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Boeing Australia

4.0
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Boeing Australia

  • R&D and Manufacturing
  • Technology

What it does: Provides and maintains military equipment
Staff stats: 3,500 employees at 14 Australian and three international sites
The good bits: Supportive team culture
The not so good bits: Big-organisation bureaucracy
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences

The Boeing Australia story

The ‘Boeing Airplane Company’ was launched by American shipyard owner and flying machine enthusiast William Boeing a month after the US entered WWI in April 2017. In the 1920s and 1930s, Boeing sold planes to the US Air Force and postal service, as well as pioneering airlines such as Pan Am. The company really took off during WWII–Cold War period and is now one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers and defence contractors. Boeing currently makes aeroplanes, rotorcraft rockets and satellites and employs over 147,000 people across the globe. In 2016, it had revenues of US$95 billion.     

Boeing Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company. It’s part of Boeing’s Defence, Space & Security business unit and one of the largest aerospace enterprises in Australia. Boeing Australia has three divisions. Command, Control, Communications & Information (C31) Solutions, which manages complex and large-scale development programs (e.g. creating an integrated battlespace communication system for the Australian Army) throughout their design and development. Integrated Services & Support, which provides training, maintenance and upgrades for “military platforms and complex communication systems”. Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance, which enhances and sustains “all Airborne Early Warning and Control capability to the highest of standards with the Australian Government.”  

The culture

Boeing takes diversity seriously, believing it’s “vital to creating advanced aerospace products and services for our diverse customers around the world”. It seeks to recruit and retain “diverse talent”, runs a number of inclusion-related programs and events every year and accepts guidance from internal ‘Diversity Councils’ made up of managers and junior staff. It also provides ‘Business Resource Groups’ for staff who are disabled, LGBT, female or from a particular ethnic background. In Australia, Boeing Australia encourages “women and people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent” to apply for grad (and other) positions.

Social contribution

Aside from helping protect the citizens of Australia and many other nations around the world, Boeing has long sought to make a positive contribution in the regions in which it operates. In 2016, it gave US$163 million to 11,579 ‘community partners’ around the world, along with US$8.5 million to universities.  

The recruitment process

Boeing Australia offers both internships and graduate positions. Students in their fourth or final year of an Engineering, IT or Business degree can apply for a three-month ‘Summer Vacation Placement’. For a grad job, to be considered you’ll need to have a degree in Computer Sciences, Engineering, IT or Maths. You’ll also need to have Australian citizenship and meet defence security requirements. The recruitment process is straightforward. You fill in an online application and are invited in for an interview where you’re asked technical and general questions by Boeing Australia managers and HR staff. If that goes well, you receive an offer and join a team that’s working on “leading-edge High-Frequency communication technologies”.  

Remuneration

Boeing Australia pays grads better than the industry average and offers an annual bonus based on individual and company performance. You can also expect pay rises every six months while in the grad program. Staff get an RDO every month and subsidised health insurance and gym memberships.

There are also plenty of opportunities to travel nationally and internationally.  

Career prospects

The way to advance at Boeing Australia is to move from role to role, project to project. If you’re a strong performer, you will have the opportunity to move up the ranks in Australia and apply for positions elsewhere in Boeing’s global network. Boeing can arrange mentors and will offer study assistance if you wish to undertake further education.  

The vibe of the place

While Boeing Australia encourages diversity, the STEM background of many employees means it skews male. Your experience will differ depending on what team you’re part of and what project you’re working on. But most Boeing Australia staff like their colleagues and socialise with them outside of work hours. You’ll probably only need to dress up if you’re dealing with customers and will most likely find yourself based in a well-appointed, open-plan office.

 

Star Rating: 4.1 stars


From the Employer:

"For more than 100 years, Boeing has shaped the course of human history through aerospace innovations.

Today, because of our amazing people and powerful technologies, our products connect the globe, protect our nation, and advance scientific discovery around the world.

From the depths of the ocean to the outer limits of space, we’re inspiring the next century of explorers and we invite you to make your mark on the future of aerospace with Boeing Australia.

We employ more than 150,000 people in 65 countries, with Boeing Australia representing 3,500 employees across 14 Australian sites and three international locations.

Our graduates work on real-world projects using cutting-edge technology to design, develop, and support some of the largest and most complex programs for the Commonwealth of Australia, the Australian Defence Force, and international commercial and defence customers.

All graduates enter Boeing Australia in a permanent full-time role before commencing a structured program to start them on the right path to their future career. Our interns really stand out with the majority of graduates having undertaken a paid internship while studying.

The 12-month Graduate Program features hands-on experiences to challenge and inspire including site tours, intensive personal and professional learning and development programs, mentoring to support career aspirations, and social and networking opportunities to expand professional networks.

As an equal opportunity employer, we strongly encourage women and people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent to apply.

So start your career with Boeing and redefine aerospace."

 

Graduate Review

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Overall score based on 9 reviews
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  • Fantastic team and work environment for the most. Also, the company itself has a good reputation which will open a lot of doors.
  • There is a real team culture here at Boeing. Employees really are put first which in turn delivers a better quality product that makes you proud to wear a Boeing uniform or badge.
  • Work culture, cool project, well-funded.
  • Company and workplace culture, type of work focuses on using technical skills and experience, learning opportunities, career advancement.
  • The flexibility around working hours.
  • Progressing your technical skills is a challenge as once you prove competence in something it is possible to be held working on something for too long. It is hard to be allowed/supported in pulling away and move on to new exciting challenging things.
  • There can be times where it feels like you're drinking water from a fire hose to absorb all the information required to do your job. But with appropriate communication to your supervisor, time will be given to allow you to catch up and learn.
  • The opportunities for career progression are limited.
  • Corporate red tape, supporting departments hindering the engineering team's ability to complete their tasks.
  • Lots of bureaucracy, paperwork, internal politics, unnecessary meetings and processes. A hyper-sensitive corporate mentality of political correctness.

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