AAR Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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AAR Chairman and CEO 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. Corporate Development Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial atmosphere and ability to easily move around within the company as desired. The Company has a strong desire to retain employees and keep them motivated.

    Cons

    The commute to the suburbs near O'Hare Airport can be a bit stressful given the surrounding traffic. Compensation was a bit light relative to the market for this position.

    Advice to Management

    The Company's management team is seasoned and strong. They are clearly focused on buying and building business that complement each other.


  2. Helpful (1)

    What you make of it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are generally very nice to work with. A lot of learning and growth opportunities for young engineers as they are given significant responsibilities.

    Cons

    The location is not very favorable for people who expect to have a reasonable social life.


  3. Good company to work for!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Welder in Goldsboro, NC
    Former Employee - Welder in Goldsboro, NC

    I worked at AAR

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I was a welder and really enjoyed working there because I could work at my own pace as long as I met production. Welding machines and equipment was nice.

    Cons

    Pay wasn't the best but it was OK.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Generally strong and supportive culture that invests in its employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Wood Dale, IL

    I worked at AAR as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Work/life balance: General expectation is nothing more than 40-45 hrs/week
    -Amenities: Subsidized cafeteria, gym onsite
    -Interesting work and exposure to airlines

    Cons

    -Compensation: Full time compensation packages are not competitive in some departments
    -Career Development: The path to career development/promotion is not very clear


  6. Sr HR Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people work together well

    Cons

    The location is far from the city--close to airport


  7. Helpful (1)

    A good company to gain experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Tech in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Assembly Tech in Clearwater, FL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits program and work enviorment

    Cons

    Management revolving door ,had 3 different branch ceo in 2 yrs

    Advice to Management

    Need personel stability in upper management


  8. Company is good to learn and move on.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Avionics Technician in Miami, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Overtime, working on different types of aircrafts

    Cons

    Not too much growth to move up.


  9. Great place to work for

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of room for growth and a wide variety of jobs.
    Lots of company benefits such as on site fitness facility, cafetaria, tuition reimbursements, etc.
    Company is investing millions of dollars to upgrade its facilities so employees have a more comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation is below industry norms.
    Cross training and processes are not very standardized. Different people say different things on how something should be done. Makes it difficult for new employees to understand the flow process.

    Advice to Management

    Develop an analytics department to get ahead of the industry rather than just getting by with day to day activities.
    More emphasis needs to be placed in collecting data in individual departments to a consolidated source that can be shared amongst other departments so the whole company can be smarter and learn from the work of other employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good and Bad

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Administrative in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    AAR has some amazing benefits -- Tuition Reimbursement, generous health insurance, ample vacation and sick leave. The programs are there -- it's up to you to use them.

    Cons

    It all comes down to who your immediate supervisor is. As with any large organization AAR has some good and some bad. When you are assigned to work for one of the more challenging people, it's up to you to find a way. I suggest taking advantage of the tuition reimbursement program to gain skills that enable you to move on either inside or outside of the company. Education is one thing that no one can take from you!

    Advice to Management

    To the challenging ones -- stop micro managing your people. Let them find their own way and let them know that you are there to help if they need you. Trust your people and get out of their way.


  11. Helpful (1)

    The job had its ups and downs with alot of changes in organization

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - EMI/EMC Lead Engineer in Goldsboro, NC
    Former Contractor - EMI/EMC Lead Engineer in Goldsboro, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and employees were the best part of the job. There was always a relaxed feeling of comradarie.

    Cons

    The company has recently undergone alot of changes in its management and engineering staff. This made it difficult to know who at any time that you reported to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees informed of project changes and changes in organization



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