AAR Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
56 Reviews
2.5
56 Reviews
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AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 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 5 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    What an Adventure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Aircraft Technician  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Aircraft Technician in Miami, FL

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    Great Opportunity to work on multiple types of aircraft.They have a pretty good training dept.
    When allowed to get off hangar floor.

    Cons

    Being pressured too much... Hurry Hurry!!!
    Not much cross training with other coworkers.
    Not enough supervision for inexperienced
    Personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Working at AAR

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAR

    Pros

    They do a lot of good things for their employees, great lunch and learns, benefits are good..

    Cons

    Like any other place AAR can be a good place to work for if you land in the right department and not so much if you don't. Watch the people you interview with carefully if you are considering working there. Listen to your gut if someone you could potentially work for doesn't seem like a good match for you.

  3.  

    Disappointment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Wood Dale, IL

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

    Pros

    Managers hire far too many people and the budgets are blown and people are laid of

    Cons

    Almost impossible to be promoted and have personal growth............

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get down from the sky.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay and benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Lead in Miami, FL

    I worked at AAR full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good pay Good benefits and very flexible schedule. Supervisors are friendly and helpful. Vacation benefits mostly positive working culture.

    Cons

    Gossipy employees almost like middle school girls. Sometimes too many hours. The raises are not the best. As of late the job security hasn't been the same since when I started.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on communication with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An decent place to work, but won't win any awards.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer
    Former Employee - Buyer

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    Great healthcare (as of 2010). Annual golf tournament (in OKC). At the time, they were working on ironing out the problems in Indianapolis...don't know how that played out.

    Cons

    Felt kind of like a government job with less benefits and security. Didn't seem to be a lot of opportunity for advancement unless you wanted to move to Chicago (HQ).

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Goldsboro, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goldsboro, NC

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

    Pros

    Small town environment. Cheap housing in some areas. Fair shopping conveniences. Just off a highway so fair access to Raleigh (1-1/2 to 2 hours away).

    Cons

    Everything! Nobody except Quality cares about any quality. All other functional manager fight among themselves and blame all the problems they create on Quality. Management constantly fights and points fingers at each other. Contractors are worked to death, with excessive overtime, while full-time employees are paid much lower wages (in the 25 percentile of equivalent salaries for similar aerospace jobs in NC. For several years, they didn't have an HR Manager, and the former GM was only there part-time because he came out of retirement until they found someone willing to take the GM role - which took several years. Most managers are only concerned about either bringing parts in form suppliers on-time, even though they are not inspected by the supplier; or shipping product that is not conforming, just to meet the on-time shipping date. Most people I knew while I worked there were continually looking for another job to get out of the AAR Cargo circus..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like a team, and like you care about the employees instead of just yourself!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    WOW is all I cant say!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are a few good people in this company.

    Cons

    If you’re not white or an older man you will be overlooked. If you’re a woman forget it, walk out the door! If you enjoy being degraded, ignored, given no direction and yelled at by management then this is the place for you. I once had a manager assign a task, he was unreachable while travelling but demanded the project be done. I had to find my own resources and finished the job. When the project was completed and a success I was talked to by my manager in front of a circle of male managers. I was yelled at for making waves, In other words going around him to find my answers. None of those male managers stood up for me and just let the manager degrade me. I reached out to HR and nothing was done. In the end it was better to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the old men and get with the times. I’d also consider revising your EEO policy or you might just find yourself a lawsuit one day for harassment and discrimination.

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

    not good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R/E Technician  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - R/E Technician in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    great on the job experience

    Cons

    Good ole boys run this place into the ground, no room for promotion,or compensation and if you are not caucasian forget any type of leadership position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new management!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not fun, hope you like begging for work and getting pooled every week. Contractors getting 70+ hours directs called off

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Facility is/was one of the best. Rumor to be ripping out the structured docks to pack more planes in. Good wage if you negotiate coming in. But they will low ball. Benefits are okay, most of the mechanics are nice.

    Cons

    No structure and the "Peter Principal" is rampant. Supervisors and managers have no training and no business being in the position. Hope you like getting yelled at, degraded and left to find your own work. Good ole boy club is in full effect. Its not how well you do your job its who you know, and who 's rear end you kiss. Seriously you have no idea when, where, for who or on what plane you are going to work, that is IF you don't get sent home. No new contracts and they lose them as fast as they get them. They constantly allow bad behavior to continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Treat your directs better. Get some real supervisors and managers not your friends from the hangar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a circus with no ringleader @ Indianapolis.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Technician  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Electrical Technician in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at AAR as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with for the most part. People are willing to help you out when your lost or don't understand your assignment. HR department is impressive. I have to give a bow to the leads at AAR you guys try so hard to make things go smoothly.

    Cons

    Contractors are considered spare parts and disposable. Paper work is a mess. You have to complete the same check over and over because its written in so many different task. Some of the permanent workers at ARR just want to collect a pay check they don't care about taking pride in their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a day off from the office and tag along with a worker to see how hard it really is to accomplish a task. Or if your qualify do a task, you may find that its not possible some days to get anything accomplish. Get rid of that meeting right before shift starts. That meeting is not for your regular workers its more of a management meeting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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