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Updated January 17, 2018
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  • Work life balance can be a bit tough (in 113 reviews)

  • Many managers who succeed are just "yes" people who only care about how things look to their upper management (in 107 reviews)

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  1. "Working environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary and benefts, vacation

    Cons

    poor communication, poor manager, lay-offs


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay is decent, but that is it.

    Cons

    old ideas from people who don't want to know anything else. they treat the employees terrible, they make you bring your own plastic spoons and forks. the management is the worst.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of everyone who is a director. That is the worst management group I have ever seen in 20+ years of business. HR is useless and getting worse. Hire people who know what they are doing don't promote people who have "leadership traits." Actually, listen to the employee survey, don't ignore the low scores every year.

  3. "Not the place you think"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    A big name in your resume
    Not much to add here

    Cons

    Very poor salaries (Virginia/Washington DC) - they pay below everybody else
    HR and Management don’t care if you underpay
    No intentions to let you move lateral inside the same company

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and look for your team to get them the right level of payment
    Retaining employees for long time is good
    Upper management should get
    Involve in the hiring process
    If somebody is leaving the team get involve and ask for the reasons


  4. "Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Co-workers, good chance to work on flight hardware, your work is critical,

    Cons

    Clueless Management, no recognition for work done, constant stress, underpaid, little chance to move into management


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Programmer Analyst 1"

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

    I worked at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    There really aren't very many reasons to want to work for Boeing as a Programmer out of College. One is that it is easy to get into. So if you were unemployed a long time, well, here's your chance. Two is that it is very hard to get fired at Boeing. Boeing prefers to layoff employees or abuse them into quitting. Three is that Boeing will pay for your college. Four is that, if you are lucky, you will be allowed to take company paid for training. Five is that you have access to very smart coworkers with 30 years of experience. Six is that Boeing looks good on a resume. 401K is nice. Medical was nice. Company will not harass you if you take a sick day.

    Cons

    Entry level salaries were at the bottom of the market. The work was largely thoughtless and not beneficial for personal development. All the work you do is recorded. No onboarding for new employees. Managers will lie to you. The management was terrible, completely unhelpful, only spoke in figurative language, largely there to punish and sabotage employees, not lead or help. Part of the culture is that politics is more important than work and a manager would rather sabotage you than help you be successful. Promotions are very hard to come by. Company is very anti-millennial. If you speak your mind you are labelled a whiner and eventually let go. Company just wants yes-men and minions. Boeing has a long history of hiring the best and brightest and boring them to death with simple tasks and chasing the rest away while keeping only the dumb ones. To be honest, as a new programmer, you are better off working with a startup or small company, as you will take a larger role, have more influence, and get better skills than working for a large company. The advantage of working for a large company is the salary, which Boeing doesn't really offer much. So all things considered, you shouldn't stay here more than 2 years unless you really want a Masters in which case you should race to get it and get out as fast as you can. But really if you are a young smart programmer with multiple offers you are better off going to a smaller company. Most of the engineers do after a year or two anyway.

    Advice to Management

    HR says Boeing has a "pop culture". ..


  6. "Engineering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company, can move around to different positions

    Cons

    Nepotism surrounds entire senior leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Develop within the company or good talent will leave


  7. "Crazy Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in North Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Engineering in North Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In Charleston there are none in the north west many reason. People are treated better than fair. In Charleston not even close. In the north west great benefits in Charleston a barely above average. Both in the north west and in the Charleston site there are a ton of good people with great attitudes and ideas but only in the north west does management listen but even there it can take time.

    Cons

    In the north west layoffs is the only con I can thing of. In Charleston the list could go on for ever. In Charleston only one layoff to date but less than 2 months after the layoff they are hiring contract labor and not recalling laid off employees. If only all the anti union employees could get laid off maybe they wouldn't be so anti union. Management and organization is non existent. Any one in management that knows what they are doing doesn't stay in Charleston long. I have never worked any where , where yes is the only word they want to hear. Not is it working, can we do it better just do it and don't ask questions or rock the boat. North Charleston is by far the worst Boeing site on the planet and has to rank pretty high with any aerospace company as the worse place to work.

    Advice to Management

    If your good leave if your not stay. Nothing less than a complete overall can remotely help this place and I do not see that ever happening.

  8. "It's okay..."

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

    Pros

    -great benefits: vacation paid for
    -flexible
    -job security

    Cons

    -too many executives who are not doing anything except just wait for a piece of pie
    -work not challenging
    -too conservative and not welcoming new ideas

    Advice to Management

    -Give your talented people notice!
    -Don't let the managers drive all the young talent away.


  9. "Cutting too many corners"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment for many

    Cons

    No longer people focused.
    All about how to outsource everything and reduce costs.
    Cutting the higher paid employees and replacing with low paid college hires.
    Serious age and wage discrimination.
    No pension.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre. At least a parody of bad management would be entertaining."

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    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really great people, and good opportunities if you are in the right areas at the right time. Good benefits. But enjoy them now, as we are headed towards "industry average." A good place to work if you are passive or if you do not have specific career goals.

    Cons

    Leadership will say whatever it takes to pad their metrics and obscure their own poor performance from more senior management-- which admittedly is how a lot of bureaucracies are organized. The trend is to have more influence and power, but less accountability.

    By far the most arrogant leadership (local) that I have ever worked with-- and totally unjustified. Leadership is openly antagonistic towards customers and partners.

    If you are interviewing here, make sure they have the work for you to perform at the correct level, and for longer than a few months. Make sure you interview with at least two engineers or staff, and not just managers. Do not be afraid to ask hard questions, and treat vague answers with healthy skepticism. Seek out employees on social media; that's what it is for.

    Much of the work is out-of-state, so be prepared to travel.

    The work environment is a lot like W2 contracting: You will be told what to do, and you will do it without complaint--with little insight into what is going on behind the scenes, and potentially little control over the technical content of your job. Decisions regarding technical staff and programs appear to benefit certain staff and managers.

    The internal bureaucracy is what you would expect (horrible) from a company that is run by paranoid lawyers and risk averse managers.

    Negligible communication up or down, unless it is to fight an internal PR fire or steer local rumors. Sadly, this Glassdoor entry is probably a more reliable mechanism for relaying site health up the management chain than our employee surveys or any other internal feedback mechanisms. In that vain, communication up/down the chain is predictably micromanaged.

    Small site with a small voice in a huge organization.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't matter. The disjoint leadership will do what it takes to make tech fellow, get promoted, get their glass offices, or stay under the radar. Their upward mobility is dependent on growing their empires at any cost without rocking the boat. Little can be done to correct this, short of senior leadership cleaning-house and committing to clear objectives with clear boundaries and guidelines.


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