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Updated June 27, 2017
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AeroVironment CEO & President Wahid Nawabi
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Pros
  • Challenging work, autonomy and very supportive of work / life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Working with great people with knowledge and experience (in 11 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 8 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Contract Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AeroVironment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really great place to work. Recent senior management changes at top levels have had really improved this company

    Cons

    Being that we are size wise pretty small (600-700 employees) Senior leadership has a dramatic impact on the company if we go back to the poor management of the previous few years.

    AeroVironment Response

    Jul 17, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate your constructive review and are happy to hear you are seeing the positive effects of recent organizational changes. The leadership... More


  2. "Interesting and challenging, great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of very smart people here, and the environment is very supportive. The challenges are interesting, and because the company acts smaller than it is, there is opportunity to work on a variety of things.
    As a software engineer, I get to work on systems, software, hardware, testing and integration. We get to work directly on planes, in labs, and with sophisticated tools.
    I became an engineer because I like solving problems in creative ways, and seeing the effects of my work in real systems. AeroVironment is the best place I've worked for those criteria.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is pressure to accomplish a lot in a short period of time.
    Benefits are only ok.

    AeroVironment Response

    Jun 29, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate hearing about your personal experience and are glad to learn that you are enjoying a few of AeroVironment’s perks: working with... More

  3. "Dynamic Environment, Cool Products, Creative People"

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    Current Employee - Department Head in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Department Head in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People - Surrounded by very sharp, smart, innovative people
    Products - Interesting, leading edge
    Creative problem solving and Out of the box thinking throughout the organization ......

    Cons

    Formal procedures and processes need updating.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating....

    AeroVironment Response

    Jun 29, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate your thoughtful review and are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience at AeroVironment. Being a growing organization we have... More


  4. "Great People...Interesting and Challenging Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AeroVironment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful, smart and talented co-workers that quickly become family. Interesting and exciting work that is helping to change the world. Overall, a nice work/life balance.

    Cons

    The company has a relatively flat organization, so career movement within certain departments can be a bit challenging. Communication has been a challenge but management is stepping up and taking steps to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to increase communication throughout the organization and look for ways to help employees advance their careers.

    AeroVironment Response

    Jun 29, 2017

    Thank you for your thoughtful review. We are happy to hear you’re enjoying your experience at AeroVironment. Our leadership team is aware of our internal communication and employee career path... More


  5. "Poor Management, Lack Of Direction and Cliques Ruin An Interesting Company"

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

    I worked at AeroVironment full-time

    Pros

    There are good retirement and medical benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of direction, multiple managers means too many cooks in the kitchen, clique-filled office, in-fighting, poor quality products with awful support, dishonest management that won't hesitate to stab you in the back to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers, embrace honesty and excellence rather than rigid ideas from the past.


  6. "Challenging work, great people, autonomy and very supportive of work / life balance."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and talented people working on technology that changes the world. Challenging work, autonomy and very supportive of work / life balance. Overall really friendly and happy people who love their work.

    Cons

    There is quite a bit of change and reorganization going on. The organization runs lean in some groups which can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your people and provide top notch training to develop your teams. Say thank you often and recognize the milestones.

    AeroVironment Response

    Jun 29, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful review. We appreciate hearing about your personal experience and are glad to learn that you are enjoying a few of AeroVironment’s perks... More


  7. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AeroVironment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people at AV make it a great place to work. The people are smart and talented and the product is innovative and makes a real difference in the world. You get to see the product from concept through production and you get to affect the whole lifecycle.

    Cons

    in a fast paced environment, sometimes the communication does not keep up

    AeroVironment Response

    Jun 29, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful review. We appreciate hearing about your personal experience and are glad to learn that you are enjoying a few of AeroVironment’s perks: the... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Accounting Manager"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Monrovia, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Monrovia, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AeroVironment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, nice working conditions.

    Cons

    Poor morale, management has a tendency to micro-mange.

    Advice to Management

    Instill a more positive environment.

    AeroVironment Response

    Jun 29, 2017

    We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. We greatly value your input and are glad you enjoyed some AeroVironment perks: our competitive salaries and work environment. We are... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not Worth the Effort"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Simi Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AeroVironment (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay. Some fun people to work with if you can find them.

    Cons

    They do NOT invest in employees. Poor training. Play favorites. People that kiss butt stay to the end. People that work hard and take no slackers are the first to go. Mgmt sets impossible goals when ongoing problems are never solved. Us vs them mentality. Condescending attitudes from the top down. They "pretend" to be team players but it's all garbage. Bonuses are all the Execs care about.

    Advice to Management

    You're all corporate hacks. Get behind the people that do good work and stop playing games.

    AeroVironment Response

    Jun 29, 2017

    We appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. We greatly value your input and are disappointed that you didn’t enjoy your time at AeroVironment. We would love to learn more about your... More


  10. "Sr. Programmer Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Monrovia, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Monrovia, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company feel, cutting edge products with a vision to change the way the world works.
    Good perks, benefits, bonuses. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    No growth if you're not in Sales, Marketing or the Business side. Folks in IT and other support services department have held the same position for years. Can get frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, they are your capital. Encourage inter department transfers, training and opportunities within the company. Make an effort to truly know the strengths of your employees.

    AeroVironment Response

    Jun 29, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful review. We appreciate hearing about your personal experience and are glad to learn that you are enjoying a few of AeroVironment’s perks... More


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