Good pay, good benefits, excellent working atmosphere
Flight Test Mechanic (Former Employee) – Buffalo, NY – December 24, 2013
Calspan is a low budget high tech company. Low budget means they try to squeeze the most out of every dollar, since they are self-supporting and do not get subsidies. High tech means that the main product of Calspan is data, and they use very intelligent, highly motivated people and some very sophisticated equipment to gather that data. You don't see many reviews of Calspan, because people tend to stay there. I was there 23 years, and worked with several people that were there for over 30 years.
I worked in Flight Research, which required quite a bit of travel. I enjoyed the trips, which included Edwards AFB CA, Patuxent River MD, FL, KS, France, Spain, Germany, UK, Sweden and Finland.
Flight mechanics normally travel on the airplanes unless they are just switching out crews. Calspan has a fleet of 20 Series Learjets, a Saab 340, Gulfstream GIII, and an F33C Bonanza. All of them are modified by the Company and fly on Experimental Airworthiness Certificates.
Coworkers are well educated and professional. Not a lot of office drama. Calspan hires well, and plans for long term staffing. There are occasional lay-offs, but they are rare. In 23 years, I was never laid off once. If anything, they are slightly under staffed. That being said, there is no room for dead weight. Be productive, or be gone.
If you have the opportunity, Calspan is an excellent place to work. If it weren't for the location, I would still be there.
Travel, pay, benefits, people.
Located in Western NY. Good people, but high taxes & bad weather.