Global Aerospace Logistics
2.4 of 5 7 reviews
www.gal.ae Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jan 13, 2014
Global Aerospace Logistics – United Arab Emirates – “17432”

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Hassan Yousuf

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Wonderful experience, until emiratization happen.

Air Traffic Control (Former Employee)
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

I worked at Global Aerospace Logistics full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood Location
Salary
EOS
Business Class Travel
Housing Allowance

ConsVacations Days
Poor/ Under staffed HQ
Emiratization

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

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Challenging

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

I worked at Global Aerospace Logistics full-time for more than a year

ProsOpportunity to work along side many fabulously talented expatriate personnel.

ConsComical - top management (CEO, COO) project a caring and welcome approach yet when managers detail issues and obstacles to success, one becomes branded as a non team player and excuses are created to eliminate your presence with the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementAccept the fact that you do not possess an aviation background and empower the expats you hired with particular skillset and experience to develop and implement policies to protect the customer as well as the company in terms of performance, safety, and liability.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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DO NOT WORK FOR GAL

Worker Bee (Current Employee)
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

I have been working at Global Aerospace Logistics full-time for more than a year

ProsDubai living can be nice but it's a long drive to Abu Dhabi for work. UAE local military are nice people. The UAE corporate level people are not sharp.

ConsYou will be recruited with a package that has huge numbers but the pay does not all work out so well. First you have to get your personal documents attested at county, state, national and UAE levels which will cost a lot of money and takes time.

The cost of kids school cost 60-75% more than GAL's allowance. You will be responsible for the rest or your kids will not attend school.

Getting anything done at corporate is a nightmare. You have to have an company approval letter to get anything done. These letters can take over a week to get.

Many hidden start up cost like paying for your physical when you enter the county, visa's for your family, school deposits, utility deposits, driving license cost, transportation to find a place to live. Getting set up with a comfortable place to live and all necessities before your probation is complete and you can "start" your move from your home country. You loose your passport to GAL until your residency visa is complete. You cannot do much in the UAE without a passport.

Your cost of living is very high so unless you go over single and live in a tiny one room flat with little or no furniture, you will spend all of your allowances and much of your pay just to live.

Have a good exit strategy for when things go terribly wrong.

No room for career growth within GAL.

Think long and hard before making this plunge. It's not what it's cracked up to be.

The UAE is a fine place to visit in Nov-Feb after that, it's way too hot to do much.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not hire managers and directors that are found on militarycorruption.com there is a reason these guys are working in the UAE and not their home country.
UK expats tend to be lazy only willing to do the bare minimums to get paid. Again, there is a reason they are working in the UAE and not in their home country.

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

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Inmature Company that lacks strategic vision and business understanding to compete at the next level

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

I worked at Global Aerospace Logistics full-time for more than a year

ProsFinancial compensation can be rewarding and work hours are not as strenous as the West. First line managers try to do the right thing and take care of their employees.

ConsWill change employment contract in the middle of the contract without notice and force employees to accept new T&C's. They can get away with this because expats have limited choices to search for new opportunities being so far away from their home country.

Advice to Senior ManagementSeek out seasoned C-Level expats to manage the company.

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

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Inspector (Former Employee)
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

I worked at Global Aerospace Logistics full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat company to work for. Excellent benefits and very friendly people. The country is very modern in most respects and have multitude of amenities and things to see and do. The UAE are very tolerant of other cultures to include religion, alcohol, pork, night life but expect the same respect and good taste when in public.

ConsEmiratization, finding, training and eventually moving local people into positions held by experienced EXPATS is something to consider when relocating and hiring on.
Rent for accommodations is for the year so you will either have the company pay, if approved, or take out a loan from the bank. In either case you will have a monthly deduction from your pay.
Bankers constantly haggle you for credit cards and other things which are easy to acquire but even easier to go to jail for late payments.
It is very difficult to move around or excel in this company as locals, some are great and some are do not have a clue, are pushed into supervisory or management positions whether they want it or not.
They are racial biases brought to the company by a few employees from their own way of life in their own countries to include one or two locals.
Though a very peaceful, civilized and religious country and like most arab countries, salaries are based on whatever passport the employee holds. These differences in pay are extreme.
Moving around in other positions or positions more suitable or other bases are very difficult to do.
Taking a higher paying position after being employed will only get you a 10% max pay increase of your current salary as compared to what you would of got if hired off the street directly into the higher paying job which could be as much as 2/3-50% more pay. Actual take home pay after expenses is often less than 50% of the total pay package.
There is a school allowance for dependents but is 75% less then what most employees are actually spending and there has been no increase with the increase in inflation in as much as 6 years as noted by long term employees.
Getting hired and actually starting the job can take 6 months to a year or more. Process is very slow, so therefore do not hold your breath or quit your current job until you have a fixed and confirmed start date. Do not take the forecast dates seriously.
You can spend up to $2000 or more to get your licenses, degrees, marriage and birth certificates attested by the Department of States and UAE government entities. This needs do be done before you start to work. Some jobs do not require the certificates but the company will have you do it anyways.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is nothing wrong with hiring local persons into key positions or less visible positions as long as the person has prior training and experience to accomplish the task. Putting substandard individuals can cause a continued collapse of the company, relationships with the clients and send the wrong message to people of the world who have come to respect and look up to the UAE. This is elementary business practices. Also letting biased people hold key positions without a check and balance, sort of speak, is also detrimental to business success.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Workshop Technician (Current Employee)
Al `Ayn (United Arab Emirates)

I have been working at Global Aerospace Logistics

ProsThe work is alright I suppose

ConsAwaiting due promotion for a really long time and still being overl-looked

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Very Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

I have been working at Global Aerospace Logistics

ProsThe benefits for employees are good.

ConsThe room for growth for employees is minimal and no career path.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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