AeroVironment

  www.avinc.com
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3 people found this helpful  

Neutral experience mostly, but at times it seems like amateur hour with Sr. Managers

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Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Monrovia, CA
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Monrovia, CA

I have been working at AeroVironment

Pros

Interesting work. Fast paced. Good people mostly. High profile products that you can discuss with people and enjoy working on.

Cons

VERY un-organized, management is incredibly arrogant, foolish, and at times un-professional.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Fire VP's

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Benefits, Impersonal Personnel Management, Project Management Methods Not Scaling

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - UAV Engineer in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - UAV Engineer in Simi Valley, CA

    I worked at AeroVironment

    Pros

    You will be working with some very smart, very motivated people on the cutting edge of the newest field of aerospace and green electricity. Operations management is very efficient and well organized. There are no resource limitations - if you need a tool, book or other material resource, it will be provided with far less hassle than you're probably used to. The benefits are among the best in the industry, and the corporation is very employee oriented when it comes to work-life balance and employee social events. Company picnics and holiday parties are very well funded.

    Cons

    These same smart, motivated people can be very cliquish, very aloof, and very distrustful of anything "not invented here." There is a clear division between new hires and the old guard employees who were around before the company grew in size tenfold. Old-guard Engineering and Project managers are openly averse to adopting any lessons learned from outside the company. New hire managers are given little authority but much responsibility. AV's project-oriented management structure is not scaling to match the number of projects or personnel present and often struggles to staff small projects adequately. Employee annual review process is tedious and byzantine, yet no better in practice than the "what have you done for me lately" myopia typical industrywide. Day to day performance feedback is inconsistent at best, and often completely absent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed your "not invented here" biases. Make it a top priority to improve day-to-day performance feedback to employees. Stop allowing senior management to fill multiple spots below them in their org charts, and hire experienced managers with people skills from other aerospace firms to fill them. Learn how a matrix organization works and adapt it to your company culture. Hire a senior level project manager from a large A&D firm to show you how to manage very large development programs. Delegate authority along with responsibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA

    I have been working at AeroVironment

    Pros

    Great work/life balance.
    Interesting work.
    Great people who have fun at their jobs.
    Great culture and great people.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit lower than other comparable companies unless you are in Senior Management, then it's very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate the staff's salaries. Offer stock options to employees.

    Recommends
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