AAR Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch
David P. Storch
11 Ratings

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. Not sure what to think

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    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    All the workers are pretty great.

    Cons

    You see contractors out of work all the time. Nobody can get 40 hours.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Lack of Employee Development

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wood Dale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people, events for employees 1-2 times a year.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs, even of highly tenured employees. Lack of inspiring leadership, mentorship & employee development. Exodus of top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a more stable work place, invest in your employees to retain top talet.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Beautiful Facility...Ugly People

    Former Contractor - SHEET METAL TECHNICIAN in Avon, IN
    Former Contractor - SHEET METAL TECHNICIAN in Avon, IN

    I worked at AAR as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Top-notch facility and extensive tooling needed to do all the jobs necessary

    Cons

    Extremely political. A giant Good ol boys clubs dominants over this place. Quick to let go anyone who doesn't follow the AAR way

    Advice to Management

    Let the Mechs be mechs without fear of their jobs


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent Wage and located in a great place to live.

    Cons

    Really bad management. Good old boy system. Toxic environment and frequent lay offs. No raises. Same work load with fewer people.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to the qualifications of the people you put in positions of power (I.E. Hiring directors and managers with no prior aviation experience who bad mouth the company every chance they get anyway.)


  6. Helpful (1)

    Culture of fear

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    Former Employee - Lead A/P in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Lead A/P in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with many avenues for transfer

    Cons

    The threat of being terminated is tangible and pervasive.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example not coercion.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good for learning...Poor for everything else.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    This place is a joke.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  9. A&P Mechanic

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    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Poor Company Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Composite Technician in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Composite Technician in Clearwater, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time (More than a 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.



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