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  1. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Aircraft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid well and the job was quite challenging. Lots of room to learn. Plenty of traveling if you like that thing.

    Cons

    Too much management disorganization. Got the impression that it was a very clanny place to work. Too much reshuffling going on and management fighting for positions.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff better


  2. "Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Aircraft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to start a career , at the time. Helpful community in engineering. Just small enough to design and follow through with the entire manufacturing into assembly.

    Cons

    Difficult work environment with union, less-than-helpful manufacturing employees. Engineering is somewhat discontinuous and unfocused.

    Advice to Management

    Management was a revolving door during my time. Ideas were never brought to fruition. Management was very much secluded in both their ideas and their meetings. Outside input did not seem welcomed, or it was entertained and dismissed as inferior.

    Given the management atmosphere described, there is no advice to give that will make any significant impact.

  3. "If you need money, ....I guess"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Aircraft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many. ....you get your own desk. ....sometimes. Some people do have to share a desk with second shift though, so be sure to clear out before they sit on you.

    Cons

    Everything else. Literally, ......EVERYTHING ELSE.

    Advice to Management

    Burn the place to the ground and start over. Preferably leaving the majority of management inside. Everyone runs around cracking whips to get stuff done, it doesn't get done, they crack whips harder. Try helping once in a while, or contributing in a positive way. Also, understand that giving a project a deadline, .....then adding a bunch of stuff to the project REQUIRES the changing of the original deadline!!! You can't give someone until Friday, then quadruple the work load and expect the same time frame. We live in a world with rules; bending space-time wasn't in the job description.


  4. "How does this place continue to exist? A time warp facility."

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    Former Contractor - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Former Contractor - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Weber Aircraft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very busy, but only because Boeing and Airbus have sold lots of planes, and there are few suppliers of aircraft seats. The volume products are legacy models created long before Zodiac takeover and most of the current management was arround.

    Cons

    Quality of engineering produced is a low priority. Many of the high skilled Engineers and Technicians are driven out or have left. Heavy reliance on H1B foreign tech workers. Worker units are thrown out daily without warning. Factory is archaic, nearly immpossible to believe your not back in 1960's. Did I mention attrition is astronomical, about 50 people come and go a WEEK in a facility of roughly 2000. Numerous direct workers seem to be driven to work overtime to get things done, but to not record time.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother, they don't want to hear it.


  5. "No a company to grow your career"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Weber Aircraft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get some exposure to aerospace industry. Stable job

    Cons

    Engineering is formality. Need a change in culture. Too many relatives in the companies. Program Management positions (several) are with people who have no engineering background. The career path is if you are a Project Administrator and have a BA in horticulture , you can still be an engineering program manager. Just saying.

    Advice to Management

    Value people with knowledge and willingness to learn. Ensure you engineer your product and invest money in research and development for new products. Make sure you have experienced and knowledgable people in leadership positions. Try and reduce nepotism !


  6. "Disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Weber Aircraft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    viewing manufacturing and assembly on-site

    Cons

    Low Pay, minimal challenge, poor training

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your talent with problem solving opportunities (not red tape and politics)


  7. "Best Retirement Facilityin America"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Aircraft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place for dead wood to go and do nothing but run off skilled labor. Will hire the most useless emloyees and promote them to management. Have great oppertunities for training just dont offer suggestions for improvement will result in TERMINATION on the spot with no HR intervention. Useless and inept can thrive with good ole boy mentality. You can do nothing but stab coworkers in the back full time and be a sucess. (possible fast track to management)

    Cons

    They termeinate the skilled. They get rid of anybody that tries to improve or fix broken processes. Management has the fire first and ask questions later mentality. They lie about salaries and benefits to lure you into the one horse town and once you get there unvail the real reality, get in writing any promises made about salary and or benifits for the court case latter. They will terminate groups at a time to cover up their inabilities to manage.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Getting Better Through Focused Improvements"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Aircraft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's evident that the company is going through a cultural change by the push to remove tired policies and priciples that worked in the 80"s but not today. A real employee recognition program, thank you! real accountibility throughout, wliminating the good Ole boy approach and using metrics to focus on driving improvments

    Cons

    Still some holdouts operating in a silo'd mentality. Needs to invest in systems, instead of struggling with tired old legacy systems. Some organizations have not changed at all..

    Advice to Management

    I have worked at this company for over 12 years and this is the best we have ever performed and i actually feel valued now. Keep up the changes, they cannot come quick enough.


  9. "Challenged in multiple areas"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Weber Aircraft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenged in multiple areas and able to grow

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be get it done now ask questions of why it was this way later

    Advice to Management

    Quality comes with patience


  10. "Maybe a decent career starter"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Gainesville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of work for a contractor. Decent pay for a contractor. The electrical group can work a lot of overtime.

    Cons

    You are never sure when the last day is, they hire a lot of contractors, try them out and then lay off the ones they don't like. They routinely try to puch contractors full time.
    Production quality is very poor. CAD modeling standards are poor or don't exisit.
    Their idea of a quality check is print a copy of the part drawing and overlay the manufactured part to see how closely it matches the drawing under it.

    Advice to Management

    Quality had got to be improved, engineering standards need the be actual standards. Every group needs to work to the same standard, not their own.


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