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Experience at Bell Helicopter was not the best due to executive level management

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

I worked at Bell Helicopter full-time (less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

The best reasons for me to work here was the proximity of the Job to my home

Cons

The main challenges were career growth and gaining confidence in the management structure

Advice to Management

Their are many intelligent people working at Bell Helicopter who are not being utilized as they should

Bell Helicopter Response

Oct 29, 2014Sr. University Relations

Thank you for your feedback. Management change is never as easy process and as we continue to grow we will take your feedback to our leaders.

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    Good company overall, but way too much management churn

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Specialist in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay (for some jobs), good benefits, great people, great products. I loved my job there better than any I'd ever had, right up until I got that tap on the shoulder, laid off by the new management that I did not know and did not know me.

    Cons

    The management is swapped around way too often, making a consistent direction impossible. The first thing the new managers do is dismantle everything done by the previous managers. Lately they're on a "outsource everything, AND replace engineers with outsourced ones" theme (from Indian contracting houses), for much, much lower wages. It's a sad day to see this in the American defense industry. It's catching on at lots of large companies. It's an ill-conceived way of attempting to escape runaway benefit costs perhaps. (unaffordable care act?).

    Advice to Management

    There has to be a better way of controlling costs than to toss out all your most loyal, hardworking, productive, experienced technical employees. Hopefully this little experiment will hurry up and fail and they can get back to hiring American engineers again, directly, without involving India. I keep getting calls from Indian companies wanting to know if I want to work for them at Bell, for 30% less pay! The favorite company slogan "Our most valued resource is our employees" could not possibly be more of a cruel joke.

    Bell Helicopter Response

    Oct 29, 2014Sr. University Relations

    Thank you for your comments. Management change is never as easy process and as we continue to grow we will take your feedback to our leaders. Staffing reductions are never easy, but they are ... More

  2. Difficult times due to sequestration

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    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Bell Helicopter (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very dynamic product, some outstanding folks, decent culture.

    Cons

    Reduced government funding has caused a lot of pressure on the commercial side of the business. Additionally Bell is owned by Textron who is always looking for money.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to break free from Textron.

    Bell Helicopter Response

    Oct 29, 2014Sr. University Relations

    Thank you for your feedback. The U.S. government budget, and in particular budget sequestration, continues to represent a very serious challenge to the U.S. military. The active duty U.S. Army, for ... More

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