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Spirit AeroSystems Reviews

Updated September 23, 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. "Business Systems Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and a great product portfolio.

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth. Micro-management.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize your org chart and leverage your existing talent.


  2. "Certified Sealer Technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spirit AeroSystems full-time

    Pros

    advancement of the career opportunity

    Cons

    Very heavily physically laboring

    Advice to Management

    setting up the management systems just like fast restaurants...McDonald, etc.; rotate the human resources (labors); therefore, it will be more proactive and increases the productivity of the airplanes.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "complete lack of respect for employees"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Assembly Specialist First Level Manager"

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    • 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


  6. "NDI Level II Quality Inspector"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Review Investigation/NDI Level II in Kinston, NC
    Current Employee - Material Review Investigation/NDI Level II in Kinston, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hours, Great Manager, Learning more skills and knowledge.

    Cons

    Not very organized. Upper management not good. No accountability. Reactive and not proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hold people responsible for there actions and better training. Needs better communication and organization.


  7. "Wichita is Aerospace!"

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

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

    Pros

    I love the pay, we get bonuses for different things. They have real good benefits. And I like my fellow employees.

    Cons

    I don't like my hours, but a little give and take.

    Advice to Management

    I can't even imagine what they do, but my manager is AWESOME!!!!!

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Becoming a last resort"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Mechanic in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Mechanic in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Ins Benefits for now but almost guaranteed they are on the way out. The core plan with no deductible has doubled in cost year over year. Can't wait to see how much it's going up in April this year.

    Modest performance bonuses for 2016.

    Cons

    Pay... considering benefits are going down the tube the pay isn't keeping up. They know the Wichita job market is horrible and low ball anyone coming in. The problem is you get what you pay for.

    They treat first level managers like dirt. They work anyone worth a darn to death to constantly save their tails from getting fired. The rule by fear of your job method for management leads to constant shuffle of people to put out fires, working 13-15 hr days to fix other mechanics mistakes... then they don't hold them accountable because they can't good mechanics to replace the problem mechanics because they won't pay worth a darn.

    If you get stuck on the 737 line, your career ends there. They will not move you. You will retire, die or have to quit to advance.

    As an hourly employee: your vacation and sick leave are all based on how many hours you work. More overtime= more vacation So if you are good and get done early, you get to help put out fires fixing mistake on airplanes about to ship. If you suck at your job, you get lots of overtime to get it done, thus getting more pay and accruing more vacation time.

    Then when it comes bonus time, it is figured off all pay including OT. So again, the screw ups that always milk their job and get OT get a higher bonus for doing terrible work.

    There are loads of people without integrity working this system.

    Advice to Management

    To upper management: Keep living quarter to quarter on charts. The wheels are going to fall off and it will hit the fan. But I am sure you will have your performance bonus by then for making the numbers look good and will exit to another company to destroy by then.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Can't recommend the company as a good place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Project Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Facilities Project Manager in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is good for the tenured employees only.
    Non management salaried and hourly workers are typically great people to work with.
    The facility while very outdated and poorly maintained utilizes very interesting and some state of the art equipment and processes.

    Cons

    Except for our new CEO Tom Gentile, new executive management is not realistic and out of touch with expectations. Mid-level management is fearful of trying to educate our new executive management of our true capabilities and processes.
    Executive and mid-level management has difficulty in making timely decisions critical to program implementation and deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Set egos aside and listen to the subject matter experts to determine the true capabilities of the site and realistic expectations. Then base timely decisions on that information. Work harder to remove the road blocks to make your people successful and with that you will be successful.


  10. "Satisfied"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Wichita, KS
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment to work with

    Cons

    Sometime too much work pressure


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