Spirit AeroSystems

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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
140 Reviews
2.7
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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.  

    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)

    Pros

    Steady work, Overtime helps pay the bills.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    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

    Pros

    Good benfits
    Pay is not bad

    Cons

    A disconnect between managers and workers
    Hard to get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Leadership was very inexperienced and seemed to be trying to ruin company that was being built up in Kinston NC.

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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

    Pros

    There are not any Pros that can be said for this company at the location in Kinston NC.

    Cons

    Many.. Managers and up seemed to not know what they were doing. All of the departments worked against each other and management would not back up employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure leadership and get rid of all those that got sent from KS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Ability to flex your time and make your own hours in the salary would. But beware before you are "stuck" because of high pay.

    Cons

    Where to begin? I have worked in supply chain at Spirit for 7+ years. The company has changed so much since I started. Due to so many bad decisions after the split from Boeing that continue to lose the company money Spirit is cash poor. The last couple years the new upper management has tried to better this with layoffs and early retirement offers. So many people have left that the rest of us are drowning with work. And more keeps being piled on by micro-managers who don't care to understand. Each organization is trying to meet their individual budgets so everyone literally wants to pass the buck. The "one team, one Spirit" motto doesn't hold true. Everyone is out to cover their own backs and doesn't look at the whole picture because of unrealistic expectations. Management does not care about the happiness of the employees. And most do not understand the business they are trying to run. People are constantly thrown under the bus at Spirit. Employees are blocked by their management from taking internal transfers that they want. I wouldn't recommend working out there to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees. Try to learn the area you are managing. Care about the happiness of employees and the career paths they want to take.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    salary raises were frozen for 3 years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    closed down week of Christmas

    Cons

    always laying off employees if not in the union

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Middle Management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great pay and benefits, poor management.

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

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Some good people.

    Cons

    Company values are almost only based on profit. Allot of the union people don't mind their own business, always concerned about when someone else is doing, mainly because management has forced them against each other comparing their performance to each other. Personal growth is non-existent unless you take advantage of their tuition reimbursement program. Some areas in the machine shop are great to work for, other areas have people who are hard to work with. If you haven't been with the company more than 5 years your opinion doesn't hardly matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your young professionals as well as your seasoned professionals. Make some standards that everyone has to follow. Go see what is happening on the shop floor instead of trying to figure it out on your computer screens. Make your ethics and values just as important as profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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