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Boeing Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
2,228 Reviews
3.5
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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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    Gained Great Experience

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    Former Employee - IT Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Program Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at Boeing full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Got to do some great work with awesome people who love what they do. I was able to grow in my position and expand my skills. Company has great benefits. Employees have the ability to move between business units.

    Cons

    Work is driven by government contracts. Had layoffs almost every year I was there. Once you reach a certain level, it gets harder to advance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hard-Core Aerospace Industry Program Management for T%M services contract to the DoD here in Washngton, DC.

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC

    I worked at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    Great educational and career path advancement in the early years

    Cons

    In the later years of one's career, politics and empire-building become curiously dysfunctional, for such a large company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boeing Washington DC

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    Former Employee - Job in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Job in Washington, DC

    I worked at Boeing full-time (more than 5 years)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Boeing C2- a great place to lose your benefits.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Washington, DC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the office and look around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    An average place to work.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boeing satellite systems engineering rates an overall B+.

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Boeing

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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