Spirit AeroSystems

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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
113 Reviews
2.8
113 Reviews
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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
  • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent pay and good benefits but if you're over 50, you're on your way out

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    Former Employee - Support Organization  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Support Organization in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Typical employment cycle for an aerospace company: either lots of hiring or lots of layoffs. Work load is manageable for the most part, depending on your organization. Nice benefits and salaries are good for the area (although lower than many aerospace companies elsewhere). Generally nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Uneven management, many first-line managers in over their heads as they struggle to maintain schedules and reduce costs. Spirit had a good record avoiding layoffs until about six months ago. A new line of leadership has been given the mandate to cut costs any way they can -- and that includes getting rid of more expensive older employees, many of whom are legacy Boeing holdovers. Lots of expertise going out the door. Company is on shaky financial ground despite a solid production backlog.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to rebuild employee morale and resist the temptation to look only at short-term results at the expense of building a solid, talented workforce.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Spirit AeroSystems ?

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    Former Employee - Procurement Agent III  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent III in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Had the pleasure to work with a great core of people.

    Cons

    Senior Management was not upfront and truthful to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on your people skills NOW!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be very cautious.

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

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Oppportunity to work in a major aerospace manufacturer

    Cons

    Tremendous pressure and major fluctuations in management direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Down hill ever since the divestiture. Not sure where the bottom lies.

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    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Engineering in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and products. Some good people to work with. Company could be positioned in the market for a stable, profitable future if it can overcome past and current problems.

    Cons

    Culture mostly one of every-man-for-themselves. Very little teamwork and no coordination across enterprise. Organizations work to achieve goals without regard to additional up- or downstream costs. Toxic work environment from recent financial troubles has been made worse by the new leadership adding in fear, mistrust and intimidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate. Pick a strategy and stick to it. People will work harder if they have some idea of the company strategy and how they can help. View employees as an asset to achieve goals instead of viewing them as the cause of past trouble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Worked as design engineer.

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are friendly around. There are opportinities to improve qulification by getting different free classes and courses. The process of designing is pretty smoothy, almost never had sitiation with meeting dedlines.

    Cons

    Really difficult to get any promotions or raises. Managment treat all members of team equaly, no matter if you are lazy or hard-worker the salary system is the same to everybody. I didn't find for myself any future carrer growth or hope for better salary one day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People Good Opportunities, but a chaotic atmosphere of late

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    Current Employee - Operations  in  Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Operations in Kinston, NC

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

    Pros

    good opportunity to develop
    strong technical foundation
    industry growth
    great place to enter Aerospace industry
    Decent Pay
    Decent Benefits including insurance, 401K etc….

    Cons

    Lack of transparency with senior leadership
    Gaps in critical skill-sets specifically in support functions
    lack of experience in lower level management
    Little stability in company direction driven by excessive changes in senior leadership roles
    customer confidence is beginning to deteriorate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Narrow your scope and focus on a select few of the major issues. We cannot fight a battle on every front.

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

    great opportunity for advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time

    Pros

    great money, climate controlled, great co-workers

    Cons

    long hours, tight spaces, bad management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    very good work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems

    Pros

    good pay, a lot of work

    Cons

    management needs improvement in many areas

  10.  

    Wonderful development opportunity for beginning Industrial Engineers

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    Former Employee - Logistics Optimization Consultant  in  Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Logistics Optimization Consultant in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    They desperately need optimization projects

    Cons

    Implementing efficiency improvement projects is slow-going

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more Operations Research Analysts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Pushed Out

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

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

    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

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