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AAR Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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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 11 reviews)

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  1. "miserable......dead end"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Wood Dale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    Can be used to build a resume. Once you have, exit quickly!

    Cons

    HR is pathetic, pay can be decent but, expect long hours, if you do the math, your making a lot less than you think per hour!
    The atmosphere is horrid, everyone working just hard enough not to get fired. The corp folks are totally out of touch, and don't really care.

    Advice to Management

    The only way that place will get better is if SR management retire and new leadership is installed......totally pathetic! As for middle management, grow up, stop the infighting, back stabbing and butt-kissing. I understand it's what SR mgmnt want, but you really look pathetic


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AAR (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very few to none, upper management is non functional.

    Cons

    Do what ever to pass it through QC

    Advice to Management

    LIVE UP TO THE TRUTH


  3. Helpful (1)

    "No title necessary"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grant, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grant, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AAR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best reason to work for any company is the people you meet and get to be around

    Cons

    Poor management, no business development. They try to go after projects that are way too big for the company. There needs to be a focus on filling the voids between small and very large companies.

    Advice to Management

    Be onsite and focus on the employees and utilize and market your skill sets and quit trying to compete with GD, Raytheon and other large companies


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "AAR University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Wood Dale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's a large stable company with lots of facilities nation-wide. There are many experienced people working there that can teach you every facet of the industry, so when you move on you have some experience.

    Cons

    No potential for growth. Severe case of 'Good ol boys' syndrome.
    Nepotism in the corporate HQ is rampant.
    Most managerial hires are from outside the company rather than promoting from within.
    Stifling PC culture.
    Anyone except outside sales are treated as a liability, no matter what their contribution to the company. I once saved Allen over $100k per year and barely got an attaboy, let alone anything else.
    Women and minorities are relegated to only work in Accounting, IT, or if they happen to be attractive they can make it in the product line.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend you break the insider culture and promote people based on their skills, not who they go golfing with on company time or who's nephew they are. Treat all employees as assets rather than cost centers. Happy employees that feel valued are more productive and loyal.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Tech"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AAR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good start entry level tech

    Cons

    Pay, salary no training. Management has no clue

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to everyone else's job and do your own. Micro management never helps.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Avionics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Job seeker beware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Springs, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AAR (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Upper management obsessed with meeting financial targets, at all costs. Reality doesn't matter. Just make the numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. Be honest with your employees and your shareholders.


  9. "Assembler"

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    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Largo, FL
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Largo, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    Paid Holidays Off, Great Coworkers

    Cons

    Poor Management, Mandated overtime constantly, No job security, low pay for skilled work, unsafe equipment, osha violations

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees fairly


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Unprofessional and incompetent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Lake Charles, LA
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Lake Charles, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Clean facilities, ability to check out consumables and tools easily, first line supervisors are usually knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Management are out of touch with work force and how long a typical job is supposed to take, management is unprofessional and are generally either rude to their employees (and often make a scene in front of the customer or other employees) or they're simply not around to monitor the current project and what is needed to accomplish it. AAR Management are viewed as villains that should be avoided, not because they are management but because it was well known that they had no idea what they were doing and instead of fixing something on the spot or helping train a new employee, they would commonly yell at whatever supervisor was overseeing the project or employee. The management use insults and intimidation to get their way or make a point instead of getting involved with the work force or helping solve whatever problem arose. Favoritism is also widely well known and incompetent or unproductive employees would commonly get away with their lack of professionalism if they were friends with members of management.

    Advice to Management

    Hire supervisors that have some sort of management background or know how to actually supervise, instead of acting like bullies on a playground. If you're going to hire people with little or no experience, expect speed bumps and a learning curve to be present. Don't overwork your employees and learn about the affects of negative morale on a workforce. Management personnel should probably attend a professionalism class of some sort to learn how to actually work with people and, more in particular, employees.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Dont waste years of you life like i did"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stress (Mechanical) Engineer in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Stress (Mechanical) Engineer in Wood Dale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is absolutely no structure for employees sink or swim . Management doesn't have a clue HR doesn't have a clue

    Cons

    The Mayans treated their slaves better than this company does its employees

    Advice to Management

    Complete overhaul. Employee Appreciation is completely inexistent. This company cares more about their money and their status then the people that keep it running.



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