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AAR Indianapolis Reviews

Updated November 15, 2016
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Indianapolis, IN

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Pros
  • Good people and good middle management, it's a mid-sized company that acts like a small company, Senior management is insulated from the actual work (in 9 reviews)

  • Good work environment, good middle tier management (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of involvement by upper management (in 17 reviews)

  • low pay compared to major airlines (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Indianapolis"

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    Former Employee - Lead Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Lead Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great climate controlled facility, great co-workers, some room for advancement, Indianapolis is a pretty nice city, has a Symphony Orchestra, great Museum Of Art, excellent triple A baseball team, pro football, pro basketball, and of course, great racing.

    Cons

    Long walk from the parking lot to the work dock, tooling is not too good, upper management has forgotten what it's like to be a worker on the floor (if they were ever there)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Lead Mechanics and Supervisors more. They are the ones who know what is going on down where the rubber meets the road. Some of the Project Managers know what it is like on the floor but most do not.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Avionics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    Periods of heavy overtime, great coworkers

    Cons

    Minimal Pay, complete lack of communication at all levels, employees refered to as numbers, training program with no trainers, if you work to get an aircraft out early expect to be at home until the next one on your line shows up.

    Advice to Management

    Hire quality experienced mechanics and pay them equivalent to their experience and create a real training program.


  3. "AAR corp."

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AAR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Climate controlled hangers, many veteren mechanics to learn from, decent 401k contributions and medical (dental and vision) plans, offers tuition assistance (with 2 yr contract)

    Cons

    Extended periods of required overtime with no specified end date, tool department lacking many of the nessecary tools and equipment, lack of management organization on projects


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  5. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    #1 MRO in the world

    Cons

    Slow downs in the summer months


  6. "A rugged stepping stone. Prepare to sink or swim"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AAR full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Getting your foot in the door is easy. There are a handful of individuals that want to help you, both workers and leads. You can learn quite a bit here. Other than sheetmetal, it seems pretty hard to get fired. Our new GM seems like he kinda cares or at least pretends to care about workers, so thats cool.

    Cons

    Its hit or miss if you can get in a hanger that will teach you your job. No one cares if you know how to do the job, they just want it done. Leads stress over time and thats all they care about. The leads are also some real dirtbags when it comes to talking behind your back rather than telling you up front. I also have a lead who does not even know some basics of maintenance or paperwork. Work around here can get shady and if you dont conform you will feel the pressure. They shift system is screwed and you never get a passdown from the individual doing the job, just from your lead who has not heard it from the worker but from another lead who never saw the job being done. I just want to learn my job and do well at it, not be in this purgatory type state where I dont get any help and just suffer though it.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly i dont feel like its management that needs advice, i feel alot of our problems are at the mid/lower level. Maybe revamp a training program where A&Ps, Sheetmetal, and R&Es can get paired up with the more experience and learn their job.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "It's a decent place to start."

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    Current Employee - A&P Lead Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - A&P Lead Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience, career springboard, there are some really good mechanics to work with. Benefits are decent except the 401k match.

    Cons

    Inconsistent pay practices, hiring quantity and not quality to meet customer demands, upper management only counts beans. The 401k match is kinda pathetic, but a match nonetheless.

    Advice to Management

    Pay talent, cut waste (unskilled labor), develop competent new hires, and put together some sort of pay increase schedule that makes sense. 1 mechanic at $30hr will produce more than 2 unskilled at $15hr.


  8. "Sheet Metal Tech III"

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    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Tech III in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Tech III in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic. Plenty of vacation and personal time right off the bat. Good Comercial aviation starter. Overtime...overtime. coworkers are awesome

    Cons

    Management. They do not listen and want you to be perfect. Mess something up and you could get fired. Organization and communication

    Advice to Management

    Listen


  9. "Good start out job"

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    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sheet Metal Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Gets you heavy maintenance experience
    Tuition reimbursement if you don't have your A&P yet (or for other majors)
    Schedule isn't horrible
    Mentor programs (sheet metal, avionics, A&P)
    Referral bonuses (even though they lowered it)
    Holiday pay, vacation time (2 weeks for 1-4 years, 3 weeks for 5+)

    Cons

    Pay
    Pay
    Pay
    Seriously can not stress how much they do not pay. But it is an MRO and they want cheap labor so thats what you get.

    Advice to Management

    If you pay more then you could get quality workers (instead of scrubs) and keep your employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "NOT a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Indiana in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Indiana in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AAR full-time

    Pros

    8 hour days, good benefits, pay and plenty of time off. good exp for entry level

    Cons

    weird days off. could use more equipment


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Good for learning...Poor for everything else."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to gain much needed experience for new mechanics. Thats it.

    Cons

    I could make more managing a Dairy Queen than working on Aircraft for this company. They absolutely rape their skilled employees in all areas...over worked...grossly underpaid...etc. Also completely disregard any leg up you think you may get from being a veteran. They could care less that you actually have a stone hard work ethic and will bend over backwards to get stuff done in a correct and timely fashion. Instead they will print you a t-shirt for veterans day...and continue to pay you less than the cleaning crew they employ. Veterans please look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at yourselves...(all you guys in the Crystal Palace). Then when you're done walk down to the floor, up to every individual employee. Apologize to them...Then go back upstairs and correct yourselves. A healthy bottom line doesn't mean anything if your employees are so downtrodden that they output subpar aircraft maintenance.



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