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Updated April 9, 2017
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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. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CAE (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work life balance, good management, see the world

    Cons

    A lot of extended travel


  2. "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


  3. "Great place for an entry to advanced level job for a single person"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the younger engineers are easy to get along with, like in every office there are some to watch out for. The benefits package is quite good, so is the ability to get stock options upon employment. Pay wise, most times its required to work > 40 per week (at times > 50), its compensated at your salary, so that is a major plus for the pocket, especially if your're single. The company is two levels, manufacturing and hardware downstairs and programming upstairs. There is a cafeteria on site, so its not necessary to drive off for lunch. Parking is adequate as well.

    Cons

    Some cons include long hours and lack of communication between other programmers in the same group and even group management. Inter group communication is low, unless you find a friend in another group. Learning out side your group is also difficult. Long hours are required sometimes. Also there are no windows, so its a pretty grey and dismal building on the inside.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with subordinates and open the communication to everyone in the group. After being hired, spend time with the new hire and the current group (or key people in the group) to discuss how things run and operate. Keep instilling the open communication with HR and the benefits package.


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    "CAE USA - Good benefits; old school thinking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is ok - they pay overtime. Good employee benefits. Lots of smart people which is nice to be around. Lots of good contacts with military.

    Cons

    Some good simulation software but on the other side, most in Tampa are on Office 2007 (!). Weird mix of outdated software and new technology. Very little work from home -- they still want to see you in office.

    Lots of good engineers but not so much good mid level management- a lot of engineers turned to management who are not good at managing people. I think they are trying to change that; just started a "tech only" kind of path.

    Heavy focus on military, which makes sense considering the customer base -- but lots of ex-mil management also try to enforce chain of command thinking, which gets in the way. New head honcho seems to be doing pretty well; better than previous one.

    Advice to Management

    don't promote according to years of service or based on being ex-military. figure out what to do with healthcare product line. have better marketing and product development -- out from under thumb of Canada.


  6. "Designer"

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

    Pros

    The work was very interesting....great place to work.

    Cons

    Really can't say anything negative about the company.


  7. "Instructor pilot"

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

    I have been working at CAE full-time

    Pros

    Networking, no travel, schedule

    Cons

    Salaries vary depending on aircraft type and negotiations

    Advice to Management

    Keep pay at the top of industry standards to prevent instructors from leaving.


  8. "Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience and knowledge on Simulation and Aviation.

    Cons

    Salary is not as high as other engineering internships.


  9. 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.


  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. "Medical Maniquins"

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

    Pros

    Extensive training, great opportunities in sales and service

    Cons

    Lots of travel, long hours

    Advice to Management

    None


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