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AAR Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
67 Reviews
2.6
67 Reviews
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AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay Good benefits and very flexible schedule (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management holds you responsible for everything and employees blame you for everything (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    A&P Mechanic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Miami, FL

    I have been working at AAR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable job, good co workers , location. Big company, some benefits are good like the tuition help for college and healthcare.

    Cons

    Horrible pay, management is really disrespectful, impossible deadlines, lack of incentives and 401k is really bad, they match you at .25 for every dollar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your A&P's and pay them more so all the good guys don't leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Poor Company Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn the ropes and really discover what it is you want to do within aviation. The company is large enough that you can move around to different divisions and experience a lot of diversity within the industry. You will meet the industry players and AAR is a great name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    The company fights to do business with itself. Every VP is concerned with their P&L without realizing they are making it difficult for the end customer to do business with AAR they see as one business even though it is operated separately. Management also is overly-concerned with titles and alter business decisions based on intracompany politics -even if it is not in the best interest of the company or customer. The employee is treated like an easily replaced asset and do nothing to retain their best employees. Pay is below industry average and benefits are too expensive for an entry to mid level employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. You are being blown out of the water by companies that don't have near the experience or working capital you do. Parts trading is a dying business model that anyone can do out of their garage. Tim Romenesko and Danny Kleiman have managed to upset your best customers and have fallen out of the aviation game but remain with the company because they are friends of Storch. Do a re-org and change how you do business with yourselves. If you could integrate into one seamless company it would add a competitive advantage over your rivals who are beating you day in and day out on quality and price.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It is a place to work if you need a job but bad management and bad atmosphere.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Composite Technician in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Composite Technician in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at AAR full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Built skills working with composite materials and work with multiple products. I made some great friends too.

    Cons

    A very sad environment. Everyone there has a why am I here attitude. The leadership is terrible about making decisions. They were more worried about acquiring contracts than having the proper tools and techniques to achieve the work. They wanted to cut down on costs so instead of giving us proper tools to speed the job and actually finish them on time, they just put in machines to dispense paper towels instead of being hand fed. Fired the safety manager because she was trying to make much needed changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Bad environment toxic and demeaning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AAR full-time

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Bad management, no communication good old boy club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start respecting and rewarding employees that work hard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Disappointment

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

    I have been working at AAR full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Managers hire far too many people and the budgets are blown and people are laid of

    Cons

    Almost impossible to be promoted and have personal growth............

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get down from the sky.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R/E Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - R/E Technician in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at AAR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great on the job experience

    Cons

    Good ole boys run this place into the ground, no room for promotion,or compensation and if you are not caucasian forget any type of leadership position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new management!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not fun, hope you like begging for work and getting pooled every week. Contractors getting 70+ hours directs called off

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

    I worked at AAR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Facility is/was one of the best. Rumor to be ripping out the structured docks to pack more planes in. Good wage if you negotiate coming in. But they will low ball. Benefits are okay, most of the mechanics are nice.

    Cons

    No structure and the "Peter Principal" is rampant. Supervisors and managers have no training and no business being in the position. Hope you like getting yelled at, degraded and left to find your own work. Good ole boy club is in full effect. Its not how well you do your job its who you know, and who 's rear end you kiss. Seriously you have no idea when, where, for who or on what plane you are going to work, that is IF you don't get sent home. No new contracts and they lose them as fast as they get them. They constantly allow bad behavior to continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Treat your directs better. Get some real supervisors and managers not your friends from the hangar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    OK experience

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

    I worked at AAR

    Pros

    Benefits - good comprehensive benes

    Cons

    Poor management and career development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for career development, training and growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost in the sauce.

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

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

    Pros

    Pay check is always on time.

    Cons

    F.O.R's are moving into Indy. "Friends of Rick"
    Lack of advancement regardless what HR says. Buddy system gets you advanced.
    Constant change of upper management that results in constant changes to work schedules.
    Management has no interest in their employees.
    Thankless job.
    Management is reactive not proactive.
    AAR hire and rehire people I wouldn't let work on hot wheels, let alone an airplane.
    Quality mechanics are dwindling.
    Most docks have a doom and gloom feeling.
    Moral is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the people you are responsible for.
    Lead by example instead off barking out orders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor Career Move

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at AAR full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They provide decent benefits and its a paycheck

    Cons

    Your ability to clock in for the day is dependent to you being able locate your lead, since you can't clock in till you have a job to clock in on. I've been early but because I could not find my lead been shorted 15 minutes for the day. This happens with some regularity.

    They allow people who don't work for the company (contractors) and aren't licensed to be leads.

    No one seems to care and the work is affected by this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at AAR Oklahoma

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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