Spirit AeroSystems

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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
127 Reviews
2.9
127 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good, but management rapidly changing & importance of employees declining.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits & salaries. upward mobility possible. Employee base is experienced, with a lot of good people.

    Cons

    Lots of new management, often from companies in unrelated fields &/or companies that are failing. General impression given to employees is that they are "plug & play". It appears that the latest CEO is following a policy he used in other companies of reducing direct work force by 10% annually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start appreciating the skilled work force you have before you lose it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Has been a roller coaster up and down, a lot of rumors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bonder in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Bonder in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    raises 25 cents a quarter, $1 a year, great benefits and insurance. Cost of living check annually, 1% raise one year and 3% the next, alternates annually. Environment controlled work area and have the local UAW backing you.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted within the company, managers are clueless when it comes to how to build and the process in building the parts. They aren't hired for experience in aerospace, but for having management experience just about anywhere, employees refer to some of them as burger flippers. The higher up the chain you go the worse it gets. Great job of you don't mind doing the same thing day in day out. Asked manager several times to be moved to learn how to build parts for different aircrafts, ad never once was I cross trained in the many different areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees they are the ones that see what goes on daily and treat them respectively or they will make your life much harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Contract IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Technician in Tulsa, OK

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    Predictable work order, decent work hours.

    Cons

    lack in growth potential in fixed contract position. Contract changes may create an unstable employee outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This has been an area of significant restructuring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Just Another Big Aerospace Company

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

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work environment, good people.

    Cons

    Managment strategy was all over the place. Was laid off as a pawn in a scheme to eliminate employees with high healthcare expenses. Was asked to come back to my old job with no raise or anything 7 months later. I declined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a strategy. Don't illegally lay people off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ok to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - First Level Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - First Level Manager in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits to keep you motivated

    Cons

    Long hours and family life isn't the best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    sealer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CO1 in Kinston, NC
    Former Employee - CO1 in Kinston, NC

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time

    Pros

    I loved working there every was grate

    Cons

    I have on cons this was the best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Underestimated contract requirements and overestimated capacity, resulting in always being 'behind the eight ball'.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Production Specialist in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Quality Production Specialist in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were always pretty good compared to other companies in industry and area.

    Cons

    Due to early management / contract decisions, very poor life/work balance. Middle management, particularly, worked like dogs, resulting in many turnovers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive for better life / work balance for employees, and listen to their improvement suggestions. It will pay dividends in the long run. Need more realistic expectations on new programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Large aviation manafacturing

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

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    Change, Change, Change, if that's your desire

    Cons

    Chaos at due to cultural and professional climate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting because of gender is handicapping effectivity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work but it is not a company I would want to make a career with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, Culture, Team Focused effort, A lot of training.

    Cons

    Management, Hours, Union and Company do not Communicate very well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers do not seem to understand the jobs they are overseeing

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great work life balance but some issures

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

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    People are really friendly, and its a great environment to work in. I gained a lot of experience from this job too. overall it was generally a great experience.

    Cons

    There's not a good relationship between floor personnel and engineers. and it can seem a bit bureaucratic also.

    Recommends

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