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TRU Simulation + Training Reviews

Updated October 18, 2018
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TRU Simulation + Training CEO Gunnar Kleveland
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Pros
  • "You will learn a lot quickly out of necessity and will be thrown into projects where you have a good degree of responsibility" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Working on flight simulators is very interesting work" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "The disconnect between upper management and everyone else was pretty significant however and there is a lot of room for improvement" (in 6 reviews)

  • "High turnover with limited advancement opportunities" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fast-paced, but great opportunities"

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

    I worked at TRU Simulation + Training full-time

    Pros

    TRU is connected to Textron which provides some great career opportunities

    Cons

    A lot of shifting priorities which can make work life interesting but hard to keep up with


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Good Management, Decent Level of Transparency

    Cons

    Slow Position Advancement Process, cycles of low work volume with lay-offs

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people who do the day to day work. They produce a good product.

    Cons

    Corporate is more interested in their careers than yours. Not trustworthy based on my experience.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goose Creek, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goose Creek, SC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TRU Simulation + Training full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Get to work in a manufacturing environment and learn key skills.
    * Great place to come and learn basic tools that you can later use.
    * Treat LDP's exceptionally well.
    * Amazing place to intern.

    Cons

    * Non competitive pay.
    * Lack on support between businesses.
    * Very tight deadlines.
    * Employees taking on sometimes two or more roles outside their primary role.
    * Lack of appreciation of hourly employees.
    * Management vision is not clear.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed my time working at Tru Simulation. The worst part of my employment was seeing something really special fall through the cracks. In my experience working there we had a lot of missed opportunities, for reasons that were never really explained to the workforce. There are always new faces to see and train due to non competitive pay, so the experience most time goes elsewhere. Management might want to take a look into the people with blue collar skill sets and re-evaluate their salaries.


  5. "General Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good company and good people.

    Cons

    No comment I wish to add.


  6. "Sales Role within TRU Simulation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TRU Simulation + Training (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of good experience. Solid team environment.

    Cons

    None to speak of so far.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  9. 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"


  10. 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.


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