Airborne Systems North America

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Airborne Systems North America Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Airborne Systems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Airborne Systems North America

    Pros

    Airborne pays well enough and in Santa Ana the parachute industry has been in demand the past 5 or 6 years.

    Cons

    They are experiencing quite a bit of turnover and from what I understand lost about 1/2 their staff of engineers in Santa Ana location.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mostly Positive except for the recent purchase by Transdigm Corp.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Airborne Systems North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Currentyl none. Current Senior Level executives place minimal value on employees and their well being.

    Cons

    The new owner, Transdigm Corporation, does not place any value on its people. It is simply interested in achieving exhorbitant margins. If they are not reached, and as they are unrealistic they could not possibly be maintained, their philosophy is to cut staff until they are reached.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit your business model so as to have a chance to achive reasonable margins. If not sell the company to someone that values the employees that provide a critical product to the warfighter, as well as other major aerspace companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    my experience at Airborne

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Airborne Systems North America part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great teamwork to get a quality product delivered on time; co-workers are friendly and helpful; goo bonus opportunity

    Cons

    Frequently up against deadline - if more planning was used costs could be reduced by not having to pay a premium for shipping

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    use production planning more effectively to help staff better; don't wait until last minute to ship and pay a premium

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I like the working hours

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Pennsauken, NJ
    Former Employee - Assembler in Pennsauken, NJ

    I worked at Airborne Systems North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    non training for Supervisor on site

    Cons

    not communication between employee and supervisor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none comment this time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and Underappreciated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Airborne Systems North America full-time

    Pros

    The only reason to work at Airborne is because of the cool projects.

    Cons

    My cons are the same as all of the other reviewers. It's the Titanic, sailing along but fully aware of the iceberg and yet still unwilling to turn the rudder. There's no vision and no realistic look at what is happening to the market. We've had a load of work over the last few years, but with military spending going down, they can't rely on that. With the lack of foresight, in spite of the knowledge they have, there is nothing being done to expand into other products or services in order to keep the company growing and progressing.

    Upper managements Industrial Revolution Era style of running the place is ridiculous. There's no flex time. You MUST start work at 7:30am.

    The "bed check" at the beginning and end of the day is true. For some reason, they think that if you aren't in your cubicle you aren't working. I've been chastised for being out in the manufacturing area, getting my job done, when management came looking for me at my desk and I wasn't there. It's ridiculous to be treated like a child.

    It's an interesting enough job, but don't plan on more than a couple of years before you become completely burned out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people with vision into upper management and give them the power to make changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Airborne Systems North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Since there is a high turnover there is a lot to learn for those who can teach themselves. Also the projects can be interesting. I would only recommend this place for those who need: A) some experience after college before moving on B) want to retire in few years, or C) have niche set of parachute knowledge.

    Cons

    After working at Airborne for a few years I can say the company is a lot like a slowly sinking ship due a Captain’s incompetence. There are a few good people who put in a lot of effort bailing the company out but many are stuck because of their unique set of skills for this particular company and they don’t have a lot of options anywhere else but to hope the company doesn’t go down. There are other people there who have accepted it’s sinking and are there to the bitter end hoping they retire before it all goes under. Due the fact that no one knows the processes to get even the simplest job done, projects constantly go from one panic to the next. Any effort to fix the companies problems is met with denial at the top, since profits are high why rock the boat.

    If you do get hired, ask for more money. The company has it, but won’t keep up with the Orange County cost of living. Also, even with masters degrees and PhD’s still be expected to be treated like a child by management. Head counts are done almost every morning and afternoon to see if you are at your desk. Furthermore, keep a copy of the company policies because you will probably never see them again. They seem purposely hidden so that different rules can be applied to different people at different times or ignored completely, creating the word of mouth policy. When hired you will be told about the generous employee program that pays 100% for your graduate school, which is a lie. Don’t expect much continuing education to improve your skill set either.

    This company is always for sale, almost yearly. With each sale comes reduced benefits a hand full more sales and they’ll hit zero. Currently owned by Metalmark a venture capital division of Chase, meaning when the current missile defense and re-entry into space boom is sputtered out in a few years and profits shrink due to inept management, airborne systems will be for sale yet again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the company in functional working order with good internal business/personnel practices before the boom ends in a few years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    The company that is always for sale with no regard for employees or long term thinking

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Airborne Systems North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pros are the complete lack of any rules whatsover. Also the freedome to completely ignore policies usually goes unnoticed.

    Cons

    Starting with the treatment of employees; although most are salaried and highly educated degreed engineers, they are all treated like teenage kids at a factory. You are expected to work tons of over time with no compensation time, pay, or so much as a thank you for your efforts. Work times are completely rigid including the lunch hour which is mandatory unless you are required to work. Again, not allowed to make up for time later and leave early or get comp time, green time, etc.
    Management has no people skills are are the biggest group of politically incorrect folks I have ever seen. Employees who do not socialize with managers outside work are the ones on the bottom rung every time. The floor level employees are great, and work very hard, and are proud of what they do, but the place is so misrun it is sad. Additionally, they are making all time profits, but raises fall way behind the cost of living and promotions don't exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire, please! Begin to treat the employees like people and professionals, you will be surprised how they react in helping you when you let them care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's a little better than being unemployed, a place to ride out the tight economy.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Airborne Systems North America full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a few genuinely good people at this company. Some product lines are quite unique and the work can be interesting.

    Cons

    I'm an employee in very good standing here and I realize what I'm about to say will make me sound disgruntled but the truth is....

    Very poorly developed company processes and procedures result in regular snafu's. Getting inventory moved requires an act of God, manufacturing/engineering communication is horrendous (by design) and there is no motivation to improve the scenario because upper management is consumed with profit margin and doesn’t want to "rock the boat".

     Combine this environment with a very punitive "kick down - kiss up" management style at the executive level and basically the staff becomes the scapegoat for the crisis of the day....most days. It's all about who's to blame and never about isolating the cause and correcting it so the scenario doesn’t repeat. Week after week the same issues occur as a result of broken internal systems but there is zero desire (or funding) made available to fix things in spite of very healthy profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on fixing your internal systems because when the current boom in business wanes, you won't be able to absorb inefficient operating practices by virtue of a high profit margin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Like a college girlfriend, good enough for about a year, but not even close to long term material.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Related in Pennsauken, NJ
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Related in Pennsauken, NJ

    I worked at Airborne Systems North America

    Pros

    Exciting product line. Interesting people. Some of the people truly care. You can usually spot them with their head down, life drained.

    Cons

    Incompetent upper management. Absolutely no room for growth. Zero employee development. This company is run by Finance overlords. Avoid it like the plague!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start firing people at the top of the salary heap and don't stop until you've reached the shop floor.

    Doesn't Recommend

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