Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Good benefits, including tuition reimbursement (got an MBA paid for) (in 15 reviews)

  • The company has traditionally provided good pay and excellent benefits (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Job stability and decision making from upper management seemed way off (in 10 reviews)

  • Senior Management was not upfront and truthful to their employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great Place to work for people just getting out of college.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they really do try and take good care of their employees and the vacation time is perfecto! The pay is good but not great.

    Cons

    Lots of politics and old time backdoor handshaking at all levels. The union reps are more worried about their corvette payment then they are worried about the company being profitable.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the Union and you will go a lot farther. 12hrs of work for 8hrs of pay isn't really the best way to treat your salary employees and the mandatory overtime is no fun. better planning on your part would go along ways to employee satisfaction.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Carries a lot of legacy from Boeing

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

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it is a well structured company with very nice people to work with from shop floors, engineering, IT, supply chain management, etc.. If you know the subject, you can work with people very well to implement your new ideas and people will respect you. You can learn a lot from metal to composite and other stuffs.

    Cons

    each position is well defined and because of job security, you are not expected to cross the line to other's turfs. because of high rate demand and quality improvement, it is hard to implement new technologies at the productions, except if it is driven by the productions.

    Advice to Management

    all managers I know are very good and supportive. and they are trying their best to do their job but they are very much stressed out because of current high demand on their jobs.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Sheet Metal Assembly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Assembler in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Assembler in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

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

    Pros

    Good Health Insurance. Thats really all that good with this company is there insurance probably because you will have injuries working for this company because they work you to death

    Cons

    HORRIBLE PLACE to work at. They treat you like a statistic. You nothing but a number. They do not care about you at all. If you work to slow they will write you up. The pay isn't very good either

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  5. Well-paid and good benefit in Wichita (KS) campus

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Composite Mechanic in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Composite Mechanic in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Health insurance is awesome for you and your family.
    Vacation and sick leave hours are pretty much and helpful for those who need time to do any unexpected works at home.

    Cons

    The company does not invest much for buying new tools.
    The 3rd shift is not efficient because many employees walk around and hanging out together all night long.

    Advice to Management

    The manager of 3rd shift should supervise the employees more to ensure the working time is not wasted by them.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Caution Advised

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Tech in Kinston, NC

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Steady work, Overtime helps pay the bills.

    Cons

    New type of manufacturing to the area, Low wages, Poor training, High expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Get out with the Boeing mentality and get on board with the Airbus mentality.

  7. Its not all its cracked up to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benfits
    Pay is not bad

    Cons

    A disconnect between managers and workers
    Hard to get promoted

    Advice to Management

    Be more connected to your employees, ask them if a change is working and see if there are any changes that could be made.

  8. Middle Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is the largest employer in the area, has good benefits, and challenging work. Pay is lower than market for managers.

    Cons

    Lots of problems with silo'd departments each out for their own benefit and not working toward the good of the company. A lot of entrenched managers who think they know it all. Very Operations centered, Theory X, scientific management styles. They don't put much effort into developing leadership, because they tend to hire from the outside.

    Advice to Management

    Develop better recruiting and employee retention systems. Recruiting is horrible, at least for lower level positions. Applicants must feel like they get sucked into a black hole, with no information flowing out. Development and succession planning is very immature. Most people don't know if they have a career path or what it is for them. IT was downsized a few years ago, and they've lost a lot of capability that is really holding the company back. More integration of IT systems is needed.

  9. Engineering Intern

    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    Good pay for interns. Good access to learn programs not available at many universities.

    Cons

    I was placed in the opposite of the field I was promised in my interview. Had to complain to HR to get correct assignment.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to help your intern out...

  10. Great Place to Work

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

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Room to grow, they encourage growth within the company, great benefits, paid vacation time even for interns, fascinating company to work for.

    Cons

    Trying to pursue new ideas often get turned down by management because of return on investment time. Leadership is secretive about the future direction the company is going.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees in order to avoid unproductivity among workers

  11. Helpful (3)

    Unorganized, lousy pay, worst management team I have ever seen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Kinston, NC
    Former Employee - Crew Leader in Kinston, NC

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get paid every two weeks.

    Cons

    Most workers are hired off the street to build aerostructures and the closest they have ever gotten to an airplane is the time one flew over their house. The QA department is made up of meat inspectors from the local meat packing plants and have no idea as to what quality aerospace work looks like, much less how it is done. The few experienced people that do have are not considered for a position in management because knowledgeable people are a threat to upper management jobs. The most popular qualification for becoming a member of management here at the Kinston, N.C. site is experience in making hot dogs, you can't make this stuff up, I am being serious. We refer to our managers as "wiener slingers" because that is the only thing that they are truly good at.

    Then there is the union. The company allowed to IAM to waltz right through the front door and pretty much take over. The union now forces the company to keep on people who come in drunk and/or high on drugs. I have seen people, including members of management, get suspended 3 or 4 times for being drunk on the job before being fired. FYI: only hourly workers are fired for such conduct, not managers, they are reprimanded and sent home for a few days. The union also negotiated away a very generous matching 401K plan in which we were 100% vested in from day one of employment in favor of a retirement plan that pays a whopping $0.35 an hour into a union sponsored retirement fund. Top pay had no ceiling before the union, but was negotiated down to $18.50 per hour with a whole $0.50 per year pay raise guaranteed each year until you reach the $18.50 mark. Spirit claims to pay competitive wages for the area. They are honest about that part. They pay about the same as Lowes and Lenox China, but they pay about half what Mt. Air Cargo pays, which is right next door. sadly, the security guards make about the same as the production makes.

    All in all it is a poorly run company that is in deep trouble if someone does not wake up and realize that their current business model is a blueprint for complete and udder failure. Incompetency runs rampant from the top, all the way down to the low man on the totem pole. These reasons are why i am soon leaving with my 23 years experience and going to work at The Cherry Point rework facility and hour away.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management? Get rid of the 99.9% of the managers that only have just enough sense to keep from crapping in their pants and promote the good people from the floor that have experience in building this stuff and have displayed good leadership qualities. But you will not do that because if your in upper management and your reading this, you probably fall right into the wiener slinger (Kinston) or burger flipper (Wichita) category and don't have the mental capacity to comprehend what is written here.

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