Overall Reviews at PAE
Quality Control Supervisor | United States | May 31, 2018
Toxic work environment, Inept Leaders, Incompetent leadership
With over 20 years in aviation contracting, both military contracts and commercial contracts, PAE has been by far the worst company that I have ever worked for.
PAE is a man power company and their only asset, are the people that they hire. For a company that their only asset is manpower, PAE does not treat their employees well and often lets the customer dictate who can and cannot work on the program, causing contract interference.
In the area of aviation, PAE does not pay a competitive wage, even though PAE bids the position close to what the average is for the area.
PAE Management is made up of retired military officers, who do not understand the different dynamics of different contracts and try to manage ALL contracts the same way they would run a military unit. Because of this, PAE Management is full of retired, incompetent, lazy ex-military officers, who still think they are in the military. Ask them a simple question, like what is my job description and you will be ripped apart for asking. This has created a very inept PAE Program Managers, which in turn has created a very toxic working environment.
PAE Management will make promises to the customer that are not written in the statement of work and can’t deliver on their promises. In order PAE Management to look competent, they will lie directly to the customer in order to save their position. I have seen this over and over again on conference calls, PAE managers lying to the customer, because of their ...more
ProsThere are no PROs working for PAE.
ConsRetired, incompetent, lazy ex-military Management, Pay, Benefits, Not a real company.
Data Entry Clerk | San Diego, CA | May 29, 2018
Miserable work environment
-Federal government basically contracts out the clerical work that is mundane, tedious, and physically demanding to PAE. The whole operation seems like a file factory where the contractors process a never-ending flow of paper files like a sweat-shop or factory workers on a conveyor belt. Every day consists of doing a few simple tasks and repeating them 100-1000+ times a day. Be prepared to be doing the same exact thing for years, upward mobility and pay raises are considered a taboo here for contractors.
-it would take months and even years to get system access to things that are primarily needed for your duties because of the lack of communication between management... management makes even little things like sticky notes, pens, and general office supplies more complicated than it should be. For example, management orders calendars for the new year, but you won’t receive them until 5-6 months into the year.
-Incompetent site manager that is very smug and will belittle lower-lever employees and all the while is often oblivious to day-to-day processes.
-Sometimes you get to leave work one hour early on Christmas Eve and on days before upcoming holidays as long you come into work one hour early so that you still work a full 8 hours. (Keep in mind, management will not inform you about early closure until the day before at the very end of the day).
-Very heavy paper handling, after a couple months of working here blisters and calluses start forming on your ...more
Scientist | New York, NY | Feb 14, 2020
Hostile work environment, HR does nothing
Coworkers tried to sabotage me by observing my quality of work, giving me positive feedback, then emailing my boss that I was doing terrible work. These emails contained blatant lies but I was given no chance to dispute them and defend myself because my boss started to verbally attack me. She threatened to fire me more than once in the span of a week, and told me I should change my entire career path and that I am "only in it for the money" (after spending 7 years in college to earn my Master's in my field of study and having years of experience doing exactly what I was hired to do).
Boss yelled at me for using equipment improperly when the 2 employees I was shadowing did the exact same thing. I found out that these employees were just cutting corners because they were lazy and didn't want to do their job or train me properly (talk about in it for the money)...
When I confronted the employees I was shadowing, regarding this issue, I was told "We do it this way because it's faster but don't tell the boss. When the boss evaluates you, do it this way instead". Are you serious? At least tell me before-hand that you don't truly give a rats behind about your job and you're giving me incorrect information!!
Over the course of my short stay I had a coworker approach me saying they noticed unfair hostility directed specifically toward me. Everything I did for my boss (holding the door for her, taking a few seconds too long to answer a question, the way I walked) bothered her...more
File Clerk | New York, NY | May 24, 2018
No advancement, terrible management, highly likely to do way more than what you're actually paid.
The environment is toxic and really disorganized. It has a highly dusty atmosphere with towers of boxes in places people have to navigate through just to do a small task. The prime rule is "every man/woman for themselves" . Good luck finding a cart/handtruck or supplies to actually do your job because your "colleagues" will not share their carts even when they're clearly doing nothing with it. There will be times when you have to clean someone's mess and may be relegated to add that task to your already long list of tasks. There will be a huge gap in workload among workers because of this.
