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Pros
  • great company and great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people, most mid-level management is of good quality, even after the acquisition by RC in 2014 (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Nepotism throughout upper management (in 4 reviews)

  • mostly related to airport infrastructure so might no be very useful (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Sell Out"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a job, and in this day and age, that's important

    Cons

    Toxic environment where the good old boys are just waiting for the company sale and their chance to cash out. Senior management at this company - if you want to call them that, is a complete clown show. This is the most poorly managed large company I have ever been associated with. Everything has been reduced to money today, and the future and the employees have been mortgaged for the gain of the few at the top. Meanwhile, projects and departments are going to hell and they are trying to hold things together until they can sell the company and unload the shambles of this turd on the next guy. At that point the clean-up and rehabilitation will hopefully begin. Just about anyone worth their salt has left or is trying to leave. My advice would be to stay away until the situation is clearer once the new owner is announced. Then things can get better or worse.

    Advice to Management

    Move on, you owe your employees better. Let someone come in that actually cares about the people and the future of the business.


  2. "Maybe RC will make it better - but it does not look like it will happen anytime soon"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Current Contractor - Senior Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ARINC as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice location and still some very good people remain
    Some areas have exciting projects
    Alternate work schedule (AWS) to get every other Friday off
    decent pay for the area

    Cons

    Too many to list......
    cash sucked out by by Carlyle
    morale very low
    too many employees making more than their market value (as new employee you will be frustrated by this)
    everyone in a wait and see approach for what Rockwell Collins will do, so no one working
    AWS abused to the point no work happens on Fridays
    service/products, having had no capital investment the past 6yrs, are suffering.

    Advice to Management

    get out - take your 'parachutes' and go
    give back to the world and stop gaining at the expense of others.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Couldn't wait to get out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ARINC full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits (health insurance, 401k contribution, etc.). Easy to bond with coworkers since everybody hated their job as much as I did.

    Cons

    Only way to advance is brown-nosing. Limited raise potential. Punitive company culture with limited recognition for accomplishments.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to suggestions made by your employees - even those that have only been there for a short period of time. If turnover is astronomical, it should be a clue that you need to change the way you treat your employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "they were once an outstanding company ......."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    they still pay salaries after the "acquisition" to the half of their staff not YET laid-off but everyone left is "looking"

    Cons

    they don't pay salaries after the "acquisition" to the half of their staff laid-off even though they were by far the best employees. All that us left is disinterested and empire-protecting Management who have not yet succeeded in jumping ship before the whole ship goes under

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  5. "Treated well, but career options limited"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Frequent paid lunches for accomplishments. Many "lifers" with a commitment to the company. Mostly a good group of people who want to work together.

    Cons

    Poor salary and raises. Bad communication from top management about changes in the company. Almost all discussions from management focus around EBITDA. Career advancement is limited and depending on which department you end up, there is limited growth in your own knowledge and expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Quit the EBITDA thing. Communication to the lower eschalons should focus on more than money. Many people are loyal only because they've been there so long, you need to be able to keep new blood.


  6. "Going Downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Promotes Diversity
    -Encourages Work/Life Balance with Alternate Work Schedule (if manager approves). Which allows you to work longer days and have every other Friday off
    -Flexible start time

    Cons

    -Company is up for sale so future is unknown
    -Layoffs have occurred in the past year
    -Employee Holiday party cancelled
    -Benefits used to be good but not anymore
    -Advancement based on who you know


  7. "It's time for some management changes"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Commuting can be very pleasant if you live on this side of MD. Some departments are better to work in. At least so I'm told.

    2) Flexible hours. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS)

    Cons

    ARINC is currently waiting for a buyer, and it seems like the only employees that are hanging around are the ones that were just hired and/or the ones that still draw a pension. Here is what I observed in my time there:

    1) Nepotism - : favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship
    This is ramped at ARINC. You will most likely not have a good career advancement due to this practice. Many employees (family members) are getting positions they are not qualified for. It has completely undermined the moral.

    2) Signs of Corporate Pathology? - I've found that many (expensive) decisions are made based on private personal agendas no matter if it's good for the company or not. In my department as an example, the clients weren't even consulted on buy in for major changes to make sure they were ok with the ongoing cost.

    3) Work Place Diversity - I also noticed there are VERY FEW minorities in leadership roles. I have not seen this to this extent in other work environments. I just thought it might be worth mentioning.

    4) No Management Meetings - The employees NEVER get updates with management on what's going on. No management meetings with the employees, performance goals and bonus have diminished to non-existent for those that are on the front line and are reserved for the middle to upper managers.

    5) Uneven Workload - I frequently ran into situations where there is one employee that is doing the majority of the work in their departments. When that employee is out, there are severe gaps in the productivity due to the single threaded nature of the organization.

    6) Frequent re-organizations - It seems to be about 1 to 2 re-orgs per year. The entire department anxiously awaits to see who your new boss will be for that part of the year to see how your ongoing projects are affected.

    Advice to Management

    Properly train the staff OR hire competent managers to lead the organization's department. I'd most likely favor the latter. Stop the nepotism. It's really tearing the company apart. It's no secret that investing in good people will take the company further in the long run. ARINC seems to not understand that, or just plain doesn't care anymore! Many of the CONS has grown from inexperienced management.

  8. "Great staff, poor leadership from vps & CEO"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Department Director in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Department Director in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to get exposure to latest technology. Has okay benefits. A good stepping stone to a better opportunity.

    Cons

    Constant infighting among higher level executives. Not truthful about future of company to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Youn would not listen if I gave it.


  9. "Ok Company to Work For. Depends in what department you are working in."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    No personal growth, company politics, low salary


  10. "Arinc is an ok place to complete an internship."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Intern in Annapolis, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's in Annapolis, which is a nice place to live. The poeple are friendly for the most part.

    Cons

    Everyone who could get out was getting out, lots of people were being laid off. The pay was significantly less than I would have earned at most engineering firms. Working in the aviation industry was pretty cool.

    Advice to Management

    pay your interns a little more.


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