CAE Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    It was an amazing place to work, but no longer.

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

    I have been working at CAE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flex time. Interesting product. Travel opportunities. Brilliant colleagues.

    Cons

    Too many Key Performance Indexes. Management has no long term vision. Only wants the stock to look good. Doesn't even care about customers, let alone employees. Keep firing people and replaying them with "processes".

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look in the mirror.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Too much management

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flex time, Great product, High technology, great travel , world wide company

    Cons

    too much management, HR doesn't work for the employee but for management, everything is around statistic even around customer, no compensation for travellers and experience employees, too many tools, No technical training to improve your tech experience.

  3. Young, family like company with a lot of possibilites

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Budapest (Hungary)

    I have been working at CAE full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - The new Hungarian office is very beautiful. It was developed according to the wish of the employees
    - Some of the colleagues are exceptionally good at their profession
    - Interesting (in the good sense) events and education possibilities like English Fridays, party every Friday nights, etc.
    - Very friendly local management
    - The local management is open for the new ideas
    - Permanent foreign colleagues in the Hungarian office
    - Interesting work (Civil and Military airplanes/simulations)
    - "Google like things": Inspiration rooms, library, basketball, csocso, etc.
    - Flexible working hours
    - Competitive salary
    - It grows fast with a lot of promotional opportunity
    - A lot of opportunity for traveling worldwide (Canada, Germany, UK, Dubai, Australia etc)

    Cons

    - Most of the employees are young, there are no developers with ~30 years experience: missing accumulated experience in software engineering (you can count it as a Pros too)
    - The management is open and friendly, but not experienced. They learn much but their are overloaded (I think it is just a temporary issue)
    - Not too much girl thus/and some very strange and inappropriate/insulting jokes
    - The mother company cannot see the Pros and sometimes makes the positive change harder than necessary

    Advice to Management

    - Try to lower your load, e.g. build an appropriate middle/lower management layer
    - Think in teams, not persons
    - Seriously consider to take something against the "strange and inappropriate/insulting jokes". It comes from the past and some of the employees are following it just by habit. It can hurt feelings and in extreme cases it can hurt the company too.
    - Keep it up! :)

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fair work/life balance, fair benefits. Management increasingly disconnected.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance with flex time, "California Fridays" (half days on Friday), and one week extra vacation for Christmas. Stock plan is good, insurance plan is comparable to other companies. Opportunities to travel with paid overtime and great opportunities to work directly with the simulators, which are fun.

    Cons

    Management is getting more and more disconnected. They don't want to hire, they don't understand the day-to-day concerns of the people at the bottom of the pyramid. Some promotions make no sense. The best people often leave for greener pastures.
    Every year we hear publicly how great the company is doing, but internally we're always broke. What gives?

    Advice to Management

    Just stop with all the evaluations, the technical track, the initiatives and all the time wasting processes that yield NOTHING in the long run but frustration and demoralization of the employees. Keep things simple, make teams smaller not larger.

  6. Helpful (2)

    CAE review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    -Nice and supportive colleagues
    -Flexible schedule

    Cons

    -A lot of poking around and digging for documents to accomplish tasks
    -Missing labs or unstable
    -Small yearly salary increases
    -Not a lot of learning opportunities for software development
    -Processes changes frequently and a lot of reorgs

  7. Helpful (1)

    Need to improve on stability !!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Developer II in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at CAE full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good working exposure to different simulators and lot of opportunities to work on different projects.

    Cons

    should improve on project and HR management

    Advice to Management

    should avoid taking quick hiring policy decisions in order to prevent short term firing repercussions.

  8. Steady job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Nice people, nice work and family balance program

    Cons

    not a lot of learning

  9. Great company, Great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Inter in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Former Intern - Summer Inter in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

    I worked at CAE as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional environment
    Great Facilities
    Good company Culture

    Cons

    As an intern, was not given much work
    Some days were really slow and boring

  10. Helpful (4)

    Very sad to watch the deterioration

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

    I have been working at CAE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, family illness and sick time paid, on site cafeteria and Tim Hortons

    Cons

    Much of the management is no longer concerned with fuelling a productive environment but rather covering their own behinds. The entire company is functioning with an 'everyone for themselves' attitude. Upper management has yet to realize that when you foster a family like environment, that the employees will actually care about the company and how it performs. That is the way it was when I joined the company. To watch the decline has been painful.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the caring about your people and stop looking to outsource to people/contractors that would have you believe that thy can do hinges faster and cheaper. You have to think holistically about your work force...

  11. Helpful (1)

    Not Foe everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Healthcare Plan, decent salary.

    Cons

    Employee performance review system is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the performance review system to something meaningful. Stop rating employees on a bell curve and rate them as to how they perform their job at their particular place of employment

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