Columbia Helicopters Employee Reviews

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Lots of travel
Hooker/Load Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORJuly 29, 2018
Was a very physically demanding job and competitive as well. Not much time off. Usually a six day of week job. 12 plus hours a day, which wasn't much time for your own personal life.
Pros
Good pay and benefits
Cons
Long hours
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4.0
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Challenging
Sr. HR Benefits Specialist (Former Employee) –  Aurora, OregonJuly 10, 2018
Challenging work environment with new adventures around every corner. Being a part of a broader team that was working globally kept everyone engaged to succeed in the mission.
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Great Job
A&P Licensed Mechanic/Electrician (Current Employee) –  Aurora, ORMay 1, 2018
Tend to open a lot of director positions. As a worker, the atmosphere is wonderful. The pay is decent. But overall wonderful company. If you are looking for a challenging job, Columbia will ensure you get that challenge. This company has accomplished so much and the atmosphere shows. Many hard workers that love this job as well.
Pros
Experience to go around like you would not believe.
Cons
Sometimes do not Prevent events, rather than react when it happens.
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outdated facility poor management low pay
Machinist (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ORMarch 24, 2018
day shift starts at 6am.the hanger is very old and has bad lighting.the break room is open to the hanger.the floor is packed with tables and computer work stations and there is no room.the company boasts large profits and they have 13 helicopters in the mid east but they pay their mechanics etc about 24 an hour.portland is expensive.next business down the ramp they start
their guys at 36 hour.they have the worst computer system called ramco.work hours are 55 plus mandatory. pretty miserable
Pros
free coffee friday
Cons
low pay bad work environment
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5.0
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Great place to work
Parts Clerk /Expediter (Temp) (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ORMarch 18, 2018
The typical day at work involved a lot of walking. Safety was the foremost concern because several of the parts were very large and expensive. In this job, I learned how to inventory, manage and stock aircraft parts. In addition, I learned how to route maintenance records. The hardest part of the job was balancing priorities and ensuring the correct parts were moved to the correct workstation. The most enjoyable part of the job was the people because it seemed like a big family.
Pros
High tech aviation industry. Plenty of overtime. Worked with advanced parts.
Cons
The industry is based on customer needs and contracts which are often seasonal, One example is that the company is contracted to provide airlift for logging companies, During the winter operations can slow down
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3.0
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always changing, fast paced, always improving to meet the worlds needs.
mechanic lead (Current Employee) –  Aurora ORJanuary 9, 2018
good company to work for in the pacific northwest. world wide travel and diverse skills to learn, always improving to meet the worlds needs for heavy lift helicopters.
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Columbia Helicopters
In process / Final inspector for MIT (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ORDecember 13, 2017
WOrking at Columbia Helicopters was a fun and the people there are awesome to work with. Learning about 234 and 107 Helicopters each day is a blast. The management team at CHI are good people to work with.
Pros
The people at CHI.
Cons
NO cons
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3.0
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Poor pay
Engine Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Aurora, OR 97002October 13, 2017
When I first started working here it was a family, now there all about the money and paying the employers lower than average for the work they put in.
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4.0
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Was an Okay place to work
234/47D/107 field mechanic (Former Employee) –  Aurora, OROctober 10, 2017
The guys in the hanger are a different breed. A curtain smug hung in the main hanger. Met some cool guys, a major complaint with most people was too many Chiefs, too few Indians.
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Benefits
Cons
too many meetings with little movement
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4.0
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a great place to work
A&P Field Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ORJuly 19, 2017
its a lot of hard work but well worth every bit of it. work schedule is diverse depending on which department you work in or if your a field mechanic or pilot.
Pros
travel, pay, coworkers, job stability
Cons
long hours, stress, weak supply chain.
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2.0
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Management is horrible
CT-58 Engine Mechanic Trainee (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ORApril 30, 2017
I worked for Columbia Helicopters a number of years. The people in the shops are great but the management is horrible. It's a great place to work if some of the management was replaced and they actually utilize their core values.
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5.0
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Great Company good benefits.
Manual Machinist (Current Employee) –  Aurora, ORFebruary 7, 2017
Great Company fun and challenging. Love observing Helicopters as they get rebuilt and overhauled. Great working with our Veterans here at Columbia Helicopters.
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4.0
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Good people, good projects.
Depot Team Structures Technician (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ORJanuary 19, 2017
Working on 107-II's helicopters was a fun experience. Though I ultimately left after a few months I enjoyed my short time there. The operation leads were friendly and helpful, though not always the most organized place it was overall a very positive experience.

I would recommend they work on updating their blueprint library and better combine the multitude of resources they have to better streamline the maintenance. Many blueprints are very old and hard to read, combined with the changes in part numbers from then to now. That was my only main issue. The leads were helpful in locating parts/hardware when needed and their tool room is overall up to date and very functional for ensuring work continues. So any issues there were minor to resolve once something was identified.
Pros
Very stocked lunch room, friendly enviroment, years of knowledge others where willing to share.
Cons
Old blueprints, outdated IPC's and minor issue locating parts/hardware.
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Horrible Company
futzer (Former Employee) –  Aurora, OROctober 22, 2016
Misrepresented position, benefits etc, rather it is more appropriate to say they lied.
Management is the good ol boys club.

They are terribly close minded and selfish.

look up death spiral, and that's what is going on.
Pros
helicopters
Cons
management is completely disconnected and IT is an Absolute joke.
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2.0
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Blue collar industry with one very large customer
Manufacturing Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ORSeptember 19, 2016
Typical cubicle engineering department. Low pay. Family owned business that promotes long-time employees into a level of incompetency. Interesting business.
Pros
None that I can think of
Cons
Frequent management and organizational changes.
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5.0
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Awesome place to work
Aircraft Transmission Specialist (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ORFebruary 12, 2016
I loved the friendship gained while there working at columbia helicopters. The company really cares about its customers and employees. It was truely a pleasure being employed there.
Pros
Lunches
Cons
Long hours
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great company to work.
Assistant Crew Chief (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORFebruary 9, 2016
I Loved my time at Columbia Helicopters. The only Bad thing I can say about the company is the time away home. I was a Field Mechanic and did it all from over seas work to state side wide fires.
got to meet a lot of good people and see a lot of cool places. would be a great place to work if you are single or have kids that no longer live at home.
Pros
it is like one big family
Cons
time away from home
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3.0
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Field Mech
Field Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORSeptember 3, 2015
Worked on helicopters on the field. I went as a mechanic wherever the aircraft went so I can maintain it. Worked a lot of hours in the field
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4.0
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Family work environment
Senior Supply Chain Program Manager (Current Employee) –  Aurora, ORJuly 24, 2015
Fun place to work where everyone has a roll up your sleeves and get it done attitude. The work is satisfying and has a purpose.
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Completely Changed for the Worst
Technician (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ORJune 10, 2015
I began at Columbia expecting a solid and secure company with great career advancement potential. What I soon was realized was that it was a dead end, employees were not valued and I was going nowhere. They did a large layoff, and within weeks they were paying out bonuses to those that were not laid off. Those that were laid off didn't see anything for their hard work all year. Not at all the company they've been in the past and it's sad to see them fall apart like this.
Cons
Benefits, Management, Job Security
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