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"Worked as a contractor for Bell's "Business Systems Modernization" project"

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Current Contractor - BI Analyst in Hurst, TX
Current Contractor - BI Analyst in Hurst, TX
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Bell Helicopter as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

Career opportunities for job shoppers, great benefits for employees, opportunities/internships for students, implementing SAP

Cons

Old/outdated culture, office politics, company's not at its prime

Other Employee Reviews for Bell Helicopter

  1. "Pertaining to Bell Helicopter - Amarillo"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Specialist in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salaries are decent, although senior engineers are hit by salary compression. The plant's non-union status makes for a pleasant and cooperative work environment as compared to the adversarial "us versus them" atmosphere prevalent in the unionized plants at which I've worked. Local engineering management is generally competent. Management continues to utilize Amarillo as Bell's go-to manufacturing facility. Overall, it's a good engineering job for those who don't want to live in the big city.

    Cons

    Draconian carve-out policy makes it virtually impossible for engineers to get paid for overtime. Promotion opportunities are almost nonexistent for engineers who wish to remain in Amarillo. There is a general mistrust of upper-level engineering management at corporate headquarters which has greatly intensified following a recent shake-up in local engineering management. Challenging the top-level engineering management with regard to facts or philosophies has been known to result in demotions.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminating carve-out of engineering overtime and better mobility is crucial to retaining talent.


  2. "Good managers make a terrible HR dept and policies bearable"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bell Helicopter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Medical Benefits. Good Education Assistance program. Other benefits are pretty standard, except relocation which is terrible. Very knowledgeable techs and engineers always willing to collaborate. Salary is pretty competitive for the market. Generally good managers that make an otherwise bad situation ok.

    Cons

    Extremely arcane employee policies regarding vacation, 401K vesting (2 yr), lunches, etc.
    Terrible HR dept, does not return calls or email, changes offer terms in the last minute, places absurd limits on relocation benefits such as, super short house hunting trips with a very low hotel cost limit. Also heard about suddenly reducing corp housing to 30 days from a standard 60 days. You have to follow-up & demand every allowance or bonus due or else it is not paid. Very poor feel for employee morale. Recently, there was a plan to force every engineer to move from DFW area to Amarillo. After much protest, it was finally scrapped. In August 2012 the plan is to force everyone in the company to take 5 days of mandatory vacation, while they upgrade multiple business systems. Notice was given less than 2 months before. If you don't have the balance, you go in the hole. No option to take time off without pay. Mandatory 30 minutes of lunch every day for everyone. So you are there for 8.5 hrs if you eat lunch or not. No option to work from home at all, you're at the company all day or take sick/vacation time off. Some managers do allow flex time. Access to business systems is horrid. It often takes months to get access to the systems necessary to do the work. Email deletes everything after 30 days without warning. Parking at the main plant is horrid.

    Advice to Management

    Do something about HR! It is scaring away your talent. Happy employees are good employees. Unhappy employees with talent, leave very soon.


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