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CAE Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
145 Reviews
2.7
145 Reviews
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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.  

    Good for 2 years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    very bad attitude between coworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    frequent re-organizations

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    • 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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  5.  

    Great culture and people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    System Software Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Stressful environment.

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

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, paid overtime, opportunity to see the world during the field trips.
    The only way to increase salary is to travel to the client sites, because you have to work a lot of extra hours.

    Cons

    Very frequent restructuring/reorganizations. People are terrified of being fired. No promotion opportunities or you have to work for ages in the low level. The management understands business but doesn't understand the technology and the processes. The things are upgraded only when some 3rd part contractors stop producing some components. There is no or really poor system of knowledge preservation. There is no education provided for the in-house software except 2-weeks standard super boring ridiculous course. There are no working procedures. Tons of time are wasted due to the wrong sequence of work or miscommunication between the groups. Micromanagement, almost all the tasks are scheduled "for yesterday".
    The only reason this company survives is because there are no competitors of the same size, but they are coming...

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

    Unrealistic expectations

    Former Employee - Modeling & Simulation Consultant in East Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Modeling & Simulation Consultant in East Brisbane (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Large well-known name and good salary

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectation of targets and short term views

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt your target as the industry swings up or down. Keep good people for when times get better.

  9.  

    Very good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Administrative in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Customer Support Administrative in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flex hours, good salary for a student

    Cons

    many challenges with work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun product, slow development experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CAE

    Pros

    - The product is interesting

    Cons

    - Management is sometimes too pushy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    CAE is fine to start your career. But trying to move up the ladder is difficult.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Systems Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Systems Specialist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, overtime paid at time and half.

    Cons

    Upper management is more focused on product than on employees. They will trip over a dollar to save a penny.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee ideas at saving costs, they know how things work. Also, do save money, have more of the sim built in Montreal rather than in the field, hour per hour, it costs less!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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