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Sr. Components Engineer (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAMay 13, 2017
AeroVironment is a company that has been around for decades and has gone through a metamorphosis from being a strictly Commercial products company to a mix of Military and Civilian products.
Pros
Depth of Experience in what they do
Cons
Its a small fish in what is a big fish's ocean of Military procurements.
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Typical Work Day
receiving inspector (Former Employee) –  Monrovia, CAApril 22, 2017
I managed the quality department. The supervisors were great and gave me the opportunity to learn new skills. I managed my area and was able to implement my ideas.
Pros
great work environment
Cons
no overtimwe
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Great place to work
Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  Monrovia, CAApril 18, 2017
I loved working at AV. It was rewarding to work with such great innovators and a management team that cared and valued employees. It will be hard to leave.
Pros
Friday Lunch
Cons
Laid off to do budget cuts.
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Terrible company
Technician (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAApril 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
Pros
decent pay
Cons
dead end job
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Great Company to work for if you are a motivated individual
Software Engineer II (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CANovember 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
Pros
Free lunches
Cons
Micromanagement
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Still trying to break the old paradigm of running the business
Director of IT / Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAJune 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!
Pros
very smart people
Cons
small company mentality, lack policies and procedures
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Interesting and challenging place to work.
Engineering Development Technician (Current Employee) –  Monrovia, CAJune 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.
Pros
Freedom and encouragement to be creative, innovative. Ability to work from home on occasion.
Cons
Lay-offs are pretty regular. Job security is not strong.
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Management hires friends not qualified personnel
Director (Current Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAMay 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.
Pros
employees are great
Cons
no growth
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AeroVironment a company with poor leadership but so much potential
Management (Current Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAMarch 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.
Pros
Lots of catered lunches
Cons
Leadership that does not trust employees' recommendation, does not know how to manage an organization, and limited skills beyond defense company
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To many chiefs and not enough good indians
Facilities Manager (Current Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAJune 2, 2015
Not much room for advancement, pay is a little low for what they ask you to do. Co-workers for the most part are ok, some of them think much too much about themselves.
Pros
Christmas Shut down
Cons
management
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Top Heavy
Test Technician (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAJanuary 31, 2015
Good people.
Good benefits.
Good 401k

No communication between top and bottom.
No training
Only one HR person
OT is mandatory
Pros
People, health care, 401k
Cons
Management, training
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Excellent technology products development company
Employee (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAFebruary 4, 2014
AeroVironment is a true technology leader. The company is filled with very smart people that are passionate about developing new and cutting edge products.
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Innovative technology company
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Monrovia, CAJune 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.
Pros
Compensation
Cons
Some projects are dull
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Interesting place
Production Technician III (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAJuly 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.
Pros
can have a half or an hour lunch
Cons
management
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Not impressed
Engineer (Former Employee)August 10, 2011
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.
Pros
flexible work schedule
Cons
be member of inner club to advance
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