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TRU Simulation + Training Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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  1. "Good Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits package is comprehensive

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to move up


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, but prepared to be crushed by corporate greed"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lutz, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lutz, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TRU Simulation + Training full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great engineers and good middle management. You will learn a lot quickly out of necessity and will be thrown into projects where you have a good degree of responsibility. Good place to get some experience. The job itself can be fun and gives you a good blend of practical and technical knowledge related to aircraft.

    Cons

    Upper management has unrealistic expectations and sets unattainable timelines because they make ridiculous promises to their bosses in order to make them and the business unit look good. Focus is on creating value for shareholders and high level management and nothing else. If you are smart and work hard (lots of overtime), you can advance positions fairly easily. However, there is no corresponding advance in pay. You can quit and move to another company where you do similar work that you used to do at TRU, except you can work only 40 hours/week and get a $20K boost in salary with less stress. It has a small company feel and small company salaries/benefits paired with big corporation stress and red tape. Also, there is a high possibility that poor project planning and foresight could get you marooned in a crappy place in the country or world for months working lots of unpaid overtime, but that sort of comes with the territory in the simulation and training business.

    Advice to Management

    Simply try to make ANY kind of effort to retain engineers by giving them a salary and benefits that compare to the rest of the aerospace industry as a whole. Also, don't make everyone work unpaid overtime constantly.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Don't waste your time."

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

    I have been working at TRU Simulation + Training full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers, the only reason I have stayed as long as I have. Medical, dental, vision and 401k are okay.

    Cons

    Upper management is terrible. Only care about making more money for shareholders and their own pay/bonuses. Employees are just "belly buttons"


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lutz, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Lutz, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TRU Simulation + Training full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Talented engineers. Generally good people to work with.

    Cons

    TRU Simulation + Training will work you till you leave. Software engineers have an EXPECTATION to work for free to grow the "new" company into profitability. Will you learn a lot? Yes. But, you can learn anywhere. Unless you really never want to see your family, or simply like working for free STAY AWAY. No overtime, bonuses, or comp time, yet management will see you in a bad light if you aren't willing to give up your weekends to fix management's poor scheduling issues.

    Then there's the pay. There are very talented engineers that work for TRU, but are never offered an incentive to stay long term. A software engineer leaves once every 2 weeks with the same remark, "I got offered 10-20k over my current salary to do the same thing somewhere else." TRU's salaries are NOT competitive to the market average.

    BEWARE OF LIES DURING INTERVIEW PROCESS. Any job listed as "Aerodynamics Engineer" or the like will NOT be performing flight dynamics responsibilities. You will sift through aircraft documentation to model the light switches turning on for the first 1-5 years on this job.

    Oh, did I mention this place is in the middle of nowhere Lutz, FL? Hope you like cow farms, and your local applebees. Yet, they will advertise this position as Tampa, FL. This facility is in LUTZ, and they will pay you Lutz money, not Tampa money.

    Advice to Management

    Pay talented engineers the money they deserve, or continue to fight the uphill battle against attrition.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Tru"

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

    I have been working at TRU Simulation + Training full-time

    Pros

    Close to home, great individual contributors

    Cons

    Over worked, under paid, poor visibility of management goals, and confrontational management.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Overworked."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Odessa, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Odessa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees at this company are amazing. Also, there is freedom to work on other systems. The senior engineers are very knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Aggressive schedules which leads to excessive overtime. The overtime is also unpaid. Also because of the aggressive schedules, there is very little mentoring from staff engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Give compensation for overtime.


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    "A good entry-level job, but little incentive to stay long term"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Goose Creek, SC
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Goose Creek, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TRU Simulation + Training full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Middle management was exceptionally good. In all honesty, I would have left this job much sooner if it wasn't for their support and guidance. They truly cared about me as a person and did whatever it took to make my job easier.

    - The work schedule was fairly flexible most of the time. Benefits were solid but not spectacular. The work itself was interesting and very challenging, if not a little stressful at times.

    Cons

    - Poor salary that simply isn't competitive. No bonuses and promotions take way too long. This is by far the biggest issue.

    - The overall culture could also use some work, but to be fair this is a typical problem with mergers/buyouts and the company did at least put forth the effort to try and improve it towards the end of my tenure. The disconnect between upper management and everyone else was pretty significant however and there is a lot of room for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay up if you want to keep your talent. The salaries simply aren't competitive enough to keep the best talent from leaving elsewhere.

  8. "20 years military and 22 years as contractor"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TRU Simulation + Training full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Climate controlled and stable work hours. Freedom to maintain electronics as I see fit. Thrift savings plan contribution sharing is good.

    Cons

    Too many Layers of supervision. Tends to have too many directives being repeated covering the same tasks. Too much repetitive train requirement.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate


  9. "It was a nice place to work."

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. A lot of fun activities

    Cons

    Stressful work environment with tough deadlines


  10. "Sales and Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great niche industry. Interesting products and services. Part of the Textron family.

    Cons

    Company is new to the industry. Still establishing our name in the market place and with our customers. Still so much untapped opportunity.


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