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Updated April 21, 2017
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CAE President, CEO, and Director Marc Parent
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Pros
  • Work Life balance and interesting industry (in 19 reviews)

  • Mentoring, some training, perks, paid overtime, great coworkers (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management will only listen to yes men : Leads to (in 23 reviews)

  • horrible management no training no advancements unless your a fave (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are good people trying to do good work at CAE. Clients seem to appreciate the effort by the Instructors.

    Cons

    Overworked. Sales driven company. Instructors are left in front of customer trying to explain why the schedule won't work (we like to have weekends...AKA days off).

    Advice to Management

    Place more value on the Training Managers and the Schedulers. If these two groups are happy and do their job really well then the Instructors will be (mostly) happy.


  2. "Same poor management cycle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products,learned a lot about human body,worked with some fine hard working individuals.

    Cons

    Boss was major hick whose verbal abusiveness went unchecked by upper management for quite sometime until it was time for a new boss.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think it makes any difference


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Finance"

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    Former Employee - AR Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - AR Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CAE full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, in general most employees are good to work with.

    Cons

    Management is good at running the business but fail at employee engagement. The hard working employees have to pick up the slack for those that aren't. No one held accountable. Management belittles employees. HR is useless and protects management instead of getting to the real problems . The work environment is very hostile. No advancements for women. Co workers are allowed to be disruptive and unprofessional to others. Empty promises from management. CAE used to be a great place to work but reorganize every two years with new upper management with their own goals in mind and is destroying the company. The good and long lasting employees are leaving. Every week there's a new person leaving. I have witnessed harassment and bulling to others.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house!!!!!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Healthcare- Great product, Horrible management"

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    Former Employee - Management in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Management in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CAE full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic healthcare simulation product! Potential to save lives, and educate others to do the same.

    Cons

    Guaranteed 80-100 work weeks, consistently berated by management, miserable outlook for future, no longevity, multiple layoffs, wrongful termination. All the best employees are quitting due to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    If your plan is to shut down SRQ production and move to Montreal- tell the people. Don't fire strongest people, or force them to quit because you can't be honest. Upper management sets a poor precedence for leadership, and HR rules the company. No employee can trust anything but another employee. Look what you are doing to Healthcare!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Feudal Culture Prevails"

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

    I worked at CAE full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is what you make of it.
    A small core of very committed people try their best to make it a good place to work.
    The business has great potential in the market.

    Cons

    This is a monarchy. The king issues his decrees from a far-off castle in Montreal and the lords, ladies and peasants must obey. If you can't, it's off with your head.

    Instead of listing all the problems, I will simply say, people here either escape as soon as they find another opportunity or have been here so long that they just keep their heads down and dream of their not-too-distant retirement--that or they are still hoping that a white knight will someday come and free them.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden yourselves and your experience. Find managers and executives with new perspectives and stronger leadership who can elaborate a strategy and stick with it for longer than a month. Support and empower your people rather than starve and belittle them. Update your systems, the right way. Make plans, real plans that are based on real data and real opportunities. And show a little backbone in front of the Wall Street analysts.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Decent pay, horrible management, and extremely reactive decisions. Management from the top to bottom is pretty awful."

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent, the benefits package is average. There aren't too many items to include on this list, unfortunately.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? I think the reactive decision making may be the worst of it, and I have never seen an organization this large operate in this fashion.

    Advice to Management

    Make a strategy, be proactive about things, and deliver on promises.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. - Mark Twain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place for building long term personal and professional relationships.

    Cons

    Poor management. Too many layoffs. No market strategy. Lack of new product development. Forecast unrealistic likely due to no market research/analysis. There are always career opportunities available because there are always layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Competitive and market research. New product development with fresh ideas and Future (not past) technology. Replace management in several departments. Give employees a feeling of security by keeping some around for more than a year or two. Better compensation.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great People but Terrible Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and the work-life balance is not bad. The salary and the benefits are standard, but there is currently a push on to make employees feel more "engaged".

    Cons

    Bad management - view is that everyone is expendable, no matter how well they perform. They need to have a formal "engagement" program for employees, because management simply ignores them, and needs to try and make it look like they do not. This is the kind of condescending BS you can expect from this company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people and not universal parts that can be replaced at will.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Boy's club management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are nice and fun to work with
    Flex-time and Bank time
    Great product

    Cons

    Management are yes man
    Too many managers apply Agile to the letter (heavy Agile processes) instead of taking only parts that make sense (Light Agile processes)
    No long term view and commitment
    Promotions are not given on accomplishment basis but by who someone knows

    Advice to Management

    Start looking at long term instead of focusing to short term
    Promotion should be based on accomplishments and because you are part of a boy's club


  10. "Good work, bad ambiance"

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

    I worked at CAE as a contractor

    Pros

    Salary, experience, training, it is a good place where to make good cv experience, provide all tools for training

    Cons

    Worst ambiance ever, you must keep low profile or will push you out when being too much appreciated by customers, jealous colleagues that do not want to improve by themselves

    Advice to Management

    Management is part of that ambiance, unfortunately no advice


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