Airbus Group

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Great benefits, unstable business.

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Former Employee - Engineer
Former Employee - Engineer

I worked at Airbus Group

Pros

Excellent benefits including medical and vacation and sick days, and tuition reimbursement, as well as a good discount on company stock.
Overall laid-back management, they trust you to do the job and don't ask too many questions. However, they expect you to be productive.
There are annual reviews, so you always know where you stand.
Being in the defense business, the company has a 9-80 schedule in which everyone has every other Friday off.
If you like travel, this could be the company for you as there can be lots of it.
The company has a worldwide presence and it is a feather in your hat to work at such a company.
From everything I hear, it is a better (less corporate) work environment than nearby competitor Boeing.

Cons

The defense business is cyclical, hence there tend to be a lot of layoffs, followed by hiring sprees. Not much in the form of advancement or promotions, unless you have been in the business for 20 years or more. Promotions are not really formal, and usually come as a result of someone retiring. There also are raise freezes as a result. By the time you figure out how the business works, they have gotten a lot out of you.

There is a lot of travel involved, depending on your position. If you like travel, this could be a pro for you. However, decisions to travel are often made the last minute, hence it is hard to have a stable personal life at home.

The business is a small world, hence there can be a small business mentality to things.
Most projects involve upgrading legacy projects and are headed by people in the business for 30 years or more. This impairs creativity.

The management tends to not be clear about things when they change.

For those who like to compare companies in an industry, it is a step down from Lockheed Martin as far as work environment and being treated like a professional and advancing your career.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Offer some better training. It pays to have employees who want to learn and be a part of the company. Isolating new employees can be a problem. Have better communication. Engineers who talk about what they are doing and why, tend to form more positive environments.

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    too big, too complex, too disorganised!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Airbus Group

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good work/life balance, great location

    Cons

    Things take for ever to happen, management does not take decisions, no flexibility in work hours. Different departments/busines unitis don't work together you need to re-invent the wheel everytime you start a project, The different countries don't cooperate well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to your development teams, give more flexible time and patterns of work, try to motivate your employees more, allow greater mobility within teams. make sure the decisions you take are enforced at the lower levels on the work force. I often hear great ideas from the CTO but their implementation never reaches my team.

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  2. 12 people found this helpful  

    In Praise of Mediocrity

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Fuel Control Systems Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Fuel Control Systems Engineer in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at Airbus Group

    Pros

    You get to work on big and highly complex aircraft. You can do this in VERY few companies around the world, and they are hard to get into.
    There is a very international flavour. You will get to work with people from many different cultures, countries, languages, religions, etc. That makes life very interesting.
    There are veried opportunities for travel. Some travel hardly ever, others are on the road every week. It all depends on your role and project.
    You will have some opportunity to cross-train in different departments and skill sets, or hunker down and concentrate on just one specialism - it's your choice.
    The vast, vast, vast majority of engineers in all departments, in all cities, are honest, hard-working, competent engineers, who can be trusted.

    Cons

    Airbus is a very political company, in many ways. To get almost anything done requires you to play political games. If you are a techie, who just wants to get the job done, this will be very frustrating.
    A LOT of managers find their way into the position because they are naturally manipulative, or not technically competent, or VERY technically competent but can't get a better salary unless they go for a manager's position (where they are not so competent). The Peter Principle.
    The general salary and career progression system encourages mediocrity. They certainly don't want stupid engineers, but they also don't want you to be too bright and ambitious either, because then you are harder to control and manage. They want nice, average, dependable, unassuming engineers who don't rock the boat. Ever. So if you arrive on the scene full of ideas and enthusiam, they will smile and pat you on the back . . . . . and then slowly beat it out of you. At least that's how it feels. Everntually you will be so disillusioned that you will look for the exit, but by then you might be too attached yo your pension, so you stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read Ricardo Semler's "Maverick" and "The Seven-Day Weekend". Change the culture at Airbus accordingly.

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