AAR Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch
David P. Storch
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Pros
  • Stable job, good co workers , location (in 3 reviews)

  • Good benefits package and decent pay for the work performed (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is out of touch with the business (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. Corporate Development Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial atmosphere and ability to easily move around within the company as desired. The Company has a strong desire to retain employees and keep them motivated.

    Cons

    The commute to the suburbs near O'Hare Airport can be a bit stressful given the surrounding traffic. Compensation was a bit light relative to the market for this position.

    Advice to Management

    The Company's management team is seasoned and strong. They are clearly focused on buying and building business that complement each other.


  2. Helpful (1)

    What you make of it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are generally very nice to work with. A lot of learning and growth opportunities for young engineers as they are given significant responsibilities.

    Cons

    The location is not very favorable for people who expect to have a reasonable social life.


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    Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    job was great, great pay, great people. i had a great experience i just decided that it was time to move on from the company and so i did.

    Cons

    there were no downsides. i found the job to be stress free and loved what i did while i was at the company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Lack of Employee Development

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wood Dale, IL

    I worked at AAR full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people, events for employees 1-2 times a year.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs, even of highly tenured employees. Lack of inspiring leadership, mentorship & employee development. Exodus of top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a more stable work place, invest in your employees to retain top talet.


  6. Lack of opportunity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people and ok benefits Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Cut throat environment Only family and friends have opportunity No one seems to care for employees that perform above and beyond what is expected Leadership has been there to longer and pay like crap because they do not know anything else but AAR HR department has no diversity and don't care to support what right. Employee lose no matter what People get fired if they challenged management Employees get paid $10-15K below industry standard No negotiating, either take or leave it Make sure you get it in writing because upper management lies alot about bonuses, etc and will not give it to you. The HR department are the ones coming on sites like this to give the company and CEO positive reviews. I know because I seen it done first hand

    Advice to Management

    I don't think any advice matters, they don't care about anything but themselves and nothing will change as long as the business continue to make money.


  7. Helpful (1)

    No sense of Integrity or Loyalty for Employees or Customers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Personal in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Key Personal in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at AAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Offices, friendly co workers, could make up time or get comped since most everyone worked over 40 + hours without compensation.

    Cons

    Buddy system or brownnosers get promoted, instead of hard workers that dependable. Many abuse their status and take 3 hour lunches and still get promoted because they are cute. Discrimination, but HR could care less to hear about it and then you are labeled, so why even speak up? Work not equally divided. Underpaid and overworked, unless you’re someone in Management or HR’s buddy, then you get promoted. Hint: If you’re in the popular crowd you’re socializing instead of working. I was raised that hard work pays off and it will be recognized. Not here in HSV at AAR Aerostructures & Interiors, Precision Systems, AAR Summa whatever name they are going by today. It’s all about looks and whom you smoozed with false compliments or skills you professed to have instead of your integrity and hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Get a leader who wants to work and doesn't care what you look like or whom your buddy is. Invest money in up to date machinery and plan ahead of time, actual have the Program Managers due what they are meant for and hire real planners to plan. Have material on hand and ready. Stop haggling Suppliers to perform better than AAR is willing to perform. Lead by example and don't treat others as a number if there not physically attractive or in the popular crowd.


  8. Full-time employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL

    I have been working at AAR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are what make this company. Nice location as it is near Schaumburg and easy access from expressways. Pay is ok.

    Cons

    They are letting people go for untruthful and deceitful reasons. Part of the "good ole boys" club - they take care of their own. Lots of nepotism (hiring of family members). The head guy is an accountant, so he is lacking in people skills. Long hours as well.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the sand and take care of your people - their the ones who make the company. Quit hiring family members and hire "qualified" people instead. People don't live to work, they work to live - once you encompass this idea, things might get better.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palm Bay, FL

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent Wage and located in a great place to live.

    Cons

    Really bad management. Good old boy system. Toxic environment and frequent lay offs. No raises. Same work load with fewer people.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to the qualifications of the people you put in positions of power (I.E. Hiring directors and managers with no prior aviation experience who bad mouth the company every chance they get anyway.)


  10. lot of opportunities, not always easy to atain

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bench Tech in Garden City, NY
    Current Employee - Bench Tech in Garden City, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    family type of environment great hrs. at times lots of OT when there is work in abundance.

    Cons

    with out OT the pay may not be enough. its very hard to move up in directions other than management. Very reactive not proactive.

    Advice to Management

    give people a reason to stay especially the young ones. stop being proactive. and upper management needs to take a more active role in what is going on in production, so that the techs can have it known that when there is an issue then something is being done. when there isnt there is a feeling that no one cares.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Culture of fear

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead A/P in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Lead A/P in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at AAR

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

    Pros

    Large company with many avenues for transfer

    Cons

    The threat of being terminated is tangible and pervasive.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example not coercion.



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