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AAR Reviews

Updated August 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "its like family, I am a temp but all the people I work with treat me as I am family it's a great place to work, I hope to get hired full time" (in 16 reviews)

  • "AAR has a great work environment with cooperative team environment" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "I’ve heard remarks from upper management that are borderline harassment and unappropriated for a workplace" (in 17 reviews)

  • "low pay compared to major airlines" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "accounts pyable specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    outstanding management and services the military services

    Cons

    none that I could say

    AAR Response

    Aug 2, 2018 – Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy

    Thank-you for review, & Oorah!

    Blue skies,

    G-Man


  2. "Comms"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing aviation Company with VALUES!

    Cons

    All good, as this organization is on a very special upward trajectory.

    Advice to Management

    Hit the after-burner!

  3. "Pricing Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Garden City, NY
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Garden City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is fair as long as you meet your deadlines to submit proposals and projects on time. Management was easy going in the front office and open to helping (or finding help) if you if needed.

    Cons

    The work was very repetitive and the office culture was dry -- not a place I looked forward going to every day after the first six months.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within rather than hiring from outside sources. I heard a lot of technicians who perform good work complain that their careers are stagnant at AAR since they try to squeeze as much work from them with as little pay as possible. Advice for my role/department: some projects were given to me on very short notice and management would sometimes have very high expectations to submit proposals to customers without spending quality time to analyze the bid and create competitive and accurate pricing.

    AAR Response

    Aug 10, 2018 – Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy

    Hello, & thank-you for your service to the Company. Straight ahead for the future indeed. On the promotion, personally encourage working to have folks jump on tuition reimbursement... More


  4. "Great Company! Lots of opportunities!"

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    Current Employee - Management in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Wood Dale, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to grow and learn as well as the opportunity to mentor others-great culture!
    Benefits and salary are on par with other defense contractors
    Future looks very bright for the company and employees

    Cons

    Need more office space-too crowded to have senior management living in cube farms.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire good people in the critical areas so as to not burn your people out.

    AAR Response

    Jul 26, 2018 – Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy

    Hey friend, thank-you for your review. Very much appreciate. You absolutely nailed the culture, as I think that is within the foundation of the Company...especially our VALUES. Will mention to... More


  5. "Great Place, Better People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AAR full-time

    Pros

    Everyone in this building is a family. We all support each other and work together to get things done.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to cut down on pay and bonuses more and more every year since they would rather expand.

    AAR Response

    Jul 23, 2018 – Director of TA Strategy

    Thank-you for your review. Blue skies all the way! G-Man


  6. "Not what they promised."

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    Former Employee - Licensed QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTOR
    Former Employee - Licensed QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTOR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was hired as a licensed Quality Control Inspector.

    Cons

    I never got to work as a Quality control Inspector.

    Advice to Management

    Respect the experience of people you hire.

    AAR Response

    Aug 2, 2018 – Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy

    Thank-you for review. A&P Leads & Inspectors are tough too find, so not sure what rolled. Will offer blue skies for the future, G-Man


  7. "Learning Step"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AAR full-time

    Pros

    You’ll learn as much as you need to advance.

    Cons

    Once you learn and advance doesn’t mean you get paid to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Pay grades to low for required techs

    AAR Response

    Aug 2, 2018 – Director of Talent Acquisition Strategy

    Good copy friend. Thank-you. OJT is robust at the Company, so appreciate the highlight Pro. Consider additional education, especially with strong tuition reimbursement. Great way to further... More

  8. "Mechanical Design Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AAR part-time

    Pros

    Great environment and helpful people

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for growth

    Advice to Management

    Better organization and opportunities

    AAR Response

    Jul 16, 2018 – Director of TA Strategy

    Hello, and thank-you for your review. On this end, internships, along with apprenticeships, continue to be a powerful pipeline into the Company, as have personally worked the platform since first... More


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Abusive, Insensitive Authoritarians"

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    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for overtime.

    Cons

    1. They are racist. This can be seen in the very few minorities, and no minorities in maintenance management.
    2. management will fabricate problems, if you don't suck up to them the way they want. And if you're a woman, you may likely encounter sexual harassment from management.

    3. If you are not white, AAR doesn't provide opportunities to learn and advance.

    Advice to Management

    fire all senior management at the Oklahoma City maintenance hub, especially those overseeing the endeavor operation.

    AAR Response

    Jul 16, 2018 – Director of TA Strategy

    Hello-

    With Quality First & Safety Always, the hangars are dynamic, where you can Make Money & Have Fun, so Pro comment is spot-on. Making a tight turn into Cons, it is the opposite, as during... More


  10. "AAR Indianapolis"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to gain experience and build your network. Good health insurance, & good overal benefits.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work weekends if you are working on production side of the buisiness.

    AAR Response

    Jun 18, 2018 – Director of TA Strategy

    Thank-you for the review, & let's keep 'em Flying!

    Straight ahead,

    G-Man


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