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Updated April 30, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance not the greatest with all the pressure (in 101 reviews)

  • Seems to be a disconnect between upper management and the folks actually doing the work (in 87 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Inspector of Machined Parts B"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspector Machined Parts A in Frederickson, WA
    Former Employee - Inspector Machined Parts A in Frederickson, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best Pay in the Industry (2x-3x industry standard), Fantastic Benefits, Ability to move to other jobs, education benefits unsurpassed

    Cons

    Low Morale, constant politics between Corporation and Union, too many managers, micromanaging, It takes 6 years to get to high pay levels, more if you choose a higher paying position.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease amount of managers. Recognize your employees. Increase job security in lieu of pay that is already 2x to 3x higher than competitors.


  2. "Thoughts on Boeing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is so big that you can have many different careers without having to leave. Their resources for development are really good and have great benefits and graduate school reimbursement. Most of my peers are extremely talented and fun people to work with.

    Cons

    It is easy to feel like a number rather than an individual since there are so many people in the company. Future vision is often quite vague and could use some clarity.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to our customers to address near-term needs but do not become short-sighted and neglect investing in technological development. Try to reach resolution on big questions surrounding programs and communicate those to the employees.


  3. "P-8 Avionics Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boeing full-time

    Pros

    Interesting job with occasional travel. Multiple shifts to work on, Management can work with you to provide some flexibility.

    Cons

    Few benefits in relation to the vast majority of the rest of the company. Sometimes long trips from home to serve the customer

    Advice to Management

    For long trips make sure they are worth employee's time.


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  5. "Benefits-401k"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boeing full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing 401k with many different funds to choose from. If you are invested in the company stock you can send the dividend payments that you receive quarterly to you and you can do what you want with it. You are taxed but at the capital gains rate, which is much lower than income rate.I invest that money into other investments.

    Cons

    15 day waiting period when you move funds unless you want to pay 15% fee.


  6. "IT Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Financial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Financial Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still has good benefits even though more of the burden has been shifted to the employee over the years. Opportunity to move within the company is still available.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is trending down. Virtual work is also trending down. Opportunity to get promoted is tough.


  7. "The Boeing Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Analysis Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Structural Analysis Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boeing full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for! One of the best Aerospace company ever!

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to get.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "A Stagnant Behemoth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security - If you're an engineer and you can avoid doing an absolutely terrible job, then you're pretty much guaranteed to keep your job. You don't even have to necessarily be competent. Just show up and make at least some progress and you'll tick the boxes for meeting expectations on your annual review.

    Name Recognition - Some future employers may be impressed by the presence of "Boeing" on your resume.

    Decent Benefits - Health, Dental, Life, 401k matching

    Cons

    Pay - Not competitive. At least, not in the long run. They might hook you with what seems like a decent salary, and then essentially lock you in at that pay rate with only marginal increases from year to year (averaging around 2%). The only way to get a decent raise is to get a promotion, which brings me to...

    Advancement - If you're looking for an opportunity for advancement, look elsewhere, especially if you're early in your career. Also, if you think promotions should be based on performance or skills, then you'll be sadly disappointed - promotions are strictly based on criteria such as number of years with the company. Sure, performance plays a small part in the promotion process, but you have to clear all the seniority hurdles first. When I left the company, they had essentially implemented a "promotion freeze" by raising the mandatory minimum threshold required for advancement. It didn't matter what level you were performing at - if they hired you on at Level I, you were locked in at that pay grade for a minimum number of years before they would even consider granting you a promotion, even if you were performing the work of a Level II or III engineer.

    Resources - If you need a faster workstation to do your job better, good luck. You're not getting a faster workstation until your current one's contract expires. It doesn't even matter if its obsolete and totally ill-suited for the tasks you perform in your daily job. Need an additional monitor to maximize your productivity? Well, tough - you're going to have to expend all of your social capital just getting one of those. Yes, its a $300 purchase that will net the company thousands of dollars in increased productivity, but the bean-counters don't care about intangibles like that. Need a VM to run some automated testing? Be prepared to wait months for permission to be granted. Need a relatively cheap software license to help you do your job? Get ready to spend weeks waiting for permission from various managers. Need a free software license to help you do your job? You'll still need to ask and wait for permission to get one of those.

    Innovation (or lack thereof) - Know of a better tool or process that would be orders of magnitude better than the one you're currently using? That's nice - keep it to yourself, because the monolithically-minded folks at Boeing aren't interested in letting you innovate by trying something different. You're supposed to do what everyone else does, even if its bad or inefficient. They even came up with a slogan for it - the "One Boeing" strategy. It was probably well-intended - drive costs down by not re-inventing the wheel on every project. But it was poorly implemented - the gigantic management pyramid somehow took that directive to mean "squash any suggestion of doing something differently", which conveniently fits with the natural tendency of any large organization to resist changes. It wouldn't matter if the thing you were suggesting had already been solidly proven effective by other companies - the default answer would remain "No".

    Meetings - Oh, the meetings. If you enjoy them, then you're in luck. If you're convinced that collaboration is the key to getting work done, then you'll be more than happy with attending hours upon hours of meetings each week, collaborating over what needs to be done while never actually making any progress on what needs to be done. If, however, you're someone who actually needs to spend time alone doing actual work on a project in order to come anywhere close to completing it, then you'll probably be frustrated by all the time spent talking about doing things. It took leaving the company and moving on to new opportunities for me to realize just how much time was wasted on meetings during my two years at Boeing.

    Note: My experiences may not be typical of Boeing in general. Boeing is, after all, a very large organization. But I can say with confidence that my experiences were very much typical for the division I was working in. I'm sure there are some places within Boeing that don't suffer from the typical maladies of a large organization, but I would venture to guess that such places only exist within the confines of Boeing's favored child, Phantom Works.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the rigid seniority-based pay and promotion scale - it's chasing away your future top talent soon after you hire them. Abandon the aversion toward developing software in-house. Give your engineers the freedom to explore new processes and technologies. Remove the obstacles to procuring tools and software for employees. Stop sacrificing internal process innovation on the altar of the budgetary bottom line.


  9. "Electrical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. Best benefits around and great career opportunities.

    Cons

    Typical large company draw backs


  10. "Procurement Agent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Procurement Agent in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting work to do and flexibility to move around the company.

    Cons

    Things move very slow within the company.


  11. "Information Security Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Security Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Information Security Engineer in Huntington Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, health benefits and 401K plan. Mostly great co-workers.

    Cons

    Overzealous focus on safety to the point of being ridiculous; management with little to no interpersonal skills; opportunities in Southern California are dwindling

    Advice to Management

    Leading is an important aspect of managing your employees


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