Its such a large enterprise that the experience will vary widely between different divisions. I was able to work in Product Development in most areas (Business, Commercial, Completions) and different phases in the life cycle (Development, sustaining) and focus (Support to production, support to field). Generally was a positive experience with very good colleagues. Management varies, some are micro-managers and can treat senior people as if they are entry level. Too many useless initiatives (Achieving Excellence) that try to drive the culture but end up being a waste of time. Senior Management is distant and does not inspire confidence, but is an improvement over previous family-run company. Generally the work-life balance is good, benefits are good but in recent years have been tightened in attempts to control costs.
Engineering (Current Employee) – Saint-Laurent, QC – 7 January 2018
Many opportunities for professional development. Good work/life balance. Respectful and professional work environment. Good employee/manager relationships. Relatively easy to move among teams within the company. Job security is relatively low.
Engineer (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 7 December 2017
You are given a lot of independence and you are able to take ownership of your projects. The workplace culture is great and people are kind and helpful. Everyone is welcoming and Bombardier takes pride in being an equal opportunity employer.
Good place to get experience, but terrible at deleivering
Desing Engineer (Current Employee) – Canada – 8 May 2017
This company did not addapt to the new market and is struggling to re-organise. The people that work there are great and most customers seems to be happy with the product, but there is major project delays, and lot of quality issues that need to be adressed. It is however a good place to learn and will forge your caracter.
Good work environement, interesting jobs
Every single aspect of the management needs to be changed
Engineering Specialist (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 12 February 2017
A great place to work if you are passionate about airplanes. The opportunity to learn how airplanes and complex products are put together has been for my career. However, you may become frustrated by poor management practices.
Peers are passionate about their work.
Unstable work environment with recently lowered benefits. Management is weak and Montreal centric.
Methods engineer (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 10 January 2017
Bombardier is a disorganized company with a huge lack of leadership and management. Employees expend 75% of the day in meanginless meetings with no clarity on goals and objectives. The lack of strategical busniness vision is also present. Middle and high level managers do not even provide their team with the right support, guidance, and resources. I would never work in Bombardier again. Frustrating experience!
Engineering specialist-aircraft interiors (Former Employee) – Dorval, Montreal Canada – 18 August 2016
In the ten years I worked at Dorval, the job was subject to outside political forces. Most noticeably when the Parti-Quebecoise was in provincial power then the office politics went up and down accordingly. It got really bad around Saint-Jean Baptiste day every year when some Bombardier employees would loose control of their own emotions whilst at work. As far as the family owned company goes, the original founder Joseph Armand Bombardier was a brilliant engineer with foresight. But there is no theory today that says just because your forefather was a brilliant business man - that you are. In fact the family is desperate to hang on to their million dollar paychecks. The dual share class system makes owning the 'B' class common shares a no-go for investors as even if you owned all of them you wouldn't own any of the company - that's owned by the Bombardier-Beaudoin 'A' class shares.
A place to learn all you need about fixed wing aircraft
Stress Engineer, Global 7000/8000 (Current Employee) – Montréal, QC – 10 February 2016
An excellent place to work if you are looking for fast paced learning platform along with work/life balance. There is always a push to improve the product which in turn provides opportunity to improve employees' skill set.
engineer (Former Employee) – Toronto, Montreal – 18 November 2015
Typical day - you fight fres. All design has been outsourced. All good leadership has left the firm. Now you are surrounded by "yes" men who have no idea how to build an aircraft let alone certify one.
Those who have been here for decades are actively counting on retiring soon.
Assess the failed promises, read the news and observe the stock price. If these observations do not scare you away from this place, then perhaps you deserve to work here.
Professional Engineering Level 3 (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 23 October 2015
At Bombardier, I worked in two development programs (CSeries, and Global 7000/8000). I learned a lot about Aircraft system H/W integration and V&V. Also, I developed simulation models that impacted Aircraft performance and sizing requirements (e.g. Landing Gear Simulation model for the Global 7000/8000).
You learn and grow a lot by working with lots of talented people. It is the symbol of Canadian pride. The pay is good, but the work load is a lot , at times it may disturb your work life balance. It has low stability and security mainly due to the fierce unforgivable market competitions.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Toronto – 27 November 2014
-New graduates with little to no experience are "promoted" to lead several projects - essentially because they are "yes" men. -Identifying problems and recommending solutions will lead you to be placed in a stagnant area -Work/Life balance does not exist. Bombardier wants your soul -Salary is not commensurate with the responsibilities given -Job security does not exist anywhere, especially at Bombardier -Management are of the form of yes men or bull in a china shop. Very few quality managers left - they have all moved on to seek better opportunities -Job culture: if you have a knife and know how to stab people in the back - you are golden.
Avoid this place if you can. Look at their track record, assess their stock price, assess what their leadership publicly state versus the actions. Bombardier may have been a great place - it is now a toxic toilet, run by the same leaders that bankrupt GM. Don't forget, it is a family owned firm.
Engineer (Current Employee) – Montréal, QC – 30 September 2014
You are not allowed to ask any questions that might point to a problem. Nepotism is seen at a very large scale; HR is not there for the employees, they seem very lost. If you are friends with the boss, then you will just sail through, even if you are a complete incompetent. People with no technical knowledge are leading engineering projects. No training is permitted due to cost containment. Young engineers are not being guided, very sad that they are not challenged. Too many project leads/section chiefs/managers - who's working anymore? This company does not have any culture, employees are just numbers.
Engineering Specialist (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 7 October 2013
Learned to lead conceptual design - concept selection processes. Learned integration as primary function. Challenging problem solving, concept design, integration problems, interfaces, supplier management. Lots of interactions with different groups, customer support, manufacturing, system engineering.
Engineer (Current Employee) – Montreal – 17 February 2013
Pros – - opportunity to work in world class products - great experience - flexible hours - good work/life balance - immediate supervisors/managers are close to the employees and usually understand their needs - everyday something new, there is no routine work for an engineer - opportunity to learn a lot
Cons – - too much politics in the company - you might spend most of your time with brainless work dealing with paperwork and heavy processes - below average salaries - no overtime pay - unbalance in amount of work between departments, some departments specially the ones that work in development programs are too much overloaded