ARINC

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ARINC Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 64 reviews

38% Approve of the CEO

ARINC Chairman and CEO John M. Belcher

John M. Belcher

(40 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Encourages Work/Life Balance with Alternate Work Schedule (if manager approves)(in 7 reviews)

  • For the most part people are friendly(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management at this company - if you want to call them that, is a complete clown show(in 4 reviews)

  • If you're in the wrong career area, career advancement can be stagnant and discouraging(in 3 reviews)

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    Going Downhill

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Annapolis, MD

    Pros-Promotes Diversity
    -Encourages Work/Life Balance with Alternate Work Schedule (if manager approves). Which allows you to work longer days and have every other Friday off
    -Flexible start time

    Cons-Company is up for sale so future is unknown
    -Layoffs have occurred in the past year
    -Employee Holiday party cancelled
    -Benefits used to be good but not anymore
    -Advancement based on who you know

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Drafter

    Drafter II (CAD Technician) (Current Employee) North Charleston, SC

    ProsGood benefits, Good pay, time and one half OT

    ConsNot very good treatment for drafters

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at everyone not just your favorites

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Started extremely well with good communications and vision, but in the last four years has lost focus and vision.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Warner Robins, GA

    ProsStill the best benefits of any company.

    ConsLost vision, unfocused direction, poor communications.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate effectively with employees and instill a vision of the future.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company until it was purchased by Carlyle

    Staff Engineer II (Current Employee) Warner Robins, GA

    ProsSalaries are ok, but the benefits package has been very good (though not as great as it was before ARINC was purchased by Carlyle).

    ARINC has been very flexible with their hours as long as you treat your customer and duties with the appropriate level of attention and diligence that they deserve.

    ARINC has very rarely attempted to micromanage employees, and this is generally not a problem.

    ConsARINC has lost its way since it was purchased by Carlyle. The company has gone through some major re-organization. In many ways ARINC has been top heavy with too many managers and not enough workers, and ARINC had a good opportunity to re-organize in a smart way. However, ARINC seems to have blown the opportunity and re-organized solely on the basis of current EBITDA without a real plan for the future. It got caught up in becoming an Aircraft Modification and Integration company and didn't invest properly in its Engineering and Technical services capabilities. In the middle of the recession, instead of diversifying itself, ARINC tried to narrow its line of business into an already saturated market. At the same time, Carlyle has gone through cycles of wanting to sell all or parts of the company, so in those times ARINC often restricted capital investment in products. The result is that morale has dropped significantly in the last 3 years at ARINC, and a good bit of the talent has left the company. ARINC seems to be at a point where they are bidding on business that they do not have the capability to perform with the hopes that they can hire off the street talent to do the work if it comes in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication within the management chain and the business development area needs improvement. ARINC needs to realize that strong engineering talent is hard to come by in the market, and that even strong talent takes time to familiarize itself with your products, services, and processes in order to become effective. To be able to compete, ARINC needs to invest in its products and services rather than relying on developing these things on the customers dollar. A research and development budget would go a long way towards sustaining success.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty much like any company

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee) Annapolis, MD

    ProsGood interesting work with good technology. You do feel you make a difference

    ConsLike all companies, there is politics, cliques, premadonas, butt kissers, brown nosers, rebels and ignorant sheep. However money is the bottom line. Since the Carlyle take over, morale has plumented. There is barely discernable investment in technology advancement or career expansion. Most employees spend the majority of their time finding policy loopholes to get out of work and leave early, especially fridays. The every-other-friday off work schedule is badly abused. Everyone is scared to death to correct a female employee or minority employee. However others are quickly 'written up". The work ethic is to do as little as possible and pass off work to others. Business trips are scheduled to maximize 'off-time' and party/drinking stories abound. Senior management is fixated on "dont spend money" mantra. Any requests for funds are met with pained expressions as if you just inserted an ice water enema tube. Promotions are given to the popular and the hottest unqualified females. Peyton place scenarios abound as extra marital affairs seem to be the norm and are seemingly rewarded by top management. At least twice a week employees can be found 'gettin their grove on' in the company parking lot. CTS treats employees needs as if they are hackers. The opening of the tech employment market will create a massive vacuum inside the facility as their will be a stampede for the doors. Pay is good to start, but raises have been less than COLA for last 4 years, despite the "all is great" reports from the CEO. For a communications company, there seems to be very little of it internally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend money on product advancements and people. Treat customers with respect and dont let problems fester. Be proactive and listen to your people who are doing the heavy lifting. Visit their cubicals and let them know they matter. Fire any middle manager that rebukes an employee that speaks to a senior staffer. Communicate more often and truthfully to the employees.

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    Interesting work but occasionally egos drive technical decisions.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Annapolis, MD

    ProsMostly interesting technical work and projects. Good facilities and nice people working at the company. Great company location if you live in Annapolis.

    ConsPolitical infighting and cliques sometimes interfere with technical decisions. If you run out of work then you are let go if you can't get something lined up quickly. Tenure and performance don't factor into the decision of cutting people. Creates atmosphere of uncertainty and lowers morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on supporting people doing the technical work and not on looking good to upper management. Work to keep best people on board, not just people who keep busy.

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    What started out as very promising, ended up being a complete disappointment!

    Avionics Technician I (Former Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsHangar is a state of the art facility. The comraderie of the lower level employees is outstanding. Oklahoma City is a great location.

    ConsExtremely limited opportunities for promotion. Promotions are not based on merit, they are based strictly off of popularity. Mid Level management aren't interested in their employees' ideas. Communication is almost unheard of. Very disorganized. No continuity throughought company, certain employees are given the benefit of the doubt when policies or procedures are broken where as others are repremanded for it. No notice of overtime even when it is planned by managers days in advance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees that are doing the majority of the technical work, as they are the ones that make your business. As a company that is trying to grow within the aviation defense contract industry; you need to grow out of the "small time" way of thinking. Get control of/get rid of your managers that are completely incompetent or risk losing your government contracts that makes up the majority of your annual revenue.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Annapolis, MD

    ProsThe people and the technology.

    ConsThere aren't many women in leadership even though their is an organized group for woman in leadership. They recognize it and are working on it. It is positive and negative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need some diversity on your team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Treated well, but career options limited

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee) Annapolis, MD

    ProsPositive work environment. Frequent paid lunches for accomplishments. Many "lifers" with a commitment to the company. Mostly a good group of people who want to work together.

    ConsPoor salary and raises. Bad communication from top management about changes in the company. Almost all discussions from management focus around EBITDA. Career advancement is limited and depending on which department you end up, there is limited growth in your own knowledge and expertise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit the EBITDA thing. Communication to the lower eschalons should focus on more than money. Many people are loyal only because they've been there so long, you need to be able to keep new blood.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work

    Senior Human Resources Representative (Current Employee) Panama City, FL

    ProsPay is great, work balance and most of the people are a joy to work with.

    ConsCompany is up for sale and the future is cloudy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore open communication.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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