ARINC Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
66 Reviews
3.1
66 Reviews
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ARINC Chairman and CEO John M. Belcher
John M. Belcher
40 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Director

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    Current Employee - Director  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    great company and great people to work with

    Cons

    None that i know of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting your line management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company but too much in jeopardy with Carlysle trying to sell company off

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    Current Employee - Network Operations Specialist  in  Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Network Operations Specialist in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth if you push for it. Other than that management is not worried about it. Raises other than annual cost of living increase dont even come with out asking.

    Cons

    Compensation is terrible even for internal employees looking to grow.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Going Downhill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC full-time for more than 3 years

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Drafter

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

    I have been working at ARINC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good pay, time and one half OT

    Cons

    Not very good treatment for drafters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at everyone not just your favorites

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Warner Robins, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warner Robins, GA

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

    Still the best benefits of any company.

    Cons

    Lost vision, unfocused direction, poor communications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate effectively with employees and instill a vision of the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company until it was purchased by Carlyle

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer II  in  Warner Robins, GA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer II in Warner Robins, GA

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

    Salaries 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.

    Cons

    ARINC 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communication 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pretty much like any company

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Like 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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting work but occasionally egos drive technical decisions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at ARINC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Political 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Avionics Technician I  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician I in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at ARINC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Extremely 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A great experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at ARINC

    Pros

    The people and the technology.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    You need some diversity on your team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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