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Cessna Reviews

Updated July 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "Test flights, fun work environment, learn to fly, and good pay" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Met some really good people working out on the floor with the guys" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management results totally mirrored everyone else" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Also, lots of forced overtime, poor work/life balance leading to very poor morale in the hanger" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Service Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Cessna full-time

    Pros

    Loved working on Citation Jets.

    Cons

    Have to start on an off shift

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work


  2. "CSR"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The previous departments and history with the company.

    Cons

    Present departments environment is overwhelmingly negative.

    Advice to Management

    I started fresh out of school and have been offered many opportunities for growth and advancement.

  3. "machine op"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay and good benifits

    Cons

    work with management with very little experience

    Advice to Management

    get some experience


  4. "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great folks on the team.

    Cons

    Matrix organization only interested in meeting Wall Street demands. CEO pretends to care about people but that is not the case!

    Advice to Management

    Allow your teams to tell you how it really is!


  5. "Opportunity to learn all aspects of the assembly, paint, and flight of the aircraft."

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

    I have been working at Cessna full-time

    Pros

    Great career development, surrounded by great team, work on incredible products.

    Cons

    Can wear more than one hat.

    Advice to Management

    State clear intentions and directions.


  6. "Interesting work, no investment in personal growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cessna full-time

    Pros

    interesting work and supportive direct team

    Cons

    Management are to wrapped up in politics to invest in team growth


  7. "experimental parts fabrication"

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

    I worked at Cessna full-time

    Pros

    hired in making great money at a service center life was great good people and management but transferred to wichita and it all went downhill fast

    Cons

    negotaiated my hire rate but when management found out what i was making they did everything to see that i was gotten rid of off due to a back surgery and they dreamed up some crock story to find a way to get rid of me don't work for cessna unless you are in the union to protect you from unfair practices

    Advice to Management

    stand up for your employees not just the ones that will kiss up to you

  8. "Engineers getting sick of it at leaving"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a nice work environment. Decent healthcare

    Cons

    They keep trying to push schedules to the left, with less people, and less resources. Upper management does not understand basic engineering practices. So more people leave and they do not fill those positions. Then ask to push the schedule on projects even more. They just don't get it.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the engineers. So many times we could do something that could make the company a lot more money. But we were told to try to make something work that we knew would be a waste of time and money. Sure enough, it was. Only hiring people straight out of school is a terrible mistake as well. You are loosing valuable talent every day and no one to fill their spot.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Maybe the worst job I've ever had. (Avionics Tech)"

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    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Met some really good people working out on the floor with the guys. They had some old timers there who were very knowledgeable but unfortunately not a lot of time available to learn from them. Also, the severance package was pretty good (90 days paid) and afforded me enough time to pursue new options.

    Cons

    I worked there for a couple years right after A&P school. Coupled with my military experience I thought it would be a great fit. However management has very high expectations and they provide very little training. It's definitely a sink or swim type atmosphere. If you do not preform to their high standards quickly enough you will have issues. They talk a lot about being a 'family' during group meetings, and it may have been that way in the past but it is definitely not that way now. Also, lots of forced overtime, poor work/life balance leading to very poor morale in the hanger. I was employed from '12 -'14 so this review is a bit dated and things might have changed but they probably haven't. -D. M.


  10. "Current employee."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cessna full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of work to go around, with many opportunities for advancement. If you like overtime there is plenty of it. Decent benefits with paid holidays

    Cons

    Communication between supervisors is poor. Vast majority of Value Stream Leaders don't have a bachelor's degree, so they are terrible working with employees. Advancement doesn't equate to pay, will put you in a new role without increasing your pay. Raises and evaluations are highly subjective, no real data is used. New hires come in making close to the same wage as people who have been there for a few years. They will have you plan on working overtime every weekend and say it's subject to change. Will find out if working over time sometimes one hour before shift starts.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting people into leadership roles because they have experience with the products, but little education and poor people skills. There is serious miscommunication between night and day shift. Compensate hard working employee's. They should not have to work 10+ hours of overtime a week to make a decent salary.