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Updated 12 July 2018
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Pros
  • "Allowed a good work life balance" (in 73 reviews)

  • "Flexible working hours (most Germans start around 8am and leave work around 4pm but you can do your own hours thanks to a clock in clock out system)" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "It has the cons with come along every big company" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Pas d'embauche pour les jeunes dipl" (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "good place too work and have fun"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Airbus (More than a year)

    Pros

    fun environment
    flexibility
    easy to talk to manager

    Cons

    nothing muxh really except hard to get overtime

    Advice to Management

    non doing a good job


  2. Helpful (1)

    "All fur coat and no..."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mold, Wales
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mold, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Airbus provide a decent wage structure

    Cons

    Very poor culture when it comes to stress and health of staff. Management style causes so much stress to people with an atmosphere of threat if you try and challenge or complain. Unfortunately, Personnel Dept is no help as all and just supports the company line. Sorry to say, but nearly all sickness reported as bad back etc, is actually related to stress. If Airbus spent as much on supporting staff stress as they do producing glossy brochures telling everyone what fabulous employers they are, we would have a happy staff. Not sure if it's the same at other Airbus sites, but the culture here is about APPEARING to care, it is definitely all fur coat and no...

    Advice to Management

    Develop a training program to teach managers and supervisors how to treat others without condescending, threatening, and bullying.
    Set up a stress training program for all staff, not just those in favour.
    Encourage ordinary staff to come forward with ideas and gripes without having to go through managers

  3. "OK"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Standard week is 35 hours. Flexible hours start between 6am and 1pm and work a minimum of 5.25 hours plus 45 min lunch Monday to Thursday and 4 hours no lunch on Friday.
    Some home working possible but varies job to job, depends on role and manager.
    Good benefits can 'buy' and extra weeks holiday. Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme.

    Cons

    Set up and operation is poor. Allocation of budgets, random cutting of budgets, booking codes a nightmare. Finance dictate bad ways of operating, every department used a different tool and 2 or 3 departments all thinking they are running the budget for a project... No control, ridiculous amounts of time lost to just working out what's going on with the money when it should all be transparent.
    A lot of managers are more in keeping with the 1950s than 2010s.
    Not always clear how to progress. HR are hopeless

    Advice to Management

    Revolution required. Do away with booking codes, they are a joke anyway. Fix Finance any money to be run through one tool everyone with read access.


  4. "Airbus"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Assurance Engineer in Stevenage, England
    Current Employee - Product Assurance Engineer in Stevenage, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of values across the company.
    Proactive top line management
    Lots of pride working here.
    See and handle flight hardware if you are in the right position.

    Cons

    Some of the work can get repetitive if you don't move around - while other areas experience regular levels of change.
    Carry over of holidays is being dropped to 8 days per year.
    Too many IT systems.

    Advice to Management

    Sort the slow rate of recruitment time - your business is suffering because of it and stresses the staff who need good people and aren't getting any through a timely manner


  5. "Airbus Satellites"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is an interesting variety of work with the opportunity to get hands on the work.

    Cons

    Legacy processes, ineffective decision making, little engineering staff development. Poor commercial awareness

    Advice to Management

    Have a performance related payment system.


  6. "Airbus Undergraduate Apprenticeship"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Engineer in Broughton, Wales
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Engineer in Broughton, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment to learn in, most employees are ex-apprentices and so are happy to take the time to help you. You are given real work during the apprenticeship as opposed to practice or meaningless work, you are contributing to the company and making a difference. There is plenty of support from Airbus, the college and the university. Lots of activities and trips to get involved in.

    Cons

    Not much calrity from the appretice line managers. Ocassionaly treated as kids rather than emplyees. But you are treated as full time employees by the core placement managers and teams.

    Advice to Management

    There could be more transparency between apprentices and management.


  7. "very good job in my opinion"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Apprentice in Broughton, Wales
    Current Employee - Apprentice in Broughton, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very good money and you get treated very well. you soon gain alot of knowledge from your aspect of work.

    Cons

    the work is quite hard and challenging at times but the company works hard for you and you soon learn.

  8. "Recruitment Business Partner"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Airbus full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team work rate, out of the 8000 employees in the UK you don't get lost.

    Cons

    none, the place really runs well.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoyable Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Materials Engineer in Stevenage, England
    Former Employee - Materials Engineer in Stevenage, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Airbus (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The hub of space activity within the UK. The best place to get the foundation knowledge in particular on propulsion. There is a wealth of experience to learn from at ADS UK.

    Cons

    Stevenage is not the nicest location to live. Fortunately there are some nice villages and small towns nearby. The canteen facilities are very modest.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better salaries to attract more experienced European talent.


  10. "No Career Path"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are very few pros if you are technical

    Cons

    The only career path you will get will be whatever your manager decides. Their opinion is that as they are paying you, it's up to them what you do


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