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CAE Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
152 Reviews
2.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The working conditions are fairly good and overtime is paid at time and a half (in 13 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 13 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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  1. 3 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 (more than an 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
  2. 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 (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
  3.  

    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 (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
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  5. 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 (more than an 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is terrible.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL

    I have been working at CAE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great industry. I work in the human patient simulation division, and the products we produce are great. Our company was bought by CAE two years ago and our focus has changed, which makes the mission a little less clear, but the company started with the idea of saving lives. How can you beat that?

    Cons

    Management is unreal. There are quarterly layoffs, and upper management always has a new plan. The President announced in January at a Sales meeting, "there will be no layoffs, but I may fire someone before the end of the week." This was his idea of humor. Vacation and expense policies have changed retroactively. Salaries are low, but hours are long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Short and treacherous

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    Former Employee - Commodities Trader in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Commodities Trader in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at CAE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Thought of company living up to compensation agreement

    Cons

    Went back on everything promised in contract and forced long, dreadful work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People should really be looked at as assets not a means to your end

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Met a lot of great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Great presence in Tampa's market.

    Cons

    Difficult to work with some managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better managers

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall CAE is a good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    Good benefits - 401K w/ matching, health, dental, vision, life insurance, temp disability, etc...
    Hours are flexible
    Dress code is relaxed - jeans, polo, and sneakers

    Cons

    Pay-scale is lower than average
    Management is unable to balance project workflow - lead to recent layoffs
    Product is old and needs revamping - functionality is good but could be made to be better if they would walk away from VB6.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the budget better

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    This place treats employees kinda poorly.

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    Former Employee - Ops Coordinator in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Ops Coordinator in Columbia, SC

    I worked at CAE

    Pros

    Its a job in a poor economy. The coworkers were truly a blast. Good workers poor managers and poor wage/

    Cons

    hours, pay, management were all a joke. They provide no feedback, or training. They take advantage of employees and the poor economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Split the shifts. Provide feedback. Allow employees their legal breaks. Work with employees to become better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Run!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, frendly people, ability to work from home

    Cons

    Upper management is lost in the vacuum of what seems to be a separate universe inaccessible to regular employees. In quite a few instances, I've seen good leadership be demoted or let go for no obvious reason. Frequent reorganizations, changes in objectives, the never ending ERP system implementation, just to name a few...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If an employee is only a numbered resource... then how can you even talk about engagement?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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