking, great pay for an intern, and great intern locations (Huntington beach, Seattle, St. Louis, etc...). Boeing definitely treats their interns well, and from what I saw, getting odds of getting a job offer after finishing the internship were very good.

    Cons

    Overall, the two projects I worked on were very bland and did not stimulate me intellectually. A lot of it was quality control and testing, as well as experiments in which there wasn't a good scientific understanding of what was supposed to happen. Furthermore, there is little to offer in terms of creative input on ideas and innovation. Seemed like the preferred course of action was to do what was told of you and follow the rules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    No loyalty to its experienced people; short-term cost savings are all that matters

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Boeing

    Pros

    Still fairly good benefits, although telecommuting has been cut back (why?) and pensions are being phased out

    Cons

    Forced brain drain in IT. Work is being moved to Charleston and other locations. The clear intent is to cut salaries by laying off level 4 and 5 employees (i.e., highly experienced) and replacing them with level 1s and 2s (fresh out of school). Management actually seems to believe a new hire with a "knowledge transfer" document can do the same work as a 30-year veteran - who's no longer around to answer questions. Union busting is also on the agenda. IT is pushing SPEEA-represented employees out the door as quickly as possible. And our millennials see what's happening and quickly depart for greener pastures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't proclaim that "people are our greatest asset" and then treat them this way. You get what you pay for. You may save money in the short term by getting rid of your experienced people, but before long you'll find you've saddled yourself with massive technical debt. Did you learn nothing from 787? It would actually make more sense in the long run to give incentives to delay some retirements rather than forcing early ones. Forced loss of continuity in your support personnel means you won't see first-time quality in your major blockpoints for the next few years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of opportunity to gain work experience in many job roles, very good benefits, but a lack of work based incentives.

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Boeing is an excellent company to gain work experience and credibility in many different job roles and functions. If you don't like your job, or just want to learn about something new or different, you can easily lateral into a new job. Management is very supportive of these functional moves to support building a broader knowledge base across the company.

    Cons

    Boeing is a large multi-national corporation. It is very slow to change its ways. The managers tend to be long-term Boeing employees that have been doing things the same way for a long long time. Innovation is fairly stagnant. Boeing also seems to set a low standard for their management team. If a team doesn't deliver on what a manger has promised, there is very little or no consequence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed the managers that are not innovative or who do not significantly improve productivity. Consider adding work-based bonuses to retain top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here if you are a freethinker and under the age of 40

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    Current Employee - Tech Data Designer in Hazelwood, MO
    Current Employee - Tech Data Designer in Hazelwood, MO

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

    Pros

    - you get paid
    - you have benefits (which the ACA will render null in a few years)
    - you have a job

    Cons

    - this company is stuck in the 50s and fights hard to stay that way
    - no leadership (unless you define leadership as max bonus acquisition while overworking their limited staff)
    - pay raises are minimal compared to their profit bragging
    - no free thinkers allowed
    - good ol boy system
    - line level management is unsatisfactory and usually promoted through good ol boy system.
    - senior leadership consistently lies to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop hiring number crunchers. Numbers don't equal leadership.
    - Stop lying to your people
    - Hire the right people, not just who fits your sycophantic needs
    - Actually be about people instead of just saying it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to gain experience, bad place to grow

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    Current Employee - Procurement Agent in Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent in Bothell, WA

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

    Pros

    Best place to be immersed with new tech and surround by smart people. Always an opportunity to shine and work well above your exp level.

    Cons

    Bad place to grow professionally. all seniority based growth. You can kill it, but will never move up until you have hit your yearly benchmarks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who perform with raises and promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Leave aspirations at the door: crippling bureaucracy, and seniority-based rewards ahead

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Boeing full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Easy interview process
    - Very little accountability
    - Pockets of amazing, talented people
    - Lots of holiday pay
    - Looks good on a resume

    Cons

    - Crippling bureaucracy means it's nearly impossible to make real impact
    - Management chain fond of making short-term, cost-cutting decisions that make them look good, but are detrimental in the long term
    - Lots of lazy and poor-performing employees are tolerated, and even rewarded based on nothing more than seniority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reduce red tape for change
    - Implement merit-based rewards over seniority-based rewards
    - Empower first-line managers to fire underperforming employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits, friendly people, and a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    It really depends on what program you end up on. Many have no growth opportunities and all the good work is kept by the more senior level employees. No new business is coming in which means trying to drag out the life span of programs that have no new products to offer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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