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  1.  

    Used to be a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at ARINC

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Treated well, but career options limited

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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

    Positive 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.

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Representative in Panama City, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Representative in Panama City, FL

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company is up for sale and the future is cloudy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More open communication.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    High Turnover

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

    Very profitable company. Maybe more management oriented in the corporate office. Outlying offices need more oversite by upper management. Employees are not treated fairly.

    Cons

    Office outside of corporate have no HR to report issues. Mangement does whatever it wants. Does not develop people, and low balls people on salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people, and get some HR in your offices. People need to know that they can talk to someone with out losing their job.

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

    No opportunity for advancement

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at ARINC

    Pros

    Great name recognition, I've gotten several interviews in the past based on previous work experience there.

    Cons

    small fish in a big pond

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't worry about your direct reports outperforming you.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not Changing for the Better

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at ARINC

    Pros

    close to home. competitive pay and benefits. nice area in Annapolis

    Cons

    still largely run like a governement organization, slow to transition toward commerical business. Good old boy network in place. Incentives to take risks are poor. Purchase by Carlyle has not been a positive as they have not delivered on their promises. It was a lot of hype and many people did lose their jobs. The primary benefactors were were the CEO and the CFO. The employees were largely sold out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. Your business is all about people, without them you will not continue to grow.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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