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Instability Prevails

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Engineer in Vero Beach, FL
Current Employee - Engineer in Vero Beach, FL

I have been working at Piper Aircraft

Pros

Work hours are good and time off is easy to get when needed. Employees are very nice to work with and work hard for very low pay. Benefits are adequate.

Cons

Extremely poor leadership from top management and little to no communication comes from the top. We have had 6 CEO's in 6 years and they just fired the 3rd top HR person we had in a little over a year with no explanation which is very disheartening. Company is owned by foreign country who seems clueless as to how poorly run the company is. Quality and safety issues are a disaster, every day there are major production and design errors due to poor leadership, odd for a company that has been doing the same thing for 75 years. Engineers are amongst the lowest paid in the industry. Most of us are looking for new jobs or have already left. Employees have no faith that the company can ever be successful as they continue to make the same mistakes year after year. It has become embarrassing to say that I work for this company both in the aerospace engineering and local communities.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hate to say this, but we desperately need a new top management team (again) and owners who really care about making airplanes and not just making money. No one has faith that the current owners care about anything but getting a return on their investment. Many believe that the company will be out of business in the next 3-5 years.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Amateur'ish Management

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Vero Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Vero Beach, FL

    I have been working at Piper Aircraft

    Pros

    The small nature of Piper provides direct hands on exposure to the product and manufacturing process. There are still some good people at the working level.

    Cons

    It is clear that the current ownership (sultan of Brunei) and current senior management are in way over their heads. Company's future is tenuous at best. Canceling the jet development program and laying off 150 within a couple of weeks of hiring aggressively and touting it as the future of the company has shown that they have no credibility. The remaining engineers are leaving in droves. That is why they have job openings; to backfill the spots that are now open because people who are exposed to the day-to-day reality are fleeing as soon as they develop an alternative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to have a vision and a plan that extends beyond the next board meeting. Senior management should develop a 5 year plan, share that with employees and use that for their decision making. And judge themselves against that plan. Isn't that obvious? Business 101?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Place To Start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Airframe Design Engineer in Vero Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Airframe Design Engineer in Vero Beach, FL

    I have been working at Piper Aircraft

    Pros

    You get broad based hands on experience. Ability to easily shift roles in the company. Will train you from the start.

    Cons

    Small company in a fluctuating market so very unstable. Entrenchment in company's methods of production.

    No opinion of CEO
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