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An average place to work.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC

I have been working at Boeing full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Big company hand-holding.
Very good benefits.
A number of projects that only big-gun defense contractors can get.
Depending on where you are, you can be working with some really good people.
Much better for technical work than management.

Cons

Big company bureaucracy and irrational processes, well beyond required for defense contracting.
Lots of un-accounted for time, particularly if you are in management, where you are graded on the curve. It is a "40 hour nominal" but really 50, 60 if you are trying to get anywhere, with lots of fuzzy expectations. That fact is not remarkable, but the refusal to keep track of that makes planning a lot harder, and tends to lead to fake plans.
Lots of straight communication noise and rules that are irrelevant to day-to-day operations.
I feel like I am supporting a lot of heavy weight that is paid to get in my way.
Lots of unexciting projects that big-gun defense contractors generate for job security and revenue.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Different activities have different levels of risk. For example, heavy, monthlong purchasing processes that are appropriate for commercial airplanes or shooting things are not appropriate for routine IT procurement. In the end, people are what determine where you get to, so you have to provide the right balance between empowerment and risk mitigation.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Phenomenal products and a fantastic place to be an aerospace engineer

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    Current Employee - Contract Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly flexible work/life balance. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Great engineering company - phenomenal products and a fantastic place to be an aerospace engineer; however, this also means that a majority of the management structure is driven by engineering. Thus, the business environment is sometimes rigid and highly process/procedure driven.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Comfort Zone

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Everett, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. If you're an engineer you're part of the (SPEEA) union and will ALWAYS get a raise every year. We don't get Columbus day, Presidents day or other certain other holiday's off, but we do get 1.5 weeks mandatory off with pay. You choose your path...You can get away with minimal work.

    Cons

    You get sucked into the slow motion, and it's very easy to fall into a comfort zone where you neither progress nor digress. You can see 8 years fly by and you're doing the same thing, which is not mentally stimulating anymore and when you consider moving to a different job you realize your degree has 8years of dust on it and no longer feel you have the skill acquired through your degree to really apply to a job that requires it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Offer alternative projects/assignments/jobs when asked for. Don't force your employees to do things you have been told for years they don't like doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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