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CAE Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
38 Reviews
4.0
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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 13 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.  

    Great place for an entry to advanced level job for a single person

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Some of the younger engineers are easy to get along with, like in every office there are some to watch out for. The benefits package is quite good, so is the ability to get stock options upon employment. Pay wise, most times its required to work > 40 per week (at times > 50), its compensated at your salary, so that is a major plus for the pocket, especially if your're single. The company is two levels, manufacturing and hardware downstairs and programming upstairs. There is a cafeteria on site, so its not necessary to drive off for lunch. Parking is adequate as well.

    Cons

    Some cons include long hours and lack of communication between other programmers in the same group and even group management. Inter group communication is low, unless you find a friend in another group. Learning out side your group is also difficult. Long hours are required sometimes. Also there are no windows, so its a pretty grey and dismal building on the inside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with subordinates and open the communication to everyone in the group. After being hired, spend time with the new hire and the current group (or key people in the group) to discuss how things run and operate. Keep instilling the open communication with HR and the benefits package.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    CAE USA - Good benefits; old school thinking

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

    I have been working at CAE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is ok - they pay overtime. Good employee benefits. Lots of smart people which is nice to be around. Lots of good contacts with military.

    Cons

    Some good simulation software but on the other side, most in Tampa are on Office 2007 (!). Weird mix of outdated software and new technology. Very little work from home -- they still want to see you in office.

    Lots of good engineers but not so much good mid level management- a lot of engineers turned to management who are not good at managing people. I think they are trying to change that; just started a "tech only" kind of path.

    Heavy focus on military, which makes sense considering the customer base -- but lots of ex-mil management also try to enforce chain of command thinking, which gets in the way. New head honcho seems to be doing pretty well; better than previous one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't promote according to years of service or based on being ex-military. figure out what to do with healthcare product line. have better marketing and product development -- out from under thumb of Canada.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    softwaree engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mirabel, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mirabel, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    great company image. lots of challenging work especially in military

    Cons

    company asks for too many hours of work per year. ordinary7 salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire me again. I like the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Very good. Very dynamic, a lot of opportunities, great fun people. A lot of potential to move around in the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Co-Op Student in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at CAE full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Can apply to various positions and there are a lot of training to do and tools to learn. Very specialized for engineers.

    Cons

    40 hours a week but flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company, Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Inter in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Intern - Summer Inter in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at CAE as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional environment
    Great Facilities
    Good company Culture

    Cons

    As an intern, was not given much work
    Some days were really slow and boring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Software specialist

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

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Core hours, Raises, benefits and good insurance plan

    Cons

    Lots of traffic to get there... and forget about the metro or bus if your from downtown

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Old mentality change comes in slowly..

  8.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Stable Company And OK Salary

    Cons

    French and factory atmosphere !!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Integration Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Integration Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CAE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to start your career.

    Cons

    There is an imbalance between workload and salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great people working there. I learned a lot as an intern.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CAE as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working in the main building at Montreal gives access to the production line, which is great.
    Opportunities of travelling for work.
    Employees are like a big family.

    Cons

    As in many big companies, there are some lacks of communication between the high management and floor employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Loads of opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Systems Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Systems Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at CAE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for experience, changing teams and projects.
    Fun product as working on simulators is both technically challenging and fun to fly.
    Travel is often available.

    Cons

    If you become really good at something you become THE go to person. Meaning, weekends, evenings, Travel for long periods. This seems to happen often.
    Also many projects on low level priority items seem to be always redesigned meaning that much work that could be standardized isn't.
    More and better documentation required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the vision clear and strong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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