CAE Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
134 Reviews
2.8
134 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The working conditions are fairly good and overtime is paid at time and a half (in 12 reviews)

  • Great place for building long term personal and professional relationships (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is more focused on product than on employees (in 12 reviews)

  • gt; Limited growth opportunities as people don't quit and large layers of management of long timers (in 4 reviews)

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    CAE USA - Good benefits; old school thinking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Compensation is ok - they pay overtime. Good employee benefits. Lots of smart people which is nice to be around. Lots of good contacts with military.

    Cons

    Some good simulation software but on the other side, most in Tampa are on Office 2007 (!). Weird mix of outdated software and new technology. Very little work from home -- they still want to see you in office.

    Lots of good engineers but not so much good mid level management- a lot of engineers turned to management who are not good at managing people. I think they are trying to change that; just started a "tech only" kind of path.

    Heavy focus on military, which makes sense considering the customer base -- but lots of ex-mil management also try to enforce chain of command thinking, which gets in the way. New head honcho seems to be doing pretty well; better than previous one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't promote according to years of service or based on being ex-military. figure out what to do with healthcare product line. have better marketing and product development -- out from under thumb of Canada.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Don't Bother

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    Current Employee - Flight Instructor  in  DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in DFW, TX

    I have been working at CAE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Clients are great from around the world

    Cons

    Ever thing else. Management are imbeciles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real managers

    Negative Outlook
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    Simulation Technician II

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    There are no pros here

    Cons

    Terrible company all the way up the management chain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean the slate start over

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    Healthcare- Great product, Horrible management

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Management in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at CAE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic healthcare simulation product! Potential to save lives, and educate others to do the same.

    Cons

    Guaranteed 80-100 work weeks, consistently berated by management, miserable outlook for future, no longevity, multiple layoffs, wrongful termination. All the best employees are quitting due to upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your plan is to shut down SRQ production and move to Montreal- tell the people. Don't fire strongest people, or force them to quit because you can't be honest. Upper management sets a poor precedence for leadership, and HR rules the company. No employee can trust anything but another employee. Look what you are doing to Healthcare!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not Bad, but not Great

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    Current Employee - Co-Op
    Current Employee - Co-Op

    I have been working at CAE as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay, variety of assignments

    Cons

    A lot of assignments are mediocre, sometimes there's nothing to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fear for your job everyday

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAE full-time

    Pros

    Before, when it was METI it was a great place to work. Management was great too. Then...CAE acquired METI in 2011.

    Cons

    Want to get laid off or fired? Then work here at CAE. No stability. CAE management pushes you around like a bull mowing over you. One minute you are busy working and without a clue they lay you off. Would never want to go back there again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using the employees as fools. Telling them all is ok ..then the next minute , another round of layoffs.

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

    Sad at the direction of this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at CAE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people I worked with across the country and world are still some of my closest friends. Working with healthcare providers to impact patient safety was such a worthwhile occupation.

    Cons

    Once METI was purchased by CAE, the company went from a learning company to a simulator company. The management has no clue that the education part of the company impacted the sales at a very high level. In addition, the sales force was extremely low in numbers compared to its rival companies all along. Now, with eliminating sales and education employees at regular intervals it certainly will get worse. HR did not maintain my confidentiality while an employee which led to some difficulties in my last days. I'm glad I am gone; I'm sad for my friends who won't find another job before they get laid off in the next round.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to wake up and figure out what you are doing. What is your mission? What is your vision for the healthcare arm of your company? Be open and honest with your employees instead of treating them so poorly. The last memo I got (through a very active grapevine) extended two whole sentences to someone who had given their all to make your company successful. Even if you eliminate their position, they deserve more from you than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at CAE full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Generally, great people. I was part, for many years, of the original company, great leadership, great technology, great market, a tremendous potential.
    CAE acquired the company in 2011 and since then, everything has gone downhill.

    Cons

    Upper Management has no clue, no direction, treat all employees without respect. Layoff are very common and always as a result of bad management - the interesting fact; management stays and employees are layoff. In summary, Management doesn't care.
    CAE stock performance is an embarrassment and a direct reflection of CAE leadership.
    HR runs the whole company - HR is the most powerful organization inside CAE. Employees cannot trust HR - it is like Initech (Office Space)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice: Upper Management needs replacing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not focused on the employees only on the bottom dollar

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at CAE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exciting industry and great employees

    Cons

    Senior Management from Global Operations and HR leaders are very out of touch with the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your employees are telling you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. - Mark Twain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place for building long term personal and professional relationships.

    Cons

    Poor management. Too many layoffs. No market strategy. Lack of new product development. Forecast unrealistic likely due to no market research/analysis. There are always career opportunities available because there are always layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competitive and market research. New product development with fresh ideas and Future (not past) technology. Replace management in several departments. Give employees a feeling of security by keeping some around for more than a year or two. Better compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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