CAE Reviews

Updated January 27, 2016
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CAE President, CEO, and Director Marc Parent
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  • Short-sighted upper management, constant departmental reorganizations, frequent lay-offs (in 18 reviews)

  • On-the-job training: better get used to it, because there is essentially no training or helping hands provided (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Maintenance Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CAE part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent company with an abundance of aviation professionals!

    Cons

    Nothing to add to Cons


  2. "Some good, Some bad"

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

    I have been working at CAE full-time

    Pros

    The company as a whole is a good company to work for. They do reward you for a Job well done. I like to work, it is a fast paced environment, but they treat you fairly well.

    Cons

    some managers are put into positions simply because of the education. They dont have any real exp in managing people. Some people are hard to work with. The turnover is high, mainly because out of all of the employers in the defense industry, they are lagging behind in the Salary Category.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to the good ones, and get rid of the ones who are not doing their jobs. They have a habit of repeating the same mistakes over and over again. That is why the High Turnover rate exist. A lot of managers are in the job they are for the wrong reason.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Pay and benefits lag industry trends"

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    Current Employee - Simulator Technician in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Simulator Technician in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Locations all over the world, generally good work life balance, job security not much of a concern.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits lag behind rest of industry (especially pay when compared to the airlines). Management tends to turn a deaf ear to rank and file staff, mediocrity is often ignored and in some cases rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to us, you need us more than we need you. The airlines are starting to expand and hire again. This will siphon off talent very quick. Get rid of the Tech I, II, III, and IV pay scales and put everyone on one scale. Do away with the annual employee review, it's a 20th century construct that is only a waste of time these days.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best people, worst benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at CAE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's actually an environment that feels like family! Best people I have ever worked with. Everyone pitches in to get the job done! Very fun to be around pilots, planes and the culture of aviation.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of retired pilots now working at an older age the health insurance is outrageously expensive! Cannot work here if you want to start a family, have a family with children at home. Or, I suppose you must make good money as a manager to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust the pay to junior employees to make working and living sustainable. Benefits cost are the main reason I left.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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

    Pros

    The attitude is extremely relaxed. Very flexible hours and working requirements. Easy to excel if you are a decent employee. Good people.

    Cons

    No training. No R&D budget. Budgets get cut all the time. Unrealistic scheduled. Some incompetence will cause everyone to miss schedule it go over budget. Constantly get forced into adhering to policies that work in parent company, but make no sense in Tampa office. If you do one thing well, you will likely be assigned to all projects that need help in that area.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Allowed me to remain in the aviation industry, provide for my family, and be home every night."

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    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Flight Instructor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and benefits, great management, paid hard days off and doubles.

    Cons

    Wish they had locations in other cities. Need to hire more staff. Not enough full timers to cover all shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing: taking care of your staff.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Human Resources"

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

    Pros

    nothing to share as a positive with CAE

    Cons

    Workload, not a place for women or growth.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Unbelievable Incompetence"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Low stress because no one is held accountable.

    Cons

    80% of the company seemingly cannot even do their job. The bar is so low and rather than letting them go they just move people around from department to department; meanwhile, there are a handful of high performers that make the company tick. Nepotism is rampant. Little to no accountability, from the tactical level to the directors. Culture is repressive and built on a foundation of fear. Way behind the curve in terms of the technological tools they leverage because they just cut things and never invest in anything. People in positions of power abuse it.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the toxic people and invest in your people and the business. Pick a direction and execute a critical few initiatives well, rather than 20-30 poorly.


  10. "Flight operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    higher than standard pay, great work group great equipment. efficiently run.

    Cons

    demanding schedule, squeeze lots out of a thinly staffed operation. short sighted management, slow to change and progress.


  11. "tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CAE full-time

    Pros

    Interesting place to work at

    Cons

    Some things move very slowly



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