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Airbus Reviews

Updated 22 October 2017
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Pros
  • Allowed a good work life balance (in 65 reviews)

  • Very friendly team, flexible working hours (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • big company and less opportunities for growth as an outsider such as non european (in 18 reviews)

  • d'embauches pour les stagiaires (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "electrician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrician in Broughton, Wales
    Current Employee - Electrician in Broughton, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Total job security in a rewarding, futuristic, aeronautical environment where I assist in manufacturing wings on which the world flies.

    Cons

    Little too many paper shufflers and not enough 'hands-on' men to fulfil the expectations and demands of our order book.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to us...!


  2. "Large Company - Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Stress Engineer in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn, with emphasis on continuous learning (for people with the desire to forward their career)

    Cons

    Very slow management in responding to employee concerns or more innovative ways of working


  3. "Lots of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I intended to be at Airbus for about 2 years and have ended up being there for 12 so far. I think this is quite common. It is a very big company and if you want to grow you need to be open minded, to network and to look for new roles every 2 to 3 years. It is a real trans national company which makes a cool product

    Cons

    Brexit us very worrying for the long term future of Airbus commercial in the uk. The future could be fantastic but equally the sites could disappear in 10 to 15 years time. A lot of this depends on how plugged I the uk top management are to the European centre (worrying thought!)
    The company is also bureaucratic and political due to aerospace regulations and it's size and complexity. You need to be prepared to understand and navigate thus

    Advice to Management

    Don't just think about the uk bubble - think about what we can offer now and in the future (to help keep Airbus in the uk)


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  5. "Good pay for what is done but no prospects for personal development"

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Broughton, Wales
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Broughton, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the winter it is warm and you don't get wet (unless you work where the roof is leaking)
    The money you are paid for the work that is done is pretty good.
    35 hour week is pretty good, split shifts allow a good work/life balance

    Cons

    There are no prospects for moving up and progressing in the company unless you are friends with management.
    Management always pressure for overtime.
    Cannot book a holiday 6 months in advance
    Empty promises
    Lots of disorganisation
    Unreachable targets

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the work force, they are the ones who do the work.
    If the build falls behind target, help and enable the staff, don't just print another graph out, point at it and shout.
    Allow employees to take holidays, this is built into the target plans, so to say you cannot allow employees to take holidays because the company is behind target is unfair.
    Stop using apprentices for free hours of build. Doing this falsifies the figures when you are getting 7 hours of build time per apprentice, it make it look like the time taken to build the product is going down, this then puts the target up again.

    If the company is willing to spend a lot of money and 3 years of training per apprentice, don't give them a job that they could have obtained by completing a 12 training course in the training school, it is just insulting.


  6. "Overall it's a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working for Airbus is like working for family. There are many perks to be had, chief of which is the 35 hour week and not having to work on Friday afternoons.

    Cons

    It's becoming increasingly Toulouse-centric and there are no new large projects on the horizon.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the company in the UK!


  7. "Excellant company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Newport, Newport, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Airbus full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Look after every employed by them

    Cons

    No cons, I was very happy with them, my section was pass onto Xerox whom work from Poland.


  8. "Work- Personal life balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Stress Engineer in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Senior Stress Engineer in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly team, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Slow growth in Engineering, low recognition

    Advice to Management

    More growth perspectives to the employees, enhance KPI


  9. "Security Delivery Manager"

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    Current Employee - Security Delivery Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Security Delivery Manager in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At the higher grades you can get performance bonuses. Flex time is good.

    Cons

    Not the highest payers. Career progression is poor. Too much travel required even for engineering grades.

    Advice to Management

    Better use of VCs and consider people's work life balance.


  10. "Telecoms payloads Portsmouth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist Engineer in Portsmouth, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to work on some interesting, major space projects.
    Nice, generally supportive co-workers (though some are a bit strange!).
    Flexi-time system helpful (when you can take time off, that is).
    Pays well.

    Cons

    Constant high pressure with unrealistic commitments made to customers.
    Too many lost weekends and long days spent in fire-fighting mode.
    Portsmouth site feels looks like it's on a downward spiral with no investment and people leaving not replaced.
    Archaic IT systems and processes which act as a daily impediment to getting work done.
    Complex hierarchical organizational structure which has got worse since the previous Astrium days,

    Advice to Management

    Look after staff welfare better and ditch the current IT disaster for something more suitable to a leading edge tech company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for with many opportunities to grow."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many development opportunities, exciting projects and lots of nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes processes can be overwhelming and certain things can take forever to progress. The company is so big it is difficult to have visibility and understand the bigger picture.


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