ARINC

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ARINC Reviews in Annapolis, MD

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Encourages Work/Life Balance with Alternate Work Schedule (if manager approves) (in 8 reviews)

  • For the most part people are friendly (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management at this company - if you want to call them that, is a complete clown show (in 4 reviews)

  • If you're in the wrong career area, career advancement can be stagnant and discouraging (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    A good experience so far barring management incompetence and too much process oriented culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Teams are generally very supportive. For any technical or aviation related questions there are a lot of people who are happy to help and answer any question.
    2. As a software developer one learns a lot about aviation and how to solve aviation problems. A lot of thought goes behind any product and software developers are an integral part of that. In essence, a software developer's work is greatly appreciated.
    3. Developers are allowed to spend 20% of their time every week on interesting projects which they feel can be important to the company.

    Cons

    1. Management doesn't bother to solve the problems faced by the teams many times. Sometimes the problems are not addressed in time and hence leads to low morale and exodus of talented engineers.
    2. The environment in some of the company's divisions is structured around military values and hence there is less flexibility and transparency. Suggestions by some of the young employees aren't always implemented or considered. Major areas include no jeans policy(strict dress code), no gym facilities/game rooms(for recreation) etc.
    3. There's too much process oriented culture which makes it harder and longer to implement good projects. Because of this it leads to frustration in the team and competitive advantage is lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce some measures which leads to better work culture such as gym facilities, flexible time and dress code policy. Listen to the problems of the employees which will help in talent retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company but too much in jeopardy with Carlysle trying to sell company off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Operations Specialist in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Network Operations Specialist in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth if you push for it. Other than that management is not worried about it. Raises other than annual cost of living increase dont even come with out asking.

    Cons

    Compensation is terrible even for internal employees looking to grow.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty much like any company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

    Good interesting work with good technology. You do feel you make a difference

    Cons

    Like all companies, there is politics, cliques, premadonas, butt kissers, brown nosers, rebels and ignorant sheep. However money is the bottom line. Since the Carlyle take over, morale has plumented. There is barely discernable investment in technology advancement or career expansion. Most employees spend the majority of their time finding policy loopholes to get out of work and leave early, especially fridays. The every-other-friday off work schedule is badly abused. Everyone is scared to death to correct a female employee or minority employee. However others are quickly 'written up". The work ethic is to do as little as possible and pass off work to others. Business trips are scheduled to maximize 'off-time' and party/drinking stories abound. Senior management is fixated on "dont spend money" mantra. Any requests for funds are met with pained expressions as if you just inserted an ice water enema tube. Promotions are given to the popular and the hottest unqualified females. Peyton place scenarios abound as extra marital affairs seem to be the norm and are seemingly rewarded by top management. At least twice a week employees can be found 'gettin their grove on' in the company parking lot. CTS treats employees needs as if they are hackers. The opening of the tech employment market will create a massive vacuum inside the facility as their will be a stampede for the doors. Pay is good to start, but raises have been less than COLA for last 4 years, despite the "all is great" reports from the CEO. For a communications company, there seems to be very little of it internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend money on product advancements and people. Treat customers with respect and dont let problems fester. Be proactive and listen to your people who are doing the heavy lifting. Visit their cubicals and let them know they matter. Fire any middle manager that rebukes an employee that speaks to a senior staffer. Communicate more often and truthfully to the employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting work but occasionally egos drive technical decisions.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at ARINC

    Pros

    Mostly interesting technical work and projects. Good facilities and nice people working at the company. Great company location if you live in Annapolis.

    Cons

    Political infighting and cliques sometimes interfere with technical decisions. If you run out of work then you are let go if you can't get something lined up quickly. Tenure and performance don't factor into the decision of cutting people. Creates atmosphere of uncertainty and lowers morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on supporting people doing the technical work and not on looking good to upper management. Work to keep best people on board, not just people who keep busy.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No opportunity for advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at ARINC

    Pros

    Great name recognition, I've gotten several interviews in the past based on previous work experience there.

    Cons

    small fish in a big pond

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't worry about your direct reports outperforming you.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not Changing for the Better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

    close to home. competitive pay and benefits. nice area in Annapolis

    Cons

    still largely run like a governement organization, slow to transition toward commerical business. Good old boy network in place. Incentives to take risks are poor. Purchase by Carlyle has not been a positive as they have not delivered on their promises. It was a lot of hype and many people did lose their jobs. The primary benefactors were were the CEO and the CFO. The employees were largely sold out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. Your business is all about people, without them you will not continue to grow.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Arinc is an ok place to complete an internship.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Intern in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

    It's in Annapolis, which is a nice place to live. The poeple are friendly for the most part.

    Cons

    Everyone who could get out was getting out, lots of people were being laid off. The pay was significantly less than I would have earned at most engineering firms. Working in the aviation industry was pretty cool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your interns a little more.

    No opinion of CEO

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