AeroVironment Employee Reviews

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ability to take time off for personal reasons
Test Technician 3 (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAJune 28, 2018
very laid back atmosphere. you get to work with all kind of personalities and people. mostly asian and mexican workers there. there is alot of cookouts.
Pros
free lunch every quarter
Cons
need better leads to use resources
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Company without Identity
Principle Engineer (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAMay 17, 2018
In many ways AV is not what it use to be nor they can figure what they want become. Over all innovation drop near none number of patents near zero. As career growth is very limited if any. They want you work 60-70 hours a week to recognize you done something. Management so incompetent they only recognize employees who fail and spend hour trying to figure why there design didnt work, if it work they will assume it was an easy task. as growth potential there are none if you show you have one they most likely lay you off. if ask for a rise a promotion for career advancement you are on chopping block. you may get lucky and end working with one of good managers but even if they top leadership mostly incompetent do not even understand the market if you google there top leader you will find that most of them don't even have relevant experience. Absolutely they have no respect for you and you will be no more than a number. They are placed in the fastest growing market but there revenue is declining.

There are more project manager, program manager scheduling manger quality manager NPI manager product manager than they are engineers to do the work.
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Benefits
Cons
Incompetent managment
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Positioning for Growth
Deaprtment Head (Current Employee) –  Simi ValleyJanuary 17, 2018
AeroVironment is an innovative place to work, and it cherishes and rewards the creative and hard working employees. Self motivated people thrive here. Clock watchers don't.

There are many opportunities on the horizon.
Pros
Leading technology, stimulating environment, creative co-workers
Cons
Work flow Processes need improvement
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Operations
Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Monrovia, CADecember 14, 2017
Everyone does not communications with each other. If something goes wrong the lower level of the staff will be thrown to the bus. There is no advancement here. You are safe if management like you. If not, you will be layoff on the next round of layoffs.
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love the work but do not like the management
Electrician/Facility Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CASeptember 25, 2017
I was in charge of menny things on a daily bases. Mostly constrution and mantanence of all facility systems.I learned that I could not trust the management .In the time I was there, the revue system sucked!!! I never received one the entire time I worked there. The best thing about the job was the people I met there and worked with in facilities.
Pros
facility supervisor
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Productive Place to work
Sr. Components Engineer (Former Employee) –  Simi Valley, CAJuly 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.
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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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