Cons: unsafe, horrible management, no hiring screening, disorganized
I worked for AAR for 8 months. I started in January 2011, and my employment stopped in August. Right off, my initial impression of AAR was very poorly run operations. During training, things were very disorganized, with our instructors often very disgruntled themselves. Often we did not even know what would be going on the next day, but less have some sort of syllabus. After finishing my training in February, my pay suddenly stopped after getting into Afghanistan. I went from middle of February till middle of April before I received my next paycheck, and every time I raised a issue or complaint, I was given a generic answer about someone looking into it from the stateside office. It was not until I emailed the CEO of the flight branch before I finally got paid, and they refused to pay me back pay for that time I went without. Their hiring process was horrible. I thought I was going to be working and flying with the world's best pilots, and it turned out many times I was with the world's rejects. I don't think I am any top gun, but I was surrounded by guys who had not only been SIC for a year or more, but were totally clueless to flying in general. The company did not screen anyone. One guy, who was our assistant site manager, only got the position because he BS's with the country manager who was also clueless. Come to find out, our assistant site manager had been fired from his last job flying EMS for being drunk on the job, and he had been claiming to be a retired full bird from the Marine Corps, only to find out he had been let go as a 1LT because of issues. And he was not the only person with issues. There was so many layers to management that no one knew what was going on, both in country and state side in Melbourne, FL. I could go on for much longer, and if you would like to know, I can put you in contact with ever so many mechanics, crew chiefs, and pilots that all left for the same reasons. If you value your sanity and safety, do not work for AAR Airlift!