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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Very good pay and benefits and very good sick leave days you build up very quickly (in 19 reviews)

  • Good benefits and overtime hours (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management changes every 2-3 months and the overall company vision changes directions every six months (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. "Exciting place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    CEO Tom Gentile is driving a very positive culture change. It will take some time to full take hold, but it's definitely moving in the right direction.
    Very cool work statement - everything from commercial airliners to the B21 bomber.
    Stable business, strong backlog, good overall performance.
    Competitive salary and overall compensation - good 401K match, gainshare program, paid time off.

    Cons

    Network infrastructure seems a bit outdated and slow, which impacts administrative productivity, but I understand it's a priority for improvement in 2017.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the employee engagement; it seems to be working.


  2. "Continuous Improvement Strains Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS

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

    Pros

    Best supply chain organization in the aerospace industry. Many qualified professionals. Established procedures and practices driving for complete supply solutions. Most procurement-related activities are standardized and take advantage of supplier full lead times.

    Cons

    Experienced, older employees are being shown the door. Newer buyers and materials managers are made to do so much more they do not have time for strategy. The organization is shrinking but taking on more workload with less say in decision-making. Upper management sets strategy and policy but does not factor in input from execution level employees, so solutions being put in place are not based on current real-world needs or solutions. Sadly, cost reduction is the biggest driver and ends up winning every argument.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct regular staff meetings and periodic planning / strategy meetings that include hourly and first-level managers' input as part of the decision-making processes.


  3. "Assembly mechanic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Mechanic in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Assembly Mechanic in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits and very good sick leave days you build up very quickly. Plus a bonus at the end of every year two weeks off paid. Plant shuts down for Christmas. So awesome

    Cons

    Management has always been a problem with switching them out and moving them very often. With that problems or tasks don't get resolved or looked upon like it was with past managers. Should be more focus on keeping them in place for long term outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the number one concern our problem like i stated in the CONS section of this review. But an awesome company to work for. More people should look into going to school at WATC for classes they have and your guaranteed a job interview with SPIRIT right after you graduate


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  5. "Good overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits. Lots of different career path opportunities

    Cons

    Management changes regularly, takes a while to get to preferred shifts


  6. "Financial analyst"

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

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time

    Pros

    pay is better than other companies in town. Similar to the rest of the aerospace drill. Cons outweigh the pros. Perhaps new CEO can make the company as nice a place to work at like 20 years ago.

    Cons

    Management is poorly trained and out the door before they have a chance to grow and lead. Not much emphasis or training for new hires (recent grads.) you have you to hit the ground running.

    Advice to Management

    Do not let go of good people with the hopes that new hires will be able to pick up the slack, with a few days of training. Also do not let dictator managers push out your good employees.


  7. "High Potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, good benefits, high potential with right executive leadership

    Cons

    Struggle to make adjustments based upon previous experience

    Advice to Management

    Leverage lessons learned


  8. "b level mechanic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Spirit AeroSystems full-time

    Pros

    health care other than that there is none Boeing fired all there employees. Put 200 million in there pocket put on a spirit hat hired all back at greatly reduced salary and high cost of excellent health plan 400 a month for primer package when it used to cost 0

    Cons

    everything from the time you get out of your car! Smiles can be left in the car went threw 5 managers in 7 months you are a # when your body wears out you are promptly replasced

    Advice to Management

    what the hell where u thinking go back to prodution or start looking for a new job cause thats a 2 month gig at most


  9. "Spirit AeroSystems Employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Christmas break shut down is great

    Cons

    The management is only concerned with the bottom line and not moral or work/life balance. I have worked with a couple of people that have had major health issues due to stress.

    Advice to Management

    Privatize the company to stop the stupid planning decisions that are only for short-term gains.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stress Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Stress Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with some of the best people at this company: professional, knowledgeable, responsible, dependable, friendly. High quality standard was maintained by enforcing accountability. Left the area (and unfortunately the company) for personal reasons.

    Cons

    It is easy to get lost in this very large company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees well and they will be motivated to contribute to the best of their ability.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Decent job with revolving door management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Propulsion Analysis Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Propulsion Analysis Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Experienced people to work with.
    Good benefits and decent pay.
    Flexible 40 hr weeks.
    Generally relaxed environment to work in.

    Cons

    10 changes in management in 4.5 years.
    Some managers totally uninterested in what our group does.
    Budget is always tight (so no internal projects) but you get reprimanded when you charge overhead because all tasks are complete.

    Advice to Management

    Not funding anything doesn't actually save money unless you provide something else for people to do...



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