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Good pay but hard to advance and not much innovation

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Current Employee - Software Engineer IV  in  Kent, WA
Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Kent, WA

Pros

Boeing has some of the best benefits and compensation around. The technology is fairly interesting. The customers are great to work with. There isn't much competition, etc.

Cons

There is a "that's not your job" mentality here. Managers do management work. Software engineers do software work. There's not much crossover. If you get bored of doing the same thing all the time this makes it hard to make career changes within the company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Boeing needs to innovate proactively instead of reactively. Don't just innovate because you're backed into a corner by the competition and you have to. Be the leader. The 787 was brought on about the time that that the Airbus A380 was hyped. Let's innovate some more now.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    Great Atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Liaison Engineering  in  Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Liaison Engineering in Renton, WA

    Pros

    People were great and the jobs were easy.

    Cons

    At times got really boring since the jobs were so easy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I want to work on innovative research, but have found very limiting and continually shrinking opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Most everyone is very pleasant to work with, better than any other company I have ever worked for. First level managers are good and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    All interesting research is outsourced to universities and small companies. Every year the budget for research shrinks as research is outsourced to new centers opened overseas, partly for political reasons. Edicts from management several levels above are constantly coming down, along with an endless set of bureaucratic rules that consume 40% or more of your time, even though you are expected to charge 5% or less to overhead. All management decisions from above appear to be consistent with a long range plan of marginalizing current researchers and outsourcing research. Layoffs occur every year, even in good times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the goal is to eliminate research please be transparent about it. If not, please consult the employees rather than making unilateral decisions that are continually making it harder to do our work. Reduce micromanagement by letting immediate managers have budget, and encourage them not to just track and meet metrics but help us find conduits to customers within the company -- it's a big company and finding these connections requires help, as in all corporate research centers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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