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Updated November 16, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be a bit tough (in 111 reviews)

  • Upper management detached from employees (in 100 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (20)

    "Material Process and Physics Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Materials, Process, & Physics Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Materials, Process, & Physics Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. They automatically put 3% of your salary into a 401k and you are fully vested right away. They then match the first 4% that you put in, and then they match 50% of your inputs up to 8%. So, if you put away 8% of your salary into your 401k, Boeing will put 9% of your salary into your 401k.

    Flexible work hours. This depends on your manager and your function, but there is the option to flex time. So, days when you have other things to do, you can work less and make it up later in the week.

    Education payment. After working with the company for a year, you can begin to take classes towards a college degree.

    Cons

    The work is not very challenging. If you are looking to work on the guts of cutting edge technology, Boeing is not the place for you. You may get to play with cool toys, but it is unlikely that you will develop it. Most work involves integrating systems into a manufacturing environment and defining functional requirements.

    There is way too much bureaucracy. It is extremely challenging to get anything done. Everyone needs to have a say and there is oftentimes a notion that something is not their statement of work, even though occasionally it is no one's defined statement of because of its novelty. So, there are instances where groups won't help you and also won't let you do it yourself.

    Too vertical of a company. There are way too many layers of management. There are so many managers that just manage managers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your engineers' advice and be able to accept bad news. There is a culture of providing BS to leadership because of arbitrary deadlines and the fear of saying no to a manager, even though their idea does not make any sense from a technical prospective. Leadership will lash out instead of understanding why there idea wouldn't be feasible.


  2. "HR Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The products and vision and ethical nature of the company

    Cons

    All large organizations have bureaucracy but Boeing has more than average is heavily bureaucratic

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Working for the premier giant of the industry.
    - We make really really cool stuff.
    - Work life balance is about as good as it gets, lots of flexibility.
       EX: I have a coworker who does only 2-3 hours at the office a day, the rest is done at
       home in the mornings and evenings so he can look after his kids before/after school.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Nearly impossible to get increase in salary based on talent or education.
    Only time matters, this retards any motivation for self improvement to get ahead.
    Ex: one of our Lvl 2's just finished his PHD, but cant get promoted to even a lvl 3.
    Ill say it this way: A PHD holder who only makes 69k a year, is really sad and demoralizing.
    It came as no surprise when he announced the other day that he is leaving for 'Better Opportunities'

    I've seen groups burn to the ground because management refused a reasonable pay bump to key members who up and left for other companies.

    The Boeing company is very VERY top heavy; too many execs come and go and their only contribution is to cut jobs and take a bonus for themselves.

    Do more with less is a real theme. Someone leaves or retires? Lets give their statement of work to whoever is left, but not offer an increase in pay.

    Advice to Management

    Your hemorrhaging vital talent all for temp short term gains to the company stock portfolio. It will have repercussions down the line when suddenly you have an army of lvl 2's and 3's who lack the skills that come from years of experience. You cant kick the can down the road just because you want to make your annual bonus.


  4. "Boeing"

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

    I worked at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, love the people and highly innovative company

    Cons

    Large organization with little vertical movement early on


  5. "Boeing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Customee Engineer in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Customee Engineer in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boeing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Generally good work environment.

    Cons

    Can be stubborn and slow to change at times


  6. "Hard work eventually pays off."

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    Current Employee - Assembler/Sub Assembler in Auburn, WA
    Current Employee - Assembler/Sub Assembler in Auburn, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The schooling, training and medical benefits are the best perk. Occasionally there are other incentives (movie tickets, points, etc). There is potential for advancement.

    Cons

    Advancement is entirely dependent upon manager and location. Even if you have all your lights on, a manager can hold you to your job code.

    Advice to Management

    More open and honest communication.


  7. "Boeing Culture"

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    Former Employee - Organizational Development Specialist
    Former Employee - Organizational Development Specialist
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent company, cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Depending on where in the organization you work the culture can be very progressive and open and in others the culture is 20 or more years behind where other technology companies are. Ironically those locations where the culture could improve, the biggest push back is from the employees. Change can be difficult for some.

    Advice to Management

    Way too many managers, they are nothing but buffers between the leadership and the workers. As an executive manager, if you trust your workers, (if you hired them you probably should) then listen to what they have to say without all the filters. They want to do a good job and take pride in what they do. For the middle managers, you have a tough job if you have to act as one of those buffers telling the executives what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear.

  8. "BCA engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for developing technical expertise and career progression.

    Cons

    Endless bureaucracy and management with little technical understanding. Culture is very 1950s.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Programmer looking for more"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boeing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Trying to change and to keep up with technology.
    Many motivated people trying to improve themselves and where they work
    Great respect of personal time and family needs

    Cons

    Changes as fast as an aircraft carrier can turn.
    Trying to do more with less but really doing less with less
    Bureaucratic
    Many people coasting for the ride
    IT technology and development practices still over 10 years old in 90% of company

    Advice to Management

    Don't just listen to employees, but try to do what they suggest.


  10. "Changing Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic work flow and a challenging, inclusive company.

    Cons

    The shift in Boeing corporate culture has picked up. I am not sure that middle management and life-long employees know what that means.

    Advice to Management

    Are you making decisions for the best of the company and your employees?


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