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Bell Helicopter Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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Pros
  • The pay and benefits were acceptable, (in 20 reviews)

  • Good pay; good brand reputation; innovative designs and products; friendly people; on-site cafeteria if you forget your lunch; (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • I was able to get our engine shop Transport Canada approved, but in the end BHT upper management made a strategy change and it never came to life fully (in 14 reviews)

  • No job security and too many political games (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good Pay - No Promotions Unless You're 1 of 30 Employees"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bell Helicopter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay; good brand reputation; innovative designs and products; friendly people; on-site cafeteria if you forget your lunch;

    Cons

    Healthcare costs passed to employees are too high; promotions are scarce unless you are one of the 30 "golden boys" that get shuffled around a lot; they emphasize the "talent pipeline" which appears to have a leak and good people leave; too many levels of politics/red tape; unstable with layoffs (2011-2015);

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your employees and do something to retain the good talent. Stop with the nut and shell games of moving the sample people around and cultivate your employees.


  2. "Lack of Diversity and Growth Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative products and services.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity in company.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit and retain diverse talent. Eliminate the good ole boy network.

  3. "Alright Place"

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work schedule, that's about it.

    Cons

    Layoffs which had a large effect

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting but limited place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bell Helicopter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people are good to work with. Opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility and method of performance reviews generate a toxic environment. Good employees leave to grow their careers where they are respected and they are of value. Strong emphasis on hiring millennials not people who have the experience to fit the job responsibilities. Not a place to work for the faint of heart or with thin skin.

    Advice to Management

    Hold employees accountable, stop favoritism over talent, ask yourself why people are really leaving without the gloss put on so you feel better.


  5. "Avionics Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piney Flats, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piney Flats, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bell Helicopter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management, pay, benefits, company culture

    Cons

    Senior management overruling mid level management.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within the company


  6. "Good company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Arlington, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bell Helicopter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot's of opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the big business environment.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not to bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bell Helicopter full-time

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were acceptable,

    Cons

    To many chiefs and not enough indians.

  8. "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Flight Control Engineer in Hurst, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Flight Control Engineer in Hurst, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bell Helicopter full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You have a freedom to learn several cutting edge electro mechanical systems. If you like this field, this is a good and stable company for you.

    Cons

    As like several other aerospace companies, the path here is slow. You are looking to spend at least 5 years on a single program.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ton of learning opportunity for those who are there to learn/work.

    Cons

    Way too much gossip, tearing people down....

    Advice to Management

    Train people to work while at work and to save the tongue wagging for their families.


  10. "Aerospace Logistics Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bell Helicopter full-time

    Pros

    Logistics groups is very close and family oriented.

    Cons

    Promotions without extra pay happens often


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