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Bell Helicopter Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • upper Management at the time I was there just cared about the bottom line not his team (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Know your role"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work overall. Great people and decent pay.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Alot of OT without concern of employees getting worn out.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your actions and stand up for decisions you make.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity, poor bedside manner"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Hurst, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Hurst, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun technological challenges to solve, strong history and broad-ish product base to provide diversity, good opportunities for ground-up designs from scratch though there is a lot of building on legacy programs too.

    Cons

    Too much in-fighting between departments instead of collaboration and "we're on the same team" feel. Had a strong sense that employees were not valued as people but as producers.

    Advice to Management

    Build trust and a culture of collaboration and you will blow away the barriers to progress.

  3. "Test Lab Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Hurst, TX
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Hurst, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lets be honest, aerospace is one of the coolest industries a engineer can work in.

    Cons

    Depending on your work mentality you may find yourself annoyed with lack of work/ projects available at a given time. However this is the aerospace industry which is very cyclical. There is always opportunities to help somewhere else within the company but you may have to go out and search for it.


  4. "Friendly Place"

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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 part-time

    Pros

    People are Extremely nice and usually very competent

    Cons

    The company doesn't have very high salary compared to the amount of knowledge making helicopters require


  5. "Good company, good benefits, ok salary. Work rate is dictated by the market."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment
    Holiday time off

    Cons

    Strong union
    Mixed direction from management


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People were close knit and helpful

    Cons

    Processes were a bit impeding


  7. "One Bell"

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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

    Great product, work life balance, and the ability to change for the future.

    Cons

    Markets changes yearly and the possibilities of layoffs from contracts exist is most aerospace companies

  8. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer III in Hurst, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Hurst, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bell Helicopter full-time

    Pros

    Allot to learn and doing really great things going on.

    Cons

    you will only get to work on the great things if you are in the right group and right clique


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bell Helicopter"

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

    I worked at Bell Helicopter full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work. Pay is ok. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management is self absorbed. No real advancement opportunities.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer not able to do actual engineering"

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    Former Employee - Drive Systems Design Engineer in Hurst, TX
    Former Employee - Drive Systems Design Engineer in Hurst, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unique products to design that demand the highest level of precision. Massive machine shop just down the road so you can actually be hands on with what you are designing along with seeing the finished product.

    Cons

    Other than defense contractor companies being very cyclical in their need of employees? Poorly implemented product design management software puts too much demand on a design engineer to fill in the boxes to questions that are not relevant to design engineers therefore the majority of your time is spent contacting the people that should be filling in those boxes and not spent doing design work. Actually, at lower levels, the design is already done by upper engineers; you're only needed to be a CAD tech/ paperwork pusher. Much more clerical than engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize LEAN manufacturing techniques to improve the ECR/ECO process in ENOVIA and reduce the massive amount of time it takes for an engineer to use it. Include the lower level engineers in the actual design! Let us work the math and understand the layout process.


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