ARINC Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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ARINC Chairman and CEO John M. Belcher
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Pros
  • Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) (in 8 reviews)

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

Cons
  • General bullying is rampant and felt as if it were rewarded since it often came from a huge amount of program managers and general upper management (in 3 reviews)

  • The only con is Internal politics prevailing within the firm (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    A terrible job for great pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I worked at ARINC 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 schedule, high wages (with an enviable pension), lots of opportunities for overtime, comprehensive on-the-job-training; also, once you're in, you kind of have to TRY to get fired.

    Cons

    Extremely unfulfilling; you sort of grind on day after day, with little to no sense of accomplishment at the end of a work day. It's a union shop, with all the fun politics that go along with that (Teamsters LOVE to take those dues out of your check every month, but don't expect them to help you when you really need it). Tattling on the part of employees seems to be highly encouraged - solving problems through civilized discussion is non-existent. Basically, this is a great place to work if you like having a job for the sake of having a job, and making a comfortable living while you're at it. Don't come here expecting to be challenged or motivated, and certainly don't expect to be appreciated. You're a nameless cog in a machine. While there are opportunities to advance to management, doing so means becoming instantly hated by all your former coworkers, and spending the bulk of your day dealing with their petty grievances.


  2. Security manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at ARINC

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

    Pros

    Great work being done by some of the people there

    Cons

    Too clickish there if you didn't belong to a certain group you were excluded a lot. Too many egos to work around

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone has been there a long while doesn't mean they are the only ones to listen to.


  3. Ok Company to Work For. Depends in what department you are working in.

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

    I have been working at ARINC

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    No personal growth, company politics, low salary


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  5. Stressful

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

    Location. Flexible work schedule. Most of the people are friendly

    Cons

    The Engineering group does what ever they feel like. They ignore BusOps processes and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Get the Engineering Group out of the Procurement business.


  6. Once a great company before the sale to Carlyle Group

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ARINC full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Best company I ever worked for before the sale. Having every others Friday off was a great perk. Outstanding benefits.

    Cons

    After the sale to Carlyle they squeezed out so much money, they squeezed the life out of the business. Raises we're small, benefits slashed, and moral low. Communication was also not their strong suit.

    Advice to Management

    Start to value your employees as capable professionals again, and not data on a spreadsheet.


  7. Helpful (1)

    If you can bear the toxic environment, the experience gained from ARINC is decent on a résumé.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ARINC full-time

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced projects with ever-changing technologies along with difficult personalities allowed me to understand my ability to persevere through almost anything. Customers made the job rewarding when they were satisfied with the progression or results of a project. The fact that you have to pick up so many responsibilities along the way really pad your résumé for a more fulfilling career elsewhere.

    Cons

    Satellite locations do not operate within the same guidelines as the corporate headquarters, meaning HR presence or policies are virtually non-existent. This results in employees not able to report to HR without fear of a hostile work environment, thus being abused without any repercussions. There is a lot of sexual harassment and sexist views that make an uncomfortable environment for women. General bullying is rampant and felt as if it were rewarded since it often came from a huge amount of program managers and general upper management. Long hours are expected and seldom rewarded or acknowledged. Satellite locations have had lay-offs as recent as mid-2013 and the general environment seems to be shaky.

    Advice to Management

    Require HR presence in all satellite locations and general ethics/management classes for managers (or a formal orientation) run by HR staff. Follow up with HR policies regularly. Be more transparent about the culture and expectation of extended hours (along with the difficult personalities).


  8. Great staff, poor leadership from vps & CEO

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Department Director in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Department Director in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at ARINC full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good place to get exposure to latest technology. Has okay benefits. A good stepping stone to a better opportunity.

    Cons

    Constant infighting among higher level executives. Not truthful about future of company to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Youn would not listen if I gave it.


  9. It's time for some management changes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD

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

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

    Pros

    1) Commuting can be very pleasant if you live on this side of MD. Some departments are better to work in. At least so I'm told. 2) Flexible hours. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS)

    Cons

    ARINC is currently waiting for a buyer, and it seems like the only employees that are hanging around are the ones that were just hired and/or the ones that still draw a pension. Here is what I observed in my time there: 1) Nepotism - : favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship This is ramped at ARINC. You will most likely not have a good career advancement due to this practice. Many employees (family members) are getting positions they are not qualified for. It has completely undermined the moral. 2) Signs of Corporate Pathology? - I've found that many (expensive) decisions are made based on private personal agendas no matter if it's good for the company or not. In my department as an example, the clients weren't even consulted on buy in for major changes to make sure they were ok with the ongoing cost. 3) Work Place Diversity - I also noticed there are VERY FEW minorities in leadership roles. I have not seen this to this extent in other work environments. I just thought it might be worth mentioning. 4) No Management Meetings - The employees NEVER get updates with management on what's going on. No management meetings with the employees, performance goals and bonus have diminished to non-existent for those that are on the front line and are reserved for the middle to upper managers. 5) Uneven Workload - I frequently ran into situations where there is one employee that is doing the majority of the work in their departments. When that employee is out, there are severe gaps in the productivity due to the single threaded nature of the organization. 6) Frequent re-organizations - It seems to be about 1 to 2 re-orgs per year. The entire department anxiously awaits to see who your new boss will be for that part of the year to see how your ongoing projects are affected.

    Advice to Management

    Properly train the staff OR hire competent managers to lead the organization's department. I'd most likely favor the latter. Stop the nepotism. It's really tearing the company apart. It's no secret that investing in good people will take the company further in the long run. ARINC seems to not understand that, or just plain doesn't care anymore! Many of the CONS has grown from inexperienced management.


  10. Going Downhill

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Promotes Diversity -Encourages Work/Life Balance with Alternate Work Schedule (if manager approves). Which allows you to work longer days and have every other Friday off -Flexible start time

    Cons

    -Company is up for sale so future is unknown -Layoffs have occurred in the past year -Employee Holiday party cancelled -Benefits used to be good but not anymore -Advancement based on who you know


  11. Started extremely well with good communications and vision, but in the last four years has lost focus and vision.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warner Robins, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warner Robins, GA

    I have been working at ARINC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Still the best benefits of any company.

    Cons

    Lost vision, unfocused direction, poor communications.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate effectively with employees and instill a vision of the future.



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