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CAE Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
140 Reviews
2.8
140 Reviews
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CAE President, CEO, and Director Marc Parent
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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 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.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Stable Company And OK Salary

    Cons

    French and factory atmosphere !!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad experience, but I needed the pay check

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Software Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CAE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay check.
    Travel (if you're selected or suck up to the right person)
    Some easy posiitons like Test Engineer. Unfortunately, I was not one of them.

    Cons

    I was employed with the company for 3.5 years, relocated to Montreal from outside the province.

    In those 3.5 years, I can say the only good thing that came from that time and effort was the compensation.

    Most of the people working there are nasty. Backstabbing based on your origin, ethnicity or abilities is very common. The group leaders are completely useless, providing no training or any kind of leadership despite the title, they seem to have a practised deflection technique when you ask for help. Engineering managers do not care about either the product or problems attached. The only time I heard from one was when a problem (read: hurting the budget) was dumped on me. And then it was only to put pressure to resolve the issue, not help. The guy who dumped it on me was getting rid of it because he was feeling that pressure previously. This type of scenario is very common, leading to fighting/stress among staff.

    As long as simulators are sold, I doubt the above issues will be fixed. I recommend to anyone hard working and competent who is considering joining the workforce to do so only if you require the pay check. This is not a place for a long term career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging Work but pay less

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Love their product and work.Lots of challenges. Lots of experienced people willing to teach.

    Cons

    The management is bad. Pays hardly any money to the engineers whereas the managers bag all the money. French is a big factor too. Not recommended if french is not your first language.

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  5.  

    Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Integration Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Integration Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CAE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to start your career.

    Cons

    There is an imbalance between workload and salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people working there. I learned a lot as an intern.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at CAE as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working in the main building at Montreal gives access to the production line, which is great.
    Opportunities of travelling for work.
    Employees are like a big family.

    Cons

    As in many big companies, there are some lacks of communication between the high management and floor employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good for 2 years

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    Current Employee - Systems Software Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Software Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at CAE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work on full flight simulators which is very cool. Learn a lot. Casual work culture, friendly/helpful coworkers. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Not encouraged to work on different systems. They want you to become an expert at one thing and never give you a chance to see more. Management is not the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry less about budget, get your engineers what they need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    very bad attitude between coworkers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAE full-time

    Pros

    Many interesting projects, great place for new grads. Overtime is paid, flexible time schedules, possibilities to go on business trips.

    Cons

    Employees talk constantly against each other, management encourages this by hailing heroes, who are mostly patchers of code. Very little structure about how the work should proceed. Business trips may become a curse for some workers, who may ended up spending more than 50% of their time abroad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking about improving the work atmosphere. There should be ways to organize projects so that their progress can be monitored. It would be important to have a structured series of tests to validate all interfaces. Stop thinking that juniors can do everything and that past experience accounts for nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture and people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAE

    Pros

    Great people
    Social workplace
    Opportunity to travel

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities
    Poor leadership
    Overworked and under appreciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't micro manage and try to retain good staff

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    System Software Specialist

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    Current Employee - Systems Software Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Systems Software Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    challenging.
    paid overtime
    banked hours
    very dynamic range of issues to work on.

    Cons

    aggressive environment.
    mismanagement
    short-term priority changes, resulting in huge inefficiencies
    stressful
    very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ensure the immediate managers can communicate properly with the engineering team
    well plan the workload and ensure the adequate personnel are in place trained and ready when the time comes by.

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

    frequent re-organizations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Software in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Software in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Interesting product, use high technology

    Cons

    It is not important how well you work, it is important how loud you speak; frequent re-organizations
    The GL did not have idea on what are employee current tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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