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"Summer Internship"

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Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Everett, WA
Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Everett, WA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

Tons of opportunities for interns, competitive salaries

Cons

Understaffed, outdated computer software, early hours

Advice to Management

Less bureaucracy

Other Employee Reviews for Boeing

  1. "It used to be fun; not so much anymore"

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    Current Employee - Software Architect in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a good work / life balance. It's one of the few companies that still has a pension and a 401K. I've always been treated relentlessly fair by my direct management.

    Cons

    At least in the commercial airplane side of the business, they apparently don't write IT software anymore. Management seems to believe that Boeing functional analysts + Boeing project managers + non-Boeing off-shore developers is the path to quality applications, despite all evidence to the contrary. If I was a software developer starting out, I would never choose this as a destination. And, oh yeah, there's a near constant threat of cutbacks and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to building things before we forget how, if it's not already too late. Start building things again and then start bringing in and training the next generation.


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    "Boeing Satellite Systems: Non-innovation, over-outsourced, great pay and benefits, impossible to purge incompetence"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - great pay
    - good health care package
    - generous 401K matching
    - flexible work schedule (telecommuting, time-flexing)
    - learning together program pays for aerospace-related education
    - formal and informal mentoring
    - great career advancement opportunities (for middle management)

    Cons

    if you are excited about developing new technology, if you are more interested in engineering than paperwork, if you are young and passionate, this place is not for you. BSS used to be Hughes, which was a non-profit and once produced high-quality, cutting edge technology, where no expense was spared, and engineers were deeply invested in the product. now under the boeing model, BSS outsources everything, leaving only integration activities at the site. cost reduction, lean manufacturing (terrible for custom-built spacecraft), and meeting scheduled milestones are now the most important metrics. innovation is killed because 1) outsourcing has lead to the gradual loss of technical expertise, where activities shifted from in-house knowledge to managing subcontractors, 2) the employees are on average old "grey beards" who protect what knowledge they have to retain employment and command ever-higher salaries, 3) programs are so desperate to produce value in the form of profit that old, proven designs are propagated and new designs are ignored because of their poor short-term investment return, 4) it is impossible to fire anyone, meaning that lazy, incompetent engineers remain, creating a culture that embraces the path of least resistance, i.e. "if it ain't' broke, don't fix it."

    in addition, boeing has too much management. it is the opposite of a flat management model. i have never seen so many levels of management. everyone in charge of anything is so busy protecting their own "turf" that the bigger picture -- actually making awesome satellites -- is ignored. the organization is too big, too slow to react, too afraid to be daring, too old, too focused on the wrong set of goals.

    Advice to Management

    - abandon the boeing outsourcing model. you are gradually losing technical expertise as well as control over how your satellites are made.
    - short-sighted focus on immediate returns is misguided. it is not sustainable, particularly in terms of quality.
    - adopt more flexible employment practices. union workers (technicians) are here to stay. salaried engineers, however, should be expected to work hard and prove their worth. ineffective engineers should be purged and replaced.
    - invest in R&D.

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