0% of the CEO
Jim McNerney Jr.
Pros – Big company hand-holding.
Very good benefits.
A number of projects that only big-gun defense contractors can get.
Depending on where you are, you can be working with some really good people.
Much better for technical work than management.
Cons – Big company bureaucracy and irrational processes, well beyond required for defense contracting.
Lots of un-accounted for time, particularly if you are in management, where you are graded on the curve. It is a "40 hour nominal" but really 50, 60 if you are trying to get anywhere, with lots of fuzzy expectations. That fact is not remarkable, but the refusal to keep track of that makes planning a lot harder, and tends to lead to fake plans.
Lots of straight communication noise and rules that are irrelevant to day-to-day operations.
I feel like I am supporting a lot of heavy weight that is paid to get in my way.
Lots of unexciting projects that big-gun defense contractors generate for job security and revenue.
Advice to Senior Management – Different activities have different levels of risk. For example, heavy, monthlong purchasing processes that are appropriate for commercial airplanes or shooting things are not appropriate for routine IT procurement. In the end, people are what determine where you get to, so you have to provide the right balance between empowerment and risk mitigation.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Boeing has good benefits and retirement
Cons – Everything else at Boeing was awful: the work, the people, the managers, the culture and environment. The performance reviews are a joke. Make sure you are a managers favorite if you want to get anywhere in this company.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – After 9 years, beats Walmart
Cons – Many have seen the loss of 401 matching, no sick days, double the cost of insurance and co-pay, loss if incentive program, all so the company can turn around and give the money saved to Seattle, who managed to lose so much money on the 777.
Advice to Senior Management – Get out of the office and look around.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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Pros – Your coworkers are, on balance, very enthusiastic about the work. Most are space enthusiasts which seems to keep the moral levels up even if the work becomes monotonous (which isn't often) or the hours are long (which can be often). The total compensation is above average and there are a wide variety of specialties, from a technical career perspective, to choose from if you are interested in moving broadening or changing your career path. If you like variety in your work, this is a place to consider. Working with space systems means you work in an unpredictable environment where the ability to think on your feet is a must.
Cons – Many departments are understaffed. There is little time for training and knowledge capture. These may not seem like negatives to some. However, it's a field that requires constant learning and growth. The environment we work in doesn't foster that. As an engineer in the first 4-6 years of your career, it's particularly difficult. You are left to your own devices to gain knowledge and experience. It slows the skill acquisition process. On the other hand, if you are self motivated and have the ability to learn on your own, your efforts will be recognized and you'll advance. The bottom line is that you will have to trade off general engineering growth to focus on the needs of the work at hand if you want to get ahead.
Advice to Senior Management – Empower your lower level leadership to assess and fullfill project staffing and resource needs. Allow them a level of autonomy, in terms of project management, to drive projects to completion rapidly while maintaining the required level of quality assurance. Proper staffing will allow a motivated workforce to fully realize their technical capabilities and increase Boeing's overall competitive position. My experience with the company's first and second levels of engineering management is that there is a sense of frustration with always having to go up the leadership chain to have someone else fight for new tools (software, hardware, etc.) or more people.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
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