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Cessna Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
100 Reviews
3.2
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Cessna President and CEO Scott A. Ernest
Scott A. Ernest
35 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent salary, best name brand in the GA industry, work life balance is great (in 9 reviews)

  • very good company to work for,,good pay (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Always worrying about layoffs and wondering if your job is secure (in 4 reviews)

  • Long hours causing a poor work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Overall positive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Cessna full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed what I did each day, enjoyed the people I worked with. Had numerous group leads and got along well with all of them. Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Pay could be better. 1st level management and the personal growth to that level is being phased out for higher level managers being asked manage dozens of people. Loss of too many experienced engineers who are all replaced by new college hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There have been numerous cancelled projects, and with each, the confidence of management to make correct decisions is eroded.
    Work harder to keep the quality employees who are fleeing Cessna to take higher paying jobs elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Things are not as they seem

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Cessna full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Involved with great products
    Good people for the most part

    Cons

    Poor Leadership
    Not progressive in business practices
    Poor in Human Resources and encouragement of human capital

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to create a better work environment - If you create a safe and progressive environment, you will inspire loyal, creative, and talented contributors to your growth and prosperity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good but not great, company carries on a lot of dead weight and still adheres to ancient idealogies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineering in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Process Engineering in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Friendly, simple and honest people
    Above average pay
    Learn a lot about general aviation

    Cons

    Politics
    Mgmt decision making is not always rational
    Still relies on rules of thumb
    Not progressive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop moving people around every 3 months. Start being transparent with your employees.
    Invest in report automation, invest in young talent and try to retain said talent

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

    Great experience for a young person for the summer, not long term

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Cessna as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly and helpful coworkers
    Free discovery flight
    Tours of all facilities

    Cons

    Wichita isn't great for a 20 something

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent internship experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Cessna as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cessna was a great company to work for. They were my first job. The people there really treat you like a person, not just another number or "the intern." They allow employees to have time with family and stress a work/life balance.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy prevents innovation. Projects get abandoned or neglected because of red tape and reluctance to change things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to new ideas. Emphasize better communication between engineers/business/financial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Less than par

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - A&P Mechanic
    Former Employee - A&P Mechanic

    I worked at Cessna full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment, and the guys you work with become like family. The work is hard but will keep you busy. Most of the guys who are grades higher will work with you to understand the position.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, since the company is so large repair centers really fend for themselves. Not to mention they are so overrun with work that its more about just get the job done instead of accuracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people to the repair centers that need it, trim the fat in management before cutting the mechanics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Poor leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Manager in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, best name brand in the GA industry, work life balance is great

    Cons

    Leadership has been gutted over the past 3 years, and the company is left with a severe lack of true knowledgable leaders. The culture is purely cut throat now, it is no longer a company that makes money and takes care of its employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the "GE" mentality, keep investing in the future as you have been, bring in better leaders in senior positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company. Roller coaster industry.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Cessna full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good life/work balance. Even thought it's a large company, each department treats you like a person. Co-workers were more like friends than just cube-mates.

    Cons

    It is the aviation industry and the last few years cuts had to be made. Some of these have been very deep and lots of knowledge has been let go. During this last round it was surprising how many were laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees you have left with lots of respect, they are your future!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run away as fast as you can. This was a good company to work for 5 years ago.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    If your an intern or a recent engineering college graduate, this is a good company to get your career started.

    Cons

    Bad economic times have made management very callous and the employment culture cutthroat and very political. Benefits package has been effectively gutted. Company is not family friendly. Performance Management Process is used to ambush employees that management does not like regardless of performance. Very little if any advancement possibilities. Management does not value experienced professionals but does want cheap interns, recent college graduates, and foreign workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A top-rated company with lots of opportunity and benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer Associate in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Engineer Associate in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Cessna full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked with wonderful employees and employers for many years. Definitely the people I worked with were very good team players with the goal working toward excellent customer service.

    Cons

    I have had no bad experiences myself personally with this company in the 38 years I worked there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am a responsible, dedicated, and hard worker.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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