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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Very good pay and benefits and very good sick leave days you build up very quickly (in 21 reviews)

  • Good benefits and overtime hours (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is absolutely terrible (in 18 reviews)

  • No work life balance, easily replaceable (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "assembly tech"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kinston, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time

    Pros

    it's a great place to work

    Cons

    has some lazy employees due to the union

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the union


  2. "Quality Assurance Inspector"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair wage, best Health insurance in town. divers environment with ample opportunities to advance one's career.

    Cons

    Can be a hostile work place with a low team morale and very poor communication between workers and management leadership. No enthusiasm or sense of value for the Spirit employees is affirmed.

    Advice to Management

    Give support, confidence, or hope to (someone). Encourage, hearten, cheer up, uplift, inspire, motivate, spur on, stir, stir up, fire up, stimulate, need more words of affirmation.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good, but desperately needs improving."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Mechanic A in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Machine Mechanic A in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hourly employees have a union. The top pay rates for most factory floor positions are pretty good. The benefits package including Health insurance is pretty good. The majority of people working here are very friendly and helpful. For people who are not maxed out yet you get about 1.25 per year raise until you are maxed out. Facilities are pretty good but not top-notch, even the machining and assembly areas are air-conditioned/air tempered. The company has been fairly resilient to layoffs since it's creation, but that could change depending on their future work packages.

    Cons

    One of the biggest cons at spirit is being stuck on second shift for so long for most job codes, machine operators can be stuck on second shift for anywhere between 10 to 30 years depending on what building you're in, and now with production rate slowing down on some programs shift changes are almost nonexistent for all job codes. I realize there's not much the company can do about this, but alternative work schedules should be considered as opposed to the typical three shift layout. A lot of the guys that work second shift don't have any kind of life outside of work for years or even decades because second shift keeps them stuck working during times of the day they should be Living life, and I've seen women break down crying because they never see their Families or boyfriends on second shift quite a few times over the years. I won't complain about the max pay rates, because they're pretty appropriate for a tier one supplier company, although next union contract we are definitely due a raise. But I do think spirit hires people in at pay rates that are way too low. Everyone likes the new CEO, but there's still quite a bit of disrespect coming from middle and lower management at times. The health insurance is really good at Spirit, but every year premiums go up a significant amount.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider some alternative work schedules to help relieve the many people stuck on second shift, it really wears on a lot of people's mental health and work/life balance. Stop outsourcing pieces of spirits work packages to smaller companies, it doesn't make sense to do so. And stop hiring new employees at such little pay rate.


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  5. "Directors not as professional as one would expect."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Kinston, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Kinston, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best reason is to gain some industry experience. It is also a company that has an ok benefit package.

    Cons

    Pay is well below standard. Hours to. E worked are mostly unreasonable. Work ethic amongst the employees is low. Not enough skilled labor in area for the pay this company offers.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of good, lots of bad.."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Composite Mechanic C in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Composite Mechanic C in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is pretty decent, the benefits package is also what you'd expect to find it a large company which is pretty good, the health insurance is good for now, about half of the managers are really great, about half of your coworkers will be really great, facilities are decent and some of the newer buildings or recently renovated buildings are super nice. Hourly workers have a union. Debatably more job security than other aircraft companies in Wichita. Pride of being able to say you work at Spirit.

    Cons

    The pay is decent, but not that great. Young people with little to no experience are getting hired at between 12 and $16 an hour, and even older people with multiple decades of experience are getting hired as low as $17-$20 an hour, and considering the health insurance premiums are increasing by double or triple digit percentages every year (premiums literally doubled year over year in 2016) the pay is simply not keeping up. And by next union contract our health insurance will be almost certainly cut down to the bare minimum. There are quite a lot of bad managers at Spirit, they will expect you to make way more hours than you reasonably can do but still expect your quality to be perfect, and when something goes wrong they point the finger. Although the new CEO Tom Gentile seems like a good guy and is making some really good decisions for Spirit, middle and lower management are still absolutely toxic. And about half of the coworkers you work with every day have toxic personalities and will try to stab you in the back every chance they get or TRY to get you in trouble with management over some completely made up issue just to make themselves look good. What I'm saying is the culture at Spirit in many buildings in areas is absolutely toxic. A couple buildings and areas have a good culture, but not most of the facilities.

    Advice to Management

    I know it's easier said than done, but you really need to clean house of middle and lower management. Thanks to Tom Gentile upper management is now respectable and productive organization; but middle and lower management need a thorough purge. I recommend sending out surveys to all hourly and salary employees asking specifically about their managers. Because many of these managers not only have a zero management skills, but are in fact counterproductive and adding net negative value to Spirit. It's like they say, a bad manager can take a good group of employees and make them useless


  7. "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IPT Project Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - IPT Project Manager in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, appears plenty of room for advancement and change of career paths within the organization. Strong stability and globally recognized as the worlds leading Tier 1 supplier.

    Cons

    Typical issues with such a large company on slow moving progress, bureaucracy and lots of approvals.

    Advice to Management

    Spirit is currently trying to identify their culture and brand. The current momentum is a nice change and needs to be lead from the top down to affect change. Don't expect change overnight as it will take time.


  8. "Assembly technician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly Technician in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Assembly Technician in Kinston, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer great pay and benefits for the location

    Cons

    The management team is terrible

    Advice to Management

    more training


  9. "complete lack of respect for employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Technician in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    income, its a job. keep looking.

    Cons

    you will work in an environment where you will be constantly dissed and threatened with your job. Unless you are Related, your chance of moving up will be slim to nun. Nepotism runs rampant.

    Advice to Management

    HIre qualified managers. Treat employees with some respect.
    when people retire, Pay them what they have coming. take some ownership in your HR service center.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Facilities Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    Upper management is absolutely terrible. They do not understand or attempt to understand many of the operations that they are responsible for. Extremely slow to make decisions causing uneccessary urgency and stress to get projects completed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and take the advise of the experts in their respective areas. Place greater importance on timely decision making. Be respectful of those that work for you.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Assembly Specialist First Level Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly Specialist First Level Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Assembly Specialist First Level Manager in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Spirit has excellent medical, dental, vision benefits.

    Cons

    Spirit will sell this job as a 40 - 50hr a week position. Might even tell you that weekends are paid at a base rate salary for managers when working on a normal day of rest. My first week with the company, I see most managers pulling 60hr work weeks and working every other weekend. Some are getting paid, some are told only one managers gets paid. All seem to be overworked and under appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes, you have mechanics who will not leave the floor to become managers for you because you treat your current managers horribly. Keep it up and you might be without managers to hire and no one will to work this position for you. I would advise a person to seriously consider your outlook for work/home life before considering taking this particular position with Spirit


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