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Awkward Growing Phase
Marketing (Current Employee) –  Bingen, WAFebruary 24, 2019
Morale and company culture feels as if it is at an all-time-low. Understanding there is always ebb and flow when it comes to employee satisfaction - but the overwhelming consensus among employees, both newer and more senior, is that this period of time is the worst we've seen morale at Insitu. The working environment has become quite frustrating and the observation of leadership teams & individual contributors being chastised by the new CEO unfortunately has become the new norm.

The company itself is clearly in its awkward growing phase. Insitu is not quite a start up and not yet the Boeing company so there appears to be a lot of kinks that are still being worked out.
Pros
Every other Friday off (9/80 schedule), Bring your dogs to work
Cons
Morale is low, limited housing & job opportunities in the area
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Deploying vs CONUS opportunities
UAS Site Lead / Mission Coordinator / Operator (Former Employee) –  Bingen, WANovember 20, 2018
Work life balance is difficult considering most jobs at Insitu relate to deployments overseas. The deployment rotations are more favorable than competing UAS companies, and subcontractors, but the time away is significant.

The CONUS salaries are lower than the national average, but the culture is fantastic and the work-life balance is exceptional.
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Dysfunctional Managment
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Bingen, WANovember 4, 2018
Departments work in silos with little knowledge transfer, which is needed since it is hard to attract top talent to this little town. The company has caused real estate prices to rise, and the culture reflects the small town atmosphere. A lot of politics at mid management level, with fear of retaliation if one speaks out. Top management lives in a bubble. So, everyone just works disengaged.
Pros
I like the compensation for Bingen, Wa
Cons
Poor focus
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Job has to be more than wind surfing
Can't really say as it is a small group (Current Employee) –  Bingen, WAJune 12, 2018
The main office is located in Bingen, WA which is about 45 minutes from Portland, OR. Across the river is Hood River OR which is larger than Bingen but does not offer much in for variety in restaurants, shopping, rentals / purchasing housing, etc. Many staff work at Bingen for the opportunity of outdoor recreation such as wind surfing, however this is not the area to develop a professional career (yes, you will grow older and want a career. College doesn't last forever. It is what it is).
A wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing, it is a small company but politics here are worse than in larger companies. Upper management has not clue what the 'workers' roles are. A constant theme is management will get a 'pet project' and everything else is thown to the wayside. Due to gut feelings rather than planning, the pet project will be a disaster but that failure will be pushed to the workers somehow.
Boeing should review this satellite office and get a handle on it. We are not competitive in the UAS market any longer and it will pull down on Boeing eventually.
The problem would be without Insitu, Bingen and White Salmon would revert to the previous tweaker and board head atmosphere as there is nothing else in these towns for a job, except the small BNSF office.
Pros
Free parking, individual cubicles for most staff
Cons
Petty management, poor scheduling, in the middle of nowhere
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Very political
Procurement Manager (Former Employee) –  Bingen, WAMarch 7, 2018
Senior management did not listen to ideas that would save money. Political correctness was practiced more so than sound management policies. Ideas that were proven to save money and increase quality performance were ignored.
Pros
Great bonus annually
Cons
Work culture
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Good Ole Boy Club on Steroids
Information Systems Technician (Current Employee) –  Bingen, WAFebruary 21, 2018
The main office is in Bingen WA which is miles from anywhere. Expensive to live with poor housing availability. It is basically a company town. Management is totally detached from reality. Nepotism runs rampant. If you fit into the good ole boy clique, you can be absolutely non-productive but somehow get promoted. Boeing should really evaluate this location and get a better handle on it.
Pros
Benefits are above average
Cons
Management, company culture
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Fun, modern culture with antiquated mid-level management
Flight Operations (Current Employee) –  Bingen, WADecember 13, 2017
Insitu has a very progressive culture, incentivizing experiences outside the workplace. Their 9/80 schedules (80 hours in 9 days, permitting every other Friday off) allows employees the opportunity to explore the greater Gorge area. At least monthly, the company sponsors & hosts (limited participation) events appropriate for the season.

Unfortunately, this lifestyle is promoted at the executive level but doesn't seem to filter through the mid-level management. Many of the departments are still managed by employees who were part of the original company management hierarchy, and their leadership styles reflect a "we've always done it that way" mentality. This seems to attribute to slower interdepartmental advancement.

