AAR Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch
David P. Storch
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Pros
  • Stable job, good co workers , location (in 3 reviews)

  • Good benefits package and decent pay for the work performed (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is out of touch with the business (in 7 reviews)

  • Low pay, hard to move up, low morale (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Lack of opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people and ok benefits Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Cut throat environment Only family and friends have opportunity No one seems to care for employees that perform above and beyond what is expected Leadership has been there to longer and pay like crap because they do not know anything else but AAR HR department has no diversity and don't care to support what right. Employee lose no matter what People get fired if they challenged management Employees get paid $10-15K below industry standard No negotiating, either take or leave it Make sure you get it in writing because upper management lies alot about bonuses, etc and will not give it to you. The HR department are the ones coming on sites like this to give the company and CEO positive reviews. I know because I seen it done first hand

    Advice to Management

    I don't think any advice matters, they don't care about anything but themselves and nothing will change as long as the business continue to make money.


  2. Helpful (1)

    No sense of Integrity or Loyalty for Employees or Customers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Personal in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Key Personal in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at AAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Offices, friendly co workers, could make up time or get comped since most everyone worked over 40 + hours without compensation.

    Cons

    Buddy system or brownnosers get promoted, instead of hard workers that dependable. Many abuse their status and take 3 hour lunches and still get promoted because they are cute. Discrimination, but HR could care less to hear about it and then you are labeled, so why even speak up? Work not equally divided. Underpaid and overworked, unless you’re someone in Management or HR’s buddy, then you get promoted. Hint: If you’re in the popular crowd you’re socializing instead of working. I was raised that hard work pays off and it will be recognized. Not here in HSV at AAR Aerostructures & Interiors, Precision Systems, AAR Summa whatever name they are going by today. It’s all about looks and whom you smoozed with false compliments or skills you professed to have instead of your integrity and hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Get a leader who wants to work and doesn't care what you look like or whom your buddy is. Invest money in up to date machinery and plan ahead of time, actual have the Program Managers due what they are meant for and hire real planners to plan. Have material on hand and ready. Stop haggling Suppliers to perform better than AAR is willing to perform. Lead by example and don't treat others as a number if there not physically attractive or in the popular crowd.


  3. Full-time employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL

    I have been working at AAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are what make this company. Nice location as it is near Schaumburg and easy access from expressways. Pay is ok.

    Cons

    They are letting people go for untruthful and deceitful reasons. Part of the "good ole boys" club - they take care of their own. Lots of nepotism (hiring of family members). The head guy is an accountant, so he is lacking in people skills. Long hours as well.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the sand and take care of your people - their the ones who make the company. Quit hiring family members and hire "qualified" people instead. People don't live to work, they work to live - once you encompass this idea, things might get better.


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  5. Voiceless Drone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - One of the Staff in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - One of the Staff in Wood Dale, IL

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Most of the people are good. It's not a Charles Dickens novel come to life (I think).

    Cons

    The company was founded in the 1950s, and it seems like it still the 1950s at AAR once you have been on the scene for a short time. It's boys club. A white boys club. There are only a few women in manager or higher positions. Then they are mostly white. It is impossible to move up there unless you know or are related to someone high up. Mainly the CEO, who seems like he is itching for a hostile take over or buy out. Benefits and time off also come from the 1950s. Any change comes grudgingly. Unless it comes from the very top, and that usually comes with lay offs and / or renovations that cost in the high six figure range. Raises trickle in.

    Advice to Management

    The powers that be need to stop the meaningless bone tossing. Stop jumping on trendy things that you will lose interested in quickly. Treat the employees like they truly matter, and aren't just there to help make money for share holders. Add some color to the staff. Not just in the warehouse, but throughout the ranks. Also add women to the staff in higher positions. In general, stop acting like the current AAR that has one foot and a half in the past, and act like the progressive company you claim to be.


  6. Nonsense mro.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - A&P Mechanic in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - A&P Mechanic in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at AAR full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of overtime. Pay was pretty good for mro. Steady work.

    Cons

    Benifits too expensive, mangers clueless, overtime was "mandatory" very high turnover


  7. Helpful (2)

    Merry -go-round of incompetent management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bench Technician in Garden City, NY
    Current Employee - Bench Technician in Garden City, NY

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work as much overtime as you want. Free coffee.

    Cons

    Incompetent management with incredibly short sightedness. The same good ol' boys club that runs operations. Never any innovation or planning. Falling short of projections is always blamed on the techs (work faster, smarter, harder). Leads are worked to death and tooling/equipment issues are never dealt with. No career path to speak of.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a decent wage and retain some good talent for a change. Make management accountable and put some money in your facilities/equipment so we can actually get things done better.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Disappointing and a waste of time.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL

    I have been working at AAR full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some co-workers are nice.

    Cons

    Some of the people are genuinely nice but I found not one person to be trusted and it always seemed like someone was stabbing another in the back if the opportunity presented itself. Zero chance for advancement. Absolutely zero. Many family members and/or friends of the family work there and get paid a ridiculous amount of money for doing next to nothing. The "world class" company is all hype and does not live up to world class standards or accommodations. The HR department is a joke. The treatment of employees is absolutely terrible at times which explains the high turn-over rate.

    Advice to Management

    Try to learn not to bully or harass your employees. Learn to treat them with respect. You can see through the fake smiles and pretending to be nice as actions speak louder than words. Stop playing favoritism.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Management is not good

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at AAR full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to damage your resume get a job here in finance group. It is a dictatorship culture. you will be highly scrutinized. This job is really for someone fresh out of school or an intern who can be talked down to and treated as if there opinion doesn't matter

    Cons

    If you don't come in as a senior manager you are wasting your time. Ethics is low priority. A manger was able to lie on me and HR did nothing. Terrible management and hr team.

    Advice to Management

    If the same Managers and VPs are receiving the same complaints from different people you may want to investigate.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Huntsville Aerostructures . . . Look elsewhere - It's a sad place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at AAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fair benefits and in an industry that will grow

    Cons

    Horrible management . . . short sighted, nothing matters but me approach. You'd be better off working in a mortuary.

    Advice to Management

    Clean House top to bottom .


  11. Helpful (2)

    Former Employee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goldsboro, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goldsboro, NC

    I worked at AAR full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small town environment. Cheap housing in some areas. Fair shopping conveniences. Just off a highway so fair access to Raleigh (1-1/2 to 2 hours away).

    Cons

    Everything! Nobody except Quality cares about any quality. All other functional manager fight among themselves and blame all the problems they create on Quality. Management constantly fights and points fingers at each other. Contractors are worked to death, with excessive overtime, while full-time employees are paid much lower wages (in the 25 percentile of equivalent salaries for similar aerospace jobs in NC. For several years, they didn't have an HR Manager, and the former GM was only there part-time because he came out of retirement until they found someone willing to take the GM role - which took several years. Most managers are only concerned about either bringing parts in form suppliers on-time, even though they are not inspected by the supplier; or shipping product that is not conforming, just to meet the on-time shipping date. Most people I knew while I worked there were continually looking for another job to get out of the AAR Cargo circus..

    Advice to Management

    Act like a team, and like you care about the employees instead of just yourself!



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