ARINC Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Good company.

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

    I have been working at ARINC full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Room for growth if you are willing to work for it. Many very good, caring, and kind people work here.

    Cons

    Large variance between senior leaders in different areas. Like any place else, some senior leaders cannot make decisions and are very poor leaders but some are excellent.


  2. Great workers, executive leadership poor.

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

    I worked at ARINC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a great company that treated employees well until The Carlye Group purchased the company and it went down hill from there.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is very poor and is not honest with employees. There is no strategic outlook and the focus is EBIT and cash for stakeholders.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company as fast as you can


  3. Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at ARINC full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    great company and great people to work with

    Cons

    None that i know of

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting your line management


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Operations Specialist in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Network Operations Specialist in Annapolis, MD

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. Going Downhill

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

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

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

    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


  7. Drafter

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good pay, time and one half OT

    Cons

    Not very good treatment for drafters

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at everyone not just your favorites


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warner Robins, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warner Robins, GA

    I have been working at ARINC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Still the best benefits of any company.

    Cons

    Lost vision, unfocused direction, poor communications.

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good company until it was purchased by Carlyle

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer II in Warner Robins, GA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer II in Warner Robins, GA

    I have been working at ARINC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Pretty much like any company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Used to be a great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at ARINC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    ARINC is a great place to gain professional competence if you can get your foot in the door. Oklahoma City is a fantastic place with many aerospace employers here. My advice is to get the experience and translate it to one of the other employers that may treat you better. Alternating Fridays off is a great draw.

    Cons

    The good old boy network is alive and well within their walls. Directors have no backbone. VPs are under-qualified former engineers who have absolutely no people skills. Oh, and beware of the year-end holidays. That is when layoffs occur every year so that managers can provide what little bonus they are allowed to give the next year. Best management and engineering talent has seen the writing on the wall and moved on before they were let go for doing the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    Get some real managers that know what they are doing. Get rid of worthless managers instead of the people who built the Oklahoma City office into what it used to be. I have no problems with the CEO, only Carlyle management.



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