Working at Airbus What it is like working here

Whether you’re new to the industry or an experienced professional, Airbus offers a wealth of opportunities for you and your career.

Join a leader

Airbus is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services with more than 138,600 employees worldwide.

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3 Sectors, 1 brand

Airbus, the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe, is leading the aeropsace industry in three sectors:

  • Commercial Aircraft: More than 10,000 Airbus aircraft have been delivered to airlines as per end of 2015, and Airbus consistently captures approximately half of all commercial airliner orders.
  • Defence and Space:  the 2nd largest space company in the world and top 10 defence company which provides tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft as well as space systems, equipment and services.
  • Helicopters: the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer offering the most comprehensive range of civil and military helicopters in the world.

Combining European heritage with global outreach, the diversity of our talent and technology drives innovation, integration and internationalisation.

Employer Awards

Don’t just take our word for it that Airbus is a great place to work. Here are some of our most recent employer awards.

Pushing boundaries together

Airbus is a global pioneer in aeronautics, space and related services. Regardless of which Division of Airbus you work in, you’ll be part of our unique culture.

Make it possible. Make it happen. Make it fly.

At Airbus, our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place, on the ground, in the sky and in space. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other’s expertise and experience to achieve excellence. We strive to build our teams on trust and respect, where every voice is heard and valued because we believe there is power in individuals but great power in teams. 

At Airbus, our people work with passion and determination to accomplish the extraordinary – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

What it’s like to work here

Airbus is a high-performance environment. But performance isn’t just about what you achieve: it’s also about how you achieve it.

All Airbus employees live by a set of guiding principles that enable everyone to share common values and behaviours. But 'shared' does not mean that everyone should be exactly the same.

Instead, we encourage individuality. We embrace diversity. We want people to bring their own style and contribute to the richness of our organisation. We are inspired by each other’s knowledge and experiences. We foster a fun, friendly environment to encourage sharing and collaboration so we can thrive as individuals.

Learning every day is part of who we are. Mobility of skills and resources helps our business move forward and our people develop. The opportunities to learn from working in new teams, functions and countries are central to our success. We grow and learn together, drawing from our diverse experiences and shared passion for aeronautics, space and defence.

Drawn from more than 130 different nationalities, Airbus employees have drive, dynamism and creativity, plus an ability to transcend geographical and professional boundaries to work together on cutting-edge projects.

Discover our employees' stories in this section.

Meet our people

Airbus Faces

At Airbus, we take pride in the diversity of our employees, valuing the special experience and expertise that people from different backgrounds bring to our business. We thrive on the mix of ideas, backgrounds and knowledge created by such a combination of influences. At the same time, we encourage employees to develop their individual talents and experiences and to be proud of their roots because we believe that better ideas and better results are generated through listening and building on the different perspectives of all our people, whatever their background and whoever they are.

Creating breakthrough technologies

The ability to develop groundbreaking technologies is one of our key assets, and our people make it happen.

Investing in innovation

To maintain our position as a global leader, Airbus is committed to cultivating a culture of innovation. We spend around €3.5 billion annually on research and development. We hold approximately 37,000 patents worldwide. Over 1,000 scientists and researchers, including doctorates and interns, work at our facilities in France, Germany, UK, Spain, USA, Canada, Singapore, India and China.

Innovation takes many forms at Airbus, from early-stage research to product development, from cyber-security to enhancing existing platforms, manufacturing processes and quality.

Developing the future of flight

Airbus has always been a pioneer in the aerospace industry’s evolution, promoting cutting-edge technologies and scientific excellence to contribute to global progress. Today we are shaping the future of flight.

Airbus is innovating along a number of paths towards the future of commercial aviation. It envisages a future with fewer emissions and lower noise levels in the shape of electric flight. And it is exploring more radical urban air mobility solutions to help alleviate congestion in megacities, in particular through the Vahana project, an autonomous flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport, which is set for flight tests on a first prototype by the end of 2017. Airbus is also pursuing the projects CityAirbus, a multi-person taxi-style piloted vehicle; Skyways, an autonomous drone and infrastructure project; and “Pop.Up”, a modular air and ground passenger concept vehicle.

Invent with us

We are always looking for people who are capable of improving the solutions we develop and inventing new solutions to meet the complex challenges of living in a more secure and sustainable world. The diversity of our talent and technology drives innovation, integration and internationalisation.

Be part of the team

The diversity of our talent drives innovation at Airbus, while inclusion is how we make sure everyone is a full-fledged member of team.


Airbus is only the success it is today because we have embraced diversity and worked together across cultures to develop our innovative products. Our workforce already spans four generations with more than 130 nationalities and over 20 languages spoken.
Historically our headquarters and main manufacturing sites are based in Europe, however we also operate on a global scale. We strive to mirror the diversity of our customers and suppliers and endeavour that 20 percent of our workforce will come from outside Europe by 2020. Maintaining an inclusive working environment is key to the success and sustainability of our company.

Company wide, our diversity and inclusion networks manage topics such as work life balance, career development, integration of disabled employees and furthering gender balance. We also work proactively alongside a number of organisations to support our initiatives and best practice in order to create an inclusive working environment.

We are particularly committed to advancing women in the workplace and developing female talent. For instance, the company launched in 2015 a cross-divisional, cross-departmental and transnational network, Balance for Business, aiming to spur the recognition and development of women across the company by attracting, developing and retaining skilled women.

Para-triathlete Andy Lewis is an inspiration both on and off the field: this aerospace ambassador has become world and Paralympic champion while developing a successful career at Airbus.

Equality for Persons with Disabilities

Airbus promotes equal opportunities and supports people with both visible and non-visible (dis)ability. Different initiatives across the company are aimed at boosting awareness and above all encouraging dialogue on the important contribution employees with disabilities make to the company every day. These initiatives include a project running since 2011 to increase sub-contracting activities with Disability Friendly Companies in France, Germany, UK and Spain, as well as the development of innovative solutions for people with disabilities.

  • Watch the video to get to know Andy Lewis, who has become world and Paralympic champion while developing a successful career at Airbus. You can also read his story here.
  • Meet Jessica Cox and read her story: she became the first person in history to be a certified pilot using only her legs to fly the plane.

Women shape the future of the aerospace industry


Abbie Hutty is an award-winning engineer and advocate for the industry in the UK. “When I was a teenager, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life," she says. "Being an engineer didn’t even occur to me. Then I saw the Airbus Mars Express mission on the news and thought: if engineers make things that go into space, that sounds like a pretty cool thing to do."

Today, Abbie is developing the structure of the ExoMars Rover Vehicle at the Airbus Defence and Space site in Stevenage, UK. This forms part of a joint European Space Agency-Roscosmos mission, with touchdown of the rover on the Red Planet scheduled for January 2019. “I’m working on a Mars mission myself – the very thing that inspired me to become an engineer.”

 

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award 2016

The GEDC Airbus Diversity Award aims to shine a light on successful projects which have encouraged more young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. The award was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, the leading international organisation for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering education. For this fifth anniversary edition, the award has been placed under UNESCO patronage.