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Ap management was awful. Played favorites
AP Specialist (Former Employee) –  Wood Dale, IL16 November 2017
Ap manager treated people unfairly and would not allow employees to leave for family emergency. (Like someone dying) hr doesn’t care cause they are a bunch of divas and do nothing to help you. Avoid this company at all costs!
Pros
None
Cons
Msnagement
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Overall good company that fosters a team based environment
Production (Current Employee) –  Cadillac, MI15 November 2017
AAR is a good place to work with a family type atmosphere. The company is consistently trying to improve work life balance and overall culture of the company.
Pros
Fellow team members.
Cons
Not any at this time.
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It's ok if you live near the job
Sheetmetal/A&P Technician (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis, IN25 October 2017
The hours change daily. Some days you have to work overtime without notice. Then other days you will be called off work after you have already walked in the building.
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Typical Contractor
Aircraft Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis, IN24 October 2017
Try direct hire placement before going with contract work unless you don't value having to move around etc. pay is ok but still not worth not having complete job security.
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Contently moving
Aircraft Production Planner/Manager - Airbus A300 (Former Employee) –  Lake Charles, LA16 October 2017
Working a project and staying on track or moving the dead line to the left. The most important skill I learned was communicating with the customer, very valuable! The satisfying part of the job was making schedule and budget.
Pros
Parking inside the gate
Cons
Seeing good mechanics leave
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Fast paced, exciting, and mission focused overseas
Flight Operations Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Afghanistan11 October 2017
Long hours, but very rewarding. Working with soldiers overseas was Long hard work. Knowing your assisting soldiers to get the job done is very rewarding.
Pros
Working with soldiers, pay
Cons
Long hours, hostile environment
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Productive and Helpful
A&P Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Duluth, MN3 October 2017
Good place to acquire skills and develope as a worker. It is a place where each one teaches one and NEVER lets one person be the only one who can perform a task. They continually offers developmental training to employees.
Pros
Good team work environment
Cons
Pay and benefits are below average
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ok place to work
LEAD MECHANIC (Current Employee) –  Indianapolis, IN2 October 2017
for working on aircraft would think the pay would be more for a license tech.. Just wish they took better care of their employees..not willing to pay for the experienced people
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Meh
Defense Contract Specialist (Former Employee) –  Wood Dale, IL26 September 2017
It's ok, if you really need a job to provide for your family it's an ok place to work. It's an ok place to work if you really need a job to keep a roof over your head.
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Was A Contract Employee
Contract employee (Former Employee) –  Huntsville, AL21 September 2017
As a contract employee, I worked at Summa Technology for almost 4 years, just prior to it becoming AAR Corporation. I was very happy with the work atmosphere, worked well with all other employees, and thought that management was very fair with everything.
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Great place
Buyer - Aviation Services (Current Employee) –  Wood Dale, IL11 September 2017
Great place to work, advancement opportunities, aviation industry, sales, purchasing. Numerous locations, international branches with different airlines
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Try to keep up
Manager Warehouse & Tooling (Former Employee) –  Lake Charles, LA24 August 2017
Very fast pased and stressfull environment. My manager was excellent. The job is tough due to the high stakes of the career. I would recommend to people who can deal with this type of work.
Pros
Benfits
Cons
Always at work
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Afghanistan
QA INSPECTOR/MX CONTROLLER - C-130H (Current Employee) –  Afghanistan16 August 2017
Company needs to work on harmonization. AAR is the lowest paid for aviation mechanics located in a war zone in Afghanistan. There is an extreme lack of communication on the aviation program in Afghanistan. The experience level of the majority of the mechanics is very low. I have no comment about the management.
Pros
None
Cons
Inexperienced personnel
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If you are friends with the GM - you have a job
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Rockford, IL8 July 2017
If you have a family, not the place to work. You are expected to work 70 hours a week, 7 days a week.

No support, no training, "good ole boy environment".
Pros
None
Cons
All
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AAR Company Summary
Director of Operations (Former Employee) –  Wood Dale, IL18 June 2017
AAR is an established company with years of Aviation experience. By utilizing supported business units it develops solutions organically to meet the customers demands.
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International Company with potential
Program Analyst / Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  Kabul, AF12 June 2017
AAR Corp. is a very good company to work for offering world wide opportunity.

Employment within the US is very promising and offers a wide variety of promotion or advancement.

Overseas contractual work is as needed by the company. Eventually in management or direct labor an individual may become vulnerable to the changes in wage scale or mission requirement.

The company is solid aerospace and logistic enterprise and traded publicly.
Pros
Established
Cons
High turnover of management noted
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Managed terribly from Florida
Senior Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) –  McClellan Park, CA3 June 2017
The Florida overseers after a successful First Article submission, fired our wonderful capable intelligent experienced Manager and brought in a hack who very quickly ruined the McClellan Park, CA facility.
Pros
Worked close to home
Cons
Management from Florida was parasitic and self serving..
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A good place to start
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Rockford, IL 6110925 May 2017
Hires entry level mechanics at low starting wages, so not a career company, but a good place to get experience. Management lacks direction and communication. Morale is typically lower than average.
Pros
Decent benefits
Cons
Morale, management
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If they paid more for their experienced mechs, they would do much better.
A&P Technician (Current Employee) –  Duluth24 May 2017
They cannot sustain employment at the Duluth location since opening their doors in 2012, it's a revolving door. Experienced mechs come on board, work for awhile and see how poorly it's managed and then quickly leave. They do nothing to retain the experience when they desperately need the experience. They are completely unwilling to pay for it. They simply get what they pay for. The work is good, benefits are good. If your a new A&P needing experience you would do well to work here. If you are an airline experienced A&P, run, they will not appreciate anything you do for them. Approx. 20% of the workforce are licensed A&P's. There are people here who should not be allowed to touch an aircraft. But because they are so desperate for people, they have reduced the quality on the floor. Again, they get what they pay for!
Pros
Relaxed atmosphere on the floor. Good benefits. Work load is fine.
Cons
Advancement occurs with who you know, not what you know. Poor weather. Low pay for experienced mechs
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Real world logistics support for the warfighter
Logistics Manager (Former Employee) –  Moyock, NC23 May 2017
My time at AAR CORPS was a very eye opening experience. I assumed the role as logistics manager for CONUS operations to work in conjunction with the OCONUS logistics manager. Our relationship enabled me to learn a great deal about the import and export of materials. The leadership allowed me to manage my team with great results. I enjoyed working for them and would gladly join the team again if the opportunity would present itself.
Pros
Latitude to lead my team in my own style.
Cons
no cons that I can think of.
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