If you're looking for a career, move along. They won't be around much longer.
Pros: Nice Christmas Break
Cons: Every day you will feel like you are being managed by 5th graders
Companies have personnel problems. This is part of life. But Aurora is the only company I've worked for where the personnel problems primarily resided in upper and middle management. Every project I worked on in the 3.5 years I was there missed its deadline. Most of them missed multiple deadlines, since then deadlines would change every time the previous one was missed. Most of the time it's not a matter of committing to do a project in an unreasonable amount of time, but a sever lack of planning and coordination.
Most of the people I knew who worked there got compensated pretty fairly considering the fact that they were hired to build aircraft components with absolutely no experience coming in the door. BIG PROBLEM! There were only a handful of floor workers with previous experience, and I think we've all left at this point. I was told in my interview that they give program bonuses. I only saw one of those bonuses the entire time I was there, and it was a whopping $26 after working weeks of overtime.
The company tries to cut corners every single chance they get, and it never fails to come back to bite them. As one employee used to say "They never have enough money to do it right the first time, but somehow always have the money to do it 3 times before getting it right." I can't express enough how true that statement is.
Successful businesses are run by successful businessmen. Aurora is run by engineers, and engineers just aren't typically very good businessmen. On top of that, their engineers aren't even very good engineers. I've always heard that good – more... engineering isn't gaged by how well you can design something, but how well you can design something so that the sum of it's components remain less than the value of the product. I'm pretty sure none of the engineers working there have ever had this explained to them, because they lose money on everything.
In a nut shell, Aurora might be a good stepping stone if you're trying to work your way into the aerospace field, but don't plan on staying their too long. If they continue with the path they are on, the doors will close within a year. The best the company can hope for is to be bought out by a more competent corporation. – less