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CAE Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
140 Reviews
2.8
140 Reviews
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CAE President, CEO, and Director Marc Parent
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The working conditions are fairly good and overtime is paid at time and a half (in 12 reviews)

  • Great place for building long term personal and professional relationships (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is more focused on product than on employees (in 13 reviews)

  • gt; Limited growth opportunities as people don't quit and large layers of management of long timers (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Don't Bother

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    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in DFW, TX

    I have been working at CAE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Clients are great from around the world

    Cons

    Ever thing else. Management are imbeciles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real managers

    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Simulation Technician II

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    There are no pros here

    Cons

    Terrible company all the way up the management chain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean the slate start over

  3.  

    Fear for your job everyday

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAE full-time

    Pros

    Before, when it was METI it was a great place to work. Management was great too. Then...CAE acquired METI in 2011.

    Cons

    Want to get laid off or fired? Then work here at CAE. No stability. CAE management pushes you around like a bull mowing over you. One minute you are busy working and without a clue they lay you off. Would never want to go back there again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using the employees as fools. Telling them all is ok ..then the next minute , another round of layoffs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sad at the direction of this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at CAE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with across the country and world are still some of my closest friends. Working with healthcare providers to impact patient safety was such a worthwhile occupation.

    Cons

    Once METI was purchased by CAE, the company went from a learning company to a simulator company. The management has no clue that the education part of the company impacted the sales at a very high level. In addition, the sales force was extremely low in numbers compared to its rival companies all along. Now, with eliminating sales and education employees at regular intervals it certainly will get worse. HR did not maintain my confidentiality while an employee which led to some difficulties in my last days. I'm glad I am gone; I'm sad for my friends who won't find another job before they get laid off in the next round.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to wake up and figure out what you are doing. What is your mission? What is your vision for the healthcare arm of your company? Be open and honest with your employees instead of treating them so poorly. The last memo I got (through a very active grapevine) extended two whole sentences to someone who had given their all to make your company successful. Even if you eliminate their position, they deserve more from you than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at CAE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generally, great people. I was part, for many years, of the original company, great leadership, great technology, great market, a tremendous potential.
    CAE acquired the company in 2011 and since then, everything has gone downhill.

    Cons

    Upper Management has no clue, no direction, treat all employees without respect. Layoff are very common and always as a result of bad management - the interesting fact; management stays and employees are layoff. In summary, Management doesn't care.
    CAE stock performance is an embarrassment and a direct reflection of CAE leadership.
    HR runs the whole company - HR is the most powerful organization inside CAE. Employees cannot trust HR - it is like Initech (Office Space)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice: Upper Management needs replacing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not focused on the employees only on the bottom dollar

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at CAE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting industry and great employees

    Cons

    Senior Management from Global Operations and HR leaders are very out of touch with the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your employees are telling you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is terrible.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at CAE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great industry. I work in the human patient simulation division, and the products we produce are great. Our company was bought by CAE two years ago and our focus has changed, which makes the mission a little less clear, but the company started with the idea of saving lives. How can you beat that?

    Cons

    Management is unreal. There are quarterly layoffs, and upper management always has a new plan. The President announced in January at a Sales meeting, "there will be no layoffs, but I may fire someone before the end of the week." This was his idea of humor. Vacation and expense policies have changed retroactively. Salaries are low, but hours are long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Short and treacherous

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    Former Employee - Commodities Trader in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Commodities Trader in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at CAE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Thought of company living up to compensation agreement

    Cons

    Went back on everything promised in contract and forced long, dreadful work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People should really be looked at as assets not a means to your end

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    This place treats employees kinda poorly.

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    Former Employee - Ops Coordinator in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Ops Coordinator in Columbia, SC

    I worked at CAE

    Pros

    Its a job in a poor economy. The coworkers were truly a blast. Good workers poor managers and poor wage/

    Cons

    hours, pay, management were all a joke. They provide no feedback, or training. They take advantage of employees and the poor economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Split the shifts. Provide feedback. Allow employees their legal breaks. Work with employees to become better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad experience, but I needed the pay check

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Software Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CAE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay check.
    Travel (if you're selected or suck up to the right person)
    Some easy posiitons like Test Engineer. Unfortunately, I was not one of them.

    Cons

    I was employed with the company for 3.5 years, relocated to Montreal from outside the province.

    In those 3.5 years, I can say the only good thing that came from that time and effort was the compensation.

    Most of the people working there are nasty. Backstabbing based on your origin, ethnicity or abilities is very common. The group leaders are completely useless, providing no training or any kind of leadership despite the title, they seem to have a practised deflection technique when you ask for help. Engineering managers do not care about either the product or problems attached. The only time I heard from one was when a problem (read: hurting the budget) was dumped on me. And then it was only to put pressure to resolve the issue, not help. The guy who dumped it on me was getting rid of it because he was feeling that pressure previously. This type of scenario is very common, leading to fighting/stress among staff.

    As long as simulators are sold, I doubt the above issues will be fixed. I recommend to anyone hard working and competent who is considering joining the workforce to do so only if you require the pay check. This is not a place for a long term career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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