Cessna Reviews in Wichita, KS

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
97 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent salary, best name brand in the GA industry, work life balance is great (in 8 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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  1.  

    Excellent internship experience.

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    • 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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  3.  

    Poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
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  5.  

    Good company. Roller coaster industry.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  7.  

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

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    • 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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    Competitive compensation, layoffs seemed senseless

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    competitive salary and benefits, fair work/life balance, good culture

    Cons

    Layoffs and attriction labotomized the company. There seems to be constant management reorganization. There also seems to be an unwillingness to increase salaries to retain talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give employees clear expectations of performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Cessna

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Cessna full-time

    Pros

    I had good Co workers

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance was not acceptable

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Slower pace, lots of detail paperwork

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

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

    Pros

    Cessna seemed interested in finding the right place for me to work.
    They were flexible with my work schedule to accommodate my school class schedule.

    Cons

    Industry is cyclical and layoffs occur every few years.
    Lots of paperwork and documentation required by FAA. There are months when all you do is write the reports that are needed for certification.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better way to identify the most valuable employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful company, while changes are both good and bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    I worked for Cessna over 7 years and while I experienced the high-side of the economy, when it did go bad, the company maintained a professional learning experience for me through those difficult times. Cessna offers numerous growth opportunities and I loved working for them.

    Cons

    The negative attention on Aviation industries has been felt throughout the company and to its personnel. Compensation advancement is slow and it is feast of famine to keep your job even with a high performance rating or having critical roles in the business and this has unfortunately hurt morale. Now that Beechcraft is being integrated, more work-force reductions will result in talented people being treated as disposable financial numbers. I was made into one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick up for your department and personnel and give them the chance to advance and be recognized for their contributions and hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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