CAE Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
132 Reviews
2.7
132 Reviews
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CAE President, CEO, and Director Marc Parent
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Pros
  • The working conditions are fairly good and overtime is paid at time and a half (in 12 reviews)

  • It's a great place to find another flying job or to work if you are retired and love to stay in aviation (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is more focused on product than on employees (in 9 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.  

    Healthcare- Great product, Horrible management

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Management in Sarasota, FL

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

    Pros

    Fantastic healthcare simulation product! Potential to save lives, and educate others to do the same.

    Cons

    Guaranteed 80-100 work weeks, consistently berated by management, miserable outlook for future, no longevity, multiple layoffs, wrongful termination. All the best employees are quitting due to upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your plan is to shut down SRQ production and move to Montreal- tell the people. Don't fire strongest people, or force them to quit because you can't be honest. Upper management sets a poor precedence for leadership, and HR rules the company. No employee can trust anything but another employee. Look what you are doing to Healthcare!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. - Mark Twain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place for building long term personal and professional relationships.

    Cons

    Poor management. Too many layoffs. No market strategy. Lack of new product development. Forecast unrealistic likely due to no market research/analysis. There are always career opportunities available because there are always layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competitive and market research. New product development with fresh ideas and Future (not past) technology. Replace management in several departments. Give employees a feeling of security by keeping some around for more than a year or two. Better compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great colleagues, poor management!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CAE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good company to gather industry and work-related experience.

    Cons

    Management is short-term driven. Frequent restructuring and poor long-term planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Experience at CAE

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    Former Employee - Electrical Systems Designer II  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Electrical Systems Designer II in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CAE as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great for short term experience
    Supports student
    Great pay

    Cons

    Layoffs are frequent
    Upper management and Human resources staff seemed to be increasing with technical staff being cut due to off shoring of jobs.
    Once you are laid off there is little you have learned while working for CAE that can be applied to any other job position.
    Seems that quarterly evaluations create a feeling of "work is more important then family"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees. ask them how their day went instead of just going on your 3 hour coffee break.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    very bad attitude between coworkers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAE full-time

    Pros

    Many interesting projects, great place for new grads. Overtime is paid, flexible time schedules, possibilities to go on business trips.

    Cons

    Employees talk constantly against each other, management encourages this by hailing heroes, who are mostly patchers of code. Very little structure about how the work should proceed. Business trips may become a curse for some workers, who may ended up spending more than 50% of their time abroad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking about improving the work atmosphere. There should be ways to organize projects so that their progress can be monitored. It would be important to have a structured series of tests to validate all interfaces. Stop thinking that juniors can do everything and that past experience accounts for nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    frequent re-organizations

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting product, use high technology

    Cons

    It is not important how well you work, it is important how loud you speak; frequent re-organizations
    The GL did not have idea on what are employee current tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stressful environment.

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    Former Employee - Aircraft Systems Engineer  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Aircraft Systems Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CAE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, paid overtime, opportunity to see the world during the field trips.
    The only way to increase salary is to travel to the client sites, because you have to work a lot of extra hours.

    Cons

    Very frequent restructuring/reorganizations. People are terrified of being fired. No promotion opportunities or you have to work for ages in the low level. The management understands business but doesn't understand the technology and the processes. The things are upgraded only when some 3rd part contractors stop producing some components. There is no or really poor system of knowledge preservation. There is no education provided for the in-house software except 2-weeks standard super boring ridiculous course. There are no working procedures. Tons of time are wasted due to the wrong sequence of work or miscommunication between the groups. Micromanagement, almost all the tasks are scheduled "for yesterday".
    The only reason this company survives is because there are no competitors of the same size, but they are coming...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unrealistic expectations

    Former Employee - Modeling & Simulation Consultant  in  East Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Modeling & Simulation Consultant in East Brisbane (Australia)

    I worked at CAE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large well-known name and good salary

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectation of targets and short term views

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt your target as the industry swings up or down. Keep good people for when times get better.

  10.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Courseware Developer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Courseware Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at CAE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice work culture, no work pressure, need to be more focussed towards what it wants to achieve

    Cons

    No processes, far from the city, hapazard policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    CAE is in the process of a crash landing

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at CAE full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, on-site cafeteria, flexible hours (for non-unionized employees), health club subsidies.

    Cons

    No training, heavy in processes and red tape, internal competition between divisions hilighted by a terrible management bonus plan that paid out almost nothing the second year it was forced onto employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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