Manufacturing Engineer/Planner (Former Employee) – Tulsa, OK – January 9, 2017
A good place to work benifits were good and everyone was excellent to work with management tried to get the job done at all costs. but i felt that sometimes quality was sacrificed for schedule. I did enjoy working there but my mistake i signed agreements with the company that would not allow me to work for spirit again either as a permant employee or contract employee which was my mistake and i do regret that because i would have liked to go back at least as a contractor it was within 60 miles of my house and it would have made my retirement much easier.
good benifits and salary for the work provided. good people to work with .
sometimes schedule was more important than good work
Structures Mechanic (Former Employee) – Tulsa, OK – September 14, 2016
I enjoyed working for Spirit Aerosystem. Most of my co-workers had good work ethnics and did their jobs while at work. Like in most companies there will be the few that will not pull their own work and just come to work to do little work for the most pay. I enjoyed that ALL LEVEL OF MANAGEMENT would come to me if there was an important rework tag that need to be fixed promptly and properly. Most of the management would say that I did more work in a half of a shift then others would do in a 40 hour week. I gave 200% while at work. I would stay way past my shift in order to get the job done and my work area cleaned.
Work Experiences - Paul Prochaska (Former Employee) – Wichita, KS – August 17, 2016
Learning , growing in the computer science field a little more each day, expanding knowledge horizons. Interfacing and interacting with co-workers as necessary to achieve organizational goals. Stretching the capabilities to gain knowledge and complete tasks can be the hardest and at the same time most rewarding. Being successful , accomplishing tasks, enjoying the learning experience , and sharing ideas and knowledge with co-workers are many of the enjoyable parts of the job. These are all things that I would pick as positive highlights that should be a given. Not always so at Boeing/Spirit. In many areas control over processes and policies came above knowledge advancement fo the individual. These were the hardest parts of the job. Stymied personal growth by controlling managers and leads.
Good benefits, good work experience, knowledge growth
Bad environment, office politics and work group disruptions, favoritism
Supply Chain Program Managment (Current Employee) – Wichita, KS – December 23, 2016
Spirit Aerosystems is quite typical of many mega companies. The primary focus is return on investment and generating cash often at the expense of employees who are expected to do more with fewer and fewer resources. The benefits are very good, and if you have the right manager, the job is rewarding. The environment is very fast paced and hectic.
Material Technician (Former Employee) – Wichita, KS 67210 – December 9, 2016
Spirit aero systems is a very professional place to work in for the aircraft industry. They have a lot to offer career wise they provide the tools for you to advance in your career inside the job and really find where you want to be in 5 to 10 years from now.
Management at Spirit is not like the Management that Boeing had. Most Managers at Spirit have worked a little bit on the floor as a worker or they do not have experience at all. Some of them have been in the shops for a year or so and still have no idea what is going on. Most of them leave the workers to solve issues within the shop. Managers are quite hard to find sometimes, when there are problems.
Managers need to coordinate more with employees and get more involved as to any problems that arise, so they can be more familiar with the shop.
* A typical day at work is very stressful and high pressure. * Leadership expectations are vague or nonexistent * I learned patience, perseverance, political savvy * Management are nonexistent * Co-workers are exceptional. * Hardest part of the job is dealing with nonexistent expectations and getting reprimanded for the vague expectations. * The most enjoyable part of the job is going home at night.
Spirit is a good place to start a career or a good place to stay for a few years to develop skills and move on. The company is a world class Aerospace structures supplier so there is good experience to pick up and knowledgeable people to learn from while working on new airplanes.
The downside however is that the company is way too reliant on Boeing work and most of the employees still think that they work for Boeing which limits opportunities to diversify work. Management is also extremely shortsighted, focusing on immediate cash flow by constantly cutting costs on the facilities, benefits and research and development. The result is a culture where most of the employees are unhappy and innovation is stifled. This leads to the future looking pretty bleak.
Good place to work, made friends with many people. I liked being responsible for my own work.
G280 Mechanic (Former Employee) – Tulsa, OK – December 16, 2016
Great place to work and a good place to start building a career in aerospace. Management was pretty good to work with as they gave us ownership in our part of the assemblies. My only reason for leaving was to relocate closer to my family. I tried unsuccessfully to transfer between Tulsa and Wichita. Termination was my only alternative to get back to them.