Spirit AeroSystems
2.7 of 5 85 reviews
www.spiritaero.com Wichita, KS 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 10, 2014

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Larry Lawson

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39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good people to work with, good benefits and work conditions"
    in 8 reviews
  • "The company provides good pay and benefits"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "upper management do not know how to take care of the employees"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Management has no idea what they're doing, communication is practically non-existent, too often i feel left in the dark"
    in 3 reviews
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Great environment, and overall place to work

Intern (Former Employee)
Wichita, KS

I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time for less than a year

ProsInteraction with your coworkers is conductive to working, easy to get along with most people, jobs get done well and the attitude is positive for the most part. If your outgoing, this is a great place to work. Laid back environment but still get work done.

ConsNeed to be buddies with someone higher then you to move up. Some people/groups complain about workload while others do nothing so distribution of workforce may be lacking.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent pay and good benefits but if you're over 50, you're on your way out

Support Organization (Former Employee)
Wichita, KS

I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time for more than 5 years

ProsTypical employment cycle for an aerospace company: either lots of hiring or lots of layoffs. Work load is manageable for the most part, depending on your organization. Nice benefits and salaries are good for the area (although lower than many aerospace companies elsewhere). Generally nice coworkers.

ConsUneven management, many first-line managers in over their heads as they struggle to maintain schedules and reduce costs. Spirit had a good record avoiding layoffs until about six months ago. A new line of leadership has been given the mandate to cut costs any way they can -- and that includes getting rid of more expensive older employees, many of whom are legacy Boeing holdovers. Lots of expertise going out the door. Company is on shaky financial ground despite a solid production backlog.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork to rebuild employee morale and resist the temptation to look only at short-term results at the expense of building a solid, talented workforce.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Spirit AeroSystems ?

Procurement Agent III (Former Employee)
Wichita, KS

I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsHad the pleasure to work with a great core of people.

ConsSenior Management was not upfront and truthful to their employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on your people skills NOW!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Be very cautious.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Wichita, KS

I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time for more than 8 years

ProsOppportunity to work in a major aerospace manufacturer

ConsTremendous pressure and major fluctuations in management direction.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Down hill ever since the divestiture. Not sure where the bottom lies.

Engineering (Current Employee)
Wichita, KS

I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time for more than 5 years

ProsInteresting work and products. Some good people to work with. Company could be positioned in the market for a stable, profitable future if it can overcome past and current problems.

ConsCulture mostly one of every-man-for-themselves. Very little teamwork and no coordination across enterprise. Organizations work to achieve goals without regard to additional up- or downstream costs. Toxic work environment from recent financial troubles has been made worse by the new leadership adding in fear, mistrust and intimidation.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate. Pick a strategy and stick to it. People will work harder if they have some idea of the company strategy and how they can help. View employees as an asset to achieve goals instead of viewing them as the cause of past trouble.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Worked as design engineer.

Design Engineer (Former Employee)
Wichita, KS

I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPeople are friendly around. There are opportinities to improve qulification by getting different free classes and courses. The process of designing is pretty smoothy, almost never had sitiation with meeting dedlines.

ConsReally difficult to get any promotions or raises. Managment treat all members of team equaly, no matter if you are lazy or hard-worker the salary system is the same to everybody. I didn't find for myself any future carrer growth or hope for better salary one day.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good People Good Opportunities, but a chaotic atmosphere of late

Operations (Current Employee)
Kinston, NC

I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgood opportunity to develop
strong technical foundation
industry growth
great place to enter Aerospace industry
Decent Pay
Decent Benefits including insurance, 401K etc….

ConsLack of transparency with senior leadership
Gaps in critical skill-sets specifically in support functions
lack of experience in lower level management
Little stability in company direction driven by excessive changes in senior leadership roles
customer confidence is beginning to deteriorate

Advice to Senior ManagementNarrow your scope and focus on a select few of the major issues. We cannot fight a battle on every front.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great opportunity for advancement

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time

Prosgreat money, climate controlled, great co-workers

Conslong hours, tight spaces, bad management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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very good work environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

Prosgood pay, a lot of work

Consmanagement needs improvement in many areas

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Wonderful development opportunity for beginning Industrial Engineers

Logistics Optimization Consultant (Former Employee)
Wichita, KS

I worked at Spirit AeroSystems as a contractor for more than a year

ProsThey desperately need optimization projects

ConsImplementing efficiency improvement projects is slow-going

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more Operations Research Analysts

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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