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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at AeroVironment

Pros

The projects are innovative and exciting to be a part of; AeroVironment has been a leader in thier niche and received a number of awards.

Cons

AeroVironment rarely promotes from within; communications are not handled well; project deadlines are established by sales without regard to established timelines creating unnecessary fire drils and unhappy customers. Personal performance is not assessed by direct managers but rather by personnel who are unfamiliar with job descriptions, company projects and actual performance of individuals.

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AV appears to be suffering from growing pains going from a small research company trying to compete with "the big boys." It appears certain decisions are being made for the immediate gain of top personnel rather than the long term growth, sustainability and profits for the company and employees.

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    Summer Internship Experience

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    Former Employee - MBA Summer Associate  in  Monrovia, CA
    Former Employee - MBA Summer Associate in Monrovia, CA

    I worked at AeroVironment as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I was an Intern for last summer and had a great experience. The people were incredible. Because they were so supportive and friendly, I was able to integrate into the company team fairly easily. The managers were committed in employee development. They assigned me to projects that fitted best for my career path. Finally, the company had a very innovative culture. Everybody was open to ideas and true to their opinions.

    Cons

    The company is doing business in a niche market. IMO, there is a limited space for growth. This is a very minor issue however, the offices are spread out across three different buildings at Monrovia. It was very inconvenient to go around for meetings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great and unique company

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Simi Valley, CA

    I have been working at AeroVironment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company is the leader in military drone niche. The work is interesting and enjoyable. There are a lot of smart people with good ideas. Compared to other defense companies you can make major contributions on a whole project start to finish instead of spending 10 years working on one small piece of a big airplane. You get the tools you need to get jobs done, red tape is relatively little compared to most defense companies, and they have a great policy of allowing employees to do personal projects using company shops and equipment. The company is full of makers and doers and hobbyists so it is a fun place to be if you are a hands-on person. Some of the negative comments from other reviewers might not know what it is really like at most other engineering companies.

    Cons

    Work environment can be chaotic and challenging. Company is in a growing industry but it is not predictable how the drones business will play out so long term planning is difficult and projects don't always work out. There is not a lot of formal training and direction, it is more of a sink or swim environment where getting the job done fast is the top priority and people need to get their work done without a lot of supervision. Some do well in this type of environment and some don't.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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