Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 8, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Boeing Vancouver was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):
- Boeing Vancouver employees can enjoy breaks in an employee lounge that features comfortable seating (including massage chairs), television, video games and foosball -- employees also have access to an onsite fitness facility complete with instructor-led fitness classes, from yoga to weight training
- Boeing Vancouver supports its new and adoptive mothers with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 90% of salary for 27 weeks) -- employees can also take advantage of a generous in-vitro fertilization (IVF) subsidy if required (to $15,000)
- Boeing Vancouver encourages employees to stay active and healthy with an annual fitness subsidy (to $600) as well as a dedicated health spending account (to $800 annually) for additional health coverage
Boeing flies high with digital aviation software
Veronica MacInnis is a Manager of Analytics at Boeing Vancouver, part of the world's largest aerospace company. Until a few years ago, however, she had never seen how an airliner was built. So when she went to Boeing's facility near Seattle on an assignment, she asked a colleague for a tour of the factory floor.
He showed her how the 737 is assembled. "It was valuable to gain a greater awareness of the manufacturing side of the business," she says. "In analyzing data from an aircraft, it's incredibly helpful to see and understand the different parts that are generating that data."
She had first met the colleague at the Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis, where she took eight days of classes with peers from Boeing's other business units. Not only did she gain a useful network of contacts across the company, she also credits the classes with making her a more effective manager of her eight-person team back in B.C.
"We train everyone who is promoted to a frontline leadership position," says Bob Cantwell, President of Boeing Vancouver. "All our employees have opportunities for professional development. Boeing does a huge amount of internal training, both online and in classroom settings, and reimburses tuition for outside courses, such as an MBA program."
When she joined Boeing in 2012, MacInnis had just completed a Masters of Management in Operations Research at the University of British Columbia. She was the second hire for an analytics unit being created at Boeing's existing Richmond location. The company understood that data analysis could generate innovative products to increase its customers' operating efficiency and had begun to invest in growing an advanced analytics team.
Today, Boeing Vancouver houses one of the largest data science teams in the digital aviation organization. In 2016, it expanded its footprint in the Lower Mainland, opening a new data analytics-driven product development lab that houses 50 employees in the Yaletown district and complements its software development staff of over 200 at the company's head office in Richmond.
"Planning aircraft maintenance, optimizing fuel consumption, assigning flight crews, rescheduling airline flights after disruptions - these are just some of the ways our digital aviation products can help airlines or military customers manage their assets," says Cantwell. "As we continue to elicit more and more flight data and increase our insights into aviation operations, we are able to create solutions that have a positive impact for airlines, crews and travellers around the world."