Management is full of incompetent, lazy workers high off their power who can't even answer simple questions to correctly do your job and then rip you apart when you do it wrong. Communication is terrible on all fronts. They're constantly out of their chairs or offices so the chances of finding them when needed are slim. Many newer workers waited months to actually get a solid seat or cubicle which just shows how much they "care". There were still boxes with files (from 6+ months ago) in limbo just tossed in commonly used pathways.
Pay is extremely mediocre for what you're asked to do. If you're looking for advancement , incentives, or raises, you won't find them here. You can possibly give 10 years of your life and still be in the exact same position as when you started with worse benefits and same pay. You will do way more than what you read in the job description and they will s...more
ProsBenefits are decent but expect it to lower in quality as time goes on.
ConsWorst management you will ever see. Low pay with no prospects of raises or advancement, Your vacation hours are never safe, Environment is toxic and cluttered
Administrative Assistant | Fort Worth, TX | Jul 21, 2019
Long term employees treated unfairly
PAE is about money only. They don't care about their employees when it comes to honest complaints or job performances. It is who you know and what "clique" you belong too. They cut corners on work and their ethics but state they put the "customer" first. Employees are doing the job of 3 or more people but can't understand how the job can't be 100% correct or what time is spent doing this. When the audits come, they will fail because they failed as a company. They have double standards when it comes to them and their employees. They are about efficiency but when efficiency becomes lacking; they don't want to hear about it. It is the employees fault. No true training is provided to the employees from Corp to the field teams. It is all done via the intranet; no more personal touch. Managers are all about keeping their jobs and bonuses. They lost all compassion for their employees. It is a sad company to work for. The morale is horrible. There is no longer RESPECT for anyone. You can't trust anyone including HR, directors or managers because again, it is coming down to PAE's bottom line of money. If you are a new employee; stay for a couple of years to get experience but then leave. Because if not, you will get treated poorly no matter how well you perform. They really do head jobs on their employees and the company is a bully. Sadly, they lost good employees and contracts due to their attitude and substandard behavior. Again, their management really needs a ...more
Prosbenefits, flex time
Quality Control Supervisor | United States | May 3, 2018
Nothing good to say about PAE
PAE is what I would consider a bottom feeder company. The only asset that this company has, is their man-power. They win government contracts by under bidding the competition and paying their workers low wages. PAE has denied cost of living allowances to their employees on this contract for almost 4 years, because "they were losing money on the contract", even though, the cost of living has gone up almost 25%.
Do not ask for a pat raise, PAE will not give you a pay raise. Hard honest work is not rewarded, and if it rewarded, PAE management takes all the credit, for your work.
Unless you are a retired military officer, this is not a company for you. If you a person that likes to do the right thing, DON'T work for PAE. Whether you are right or wrong, PAE management will toss you aside, in order to save their management job.
I have been on conference calls, and have heard PAE HR say, that cannot find candidates to fill the open positions, because of the low pay.
Most job descriptions are very vague and do not spell out responsibilities, especially for supervisory roles. And when you question them, you will never get an answer.
Their is opportunity for advancement in PAE ....
Remember, PAE is a government contractor. their only asset are people, in which, they treat badly and PAE management is made up of retired military officers, that have no clue how to manage people or for that matter .... how to manage programs correctly.
ProsThere are no pros
ConsEverything about PAE
Fraud Analyst | Williamsburg, KY | Feb 5, 2019
Horrible work environment
First off, let me state that I have over 38 years of work experience under my belt and multiple college degrees. I was hired to work at the KCC for PAE. When asked I was told it would be four to six weeks for me to start. Four months later I finally got the call to start. I worked in the Fraud Department. When I started there was no director or acting director, no supervisor, and no unit manager. Our trainer was out quite a bit and they had noone assigned to take his place. We sat on our hands most of the time not knowing what to do. The Human Resource Director never sat down and explained benefits or procedures. We received a bunch of hodge-podge emails from her and a stack of papers. The management for the Consulate stayed in their offices and noone knew who they were and when they did address us, they were condescending. They threw us out of training not even introducing us to others in our unit or telling us who was our supervisor. The work was supposed to be done in a certain format and it seems like every day they were throwing in some new rule without telling us. Feedback was horrible. I was getting reviewed on work I had done one to two months previously and receiving "critical errors". After 18 weeks of the nightmare, I finally quit. The Human Resource Manager set up an exit interview for me and she couldn't bother to be there or let me know. My supervisor walked me out took my badge and parking pass and bid me farewell.
