Spirit AeroSystems
2.7 of 5 100 reviews
www.spiritaero.com Wichita, KS 5000+ Employees

Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
Spirit AeroSystems – Tulsa – “Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.”

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2.7 100 reviews

                             

31% Approve of the CEO

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Larry Lawson

(13 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good pay, including overtime for Exempt positions"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Good people to work with, good benefits and work conditions"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management not very good at communicating, no loyalty to staff"
    in 8 reviews
  • "All in all, it adds up to a very high stress work environment"
    in 3 reviews
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot any pros at this time.

    ConsFinance does not do a very good job of promoting within.
    It is not what you know but who you know to get ahead.
    Have to identifed 15% of emoployees each year as not meeting expectations, even if they all are accomplishing the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty typical corporate environment....just a number

    Procurement Agent (Former Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    ProsPay, flexible schedule, some good people

    ConsBeing just a number, office culture, terrible on-campus food

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    Good for Entry-level or Management/Directors, all others avoid.

    Stress Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    ProsFlexible Working hours (for engineers, at least)
    Good health benefits
    Good 401k match
    Good entry level time off & pay
    Great place for engineering contractors (Chaos = Cash)

    ConsBureacuracy is ridiculous here; if you're hoping to change things here, stay away
    Hiring process is flawed. Credentials are everything, and capability is nothing.* (ex. below)
    HR treats people as a resource, not as a person. Working at Spirit - you are a part in the machine that can be replaced very easily.
    Pay flattens out very quickly (2-3% raises, not 4-5% inflation)
    Obtaining your next level raise is extremely hard
    Your manager is the key to your career - if they look after you, you're golden. If not, you will stagnate in pay and opportunities.
    'Good ole boys' organization. If you're in with a director or executive, you'll fly up the ranks. If not, you won't be able to climb up the ladder.
    Time off is ETO - No sick leave - If you're sick you're using vacation
    Does not promote within (or even outside) team. You are a resource to be tapped until they cannot get any more from you.
    Teams work against one another, not with one another. Transferring within the organization takes an act from the VP.
    Personal growth within the organization is entirely upon your manager. If your manager likes you, they will provide training to you. If not, you're stuck.
    If you are on a development program, you will be asked to work 45+ hours. Hope you like overtime. (Contractors, congrats.)

    *Rather than promoting within the team, a manager was hired from outside the organization. (Recurring flaw) His qualifications mentioned he was a strong stress engineer, though he would be working at managing multiple facets of the organization, such as industrial, design, and many other aspects. He was a great stress guy (could tell you how thick to make a part) but he was horrible at managing people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a more open working environment where employees can move between teams
    Promote & train within the organization rather than promoting externally
    Rely on Chief Engineers to get the product right, and allow Managers to deal with personnel issues (promotion, training, etc.)
    Remove bureaucracy and allow workers to get things done; too many processes
    Institute a capabilities test to ensure that management is trained and experienced in handling personnel situations rather than simply hiring technical experts for management. Being a great engineer does not make you a great manager.
    Set more specific standards for achieving the next level and create opportunities for lower level engineers to grow into higher level technical or management roles.
    Institute a few sick days for employees. Too many employees come to work sick rather than sacrificing a vacation day, then the rest of the office comes in sick.
    I understand that HR is needed, but treating people with care rather than creating an envrionment of animosity.

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

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    It has been great to be part of a new plant and product start-up to produce.

    Quality Assurance (Current Employee)
    Kinston, NC

    ProsNew product and first flight.

    ConsManagement, opportunities, employee opinion, and salaries.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good job for right out of college but very conservative culture

    Procurement Agent (Current Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    ProsYou get a lot of exposure, interacting with all levels of employee (peers, management, senior management, executives), which is somewhat surprising for a huge company. Some jobs require a lot of travel, which as a young, single person can be a really great thing. Good benefits, including tuition reimbursement (got an MBA paid for). If you like change, this kind of company is a good fit--things, whether people or processes, are always changing.

    ConsVery conservative culture. If you're young, single, and especially, gay (oh my!), you may feel like the odd man/woman out. Most people are older and have families. So, it will take some real work to find "friends" at work. This may also depend on what department you work in. The marketers are probably much more open than operations or what have you. The work environment is very stressful, just due to the need to constantly be producing airplanes--anything that goes wrong could come back on you so it's high pressure to make sure this doesn't happen. At the time I was there, the transition from Boeing to Spirit was also somewhat fresh, and this meant you worked with a lot of people who were used to being Boeing and had been Boeing for 10, 20, 30 years. This makes your job difficult at times because people simply don't like change and aren't open to new ideas; you may hear "no" a lot or "that's how we've always done it," etc. Fighting against that can be exhausting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open, loosen up, do more group bonding activities (within reason)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Wichita, KS

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

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

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    Okay company to work for

    Logistical Support Technician (Current Employee)
    Tulsa, OK

    ProsGreat benefits and insurance, good co-workers

    Conswork way too much, management seems to not care

    Advice to Senior Managementquit acting like 20 year olds

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits but poor leadership.

    Supply Chain (Current Employee)
    Kinston, NC

    ProsNice co-workers and good benefits.

    ConsCompany has poor leadership and lacks forward vision.

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

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

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Wichita, KS

    ProsBefore 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.

    ConsNew 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 Senior ManagementCommunicate 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.

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

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    Mechanic (Current Employee)

    ProsSpirit has knowledgeable employees, some of which are very helpful when they want to be. 3 shifts so there is a shift that can fit any schedule.

    ConsEmployee's do not like working for the current managers. Also, Mandatory Overtime causes employee morale to decrease and the time allocated is wasted by employees sulking about the job. Employees do not really have the ability to quickly move into roles with more responsibility

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should learn more about the process of the job. Managers want to accomplish set goals but have no idea what goes into finishing each job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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