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Updated January 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Work/life balance, pay, company perks, and benefits were all fantastic (in 14 reviews)

  • Test flights, fun work environment, learn to fly, and good pay (in 9 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - A&P in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - A&P in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay and benefits for employees.

    Cons

    Wichita is the worst place for dating.

    Advice to Management

    i have no advice for management.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Work, work and more work"

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    Current Employee - Paint Associate in Independence, KS
    Current Employee - Paint Associate in Independence, KS
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Other workers are good at training you.

    Cons

    They sometimes wait to the day before to tell you you have to work overtime. Seems like they don't care about their employees. Can not move up in the company unless you have 4 yr college degree

    Advice to Management

    Needs to learn who their employees are and maybe care about and treat them as a person or equal


  6. "Good company, tough market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401K, holidays, many options to move around in new positions

    Cons

    Depressing at time due to tough GA market, sales organization is sub par

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Beechraft name on the next gen turbo prop


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be the best company in Wichita"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent job security, good friends, freedom

    Cons

    Management, upper management, HR, you know all the typical things that kill moral and productivity. Before 08-09 layoffs this was a very family friendly company, now its ran by former intern idiots who have no ideas what's going on.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your long time employees, we still work hard and we know what this company is capable of. Letting management and HR delay hiring and stuff us full of crap policies is killing what used to be the best job I had ever had.

  8. "NC Tech"

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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

    Wide variety of equipment to get experience with. Great pay above average benefits. Nc Techs are highly valued and some of the last to be effected by lay-offs.

    Cons

    Business directly tied to the economy so a long career can be tough. Leadership gets cycled around fast.


  9. "Its okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A/c
    Overtime
    No pressure
    Flexible with choice of schedule

    Cons

    Bad management
    Raises are crappy


  10. "Overall, great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cessna full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance, pay, company perks, and benefits were all fantastic. If Cessna weren't in Wichita, KS, I'd still be working there today.

    Cons

    Main downside was the general politicking you get in larger corporations. New ideas also moved slowly as the FAA is involved in everything.


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