Top executives at Boeing have decided not to move closer to headquarters, even though the company insists that lower-level employees return after the pandemic ends.
Executives, including David Calhoun, who became Boeing CEO in January 2020, instead travel to the company’s headquarters in Virginia by private jet.
During the pandemic, Calhoun has regularly worked from his two mansion-like homes, consisting of a waterfront estate on Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire and a gated resort community in Buffalo, SC. South.
Flight records examined by the Wall Street Journal Calhoun has completed more than 400 flights on Boeing’s private jets.
Some of the flights were destined for Boeing’s recently relocated headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, after previously being in Chicago.
Boeing is trying to lure employees back to the office with happy hours and even alpaca visits, but low-level employees think managers should follow suit.
CEO David Calhoun has taken more than 400 private jet trips from home and is rarely seen at the Virginia headquarters, preferring to work remotely.
But records also show Calhoun used the jet to make stops in California, Texas and various locations along the Florida coast.
Calhoun is required to use a private jet provided by Boeing for all business and personal travel for security reasons, as stipulated by the Boeing board of directors.
The logbooks do not specify which trips were for business and which were for pleasure.
Likewise, Brian West, Boeing’s chief financial officer, is another top executive who decided not to move from his home in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Boeing does have an office that opened in New Canaan in the spring of this year, just five minutes from West’s home, but that was to accommodate the company’s new treasurer, David Whitehouse, rather than West. .
Boeing only recently moved its headquarters to Arlington, Virginia, from Chicago.
Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun is staying at his lake house in New Hampshire, while CFO Brian West is not venturing to the nearest Boeing office in Connecticut, although he only lives five minutes away.
Whitehouse started working for Boeing in February and lives a half-hour from the Connecticut office.
Calhoun and West have rarely been seen at Boeing’s Arlington offices since they opened two years ago, although the company has been pushing for lower-ranking employees to return in person.
Managers clamoring for a comeback have tried a range of tactics to entice workers back to their desks, including after-work happy hours, inviting speakers and even bringing in alpacas in the hopes that some members of the staff would be tempted to return.
The results had limited success.
It’s a familiar story for workers across the country who are being asked to return to the office with particular frustration at being invited to their desks for tasks that can easily be done remotely.
Discontent only grows when leaders like Calhoun continue to work from home, occasionally traveling by private jet.
Managers clamoring for a return have tried a range of tactics to entice workers back to their desks, even going so far as to bring alpacas in the hope that some staffers would be tempted to return.
At the Arlington headquarters, some workers have souvenir mugs that read: “Love Lake Life” — a clear dig at Calhoun’s relaxing lakeside life.
At the Arlington headquarters, signs have appeared reading “Lake Sunapee,” while others have souvenir mugs reading: “Love Lake Life” — a clear dig at Calhoun’s relaxing lakefront life.
A Boeing spokesperson highlighted its efforts to transform leadership culture by allowing senior leaders to spend more time outside the office.
“We transformed our leadership culture to encourage our leadership team to engage more frequently with employees, customers and other stakeholders. That’s why we moved senior leaders away from our Chicago office and closer to their teams three years ago, and why we continue to empower them to spend less time in headquarters and more time with employees and stakeholders,” a statement said.
A company spokesperson also highlighted the benefits of increased flexibility, which he said supports the company’s global operations and helps attract top talent.
But only about 30% of Boeing’s recent job postings are for hybrid or fully remote positions.
Of the 129 vacancies in Arlington, Virginia, require you to come to the office in person.