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AAR Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
68 Reviews
2.5
68 Reviews
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AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch
David P. Storch
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Stable job, good co workers , location (in 3 reviews)

  • Good pay Good benefits and very flexible schedule (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management holds you responsible for everything and employees blame you for everything (in 7 reviews)

  • Low pay, hard to move up, low morale (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    An Awesome and Familial Company to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cadillac, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cadillac, MI

    I have been working at AAR full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you are of high quality, you're treated like family and the staff is engaging. There's never a dull moment and there's always a challenge involved. I was hired from an internship program for AAR internally, so once you're in, you're set.

    Cons

    Sloppy pieces of job descriptions when applying; you won't have a good idea of what you'll be doing until you interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more quality employees that intend to bring up the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A&P Mechanic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Stable job, good co workers , location. Big company, some benefits are good like the tuition help for college and healthcare.

    Cons

    Horrible pay, management is really disrespectful, impossible deadlines, lack of incentives and 401k is really bad, they match you at .25 for every dollar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your A&P's and pay them more so all the good guys don't leave.

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

    Great place to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of room for growth and a wide variety of jobs.
    Lots of company benefits such as on site fitness facility, cafetaria, tuition reimbursements, etc.
    Company is investing millions of dollars to upgrade its facilities so employees have a more comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation is below industry norms.
    Cross training and processes are not very standardized. Different people say different things on how something should be done. Makes it difficult for new employees to understand the flow process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop an analytics department to get ahead of the industry rather than just getting by with day to day activities.
    More emphasis needs to be placed in collecting data in individual departments to a consolidated source that can be shared amongst other departments so the whole company can be smarter and learn from the work of other employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing and a waste of time.

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

    I have been working at AAR full-time

    Pros

    Some co-workers are nice.

    Cons

    Some of the people are genuinely nice but I found not one person to be trusted and it always seemed like someone was stabbing another in the back if the opportunity presented itself. Zero chance for advancement. Absolutely zero. Many family members and/or friends of the family work there and get paid a ridiculous amount of money for doing next to nothing. The "world class" company is all hype and does not live up to world class standards or accommodations.
    The HR department is a joke. The treatment of employees is absolutely terrible at times which explains the high turn-over rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to learn not to bully or harass your employees. Learn to treat them with respect. You can see through the fake smiles and pretending to be nice as actions speak louder than words. Stop playing favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    About average

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    What you see is what you get. Most people are straight shooters. A few promotions while I was there. Benefits are pretty much standard for the industry.

    Cons

    Multiple layoffs, and a high turnover rate on top of that. Turnover exteneded across all levels, including upper management. Morale was a big issue.

  7.  

    Poor Company Culture

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

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to learn the ropes and really discover what it is you want to do within aviation. The company is large enough that you can move around to different divisions and experience a lot of diversity within the industry. You will meet the industry players and AAR is a great name to have on your resume.

    Cons

    The company fights to do business with itself. Every VP is concerned with their P&L without realizing they are making it difficult for the end customer to do business with AAR they see as one business even though it is operated separately. Management also is overly-concerned with titles and alter business decisions based on intracompany politics -even if it is not in the best interest of the company or customer. The employee is treated like an easily replaced asset and do nothing to retain their best employees. Pay is below industry average and benefits are too expensive for an entry to mid level employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. You are being blown out of the water by companies that don't have near the experience or working capital you do. Parts trading is a dying business model that anyone can do out of their garage. Tim Romenesko and Danny Kleiman have managed to upset your best customers and have fallen out of the aviation game but remain with the company because they are friends of Storch. Do a re-org and change how you do business with yourselves. If you could integrate into one seamless company it would add a competitive advantage over your rivals who are beating you day in and day out on quality and price.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It is a place to work if you need a job but bad management and bad atmosphere.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Composite Technician in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Composite Technician in Clearwater, FL

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

    Pros

    Built skills working with composite materials and work with multiple products. I made some great friends too.

    Cons

    A very sad environment. Everyone there has a why am I here attitude. The leadership is terrible about making decisions. They were more worried about acquiring contracts than having the proper tools and techniques to achieve the work. They wanted to cut down on costs so instead of giving us proper tools to speed the job and actually finish them on time, they just put in machines to dispense paper towels instead of being hand fed. Fired the safety manager because she was trying to make much needed changes.

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

    Decent

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

    I worked at AAR

    Pros

    A Very tight knit community.

    Cons

    There is not much room for advancement.

  10.  

    Good overall experience, strange funding for the position.

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

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, good middle tier management. Company is good at motivating the workforce.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch with the business.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Management is not good

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    If you want to damage your resume get a job here in finance group. It is a dictatorship culture. you will be highly scrutinized. This job is really for someone fresh out of school or an intern who can be talked down to and treated as if there opinion doesn't matter

    Cons

    If you don't come in as a senior manager you are wasting your time. Ethics is low priority. A manger was able to lie on me and HR did nothing. Terrible management and hr team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the same Managers and VPs are receiving the same complaints from different people you may want to investigate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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