AAI Corporation

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AAI Corporation Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
71 Reviews
3.0
71 Reviews
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Ellen Lord
34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I love the company overall and the work schedule is flexible (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedules, great mission and customer focus (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management issues filter down to the lower ranks (in 6 reviews)

  • All I heard the last 2 years I was employed at AAI was how important it was to grow our employees and promote from within (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    18 years

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD

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

    Pros

    was promoted to Engineer IV

    Cons

    very interesting job, good office culture, place for personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Recognized early in my career what an awesome opportunity existed at AAi, I retired after 30+ years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AAI Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    AAI has always engaged in highly innovative projects that placed the customer needs before company profit margins. "Customer First" was always the mantra for AAI's success. Reasonable profit and growth resulted from the good customer-supplier association.

    Cons

    Since the aquisition of AAI Corporation to Textron Systems, the focus has shifted from customer satisfaction to very high net return on profit. Employee loyalty has suffered from his approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are your greatest resource. Align them properly to maximize their potential and generate excellent products with reasonable profit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great product and great workforce

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AAI Corporation

    Pros

    the people are great. the product is interesting.

    Cons

    Upper management issues filter down to the lower ranks. Job security is bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I didn't hate working there but I definitely didn't LOVE working there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cockeysville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cockeysville, MD

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is probably the best part of working there. Everything else could be improved.

    Cons

    I experienced a lot of 'isms' during my time there. You fill in the blanks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First place to start, get rid of 'the good old boys' club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company with challenging work

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    Current Employee - Manager in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Hunt Valley, MD

    I have been working at AAI Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Products are in demand and are likely to remain in demand. Decent mix of long term employees with people who have come from outside the company. Textron's goal to move people within the greater corporation is bringing people in from sister companies which has a positive effect overall.

    Cons

    Pay is below many peers in the industry. As the oversupplyof people abates, this may cause an exodus of talent. Frequent "Talent Reviews" are stated to be an attempt to be able to move people as soon as they are ready for new responsibilities but are viewed by employees as a constant look for who to lay off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider 9/80 work schedule as adopted by many customer and competitor organizations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Culture supports favoritism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAI Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefit offerings are decent based on industry standards. Ellen Lord is a very powerful, articulate speaker who knows the company intimately and the products that AAI makes support the US military and allies. Most of my coworkers were easy to get along with.

    Cons

    All I heard the last 2 years I was employed at AAI was how important it was to grow our employees and promote from within. Yet, the main focus is on recent college grads, which bypasses those employees who have the experience but no degree. However, if you are a "golden child", a favorite, the company will bend over backwards to keep you, even if you don't meet the job requirements. You'll get promoted anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember, not everyone in the company has a college degree or is in an exempt position. You want to grow employees from within? Start with the non-exempt staff; those employees near or at the bottom of the ladder, those that want to move up the food chain. Those employees can be extremely valuable; you just don't see it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad experience at remote office

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    The hours are flexible. The compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    The office culture is toxic. The current rate of employees quitting is about 1.5 a month. Those that remain have an anxiety with each other thinking they too will leave. And they do. Working here has been a terrible, humbling experience. The work is uninterested and meaningless. If writing software and facing challenging problems is your thing, then you will lose your skills working here. You will rarely code. You will rarely think, unless it is about leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management is as much in it as every other employee. Get out while you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A company stuck in its ways

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting products, loyal employees, compensation, Ellen Lord taking over again.

    Cons

    Leadership stuck in their ways...not willing to look at cheaper ways to produce products (e.g. outside of MD)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MD is not the center of the universe...the other sites have fully capable employees who are eager to prove their worth. You have (or had) a 200,000 sq ft facility in SC that is EMPTY...with much lower overheads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company but Leadership Micro-manages in Electronic Systems Area

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAI Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great work variety with very innovate technologists on the Team. Great team of mid-level managers.

    Cons

    VP level leadership was not very good at conveying the direction and strategy for the company. They are also not very customer focused and the voice of the customer is often not heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your mid-level managers with guidance and resources and let them be successful. Set some long term goals to slow the constant "re-balancing" of resources that impact everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Seniority counts, talent not so much

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Hunt Valley, MD

    I have been working at AAI Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was given very little work to do, so the job was easy, and I had plenty of time to plan starting a business without work getting in the way.

    Cons

    Boring, mediocre employees. Outdated and antiquated technology. Fiefdoms of senior employees whose talent seemed to be in having been there a long time rather than actual skills or intellect made the job annoying. Too much cronyism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the deadwood. Make a positive effort to upgrade your technology to the late 20th century. In short, get this company off its fundament.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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