CAE
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www.cae.com Montreal, Canada 5000+ Employees

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Updated May 28, 2014
CAE – Montreal – “Montreal Head Office”

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29% Approve of the CEO

CAE President, CEO, and Director Marc Parent

Marc Parent

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20% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Not Bad, but not Great

    Co-Op (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours, good pay, variety of assignments

    ConsA lot of assignments are mediocre, sometimes there's nothing to do

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to find another job.... a transitional place to work.

    Flight Instructor (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's a great place to find another flying job or to work if you are retired and love to stay in aviation.

    Pilots come from all over the world and many companies like to hire CAE instructor pilots and check airman. Management knows that people come and go, so not much room for advancement or promotion. Management is indifferent to turnover;however, and the company not set up to keep employees long term.

    That said there are many who for for medical reasons or family reasons stick it out year after year, owner after owner. Some employees have out lasted bankruptcy and five or so owners of the company over twenty or so years.. So it's not all bad. There are some old but good employees who have been here forever.

    Policy changes day to day, and management arbitrarily enforces policy and work rules. The schedules are run by profits and the customer. If you are adaptable you will get by.

    Jobs are threatened for not complying with systems and procedures for which there is no training and no written guidance but this is the CAE motivational style... truth is, management doesn't understand their own policies and procedures, or the ever changing world wide regulatory environment themselves. They just like to scare you into figuring it out for your self or set you up for the blame. Just the way it is.

    ConsIf you don't expect much, and understand there is not much room to grow, CAE has really really no cons. They deliver an OK product to the customers, and it is a clean safe place to work.

     Benefits are OK. Salaries are about 70-90% of what a flying job pays

    No retirement just a 401k

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fear for your job everyday

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBefore, when it was METI it was a great place to work. Management was great too. Then...CAE acquired METI in 2011.

    ConsWant to get laid off or fired? Then work here at CAE. No stability. CAE management pushes you around like a bull mowing over you. One minute you are busy working and without a clue they lay you off. Would never want to go back there again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop using the employees as fools. Telling them all is ok ..then the next minute , another round of layoffs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sad at the direction of this company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sarasota, FL

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsOnce 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. - Mark Twain

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place for building long term personal and professional relationships.

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementCompetitive 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very disappointing.

    (Former Employee)
    Sarasota, FL

    ProsGenerally, 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.

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementAdvice: Upper Management needs replacing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not focused on the employees only on the bottom dollar

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsExciting industry and great employees

    ConsSenior Management from Global Operations and HR leaders are very out of touch with the team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to what your employees are telling you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management is terrible.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sarasota, FL

    ProsGreat 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?

    ConsManagement 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Short and treacherous

    Commodities Trader (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThought of company living up to compensation agreement

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople should really be looked at as assets not a means to your end

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Met a lot of great people.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Orlando, FL

    ProsGreat presence in Tampa's market.

    ConsDifficult to work with some managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire better managers

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