posted on Apr, 8 2019 @ 12:37 PM
a reply to: JIMC5499
I worked for a sub-contractor for Boeing in the late 80's. They kept telling us that our parts were wrong
I worked for a relatively small company for a time that was frequently asked to do various forms of work for Boeing (both commercial and defense). I
won't go into the details because some aspects may still be sensitive, but Boeing made one particular relatively simple project into a massive
headache because they could not seem to make up their mind on what they wanted. "That works great, just like we asked. Can you make it do this
instead? How about this , but maybe it takes up less space and weighs less? Well, ideally, it'd be cheaper to add this capability"
They probably funded our entire company's operations for over two years (and we all love money), but it was hands down the worst project management
I've experienced (followed closely by Airbus asking for a similar thing). We were asked to provide a capability they were exploring for their
commercial fleet as a feature or option in new aircraft or able to be retrofitted.
After buckets of money and ~2 years looking at a million different ways they asked us to try to do one specific thing (which we had taken about a
month to figure out what we considered the most reasonable method in terms of price, weight, space per the first requirement), as far as I am aware
one single variation of this was eventually employed on two well-known aircraft. I don't think we ever manufactured or sold a single related product
to or through Boeing.
I do think we eventually got a couple of somewhat related things out the door for end customers that took advantage of all our mostly unnecessary
experience, but nothing for Boeing. They had spent Brinks trucks worth of money evaluating a myriad of different options on the premise they were
going to offer this fleet wide as a standard or customer option.
Massive headache, but lucrative (for us, not Boeing). Airbus was only slightly better. Probably tied in terms of competence, but we did less work for
them, so it didn't seem as obnoxious, and those European guys always bought nice lunches and had impeccable manners. Haha Boeing defense was much
better, but still the worst of the primes we dealt with. Pretty much all the defense companies seem incompetent at least occasionally. Especially when
you don't have the reins on a project.