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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated August 4, 2017
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Pros
  • it is a good company to work for, great pay and benefits (in 22 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. Helpful (2)

    "Spirit needs to grow up - good place to hide for deadwood contractors."

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    Former Employee - Stress Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Stress Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a sweatshop environment. The work is largely clerical, requires little thought. They hire mostly entry level engineers. They have unskilled people in positions of technical responsibility. Contractors can bill tons for just being there. They desperately need experienced people. They are nice to people in a very childish way.

    Cons

    The work is clerical and low level because of an overall lack of experience and technically unskilled management. They leave their customers shaking their heads They go 3-4 times overbudget on all programs. Productivity is low. I have seen big decisions made for the most idiotic reasons. They barely allow any training. Management is inbred and isolated from the real world. They refuse to put any guidelines or standards in place. Hiring is atrocious. if you know what you are doing, you will be shaking your head all day long.

    Advice to Management

    Spirit Tulsa needs to grow up and come out of its introverted inbred isolation. It was thrust into growing engineering overnight. But it did so without preparation changing anything. Engineering is done absolutely chaotically at Tulsa because of the lack of experienced people and weak incompetent management. Spirit overall needs a real technical track and challenges for engineers who wish to pursue them. Stop treating engineers like a commodity. But I expect the trend towards making engineering clerical to hold down costs will continue.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "The company needs improvement"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The medical and dental insurance is good. You get 3 weeks of vacation a year. You are allowed 30 minutes for lunch.

    Cons

    Since I began at Spirit they have reduced the over time benefit for salary engineer from base pay per hour plus 6.50 per hour each of OT. Now you must work 4 hours of OT free then you only get base pay per hour. They have raised medical insurance each year. There is a lack of professionalism in management. It is not uncommon for management to name call or belittle employees in front of all their peers. Some of Management frequently uses profanity during meeting. The company had announced that raises and bonus would be suspended for the next two year. They had been suspended since last year. Most employees do not get raises. The rating system for appraisals is set up so that no employee is allowed to be rated above the middle rating without upper management approval. The system also does not allow you to get a raise above the highest paid person within your job classification, so if the highest paid person in your job class makes 55000 a year you will never get a raise that will put you above that mark and as for the person at the top they will never get a raise even though that job class has a pay range of 50,000 to 75,000. When you are hired in HR brags about how you can get up to a 13% bonus but no one had seen one close to that amount. Training is non-existent at Spirit. They use the sink or swim method which leaves you learning by failing. This leaves many that have been with Spirit for a while operating with a CYA attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting managers using the good ole boy method and find people qualified to be managers. Do what you say you will do, your Core values say to respect people, I have see very little of it. Don’t make a director that messes up were a stupid hat for a week, this is very unprofessional and it looks bad to our customers, this is not a frat house.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Crazy(not in a good way), ill-conceived, just complete turmoil."

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    Current Employee - Assembly Mechanic in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Assembly Mechanic in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits, and a good top out are all of the pros I can think of. I suppose that's good enough for most people.

    Cons

    To me, the experience is utterly depressing. Management has no idea what they're doing, communication is practically non-existent, too often i feel left in the dark.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many managers, it is completely unnecessary. Use better communication, and think before acting. And remember who's doing the work.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Overall Nasty Place"

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    Current Employee - Structural Analysis Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Structural Analysis Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    many travel opportuniites, including oversears, get to be part of big Boing supplier

    Cons

    decrepit facilities, lots of drunks, nobody with an advanced degree (even U of Phoenix types) should ever consider this company, corporation has many financial risks

    Advice to Management

    lose the 'tech fellows' - they're all phonies, find out why everyone is so miserable, and get a responsible peer critique system with a core group of real aero engineers going


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Get me out of here!"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salaries, flexible work assignments. Some of the best inovations that come out of the aerospace industry happen here.

    Cons

    These are the same dinosaurs leftover from the Boeing days, they paid themselves hugh bonues before they proved they could run this company. Now they've proven they can't and bring in a hatchett man from Lockheed/Martin. Management should have been replaced a long time ago, it may be too late. I see a dim future here for a very long time.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone that know how to bid on new programs and watch them carefully. DO NOT stifel inovation you will be repeating Boeing's biggest mistake!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Liaison/MRB Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Liaison Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Liaison Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with a great team of knowledgable engineers that are also helpful and willing to share their knowledge. The work environment in friendly

    Cons

    Spirit struggles to hit targets for gross revenue. The cost cutting measures are a bit over the top. The health insurance becomes weaker every year. The overall benefits and Salary are slipping downward.

    Advice to Management

    Most of Spirit's best talent has left. You can only build so-so products with so-so talent. Your "will only work in a perfect world" plan have dug a 500 million dollar hole.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A good job that will get yanked from you because of corporate greed."

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, among the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Extreme nepotism. If you are not a relative, or someone's in-law, expect to get laid off when the economy turns sour.

    Advice to Management

    Commit suicide quickly!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sad times at this company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay! Great experience for a resume.
    Site is up for sale. Hopefully, new owners will be more employee focused.

    Cons

    Goals and metrics change every time the upper management changes. Those changes have become more often and more often. Sometimes 2 and 3 times in a year.
    Too much is decided at the 30,000 foot level with no concept or research into what it takes to implement across the organization or the effect on the enterprise as a whole.
    No job security on the salaried employee side. Not even after 15, 20 or 30 years with the company. The whim of someone you've never met could land you out the door.
    All in all, it adds up to a very high stress work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Put more value into your long term employees. Consider that they might actually know something you don't even realize and already be doing the right thing without being told.
    Insist on going back to procedures across all organisations regardless of customer supported.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Headed to bankruptcy and taking everyone down with it"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good, salary was competitive. This is a good place to learn about the aerospace industry, but understand ahead of time that no one will teach you- you have to figure it out on your own.

    Cons

    Terribly mismanaged from top to bottom. The company is penny-wise, pound foolish. They denied me $5 in airport parking reimbursement and on the same day, I had to deal with $50,000 in scrapped parts on the production floor. There was no penalty to the shop floor worker who mis-drilled the parts because a few weeks later, he did it a second time to the tune of $20,000. Office workers are over worked and understaffed and those who haven't been laid off in recent months are expected to pick up the work load of those who were let go. I expected the layoffs to cut loose some of the dead weight around the company (and there was and is a lot of dead weight) but instead it appears management just targeted anyone over age 50 to fire regardless of their effectiveness, work ethic or contributions.

    Advice to Management

    I tried for years to offer ideas to improve productivity but the organization is so mired in inertia that very little will ever change. I'm ecstatic I was able to find a better job and leave before the layoffs hit.


  10. "Graphic Artist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Their was some good leadership years ago. No more! Can't believe how far down Spirit has gone.

    Cons

    Leadership is only interested in their own golden parachute, while the company go's to hell.
    Lots of managers having improper relationships with subordinates. HR department thinks that no big deal. Its OK until the subordinate starts rubbing your nose in it. Spirit is a hell hole.

    Advice to Management

    Drop dead!


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