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Beechcraft Reviews

Updated January 23, 2017
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Pros
  • really good people to work with (in 6 reviews)

  • Great company overall in the olden days (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Mid/senior and senior management are disconnected from the workforce and completely oblivious to the customer needs (in 3 reviews)

  • Management was clueless to the real world of aerospace (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A&P Mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work on a variety of Aircraft

    Cons

    Lots of OT that is needed


  2. "Sr. Contracts Negotiator"

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    Former Employee - Senior Contracts Negotiator in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Contracts Negotiator in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beechcraft (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and working conditions.

    Cons

    They're not certain if they want to be an aircraft company or not. They certainly don't want to be a defense company.

    Advice to Management

    They already know it all.


  3. "Irrelevant to Aerospace"

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    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Specialist in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Specialist in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beechcraft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Met some nice people. Buildings were warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Restaurants were handy for lunch.

    Cons

    Management was clueless to the real world of aerospace. Products were inferior to the needs of the flying world. The constant attempts to get the US Government to buy an "off the shelf ground support aircraft" drained company resources. The proposal didn't even begin to meet the requirements of the government RFQ. Senior Management was bloated and salaries were beyond what the market value of their contributions were worth.

    Advice to Management

    Become aggressive with your marketing. DOn't wait for customers to come to you because your historically based name means nothing to new pilots or even seasoned pilots.


  4. "Good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Wichita, KS

    I worked at Beechcraft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Immediate management, Work Life is OK, Access to airplanes, Benefits were a Pro until the company slowly took away benefits. Great company overall in the olden days.

    Cons

    Too much change. Multiple ownerships. Always driving to bring up value of company in order to sell. Once was a great place to work with the best product in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Don't mess with things that work. Reward employees where its earned. Stop advancing people in order to get them out of a position that they are not good at.


  5. "Quality Assurance Inspector"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Inspector in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Inspector in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Training and knowledge advancement. Being able to work with different companies and government personnel.

    Cons

    there is stress in the many dissensions that are need on a daily bases.

    Advice to Management

    Know what your team is capable of doing.


  6. "team leader"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beechcraft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    the people in the company

    Cons

    short term don't plan on staying long


  7. "Hawker Beechcraft"

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    Former Employee - Sheetmetal Assembly in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Sheetmetal Assembly in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beechcraft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Team Work
    Opportunity to advance
    Salary
    Benefits

    Cons

    Outsourcing and having the workers rework what was either installed wrong or damaged due to lack of their sheetmetal experience.


  8. "Proven product lines"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated workers. Making the most of quality and the customer experience.

    Cons

    Market slowly coming back. New owners will make product improvements.

    Advice to Management

    New owners will make the company stronger.


  9. "Beechcraft"

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    Current Employee - Airframe Engineer I in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Airframe Engineer I in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Beechcraft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Less pressure, good environment to start engineering career

    Cons

    lacking of training and instruction

    Advice to Management

    stop selling company after every 2 years to earn profit.


  10. "Team Leader 1"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader I in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Team Leader I in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beechcraft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast moving pace, opportunity to learn a lot about various aspects of the company, production line and the aviation line.

    Cons

    Very thankless job. Work long hours, lots of stress with little chance of advancement, pay raise or bonus. Expected to strive for change (Lean, 5S, 6S, Kaizen), but not allowed to fully implement the ideals. Learn a lot, but at a high cost.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to communicate, listen to underlings, and follow through on promises.


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