Sr. Components Engineer (Former Employee) – Simi Valley, CA – July 11, 2017
AeroVironment is a very tough place to work if you do not fit in well with the Military way of doing things. That being up at the crack of dawn to communicate with far flung locations around the world and somethings travel there.
Technician (Former Employee) – Simi Valley, CA – April 11, 2017
One of the worst companies in Simi Valley. Unless you're under 30, this company won't even consider hiring you. Mean, nasty, supervisors treat you like a slave. Favorism to their friends and family. Sickening place to work
Great Company to work for if you are a motivated individual
Software Engineer II (Former Employee) – Simi Valley, CA – November 5, 2016
There are a lot of opportunities to learn and grow from other engineers. However there is a lot of management and red tape to every project. Great learning environment during lunch breaks, called Lunch and Learn
Still trying to break the old paradigm of running the business
Director of IT / Project Manager (Former Employee) – Simi Valley, CA – June 23, 2016
Known for their last minute heroics in getting things done...
Great new CEO, who is making good changes (or at least trying), but the old regime continues to dominate the old paradigm thinking. - Praise and appreciation are given to those producing last minute (unplanned) achievements with no forethought of ongoing maintenance, training, support, or process improvement.
As they say in the wild wild west: "Hee Haw - Get er done!" Forget support, training, maintenance, and mapping process change. Just leave it to rot with the hopes that someone will take ownership and move on to the next heroic achievement. Never look back!
very smart people
small company mentality, lack policies and procedures
Engineering Development Technician (Current Employee) – Monrovia, CA – June 11, 2016
AeroVironment's EES division has a long history of innovation in energy systems. The R&D atmosphere and commitment to finding creative solutions is balanced with a desire to produce forward-looking (and profitable) products in the Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging and power management / battery testing field. The engineers are very creative, professional, and dedicated. They are a pleasure to work with.
The hardest part of my job is frustration from dealing with projects that could be managed better.
The most enjoyable part of my job is the freedom to be creative and my daily interactions with the wonderful engineering staff.
Freedom and encouragement to be creative, innovative. Ability to work from home on occasion.
Lay-offs are pretty regular. Job security is not strong.
Director (Current Employee) – Simi Valley, CA – May 30, 2016
Management continues to hire severely unqualified managers based on friendships not skills. the company has not grown it's revenue in the last 10 years. complete lack of vision for companies future by Sr. management. In a huge growth industry but company has lost market share each of the last 10 years.
AeroVironment a company with poor leadership but so much potential
Management (Current Employee) – Simi Valley, CA – March 21, 2016
A company with a lot of potential but run poorly by the existing senior leadership team (CEO, COO, General Managers, etc.); they have limited to no experience beyond the defense business. An overhaul of every person in a senior leadership role is needed. The leadership team asks you to do your job, but when your analysis results in a recommendation that is counter to their opinions, then they become closed and do not take the recommended action or investment. The Company is always looking for some customer to make the investment because that is how the defense world works. This has limited the Company's growth since inception.
The engineering talent this company has is amazing, but it is also limited to hardware (not software). The Company needs to migrate into the software part of the value chain to provide better returns for its shareholders.
This Company is in desperate need of a new leader and board at the helm with a broad vision and track record of turning a business around. With the amount of cash available, this Company could easily grow to a market capitalization of over $1 billion with the right senior leadership.
This is just my opinion.
Lots of catered lunches
Leadership that does not trust employees' recommendation, does not know how to manage an organization, and limited skills beyond defense company
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) – Monrovia, CA – June 28, 2013
The business has it's ups and downs. Depending on what area of they company you are in, work can be cutting edge and exciting or dull and repetitive. I've experienced both. Overall a decent company to work for with good compensation.
Production Technician III (Former Employee) – Simi Valley, CA – July 5, 2012
Was a great place to work before they went public now so so. Management is out of touch with there employees and like to micro manage everything. Full time employees all know their jobs but the company likes to hire temps and does not give them any hope of being hired. Working with management is stressfull.
I worked there and was not impressed on the opportunities for growth as an engineer. Management could improve significantly. Some coworkers are very good to work with while at other times you have to know or be part of an inner group to get ahead in the company and your career.