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CAE Reviews in United States

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
20 Reviews
2.4
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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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in New York, NY

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers. Immediat supervisor is great. The tech is cool lots of opportunitty too travel

    Cons

    Poor pay. Long overtime work over holliday. Outdated computets take forever yo make decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Keep Looking; great for entry level but no chance for advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    The health benefits are good.

    Cons

    Pay is low; personnel is micromanaged. Overall culture of the company is stuck in the 80s.

  3.  

    Little pros. To many Cons. Keep looking.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Simulator Technician II
    Current Employee - Simulator Technician II

    I have been working at CAE

    Pros

    Some of the most brilliant people I have ever worked with. With all the things wrong these people really know how to work well together and keep pushing on.
    Almost always guaranteed 40 +hours a week.
    Insurance and benefits are ok
    There is a shift differential.
    The skills you learn here is wide range and looks great on a resume.
    Great extra holiday time off.

    Cons

    Promotions is a joke. Raises and promotions needs to be overhauled. Continued loss of skilled employees because of this.
    Be prepared to have your work/life taken off balance.
    Every year's benefits cost more and company continues to contribute less. Any promotion or raises from the previous year basically counter balances this. Even if you work your butt off and out perform on their non-sense metrics that you are held to.
    Reviews are based on just non-sense. Things that are out of your control will always haunt you when they do them.
    Cut back on 401k contributions.
    No training. All on the job and learn as you go.
    No bonus of any kind beside over time.
    The most skilled and valuable employees continue to leave or get fired, which makes it hard to gain proper knowledge of the devices. Be prepared to spend time on your own to learn.
    Management have no interest in personal growth.
    Constant favoritism and blatant ignorance of employee's struggle had almost killed the morale and started to become a toxic environment to work in.
    You will be pushed to work outside of your job description in all kinds of ways. Not in a good way.
    Human Resources had worked so many people over that everyone has no trust in them.
    Company finally did a company wide survey for the first time only to find how truly dissatisfied most employees are.
    Complains will fall on management's deaf ears and can even get you fired.
    No direction. Everything the company has done is only reactive. When the company actually tries to compensate they always miss the mark.
    If you want to work in another area and somehow do get the position. Be prepared to do both jobs. The previous job and the one you got moved to. This is for the fact that there aren't enough people to do the jobs individually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees! Actually make a plan of action and not just move people into a newly formed position to only get fired later. Actually try to work on the employee's personal growth. Don't just say you do. DO IT!
    Fix the pay, raises, and promotions. It's all a mess!
    Make some kind of attempt to keep your highly skilled workers.
    Hire more people to compensate for the demand and provide some kind of training to the new workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for an entry to advanced level job for a single person

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Some of the younger engineers are easy to get along with, like in every office there are some to watch out for. The benefits package is quite good, so is the ability to get stock options upon employment. Pay wise, most times its required to work > 40 per week (at times > 50), its compensated at your salary, so that is a major plus for the pocket, especially if your're single. The company is two levels, manufacturing and hardware downstairs and programming upstairs. There is a cafeteria on site, so its not necessary to drive off for lunch. Parking is adequate as well.

    Cons

    Some cons include long hours and lack of communication between other programmers in the same group and even group management. Inter group communication is low, unless you find a friend in another group. Learning out side your group is also difficult. Long hours are required sometimes. Also there are no windows, so its a pretty grey and dismal building on the inside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with subordinates and open the communication to everyone in the group. After being hired, spend time with the new hire and the current group (or key people in the group) to discuss how things run and operate. Keep instilling the open communication with HR and the benefits package.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of potential here, jury is still out. Work smarter, CAE. Not harder.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Simulator Technician in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Simulator Technician in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Despite personnel woes, CAE still produces the best quality flight simulator training devices in the industry. Great facilities generally. Shift differential pay is the highest I've seen.

    Cons

    Base pay is marginal compared to other technicians in the industry. Pay should be periodically reviewed to ensure it is keeping up not only with the rest of the industry but also to compensate for the fact that health insurance, etc. are not getting cheaper.

    Get rid of the silly Tech I, II, III, and IV job titles. This isn't the military. Bring everyone under a single pay scale that tops out higher. Should a transition to a single scale occur, grandfather technicians into the new scale at their current pay rates. Give everyone automatic raises on scale annually until topped out on scale.

    Shift differentials should be done away with. Just pay everyone the highest differential, or increase everyone's base pay. No one should take a pay cut by being moved off of night shift onto a shift with a lower differential.

    Get rid of the "chain of command" mentality. Again, this isn't the military. You either have an open door management policy or you don't. There is no grey area.

    The annual review system they have set up is a complete and utter joke and this is reflected in other reviews posted here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. They are your best asset. Companies fail because they don't change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Bother

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in DFW, TX

    I have been working at CAE full-time (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
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    Healthcare- Great product, Horrible management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Management in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at CAE full-time (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
  11.  

    Not Bad, but not Great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Co-Op
    Current Intern - Co-Op

    I have been working at CAE as an intern (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

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