Piper Aircraft Reviews

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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  1.  

    Legacy: proud heritage; old ways of doing business.

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    Current Employee - Concerned Employee in Vero Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Concerned Employee in Vero Beach, FL

    I have been working at Piper Aircraft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    2013 Best Places to Work award for a reason. Company has many good characteristics and most people are good to work with.

    Cons

    Ways of doing business are hoary with age. Company just cannot get modern. Long history of buddy-buddy relationships for promotion vs. merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who you work for: yourself should not be at the top of the list.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Hard work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Piper Aircraft

    Pros

    You get to build an amazing aircraft.

    Cons

    Good ol boy mid management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders need more training

  3.  

    Good experience but too short.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vero Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vero Beach, FL

    I worked at Piper Aircraft as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Pay and people are very friendly.

    Cons

    Using out-dated machines and equipment to build quality products!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees for the top-notch work that they do more often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid engineering experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Piper Aircraft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really nice people (including management). Employees are eager to help each other out. Good team environment

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good old company

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    Current Employee - Intern in Vero Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Intern in Vero Beach, FL

    I have been working at Piper Aircraft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have experience and a history.

    Cons

    They can be stuck in the old way of doing things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best intern experience

    Former Employee - Engineering College Intern in Vero Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Engineering College Intern in Vero Beach, FL

    I worked at Piper Aircraft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learned to apply class material and could ask for help from anyone.

    Cons

    Being from out of state was difficult because I did not have the same social connections as many of the other employees.

  8.  

    Great Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Airframe Design Engineer in Vero Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Airframe Design Engineer in Vero Beach, FL

    I worked at Piper Aircraft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly manufacturing staff that helps you make better designs and teach you about manufacturing processes when you need to learn of new ways to design things.

    Cons

    Currently the GA market is iffy, making it stressful sometimes because the success of the company is highly dependent on aircraft sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company with opportunities for young engineers to learn.

    Former Employee - Engineer in Vero Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vero Beach, FL

    I worked at Piper Aircraft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on entire airplane and different parts of aircraft development and production.

    Cons

    Instability, low pay and drastic budget cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan the programs to be able to complete success.

  10.  

    Piper Aircraft

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Vero Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Vero Beach, FL

    I worked at Piper Aircraft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Not extremely stable company during this recession. Some layoffs.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Instability Prevails

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    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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