AAR Reviews

Updated July 17, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014
55 Reviews

2.5
55 Reviews
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AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch
David P. Storch
28 Ratings

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 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Working at AAR

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAR

    Pros

    They do a lot of good things for their employees, great lunch and learns, benefits are good..

    Cons

    Like any other place AAR can be a good place to work for if you land in the right department and not so much if you don't. Watch the people you interview with carefully if you are considering working there. Listen to your gut if someone you could potentially work for doesn't seem like a good match for you.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay and benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Lead in Miami, FL

    I worked at AAR full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good pay Good benefits and very flexible schedule. Supervisors are friendly and helpful. Vacation benefits mostly positive working culture.

    Cons

    Gossipy employees almost like middle school girls. Sometimes too many hours. The raises are not the best. As of late the job security hasn't been the same since when I started.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on communication with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An decent place to work, but won't win any awards.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer
    Former Employee - Buyer

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    Great healthcare (as of 2010). Annual golf tournament (in OKC). At the time, they were working on ironing out the problems in Indianapolis...don't know how that played out.

    Cons

    Felt kind of like a government job with less benefits and security. Didn't seem to be a lot of opportunity for advancement unless you wanted to move to Chicago (HQ).

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a circus with no ringleader @ Indianapolis.

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    Former Employee - Electrical Technician  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Electrical Technician in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at AAR as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with for the most part. People are willing to help you out when your lost or don't understand your assignment. HR department is impressive. I have to give a bow to the leads at AAR you guys try so hard to make things go smoothly.

    Cons

    Contractors are considered spare parts and disposable. Paper work is a mess. You have to complete the same check over and over because its written in so many different task. Some of the permanent workers at ARR just want to collect a pay check they don't care about taking pride in their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a day off from the office and tag along with a worker to see how hard it really is to accomplish a task. Or if your qualify do a task, you may find that its not possible some days to get anything accomplish. Get rid of that meeting right before shift starts. That meeting is not for your regular workers its more of a management meeting.

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

    Great ideas, motivated people, low rewards

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Learning a lot about the industry. Great exposure to immediate deals, top management and continuous training.

    Cons

    Low pay, hard to move up, low morale. Management is constantly changing processes, these changes don't necessarily add value and end up with layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do better job at keeping morale, increasing sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company to spend a few years at...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance  in  Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Finance in Wood Dale, IL

    I worked at AAR full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong, well diversified company. Good company to spend a few years to get experience.
    I'd say the biggest thing I miss about this place is their gym and cafeteria. Caf isn't the greatest but still nice to have.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to move up and advance. Low pay compared to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the development of your employees and pay them more money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good pay and benefits combined with friendly team members

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    AAR offers good pay and benefits, especially vacation benefits. A positive working culture is encouraged and facilitated with company tailgates, summer picnics and winter luncheons.

    Cons

    The company is not investing in their employee's as a long term asset. There are frequent re-structuring events, making it at times difficult as tasks are re-assigned and sometimes neglected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in adequate staffing and training of the current staff to mitigate the need to continually re-structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Accountant

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at AAR full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Summa Technology was a great place to work. Superviors respected and valued employee suggestions. We were team players

    Cons

    After the company was sold, managers did not understand the importance of communicating with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees. Work as a team player

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    AAR Response

    Feb 11, 2014Talent Acquisition Manager

    Unfortunately, this recommendation was meant for another and belongs to a company called:

    Aar Summa Technology Inc
    140 Sparkman NW Dr
    Huntsville, AL 35805
    (256) 830-7000

    The Summa
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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really good in some things really bad in others

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAR full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really nice people. Good insurance.

    Cons

    Hard to work in if not at corp site. As usual execs ignore poor treatment of its site leaders of its employees. Yelling and cussing by execs at local sites. If you are middle management you are between a rock and a rock. Upper management holds you responsible for everything and employees blame you for everything. They allow anonymous comments about managers during employee survey and then allows all managers to read them. This is demeaning to those wrongly or rightly accused.

    Women are treated rather poorly.

    Hr directors are so afraid for their jobs because they are women and not part of good ole boy club they overlook the abuse of other women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look up former employees and find out why the left

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    At the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at AAR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Invested in its people through training. Good benefits package and decent pay for the work performed.

    Cons

    When an employee called 'the hotline', corporate management was quick to point the finger at local management even before any investigation had begun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate management needs to be supportive of local management. When this does not exist, employees are quick to notice and may take advantage of the situation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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