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Aviation Technical Services Reviews

Updated September 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to learn the ends and outs of aviation maintenance (in 4 reviews)

  • Great work environment Excellent bosses Good instructors and training, (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay: most people started under 14/hour, no benefits, low per diem (in 3 reviews)

  • The lack of work at the moment caused layoffs and (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aviation Technical Services (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, culture, and upper management

    Cons

    Company budget management on priority issues.

    Advice to Management

    Mid management needs stronger leadership.


  2. "Okay to Start"

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    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aviation Technical Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of learning to do.

    Cons

    A lot of people just stand around.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting employees screw off for hours.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of confidence"

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    Current Employee - General Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - General Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aviation Technical Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Its easy to get hired on with minimum experience. Great starting point to start your aviation career experience

    Cons

    Severely underpaid, lack of advancement and pay raises are almost non existent for directs hires. Company relies heavily on contractors for structural work with about 90 percent of them have no license including no station repairman. License direct are severely under utilized. Training outside initial hire is virtually non existent and the "Good old Boys" system is very strong and discouraging. The lack of teamwork between shifts is extremely high and leadership does not promote any sense of pride in your work other than get it done at whatever the cost.

    Advice to Management

    When you ask for employee input on company problems don't just ask and do nothing. . The lack of value placed on directs is why the company has a high turn over rate and low morale and the good old boy system is another key factor on why there are so many failures in success. Monitor your leads more closely then your regular employees and perhaps you will see where most issues start and end.


  4. "Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - L4 Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - L4 Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Aviation Technical Services (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible work schedule
    -Overtime
    -Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -No mentorship, they spect you to know everything and accomplish the job as fast as possible and often times sacrifice quality of work.
    -Good ol' Boy System, if you want to advance, you have to be part of the club.


  5. "Integration Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aviation Technical Services full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly environment, you will get experience on the plane as well as on the computer.

    Cons

    Not labor intensive engineering, more spreadsheets and duplicate work than anything else.

    Advice to Management

    Put a bigger effort into finding new work, look at advancement policies, 6 years for an engineer to get to a level 2 is too long.


  6. "Working Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aviation Technical Services full-time

    Pros

    The health benefits are good.

    Cons

    Top heavy and actively hiring new upper management monthly. Several levels of approval to get action items completed and internal over reporting is very common and mundane.


  7. "Good o' boys club"

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

    I worked at Aviation Technical Services full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, able to work a lot of hours

    Cons

    Don't trust anyone, they will stab you in the back at any chance. The "leads" like to degrade people and act like they know everything.

    Advice to Management

    Start over with all upper management at MCI

  8. Helpful (3)

    "One of the worst I've worked for in 30 years"

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    Former Employee - Aviation Structural Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Aviation Structural Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Aviation Technical Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you have a decent contracting company ,hang on to them,
    Made some good friends there but most like all contractors I'd worked with in previous places
    4 days on 3 days off ( if you work weekends)

    Cons

    I had to train people who would later take over my job at 1/2 pay.
    If you work weekends you will never get switched , they will just let you off with no pay,even for a family event and someone is willing to swap out with you they would not (at least me) do it .
    Frequent sudden layoffs - I worked for these people 4 years.
    Not sure about weekdays but the weekend shift never got an hour of over time the whole 4 years I was there .Sometimes that shift only gets 3 days.
    Terrible communication
    Was threatened with violence die to my nationality ( and no I am not from Mexico or South America)
    Cannot tell you how many aircraft I had to go back and re do others dangerous mistakes -see #1
    Good old boy culture alive and well . I had no clue about parties ,get togethers or wellness fairs they have until my wife saw one scheduled online somewhere .
    Pay slowly went down over the years until I quit when It reached $5000 less a year . They blamed it on Wa min wage - that's only downtown Seattle and the col is skyrocketing here.

    Advice to Management

    Layoffs at Christmas with no notice really aren't cool especially for 3+ months when I see your out of country 1/2 price employees who have NO CLUE still have jobs .
    Frequent lay off's are just not cool . Just switch to one shift.
    You would be better off and not lose so many contracts if you would use your older, well trained people instead of outsourcing at 1/2 price pay. Peoples lives depend on it .


  9. "Good Company to grow your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aviation Technical Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Company spends the money to insure correct tooling is available
    -Nice social structure, people generally get along well
    -Steady job if you can survive the slow periods. In the MRO business, there are ALWAYS slow periods
    -Active in participation of United Way.
    -Brings in tool fairs, wellness fairs
    -Most of mid-management interested in producing a good, quality aircraft.
    -Pretty lax break schedule. Smokers can sneak out and burn one when they need to.

    Cons

    -Application of HR policies are inconsistant
    -Company wants to foster better employee enviorment, but when a complaint is made about another employee's behavior, HR fails to do a complete investigation and get all the facts.
    -Inconsistant use of the pay scale. Leads tend to be at the top of the pay scale, all other employees are mid-range and below.
    -Raises can be embarassingly small.
    -Company makes extensive use of contract maintence, especially structural mechanics. Outstanding full time structure mechanics being used for entry level work while heavy structure work contracted out to questionable contractors for short duration. Company claims it is more economical, but given the amount of rework required from the part time contractors, there can't be any savings. Very demoralising to high quality full time structure mechanics.
    -Unfortunately, neopitism and the "old boy" network is alive and well, still.
    -Leads spend too much time at computers. Some are doing their jobs, while others are accessing te Internet during work hours.
    -Finally, several B.S. artists are managing to keep their jobs, even though they deliberatly short-cut manuals, policies and procedures. Managment knows this, but does not sanction that kind of behavior

    Advice to Management

    1) HR needs to do a better job of investigating complaints. Hearing one side of a story and issuing a sanction before hearing the other side of the story is wrong.
    2) Need to bring back a fair and effective evaluation system, so raises are dependent on skills and abilities, not to "level up" or reward friends.
    3) Less meetings, more time on the floor actually seeing what's going on.
    4) Utilize and pay the outstanding strustural talent you have, stopping going for the "quick fix" of bringing in contract services of questionable talent that are causing more problems than what they solve. What kind of a product do you want to supply your customer: Fast, sloppy work that requires rework? or Well skilled, modivated in house mechanics who have a stake in the company name and are willing to put in the hours (for a fair wage) and deliver a product they are proud of?


  10. "Aircraft mechanic at Everett facility."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aviation Technical Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Established company, steady work load, plenty of experienced people, non rush pace compared with others, 10 hour shifts which give you the opportunity of having 3 days off, good place to learn for entry level personnel.
    Basic benefits.

    Cons

    The biggest issue in my opinion is complacency. Things have been done the same way for so long that any change to their routine isn't even taken in consideration.
    Veteran people with 30+ years with the company that make it harder for others to move up and try to do things with a different approach.
    The "buddy" system heavily applied. Some people can get away literally with almost everything they want as long as they're cool with the leadership group while the rest gets nitpicked for the most irrelevant reasons.
    Total disconnection between HR and the floor, they literally have no idea what's going on with the technical people.

    Advice to Management

    Reconnect with the people, do some research and figure out who can do more for your company. Plenty of good elements that are overlooked.
    Be willing to change, a few tweaks here and there could bring plenty of benefits for everybody.


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