Junior Compliance Officer | Arlington, TX | Dec 20, 2018
Good people, bad management
The management teaches well, but they will keep you past your time here everyday to lecture you if you make one mistake. Won't accept if they make the mistake. Which there are many. You take the blame and they won't hear you out. No safe place to ask questions even if you're new out of fear of judgement/assumptions then that's there for the rest of your time here. Should your leader do this? No. That's bad leadership.
Was promised wfh into 3-6 months now taken back from that as a guarantee. And to use my floater day near a holiday, and even that may be taken back after promised as I started.
Could not work around my schedule for a doctor's appointment even if I had my hours done! No overtime.
No grace for being 0-5 mins late. Another lecture. Even if finding parking is hard or your commute is over an hour and traffic changes.
Also, most companies will pay you more.
Most people are nice, nice kitchens. But my management definitely has a high horse and doesn't listen: just assumes. It's management 101. You're waiting a lot for the management to get it together. Also, the manager is overworked without overtime, so if you want to be in management expect what you see because that's not right for them either. I get emails at 2am in the morning from them. Lots of micro-management
PTO is accrued.
Compliance is as boring as it gets, but it's not hard.
ProsBenefits, Fair with the actual work
ConsBad Management, not a safe place to ask questions if you're new
Painter | Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA | Jun 8, 2019
Great place if you can handle extreamly passive,dismissive behavior.
I doubt the department (paint) I worked will be in existence much longer. The one guy who unofficially directs the flow of work by over running the incompetent shop lead is intent on dogging management by purposely wasting time and then insisting he shouldn't have to do certain aspects of the job because he's above that level..
The workload had dropped off and in my opinion if I were the person writing the check to get the work done I would find another source to have it done. If this crew got off their tails and actually did what they are being paid to do, they could do 3 'units' in the time it takes them to do 2 and don't think for a minute someone isn't paying attention to the lack of production.
It's a shame that this place gets so abused by those who believe they deserve all P.A.E. has to offer yet sweep their job obligations under the bus with out a second thought, the work ethic is nothing less than disgusting.
I would love to the opportunity to bring in a crew that was solidly into getting the work done, it's so much more rewarding being into what you do and being excited about doing it as apposed to dragging your feet and making day's feel like weeks.
ProsGreat bennefits with all the bells and whistles, the company covers 80% of whole famly healthcare with accrued vacation, sick leave and pention plan !
ConsThose who don't fully appriciate just how good they got it !
Personnel Specialist | Suitland, MD | Jul 5, 2018
Do not do it
I was employed with PAE for almost 2 years and began my job search maybe 6 months ago. The salary is a complete job and doe NOT match the job demand required. Management does not support the employees, more catered to the "client" which in my opinion will NEVER work because your employees have no one to :turn to" for support. The only PROS I will list are my coworkers and my flexible work schedule. CONS are anything that you may think of starting with pay, how are people/staff suppose to support there families with the pay PAE provides, low bidding on a contract is NOT no one's fault but PAE's. My site in Suitland I was employed at was a revolving door, people would get hired, see what is required of them, look at their paychecks and jump ship. PAE only covers about 10 holidays, the others employees are required to use what is called a Floating Holiday or work extra to make up that time. Which in all cases are not as easy for all employees. Health benefits is a joke both medical and dental, Vision was the only medical benefit I really saw a benefit in. Manager was super micromanaging us in the beginning but finally came around and eased up a bit. I would NOT recommend this company to anyone !
ProsFlexible work hours, easy to make up time
ConsSALARY, HEALTH BENEFITS, COVERED HOLIDAYS