Spirit AeroSystems

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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
116 Reviews

2.7
116 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, including tuition reimbursement (got an MBA paid for) (in 14 reviews)

  • Good pay, including overtime for Exempt positions (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management not very good at communicating, no loyalty to staff (in 9 reviews)

  • The work environment at Spirit is no longer a "healthy" environment in any way (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Caught my boss looking at porn on someone else's computer.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    A lot of very good employees that are very very good workers. Good benefits. Paid time off.

    Cons

    Management stinks. Do as I say, not as I do. Management underbid every one of their new contracts. Didn't have a clue what they were doing. Now we are paying the price for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out managers that play out their sexual fantasies with subordinates. I know you know about this crap. HR just looks the other way. I figure most of HR are doing it also. The ship is sinking!

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away if you value your career!

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Engineering in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, flexible schedule, paid time off

    Cons

    I don't even know where to begin. Spirit is the most dysfunctional insane asylum I've ever seen. If you are a young talented professional, look elsewhere! If you are crotchety and worthless, this might be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves, you deserve it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are looking for a career in the Aerospace industry stay away from this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    Largest employer in Wichita, Ks, most co-workers are nice but severely overworked, underpaid, and fearful of their job and company future.

    Cons

    The company is like a ship without a rudder. Executive leadership has short term vision which impacts business decisions. This results in repeated layoffs of experienced employees, financial losses, and increased workload, stress and turmoil for the remaining workforce. I would not recommend working for or investing in this company until a new leadership team is hired to work with employees to correct the management culture and build a long term stategic plan that is realistic, profitable and beneficial for employees and investors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a new leadership team to work with employees for the future well being of the company. Stop laying off experienced workers to cover for bad business decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate strategy not congruent with long term individual growth, financially, or through experience.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Manager in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    Before current management, Spirit was a great place to be creative, innovative, and productive. Used to be an excellent place to learn several facets of the business. I became very well-rounded in my tenure there as a manager.

    Cons

    New management has eliminated creativity in exchange for dumbing down processes, which in turn drives down wages. This has been consistent throughout the value stream and forces key players to leave the company. Pay is not competitive to similar jobs in local area. Expectations are not clear from upper management, and has driven bad behaviors at middle management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate the plan. The plan currently is not clear, concise, and in my opinion this is intentional. The key to performance is employee engagement. The business model currently in use is cannot be long-term, as there is virtually no information shared, so many in middle management are left to interpret what intent "might" be in lieu of an actual Mission Statement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Pushed Out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    Large Backlog of Boeing Orders will keep the doors open.

    Cons

    If you are too old and or making too much money they will drop you in a heart beat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't keep hiring 2 for 1's. Namely, you can't expect to replace someone with 30 years experience with 2 "young guns" off of the street. The math doesn't work. Look at your latest 587 million loss for example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Extremely weak in meeting customer requirements and expectations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    To few to mention to give any credibility to their organization

    Cons

    To many to mention that I'd look like a complainer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conformance to requirements is not optional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Graphic Artist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

    Pros

    Good benefits. Their was some good leadership years ago. No more! Can't believe how far down Spirit has gone.

    Cons

    Leadership is only interested in their own golden parachute, while the company go's to hell.
    Lots of managers having improper relationships with subordinates. HR department thinks that no big deal. Its OK until the subordinate starts rubbing your nose in it. Spirit is a hell hole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop dead!

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible said we would be trained and didn't would of loved staying there

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    Former Employee - Expidite  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Expidite in Tulsa, OK

    Pros

    pay was good and travel money given

    Cons

    management and buyers they were awful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to new hires when they know what is going on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Headed to bankruptcy and taking everyone down with it

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    Former Employee - Procurement Agent  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Tulsa, OK

    Pros

    Benefits were good, salary was competitive. This is a good place to learn about the aerospace industry, but understand ahead of time that no one will teach you- you have to figure it out on your own.

    Cons

    Terribly mismanaged from top to bottom. The company is penny-wise, pound foolish. They denied me $5 in airport parking reimbursement and on the same day, I had to deal with $50,000 in scrapped parts on the production floor. There was no penalty to the shop floor worker who mis-drilled the parts because a few weeks later, he did it a second time to the tune of $20,000. Office workers are over worked and understaffed and those who haven't been laid off in recent months are expected to pick up the work load of those who were let go. I expected the layoffs to cut loose some of the dead weight around the company (and there was and is a lot of dead weight) but instead it appears management just targeted anyone over age 50 to fire regardless of their effectiveness, work ethic or contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I tried for years to offer ideas to improve productivity but the organization is so mired in inertia that very little will ever change. I'm ecstatic I was able to find a better job and leave before the layoffs hit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sad times at this company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK

    Pros

    Great pay! Great experience for a resume.
    Site is up for sale. Hopefully, new owners will be more employee focused.

    Cons

    Goals and metrics change every time the upper management changes. Those changes have become more often and more often. Sometimes 2 and 3 times in a year.
    Too much is decided at the 30,000 foot level with no concept or research into what it takes to implement across the organization or the effect on the enterprise as a whole.
    No job security on the salaried employee side. Not even after 15, 20 or 30 years with the company. The whim of someone you've never met could land you out the door.
    All in all, it adds up to a very high stress work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more value into your long term employees. Consider that they might actually know something you don't even realize and already be doing the right thing without being told.
    Insist on going back to procedures across all organisations regardless of customer supported.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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