Cascade Aerospace Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great company, great people and great opportunities to learn.

    Jan 14, 2021 - Human Resources Coop 
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    Pros

    Great People Great opportunities to learn Collaborative Environment

    Cons

    Nothing on my end. Great company to be a part of

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee

    House of cards built on lying to themselves, employees, and customers

    Jul 15, 2021 - Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    It made me put at least one star, and now it's making me enter five words. There is nothing to put here.

    Cons

    Too much garbage in this dumpster fire to put here. See reviews from July 7 2021, Dec 7 2020, Dec 19 2019, and Sept 12 2019, they align perfectly with my experience. There were two others from late 2020 written by former engineers that were 100% spot on but for some reason I don't see them here now. Essentially they were pointing to the nepotism, management in engineering and executive level being completely unqualified to manage the company's pet project, etc. Think about all of the things a trained, educated professional would dread in an employer; this is it. Cascade cuts so many corners, it's surprising the aircraft aren't circular when they leave. But it's not cutting corners when you call it "lean manufacturing". Working at Cascade is like being in an abusive relationship. Management will say that they'd like to make improvements and they know there are problems, but they will never actually step up and fix them. Cascade management puts in just enough effort to appear as if things may change to string the younger engineers they take advantage of along for as long as possible. For about a year the company has put out many anonymous surveys in an "effort" to identify problems and come up with solutions. However when the most deeply rooted problems in the company are brought up, there is either no response, or some sort of one-sentence childish comeback from COO Kevin Lemke. These responses are better suited for playground disputes regarding a game of tag, rather than actual substantial problems a company that is trying to scale up is facing. Kevin uses the fact that he once worked as an engineer as an excuse to flippantly dismiss and concerns or problems engineering has. At the same time, he constantly tells engineering they're lucky to have a former engineer as an executive. In Kevin Lemke's mind, he is God's gift to engineering. In reality, he cultivates a horrendously toxic atmosphere.

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  3. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Safe Place to Work - Company is Greedy

    Jul 7, 2021 - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in Abbotsford, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Close to home Friendly co workers

    Cons

    Company does not appreciate workforce, does not pay forward the success of the business to its workers. IMP group is wrought with greed. Do not seek long term employment here unless you are alright with layoffs and being exploited by ownership. Lucrative government contracts being earned by the able workforce but only paying dividends to the big wigs.

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Good place to work - expanding

    Mar 15, 2021 - Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Expanding with several new projects

    Cons

    Running thin with resources and overstretched

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  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Attn: Cascade Aerospace Engineering Management Team

    Dec 7, 2020 - Avionics Engineer in Abbotsford, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - We do cool stuff, and yes, that's the best way to put it. I would absolutely spend the rest of my career at cascade if a few issues are addressed. - Great at getting exposure to multiple avionics systems from concept to flight test; you don't get that at many aerospace companies. - Awesome place to get solid cross-functional experience on very complex aircraft modifications. There is a lot of opportunity to "advance" (I'll get to that later). - Opportunities to work on civilian and Military aircraft is incredible - I'd say its one of a very few set of companies that allow the opportunity for this. - Coworkers are fun; easily the best part of working here. - Paid hourly, so overtime is actually paid (when authorized)

    Cons

    - There is a joke going around the engineering department that you must have "grey hairs" in order to receive a promotion. This is true on a fundamental level, where I know of juniors that should be intermediate, and have been performing senior engineering duties over an extended period of time. Their constant inaction and disregard for our internal employee feedback system is the reason I am writing this. - Toxic mentality of assigning "functional Leads" for extended periods of time (10 months+) without consideration of promotions until their yearly performance reviews stating that it is policy to only consider promotions once per year - while soliciting external talent at similar levels at any time through the year. - They ignore their own definitions of engineering levels as well as past experience in the field when performance reviews are conducted - even when its transferable. To grow a knowledgeable engineering skillset, a company must VALUE their technical assets that have demonstrated that they are willing to go above and beyond, and in return will receive the full productivity of HAPPY employees that dedicate their professional lives to making the company thrive - it is a symbiotic relationship. - Small engineering team worked to death. They use employee's mental health as a litmus test for workload, which is evident in all levels of engineering from juniors to seniors. The constant "do more with less" attitude is great when engineers are able to go home and not worry about making rent/paying bills, but not here. This drive has killed most of the morale that the department used to have. - Pay for engineers here is quite low. You are paid on average $12k+/year less than an average starting salary for an equivalent title (src: EGBC, and my salary) than other similar engineering titles. They use the excuse that they contract a company to analyze aerospace company salaries across Canada and return an above average salary - except these companies they compare against are small like KF and other MRO shops and do not do the scale or scope of projects that Cascade engineers work on. If compared with any other aerospace company that endeavours into complex work, our salaries are laughable.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work

    Feb 26, 2020 - AME in Abbotsford, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    People, resources, training, professional, and rewarding

    Cons

    A little Far from my home

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Going down, we’re going down

    Dec 19, 2019 - Human Resources in Abbotsford, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great projects, meaningful work, amazing views in pretty work location. Interesting challenges

    Cons

    Worst safety in the industry, the Union is worst example of leadership, cronyism’s going to crush Unifor:). Quality is on par with another aerospace firm in the news, karma, it is near.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    New and loving it!

    Jun 26, 2019 - Anonymous 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    *Flexible schedule - promotes work/life balance * Great benefit package *Training and development provided - emphasis on safety, safety, safety *Fun company events for staff and families *You get to work in or near a hangar full of cool aircraft!

    Cons

    *Company is growing and as a result we need more staff!

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Welcoming Atmosphere

    Jun 26, 2019 - Office Staff 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Friendly staff - kind and helpful people across all departments - Face to face interaction is encouraged (instead of constant emails) which helps to create strong working relationships -Culture is changing with more of an emphasis on inclusivity and employee well being

    Cons

    -Processes can be bureaucratic (can be due to heavy regulations) - More communication from Senior Leadership is always appreciated

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  10. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    My great experience working at cascade

    Aug 5, 2019 - Aircraft Mechanic in Abbotsford, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great work environment. The company provided us with all the tools we needed to get our jobs done.

    Cons

    As with any aircraft maintenance company the chance of having layoffs during slow periods is high.

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