CAE Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
131 Reviews
2.7
131 Reviews
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CAE President, CEO, and Director Marc Parent
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60 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Not Bad, but not Great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op
    Current Employee - Co-Op

    I have been working at CAE as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay, variety of assignments

    Cons

    A lot of assignments are mediocre, sometimes there's nothing to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Met a lot of great people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Great presence in Tampa's market.

    Cons

    Difficult to work with some managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better managers

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall CAE is a good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    Good benefits - 401K w/ matching, health, dental, vision, life insurance, temp disability, etc...
    Hours are flexible
    Dress code is relaxed - jeans, polo, and sneakers

    Cons

    Pay-scale is lower than average
    Management is unable to balance project workflow - lead to recent layoffs
    Product is old and needs revamping - functionality is good but could be made to be better if they would walk away from VB6.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the budget better

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not bad, could be better

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Interesting products and challenging work, with opportuntites for international travel and good choice of internal transfers.

    Cons

    Upper management prefer constant reorganizations and "renewal" to solving problems such as keeping up with current technological trends.

  6.  

    Great company to start your career but don't plan on staying long...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Exposure to technology is good, ability to change positions within the company is great, flexible hours is great.

    Cons

    Very slow moving to get things done. Lots of red tape and bureaucracy. Constant re-orgs and lay-offs. Performance reviews are useless, they don't reflect your personal performance but rather the company's performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees reasons to stay at CAE or you will lose all your talent to other firms...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place for a new graduate, willing to learn and put in tons of hours,

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years

    Pros

    you are not stuck in one responsibility. Chance to learn new areas of responsibilities and technologies.

    Cons

    low pay, but they make you make it up in overtime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Good benefits for a private employer.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to more up the ladder.

  9.  

    Challenging Work but pay less

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Love their product and work.Lots of challenges. Lots of experienced people willing to teach.

    Cons

    The management is bad. Pays hardly any money to the engineers whereas the managers bag all the money. French is a big factor too. Not recommended if french is not your first language.

  10.  

    Good for 2 years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Software Specialist  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Software Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    You get to work on full flight simulators which is very cool. Learn a lot. Casual work culture, friendly/helpful coworkers. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Not encouraged to work on different systems. They want you to become an expert at one thing and never give you a chance to see more. Management is not the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry less about budget, get your engineers what they need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture and people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAE

    Pros

    Great people
    Social workplace
    Opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities
    Poor leadership
    Overworked and under appreciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micro manage and try to retain good staff

    No opinion of CEO

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