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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Larry Lawson
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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, easy work in a climate controlled building

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structure Mechanic in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Structure Mechanic in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Easy aviation manufacturing work, the majority of which is done in a climate controlled building. Union labor

    Cons

    The tuition reimbursement program could use some help at the sister locations. Union Labor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing ok as of now

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Confusion

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

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    People working there were good people.

    Cons

    TThere was lack of leadership and training. I have never experienced a company that you point out a problem with the process and they acknowledge that its a problem and then do nothing but complain about it rather than fix it. Total lack of professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit changing vendors to save a nickel when it cost you dollars in the long run. Address the internal problems before you start trying to run your suppliers business for them.

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

    Is a wonderful place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Composite Mechanic in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Composite Mechanic in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for Spirit. Wages were good.

    Cons

    Need to have grievances more timely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty typical corporate environment....just a number

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay, flexible schedule, some good people

    Cons

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Kinston, NC

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

    Pros

    New product and first flight.

    Cons

    Management, opportunities, employee opinion, and salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Started out positive and team oriented. Sadly changed direction proving a hostile work environment for employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Great benefits - insurance, vacation, discount memberships.

    Cons

    A lot of distrust of upper management and the office world. Focus has shifted from quality work to just keeping shareholders happy. Moving to 'X' theory managing style, from what used to be a collaborative of team work between management, office, and shop floor world. Pressure from upper management to lower management to put blame of $$$ problems on the worker bees through false accusations, reviews, etc. Morale is very low in the office world these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect and dignity. They are on the floor doing the day to day work and continue to have valuable input. Sometimes, a hit needs to be taken to protect the quality of work and reputation of the company not just pass the blame. Covering up the problem, pretending it doesn't exist will not keep even shareholders happy in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance Manager

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

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    Not any pros at this time.

    Cons

    Finance 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Keep your eyes open for more stable employment

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learning new tech with good people

    Cons

    Poor management, never know when you will be laid off, good ole boys club, The French run the show, not Spirit management. Meetings for everything, reassurance means nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How does management progress while workers get laid off?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer II in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer II in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Flexible 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)

    Cons

    Bureacuracy 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 ManagementAdvice

    Create 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good job for right out of college but very conservative culture

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

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more open, loosen up, do more group bonding activities (within reason)

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