Cessna Reviews

Updated June 14, 2015
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Cessna President and CEO Scott A. Ernest
Scott A. Ernest
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Pros
  • Decent salary, best name brand in the GA industry, work life balance is great (in 9 reviews)

  • Great opportunity for advancement if you know the right people (in 3 reviews)

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

  • Work/Life Balance was not acceptable (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company for entry and long term

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cessna (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people to work for and great products. Flexible work schedules and a diverse amount of projects to work on

    Cons

    Newly formed textron aviation is still getting its footing. New products coming to market and a lot of work placed on engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more experienced staff and not so many fresh graduates with little to no manufacturing experience.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cessna full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Every couple years there's a "crunch" time where 60 hour weeks are commong, but it usually only lasts for a couple months. Not too bad. Cessna does pay overtime if you're under a certain pay grade, so it can be an opportunity for extra income. Pay is good for the midwest. Company is friendly and relaxed at times, which makes for a fun environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes projects can get cancelled and there is a lot of report writing since we have to appeal to the FAA.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Cessna Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Stress Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Stress Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cessna full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers. Understanding of family matters and personal time.

    Cons

    Do not empower their workers. Do not challenge their workers. Do not reward performance.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Things are not as they seem

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    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Business Development Representative in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cessna full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Overall positive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineering in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Process Engineering in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Supply Chain Intern in Wichita, KS
    Current Intern - Supply Chain Intern in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cessna as an intern (Less than a 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 Management

    none


  9. Excellent internship experience.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Customer Service Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Former Intern - Customer Service Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cessna as an intern (Less than a 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 Management

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


  10. Poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Manager in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Good company. Roller coaster industry.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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