own career path
In only six years, Sheila Murphy has energized her career by acquiring
an impressive "tool kit" of skills and various job positions at
Boeing with the help of her own strategic career plan. She is currently
working as an enterprise auditor. Sheila's home base is in St. Louis,
but her work assignments take her to a variety of Boeing businesses
"I took ownership of my career and it's really paid off," said
Murphy. "I made myself accountable to my own career goals by establishing
strategic career plans consistent with long-term growth."
Murphy is in the first "class" of the Enterprise Auditor Program,
a companywide rotational program that deploys Boeing employees for
eight, three-month assignments for exposure to a variety of business
operations and functions.
In addition to her previous work experience in financial operations
at Military Aircraft and Missile Systems and Phantom Works, she
has performed detailed audits and business reviews at Commercial
Airplanes, Boeing Capital Corp., Rocketdyne and at Boeing World
Headquarters. In short, Murphy is developing her own career development
"Employees who take ownership of their career development have
a tremendous advantage," said Laurette Koellner, Boeing's chief
People and Administration officer. "Boeing offers fantastic opportunities
throughout the enterprise. When you work closely with your manager
to develop a thorough and thoughtful Professional Development Partnership
or when you take advantage of the Learning Together program, you
are adding to your experience, your marketability and your value
to the company."
Keys to career development are the periodic reviews and goal setting
processesreferred to as Performance Evaluations and Performance
PEs clearly define the business goals that employees should
accomplish throughout the yearas aligned to the company's
values. PEs also are used in the Salary Planning Process to determine
how each nonunion employee is rewarded for his or her performance.
PDPs provide an opportunity for an employee and manager
to work together to develop and document the personal career goals
of each employee.
Rotation means rapid learning
One avenue for career development is through rotational programs
and assignments. Often these assignments are available at different
Boeing locations, even internationally. The Technology Planning
and Acquisition Boeing Ventures team at Phantom Works has three
active rotation programs underway: International Industrial Technology;
the Technology Evaluation/Application team; and the Technology Planning
function leadership in TP&A-BV rotates on a two-year cycle.
"The benefits of these rotations are numerous," said Peter Hoffman,
Phantom Works senior manager of International Industrial Technology.
"The people who come in and out of these rotations bring fresh ideas
and build ties between business functions and the technical community.
"Without my PDP and clearly defining my goals for the future, I
don't think I would have taken on this new rotational program. It's
giving me a real advantage because of the opportunities to learn
cross-functional areas and build additional skills," Murphy said.