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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The projects are innovative and exciting to be a part of; AeroVironment has been a leader in thier niche and received a number of awards.

Cons

AeroVironment rarely promotes from within; communications are not handled well; project deadlines are established by sales without regard to established timelines creating unnecessary fire drils and unhappy customers. Personal performance is not assessed by direct managers but rather by personnel who are unfamiliar with job descriptions, company projects and actual performance of individuals.

Advice to Management

AV appears to be suffering from growing pains going from a small research company trying to compete with "the big boys." It appears certain decisions are being made for the immediate gain of top personnel rather than the long term growth, sustainability and profits for the company and employees.

Other Employee Reviews for AeroVironment

  1. "Mech Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Monrovia, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Monrovia, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AeroVironment as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is trying hard to stick to mature procedures of design development, test, QA, Design Validation standards. New products lined up to develop and add to Product Lines.

    Cons

    Upper management pressing for unrealistic speed by promising customer release dates that don't allow careful validation of design. Change of scope and product definition consistently allowed, which adds further to rushing toward finished drawings release while keeping original Product Release date. Long hours required, even while letting design creep. Same problems since 2009.

    Advice to Management

    I would not try to advise them; not my skillset set. Their boss should tell them.


  2. "Monrovia div "Power Systems" (industrial battery chargers)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Monrovia, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Monrovia, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AeroVironment (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Close to 210, freeway. Paid competitive salaries. Handsome modern corp office in Monrovia, work place of a pleasant HR dept.
    "Self insured" medical coverage for employees, a deep pocket

    Cons

    I Amateurish HR dept. Difficult access, delayed and unreliable quality of responses

    II Inferior facilities for Monrovia engineering & production; leaking roof, carpet peeling off the floor

    III Revolving door for engineering management & staff.

    IV A primitive engineering department, particularly SW Engineering of Battery Charging equipment. Doesn't get the concept of 'CE' marks.

    V. The software for legacy products was developed w/o written specifications. Written by cowboys. The 'specifications' consist of 1) the code itself 2) verbal specs 3) mental images and 4) whatever resident expert 'Blake' says they are. Accordingly, sw testing was weak; practically speaking, s/w testing consists of "Verifying that the product" a) charges industrial batteries
    and b) does what the coder ( the programmer) coded it to do
    and c) does not act unexpectedly
    and d) does not do anything unreasonable ( like "lock up" or display some lines from Macbeth ;-)

    Advice to Management

    Re Power Station engineering at Monrovia:
    Get out of the 20th century and into the 21st.
     Learn & practice "generally accepted good engineering practices".
    E.g. Development of H/W and S/W based on written (not verbal) specifications


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