Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. salary raises were frozen for 3 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    closed down week of Christmas

    Cons

    always laying off employees if not in the union

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. Great pay and benefits, poor management.

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    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Stay away

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Okay job, work A TON

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    Current Employee - Bonder in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Bonder in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay fairly well for a job that doesn't require a higher education, amazing benefits (especially dental), union dues are fairly inexpensive

    Cons

    Work 60+ hours every other week

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employee's family time and social life. It's healthy

  7. Very busy enviroment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health care is the best I have seen in 10 years

    Cons

    Management seems to have no direction.

    Advice to Management

    Set a goal; outline any directions or restrictions

  8. Helpful (1)

    I was one of few managers who had truly worked my way up from the "floor", therefor I was viewed as a threat.

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If an hourly employee, you cannot beat the benefits. Finding health insurance like this anywhere else is the area has become impossible. This also means this will probably change soon. I was foolish and took a management role where I was viewed as a threat and they found a way to get rid of me. As an hourly worker, it is almost impossible for them to "get rid of you". In management, its a revolving door. STAY IN THE HOURLY WORKFORCE!!!!

    Cons

    Management is hit and miss. Some are great while others are absolutely horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, nothing good is going to come and all managers know it. This new CEO has targets and goals and they will be met and no one will stop him. Even if it means completely dismantling the company piece by piece to squeeze every dollar out of every share he can get. Even his senior team that he has brought in from outside the company fear being called to his office and these are seasoned executives. This company went from having a CEO who was driven by the value of employees and what they do for the company to a CEO who has a goal of per quarter share value at all cost.

    Many employees with valuable knowledge and experience are jumping off this ship like rats off a sinking ship. I even know one employee (experienced engineer) who they let go because "they were no longer needed" who they called back to work because they were lost in that dept without her. After being back 2 months, she quit because the environment had become so toxic. Everyone was working job scared, sharpening their resumes, and feared for their job everyday. The culture has gone down the toilet with this new CEO. Until this changes, and if in time (before the company is dismantled), the company culture will continue to decline.

  9. Good employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quarterly raises to account for inflation, shift difference, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about really.

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

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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