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American Eurocopter Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. "Good atmosphere - Interesting company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Grand Prairie, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Eurocopter as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    In a few words :
    - fantastic people working in the company
    - leader in the helicopter manufacturing industry

    Cons

    - Management is clearly not always made of people with the best skills
    - Don't expect to be promoted based on how well you performed
    - Few announcement dealing with how well the company is doing

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication


  2. "Nice place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Aircraft Tech Sheet Metal in Columbus, MS
    Former Employee - Senior Aircraft Tech Sheet Metal in Columbus, MS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Eurocopter (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great facility
    Great benefits
    Good work environment

    Cons

    Not much to say here.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Prairie, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Eurocopter (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people working at the company.

    Cons

    Departments seem to operate in silos, resulting in a lot of internal "us vs.them" mentalities.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Truth"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Grand Prairie, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has since renamed itself from American Eurocpoter to Airbus Helicopters, Inc. - A part of Airbus Group.

    *****

    Medical Insurance was great. That was about it.

    FYI:
    -Your "base" salary will be lowered if you decide to purchase an extra week of vacation

    -Annual bonus at end of year

    -Merit raises here are higher than other companies in same industry

    Cons

    -Low pay, less vacation/personal time vs other companies in same industry.

    -90% of the people here were hard to work with, disrespectful, inexperienced, and worthless. Nobody has that technical capability or knowledge, especially of the products they build everyday.

    -If the company pushes strongly for healthier lives, then ban smoking on the premises.

    -A lot of other unprofessional activities that shall not be spoken about...

    -Bottom line - If you are young out of college, I highly recommend going to other companies. The experience you gain here (or lack thereof) will not get you anywhere and will not prepare you for opportunities elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Two-faced. Some should not be in the position they are in.


  5. "Receptionist"

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    Former Contractor - Receptionist & Clerical Support in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Contractor - Receptionist & Clerical Support in Grand Prairie, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Eurocopter as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very large French/American owned aeronautical company with 1000 employees at the US headquarter in Grand Prairie, TX. Excellent benefits, fast passed, exciting place to be. Many long time employees there.

    Cons

    Many foreigners work there, difficult to understand, cultural differences.

    Advice to Management

    Many management levels, you have to willing to start at the bottom and work your way up


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good People, Not so Great Management"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Grand Prairie, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with -- lot of good experience. This could be a really great place to work with a couple of not so minor changes...

    Cons

    Management is not engaged and the office politics are akin to being a cheerleader in high school. Also, unless you are an expat you probably won't get promoted very far up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Be engaged, take responsibility, if you promise you employees something then you should deliver.....or have the backbone to admit that what you promised will never come to fruition.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Company is good to work with"

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    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer Intern in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer Intern in Grand Prairie, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work environment, people, growth opportunity and people

    Cons

    American Eurocopter is best company to work with

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Arrogant French management prevents AEC from reaching its full sales potential within the U.S."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Grand Prairie, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Grand Prairie, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Building helicopters is an interesting industry. The company is small enough to allow access to all parts of the operation for those who are interested.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is the French management and their caste system mentality. If you are not a French ex pat, you can forget a senior level career with this company. Pay and benefits for equivalent title and responsibility jobs are dramatically greater for French employees than for American employees. An inordinate amount of time is spent in meetings; in 25+ years in corporate America, I have never seen so much time wasted in meetings that accomplish nothing. I also experienced more arrogance from senior management and French ex pats than I have ever encountered. The rules simply did not apply to them. Information and knowledge are not shared.

    Advice to Management

    You are operating in the United States of America. Put some Americans in senior positions. Stop treating employees differently based on their nationality. Hold managers responsible for development of their subordinates. Do not promote people based on their connections rather than true expertise or job skills. This company could benefit tremendously by implementing a 360 review system.


  9. "decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Eurocopter full-time

    Pros

    good company and great staff

    Cons

    away from city, slow growth


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great job to make a career out of. Great benefits."

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    Current Intern - Industrial Engineer Intern
    Current Intern - Industrial Engineer Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Eurocopter as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible with work availability. Management has open door policy.

    Cons

    Should decipher between personal opinions and actual work ethic and ability to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Be able to make ethical sound decisions when it comes to assessing any employee.