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AeroVironment Chairman, President, and CEO Timothy E. Conver
Timothy E. Conver
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    Senior Engineer

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    Pros

    Originally a great place to work. Many inventions and pioneering work and world records happened there. I chalk up Aerovironments success due the fact that they started out as innovators and were able to take risks and move quickly without bureaucracy. The hiring in the beginning was left to the engineers who were actually in the trenches and really knew their stuff, they hired like minded individuals creating a culture of engineers that were all smart self starters and free thinkers like them. It was these initial managers that made AV successful by creating this culture.
    However these pioneering works were all done by employees that one by one left (or retired) long ago and started companies of their own. Many of which are very successful and are well known. As time went on, as in all big companies. The torch was passed on to the mgmt driven not by innovation but keep Status quo and their own preservation, keeping their big client happy. Forgetting the value and lessons learned by their predecessors. Most people don't realize that AV was a pioneer in Electric cars and green energy related technologies which all fell by the wayside. Hydrogen/electric charging. Worlds longest running solar car. Etc.Etc.
    On the whole there's not a bad guy in the lot, a miracle for such a big company.

    Cons

    After the layoff's, the company has become completely top heavy. Because the manager's natural self preservation, no managers were laid off. If you were a friend of the managers but weren't really an asset to the company. They just made you a manager of something so you wouldn't get canned. It has become so ridiculous now, that nothing can be done without many hours long meetings to make the simplest of decisions. If you ever look at the corporate website and browse the "incredible team" you will see it is mostly devoid of any of the guys that made the company happen. Just administrators, buyers, billers, managers that none of us ever heard of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember your roots. Take a risk. Diversify.

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