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Aurora Flight Sciences Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Unique Aerospace company - large retention rate."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora Flight Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of room for creativity
    - Given lots of responsibility, even as new grad
    - Shorter programs, so work stays different and interesting - NOT repetitive
    - Good starting pay

    Cons

    - Virginia location is so-so - not far from D.C., though
    - Programs are not allocated much time - often times behind schedule on short-term programs


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Only 6 months in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora Flight Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    wonderful people, subsidized lunchroom, decent commute, competitive benefits. Week off between Christmas through New Year's day.

    Cons

    It's a challenge to get work done due to ever-changing schedules, which necessitate rescheduling, canceling, etc. Not many federal holidays allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Limit scheduling changes so that direction remains clear towards the goal in mind.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Middle Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aurora Flight Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovative programs, opportunity to work on whole systems

    Cons

    Tough to get into the inner circle and move up


  4. "Tool Maker CAD/CAM Programmer"

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    Former Employee - CNC Programmer/Mfg Engineer in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - CNC Programmer/Mfg Engineer in Camarillo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aurora Flight Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Busy Making Tooling and parts for medical Device Manufacturing.

    Cons

    Not enough compensation for the jib I am doing.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Okay but room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good small company environment
    lunch program was great

    Cons

    Lacking innovation, senior management seemed reluctant to change


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Innovation on Steroids"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora Flight Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing small Aviation business. Really smart people doing amazing things for the industry. You will never be board, you will be over worked. Set your ground rules early.

    Cons

    Company needs better comp-time and work from home policies.

    Advice to Management

    Value the employee resources you have. and trust their professionalism


  7. Helpful (2)

    "If it wasn't for the politics..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aurora Flight Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, innovative products

    Cons

    It's not what you know but who you know. Integrity is questionable at best. Bring in more knowledgeable, mid-level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring mgmt based on their rolodex which usually doesn't amount to anything for long. Stop focusing on the Aurora culture and give people honest opportunities to advance from within without it being a game of who you know, what position you currently have and who you currently work for. Employees resent seeing someone fill another open position they are not qualified to fill only because they worked for a higher up muckemuck. You create distention among your employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "10 year and counting..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora Flight Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is very well positioned and an industry that has and will see extraordinary growth in the next 10 years. The diversity of Programs that you will have an opportunity to be involved in (assuming you like ground floor aerospace and UAV projects) is profound for a company this size. 5 years experience at Aurora is easily the equivalent to 10 years in another company in a similar Industry. You have to be comfortable stretching yourself professionally and working in very dynamic and fast paced environments.

    Cons

    If you like the status quo with little changing from day to day and just want to collect a paycheck, Aurora is probably not the right place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continue to focus on our most valuable resource, our people!


  9. "Company is growing and has a great future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora Flight Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Company's reputation in the marketplace is that Aurora's products work. Plain and simple.

    Cons

    Resource capacity vs demand is a continuing challenge

    Advice to Management

    Hire more


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting Place to Work"

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

    I worked at Aurora Flight Sciences (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting aerospace projects to work on. Really liked the breadth of areas a young engineer can experience on a project. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Program budgets are tight, not always very realistic.


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