AAR Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good for learning...Poor for everything else.

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Ability to gain much needed experience for new mechanics. Thats it.

    Cons

    I could make more managing a Dairy Queen than working on Aircraft for this company. They absolutely rape their skilled employees in all areas...over worked...grossly underpaid...etc. Also completely disregard any leg up you think you may get from being a veteran. They could care less that you actually have a stone hard work ethic and will bend over backwards to get stuff done in a correct and timely fashion. Instead they will print you a t-shirt for veterans day...and continue to pay you less than the cleaning crew they employ. Veterans please look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at yourselves...(all you guys in the Crystal Palace). Then when you're done walk down to the floor, up to every individual employee. Apologize to them...Then go back upstairs and correct yourselves. A healthy bottom line doesn't mean anything if your employees are so downtrodden that they output subpar aircraft maintenance.

  2. Helpful (2)

    This place is a joke.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AAR

    Pros

    You can basically do whatever you want. Sales guys don't ever show up for work and no one says anything. The branch president is oblivious.

    Cons

    There is no structure. Everything is excusable including the sexual harassment and bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house.

  3. A&P Mechanic

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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 a year)

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

    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.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Bad environment toxic and demeaning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Bad management, no communication good old boy club

    Advice to Management

    Start respecting and rewarding employees that work hard

  8. Helpful (1)

    Disappointment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Get down from the sky.

  9. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    get new management!!

  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits - good comprehensive benes

    Cons

    Poor management and career development opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Allow for career development, training and growth

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