Overall, I enjoy what the company has to offer.
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Pressure cooker with no escape valave
Human Resource Business Partner (Former Employee) –  Bingen, WASeptember 4, 2017
Management is out of touch with employees and fires those who question the direction or policies. Can't have challenging yet civil conversations with management with incurring their wrath.
Pros
benefit, pay
Cons
environment, culture
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Productive and fun place to work
Sr. HR Business Partner (Current Employee) –  Hood River, ORAugust 19, 2017
A welcoming and warm culture at this company. The staff enjoy a 9/80 work schedule. There are many off Friday activities available for employees. As one benefit, a bus is provided from the Vancouver, WA area to the work location to cut down on work time lost to commuting.
Pros
Great Benefits, 9/80 work schedule, multiple off Friday events
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exciting
Field Service Representative (Deployed) (Current Employee) –  contract basedAugust 18, 2017
I just like it very much. Nothing else to say. Culture is nice. I only have the navy as a comparison. Nice benefits. CEO and upper managers listen to everyone, for instance they brought back old benefits.
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Pioneering and Competent Company
Scrum Master (Current Employee) –  Hood River, ORJune 10, 2017
I've read some of these reviews, and I disagree with some of these negative assessments. I work with the Advanced Development group, and we have very good management, real-time accountability, a comfortably accelerating culture, and really great people to work with. Maybe that's just our group, but the use of Agile Development and associated tools has given us everything that these other reviews say we lack. The Gorge is beautiful, though housing is limited, and is perfect for anyone trying to escape the metropolitan scene. We work hard and play hard, and have plenty of time for both with the 9/80 schedule. Plus, we design and build some of the most useful autonomous air vehicles in the world. That's the best part.
Pros
Work/life balance, great benefits, cool projects, scenery, team-oriented
Cons
Housing is limited
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PCE (Former Employee) –  Hood River, ORJanuary 7, 2016
Lots of pro's about working there. Most issues stem from the location. Lots of good engineers, the mgmt. control system seems lacking. If the owner enforces more discipline on the troops there it would be an outstanding employer.
Pros
excellent work environ
Cons
having growing pains/culture issues with long term mgmt
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Political
Procurement Manager & Competition Advocate (Former Employee) –  Bingen, WAMarch 19, 2015
Getting the job done is NOT the priority! Politics and non-listening sr. management. Even when evidence is presented for substantial savings and product improvement, no action is taken.
Pros
Bonus
Cons
No advancement; Sr. management listons to no new ideas
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Great company to go nowhere in.
Drone Repair Technician (Former Employee) –  Bingen, WAFebruary 5, 2015
Poor management. There is little to no recognition for employees who go beyond for the company. The culture there is about who you know, not what you know.
Pros
Scenery of the Gorge.
Cons
Poor pay, Poor managemnet. Good old boy network in effect.
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Dynamic work environment
Procurement Agent II (Current Employee) –  Bingen, WAOctober 27, 2013
Company has great people, but some people in Management need to be replaced.
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Great place to work
Enterprise Continuous Improvement Specialist (Current Employee) –  Bingen, WAMay 14, 2013
Great team to work with. Everyone was helpful with the projects I worked on. Received support from upper management on continuous improvement projects.
Pros
Great location for hiking, fishing, windsurfing
Cons
Bad location for shopping
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Was a great place to work
Instructor (Current Employee) –  BingenFebruary 27, 2013
Insitu was a fantastic place to work prior to Boeing buying them out. The culture has changed, and is sliding down hill. Upper Management (Certain Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents and Directors) are running this place into the dirt. Moral is low. Great product, horrible management. Pay and benefits are OK. Be prepared to work many hours if you are hired as salary position. Promotion track was good, but has declined over last 2 years.
Pros
great product
Cons
horrible management
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Poorly ran company going down hill fast
NA (Former Employee) –  Bingen, WAFebruary 4, 2013
There is very little about this company that is still ran well. Clueless Management, good ol' boy culture, way too many cliques as if it is still High School. Good workers get more work, poor workers (esp. if they are someone's friend) get promoted. No one worth their salt stays for long.

The area is isolated and horrible, and reflected in the talent pool. The company is not going to last much longer with the way things are ran. The commute from Portland was unbearable.
Pros
bring my dogs to work, decent benefits
Cons
lack of leadership, stability, compensation, location
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Overall Great Company
Supplier Program Manager (Current Employee) –  Bingen, WAAugust 22, 2012
Fun Place to work , great people and great
location.

Management is workin to improve.

I get to bring my dog to work
Pros
location
Cons
growth
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Laid back, beautiful area: But nowhere decent to live
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Hood River, ORApril 26, 2012
The company is very laid back and casual.

The major downside is finding someplace to rent that's close to where you work. Permanent employees have the same problem finding something to buy. Most of the affordable places are dumps.

Another downside is that the company is spread out over several locations that can be at least 5 to 50 miles apart.
Pros
laidback culture
Cons
nowhere decent to live, established processes not open to improvement.
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