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Boeing Reviews in Saint Louis, MO

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
1,971 Reviews

3.6
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Real Time Software Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Real Time Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Cutting Edge Technology. World Class Engineers. Some of the best and brightest people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Takes a long time to rank up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You shouldn't tolerate people who can't perform up to their pay grade. There are plenty of people who'd like to excel, but senior engineers who don't perform per their SJC prevent people from ranking up. Don't fire these people, because they usually have great skills. But, maybe think of ways of rotating them back into the normal ranks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Career Shaping

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Hi Tech company with a variety of work and opportunities to learn new things and add to your skills. Good benefits and compensation. Fairly flexible work schedule. Incredible learning opportunities and access to experts.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to see how you connect to the bottom line due to size of the company. Like many companies, a lot of changes are happening to benefits, organizations and structure of business units to improve profitability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be careful how far we go in the current direction of cutting expenses at the cost of people. People are our greatest asset and we must retain skills and knowledge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent III  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent III in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Very large company with lots of bandwidth to get through the rough times.

    Cons

    Senior management and up are weak. They are focused on making sure that all their attention is making sure that only the good news is focused on and not focusing in the causes for an extremely high amount of rework.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the workforce. When employees appear to be frustrated it is because they want to better the company and not just sound like they are complaining.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Accountant in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    layoff rate is lower than some other companies.

    Cons

    take years to get promoted due to budegt cut policy, no more pension, only 2 weeks of vacation per year for the first 4 years and takes 20 years to get the max 4 weeks vacation per year. it is trying to replace older/higher level employees to cut cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more vacation time for newer employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Great Company to work for. Have plenty of internal jobs for you to switch around and acquire different knowledge. Great learning and training opportunities.

    Cons

    Technology used in the company might be very specialized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Procurement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent III  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent III in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    The only pros and Boeing was you were allowed to work virtual one day a week.

    Cons

    The St . Louis management was terrible. They show little to no respect to their employees, they pass the buck just as long as the management just not have to get involved or do any of the work themselves. They are disorganized lack of communication show little to no interest to current issues or problems. One of the worst work experiences I have had in my career so far. Currently looking for a new job outside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take on more responsibility and be more proactive with their team members. Upper management needs to get out of the clouds and be more realistic when it comes to treating all employees as an employee and not just a number. Some of the old school management needs to retire because they are just bringing the organization down. Worse job I ever had.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for if you don't get laid off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Incident Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Incident Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are outstanding at Boeing. Great company to work for if you don't get laid off.

    Cons

    Lay offs threats are very discouraging and if you're getting threatened to be laid off either you or someone in your group is laid off and you have to absorb their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit laying people off to use contractors and just laying people off to save a buck. Boeing makes a fortune, value your employees for their hard work. The layoffs brings moral down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunities to gain varied experience and incremental career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Career 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not innovative at all

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Configuration Design Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Configuration Design Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    The company does pay well, and does provide good benefits, but that's about the limit :/.

    Cons

    This is not a company for "free thinker" engineers. The engineering side is run by "subject matter experts" who are 20 years behind in their field. When challenged, they respond with something along the lines of "we already have the best in class capabilities, why do we need to change?". Job status has no basis in merit: it is purely based on how long you have been at the company (which explains why some really unqualified people are considered experts).
    Whenever people poke their heads out of the box, they get pushed back down. They actively hunt down & destroy disruptive innovation, despite claiming "innovation" is a company value.

    Design is largely done by intuition and experience of the experts, which usually leads to poor performing designs and cost over-runs. The design mentality is largely the same as it was in the late 1980's, but with incremental technology improvements.

    Also, there is the bureaucracy. It took a full year to get approval to bring in non-standard computers for a group that needed better computers. Any time someone tries to do something new/non-standard, it has to go through a massive approval process, which inevitably ends up getting an expert to say "well, we don't need that, we already have the best", despite whatever evidence you show to the contrary. And, since they're the experts, their word is god.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a dramatic turn-over in the way things are done. The "old guard" needs to be sidelined without passing on their "experience" to the new guard (otherwise, the new guard will be taught to do things the exact same was as they did). This is, of course, if the senior management really wants to change things up, & not just continue doing things the way that they've always done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fulfilling engineering employment, but poor advancement opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Analysis Engineer III  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Structural Analysis Engineer III in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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