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It's a little better than being unemployed, a place to ride out the tight economy.

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Current Employee - Engineer  in  Santa Ana, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

I have been working at Airborne Systems North America full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

There are a few genuinely good people at this company. Some product lines are quite unique and the work can be interesting.

Cons

I'm an employee in very good standing here and I realize what I'm about to say will make me sound disgruntled but the truth is....

Very poorly developed company processes and procedures result in regular snafu's. Getting inventory moved requires an act of God, manufacturing/engineering communication is horrendous (by design) and there is no motivation to improve the scenario because upper management is consumed with profit margin and doesn’t want to "rock the boat".

 Combine this environment with a very punitive "kick down - kiss up" management style at the executive level and basically the staff becomes the scapegoat for the crisis of the day....most days. It's all about who's to blame and never about isolating the cause and correcting it so the scenario doesn’t repeat. Week after week the same issues occur as a result of broken internal systems but there is zero desire (or funding) made available to fix things in spite of very healthy profits.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on fixing your internal systems because when the current boom in business wanes, you won't be able to absorb inefficient operating practices by virtue of a high profit margin.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company that is always for sale with no regard for employees or long term thinking

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Airborne Systems North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pros are the complete lack of any rules whatsover. Also the freedome to completely ignore policies usually goes unnoticed.

    Cons

    Starting with the treatment of employees; although most are salaried and highly educated degreed engineers, they are all treated like teenage kids at a factory. You are expected to work tons of over time with no compensation time, pay, or so much as a thank you for your efforts. Work times are completely rigid including the lunch hour which is mandatory unless you are required to work. Again, not allowed to make up for time later and leave early or get comp time, green time, etc.
    Management has no people skills are are the biggest group of politically incorrect folks I have ever seen. Employees who do not socialize with managers outside work are the ones on the bottom rung every time. The floor level employees are great, and work very hard, and are proud of what they do, but the place is so misrun it is sad. Additionally, they are making all time profits, but raises fall way behind the cost of living and promotions don't exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire, please! Begin to treat the employees like people and professionals, you will be surprised how they react in helping you when you let them care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like a college girlfriend, good enough for about a year, but not even close to long term material.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Related  in  Pennsauken, NJ
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Related in Pennsauken, NJ

    I worked at Airborne Systems North America

    Pros

    Exciting product line. Interesting people. Some of the people truly care. You can usually spot them with their head down, life drained.

    Cons

    Incompetent upper management. Absolutely no room for growth. Zero employee development. This company is run by Finance overlords. Avoid it like the plague!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start firing people at the top of the salary heap and don't stop until you've reached the shop floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
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