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AAR Reviews

Updated June 7, 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 10 reviews)

  • It's a great place to get experience and learn about Aviation (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • ve heard remarks from upper management that are borderline harassment and unappropriated for a workplace (in 18 reviews)

  • Management has no respect for their employees (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good ol boys club"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sheet Metal Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Sheet Metal Mechanic in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will get hours if you're direct.

    Cons

    You will be treated like shot if you are not in the cool kids club

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the buddy promotion system.


  2. "Avionics Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Most of the work force is contract, with many years of experience. Advance form within the company.

    Cons

    Low pay, for industry. Benefits not very comparable to overall industry.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that most of the employs on the floor have the largest impact on operations so they should be treated more as employees rather than just another number.


  3. "Sheetmetal mechanic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sheet Metal Mechanic in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Sheet Metal Mechanic in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    you will leave the company knowing exactly what a bad place in aviation to work for looks like.

    Cons

    basically everything. if you are sheetmetal you can expect to do mostly interior work. every inspector wants the paperwork filled out differently, so its almost impossible to get anything finished on time. night shift does the wash every single time. none of the mechanics are happy there so everyone always seems to be in a horrible mood. expect to have to fix a bunch of screw ups, they aren't worried about keeping idiots working there.

    Advice to Management

    treat the mechanics better, once that happens your turn over rates for employees will decrease dramatically.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Don't stay long"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Senior in Wood Dale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great support group of others who feel the same and a fantastic opportunity for recent college graduates who have little experience.

    Cons

    Senior management having little knowledge of anything happening at the bottom level, driving unrealistic results and poor company moral. Lack of motivation by leadership and by time you realize the reality you either quit or become part of the furniture. The company could be so much more, but those who profit cannot see past their bank account to notice. Greed truly does change you.

    Advice to Management

    You need a major culture change. The company is now known for having high turn over, poor leadership, low salary and bonus benefits, and so on. The moral inside that company is sad and the Senior leadership needs to change.


  5. "Highly Incompetent Management group."

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

    I worked at AAR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful well maintained facilities, employees are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Very poor management skills, there is no proactive culture or basic planning skills. The beatings will continue culture and constant need to threaten peoples jobs, creates a very low morale among employees, you get a lot " it's not my job " comments, wich is very detrimental to a work team environment, most of the problems with quality and accidents at this facility is a direct cause of poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Threat people with respect, hold people accountable at all levels, need to invest more on training, Quality deparment needs more in house audits with qualified auditors !!
     Supervisor need to get more involved with mechanics and the task they are working.
     Support teams, ie, parts, tools, need to be more effective.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (1)

    "Good Intentions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Quality Inspector in Lake Charles, LA
    Former Contractor - Quality Inspector in Lake Charles, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AAR as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some training is provided. The Lake Charles facility is pretty nice in most hangars, including a new one. They have good inventory so doing your job is easy as far as having consumables.

    Cons

    Still AAR, rush rush to get the job done at all costs. Young leads that do not know how to talk to older adults. Bad time keeping system.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing people to make schedule at all cost.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "It's a decent place to start."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Manufacturing Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AAR full-time

    Pros

    Interesting products being manufactured
    Lots of room to improve product lines for a capable engineer
    I was able to maintain good work/life balance

    Cons

    No investment in capital equipment by parent company.
    Lack of involvement by upper management.
    Management does not attempt to fix problems with issues in the facility.
    Multiple rounds of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep people that provide value to your product lines.
    Learn what the issues are with production and get involved in the solution.
    Enforce published standards and work instructions.
    Don't continually retain employees that do not do their jobs while laying off people who do their jobs well.


  10. "Good start out job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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