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ICON Aircraft Reviews

Updated February 14, 2019
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Great things aren't easy"

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

    I have been working at ICON Aircraft full-time

    Pros

    If you like challenge, if you want to make your mark, then ICON is the place for you. You are asked to do a lot with a little. You get to work with smart people that are committed and truly care. Not to mention you are making an amazing product that customers absolutely love.

    Cons

    If you are looking to punch a clock, this place isn't for you. It's not for the faint of heart.

    ICON Aircraft Response

    Jan 30, 2019 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your honest review of the company.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great product not so great management"

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    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are super talented and fun!

    Cons

    Management for procurement is subpar and has an unrealistic understanding of supply base expectations. Suppliers are quick to sign up to the ICON dream but after repeated production delays suppliers are reluctant to sign on for price reductions and longterm partnerships. Suppliers don't like to be fooled and lied to. Production is not capable of delivering the "advertised" production quantity.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic goals and stop lying to your employees and supply chain.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Things are not looking good"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent for the area, flashy branding, lots of parties with alcohol provided.

    Cons

    They say they can build 80 planes per month but it is not true. Not even close, it's 4 per month. The A5 costs $400,000 and there is no market for an LSA at that price. Most of the good talent has already left the company. Icon will most likely be out of business in a few months.

    Advice to Management

    Promoting your COO to CEO is not a change in leadership. Icon needs management that doesn't so blatantly lie about what it can accomplish.

    ICON Aircraft Response

    Mar 13, 2019 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your comment, but it needs some clarifying. Yes, our production facilities are built to produce 80 planes per month, but we have never stated that is our objective. We are building... More


  4. "Big mission, important mission, not for faint of heart"

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

    I worked at ICON Aircraft full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated group of people who really want to make a difference in light aviation, a much needed goal for our industry. Great product, albeit expensive. Nice facilities/work environment. Plenty of opportunities for capable and driven individuals.

    Cons

    No billionaire backing it. All funding has to be earned with profitability or promise of it.
    Taking on the aviation startup mission is not easy so be sure you're in for a challenge which isn't for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on pushing forward and success will be yours in time.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Falling down a rabbit hole..."

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    Former Employee - Quality Systems Engineer in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Systems Engineer in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ICON Aircraft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The environment can draw in with catchy slogans and sales pitches. All the new shiny things can distract for a while. Unique blend of backgrounds.

    Cons

    The company has no direction. Business plans and company structures and initiatives are abandoned randomly. Weird competition to get to the top of a ladder that leads no where. Ridiculous expectations of work force with no recognition from top management of who is doing the real work. Hopelessly flawed supply chain and engineering processes that will only lead to financial loss or worse. Company culture and image may contribute to incidents of customer misuse of aircraft.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. You are not doing any of your employees (who are running themselves ragged to meet your demands) any good. This isn’t the movie of people building planes, it’s the real deal...and you aren’t.

    ICON Aircraft Response

    Jan 30, 2019 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    With new leadership in place, ICON Aircraft has clear direction and plans. No, it's not easy and employment comes with many challenges, but you are surrounded by an amazing team of dedicated... More


  6. Helpful (13)

    "What a Cluster..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ICON Aircraft full-time

    Pros

    Cool aircraft but cost is 3x's of the competition. Clean (but mostly empty factory).

    Cons

    Does 11 years in business and 40+/- planes built still qualify as a "start-up"? High turnover, over promise and under deliver. They seem to burn through $$$ like crazy! When will the investors start wanting returns, especially after 11 years? Insane ego's from top management...almost laughable! Should be an SNL skit

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified management

    ICON Aircraft Response

    Jan 30, 2019 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback. ICON has new leadership and a clear plan for success. Production rate has stabilized and we are delivering aircraft to very excited customers.


  7. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ICON Aircraft full-time

    Pros

    mostly good people to work with

    Cons

    can be chaotic and disorganized

  8. Helpful (14)

    "How did these people get into leadership?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plane looks nice and seemed like it had a great start, once upon a time.

    Cons

    It's a giant fraternity of former military vets who can't decide what policies they want to enforce on any given day.
    I've seen the entire team of pilots quit, or get fired 4 times since I started. The department heads change spontaneously.
    All of the best people have either quit or been fired for speaking up.
    The leadership stinks. Two thumbs down.

    The safety issues here are insane. If OSHA took one walk through of the production floor, $$$$$$$.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone is meant to be in leadership.

    I understand that losing the majority of your production workforce is scary, but you should really begin drug screenings.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Clueless business people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to FAA rules and regs.

    Cons

    No idea how to run a business

    Advice to Management

    The board needs to hire new executive leadership, break the bro-culture.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Hired as a Temp."

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

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work at Icon

    Cons

    No one there knows how to actually run a profitable business, let alone make airplanes that actually stay in the air.