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AeroVironment Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is good, 401K, most people are great to work with (in 10 reviews)

  • Great place to come to work to everyday (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Top heavy, have more managers, directors and VP then production workers (in 9 reviews)

  • Upper Management has no idea how to run a business (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Fun Working With World Experts"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    AeroVironment has been making drones since way before it was cool and they have some of the world's experts developing the latest technologies. The company culture is one that allows / encourages engineers to chat with each other. I learned a lot by walking up to co-workers and just asking what they were working on and why it was hard.

    Cons

    There were more engineering projects than engineering resources to work on them and the back-and-forth negotiations about who's assigned to what project got tiring. Naturally, having aggressive schedules and over-ambitious leadership isn't unique to AV.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with engineers about priorities (who's priority? consequences of failure? etc.)


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, bad direction"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inventory Manager
    Former Employee - Inventory Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great, innovative teamwork

    Cons

    Company direction is shaky. Bad upper management decisions. Also too top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people. Really listen, not fake listen.


  3. "Monrovia div "Power Systems" (industrial battery chargers)"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Monrovia, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Monrovia, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AeroVironment (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Close to 210, freeway. Paid competitive salaries. Handsome modern corp office in Monrovia, work place of a pleasant HR dept.
    "Self insured" medical coverage for employees, a deep pocket

    Cons

    I Amateurish HR dept. Difficult access, delayed and unreliable quality of responses

    II Inferior facilities for Monrovia engineering & production; leaking roof, carpet peeling off the floor

    III Revolving door for engineering management & staff.

    IV A primitive engineering department, particularly SW Engineering of Battery Charging equipment. Doesn't get the concept of 'CE' marks.

    V. The software for legacy products was developed w/o written specifications. Written by cowboys. The 'specifications' consist of 1) the code itself 2) verbal specs 3) mental images and 4) whatever resident expert 'Blake' says they are. Accordingly, sw testing was weak; practically speaking, s/w testing consists of "Verifying that the product" a) charges industrial batteries
    and b) does what the coder ( the programmer) coded it to do
    and c) does not act unexpectedly
    and d) does not do anything unreasonable ( like "lock up" or display some lines from Macbeth ;-)

    Advice to Management

    Re Power Station engineering at Monrovia:
    Get out of the 20th century and into the 21st.
     Learn & practice "generally accepted good engineering practices".
    E.g. Development of H/W and S/W based on written (not verbal) specifications


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  5. "AV Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay, Hands on work

    Cons

    Lots of downtime some days


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of Vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AeroVironment full-time

    Pros

    Talented, energetic and creative people continue to be the heartbeat of Aerovironment. Engineers can still have fun.

    Cons

    Horrible environment for business professionals. Turnover has never been higher. This is due large part to the inexperienced leadership at the highest levels. For those looking for "Greener Grass" I suggest you keep looking, like a lot of AV people.

    Advice to Management

    Do those employees a favor who still believe that AV can be a "Great Place to Work", please look for Greener Pastures more suited to your skill set.


  7. "Intern Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at AeroVironment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High tech company with strong engineering focus. EES division needs clear direction to grow to contribute more the the company's overall revenue.

    Cons

    Almost too tech focused instead of market driven focus.
    Should have better access to top level management.


  8. "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AeroVironment full-time

    Pros

    Highly intelligent employee base and great benefits

    Cons

    Its a company in a cultural transition to improve the skill sets internally to ultimately grow the business.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees carefully


  9. "IS Specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IS Specialist in Simi, CA
    Current Employee - IS Specialist in Simi, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, great atmosphere, people are great.

    Cons

    under paid and do not promote from within


  10. "Great company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management is listening to the employees. There is a strong cultural shift that is very positive.

    Cons

    Is not growing. Cost of Living is high in LA/Simi area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  11. "A great place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, products that make a difference, a flexible schedule, fabulous benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the lower side when compared to other aerospace companies.



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