Pros: it was a goal to work for the majors, did and learned a lot, a lot of great people, and a few i still try to forget.
Cons: it was a total let down with the hours you have to work 24/7, the grass looked greener looking in. now that i've been in, (24 yrs) it was all hype.
This company has had a lot of changes,not for the better nor better for the employees.
More work and responsibilities without the pay to match.
Other airlines with same job title are paid $30-40 k more a year and have less responsibilities. example one type of aircraft to work on, while we have 6 and adding several more types.
Same large company "motto" – more... continue to pay upper management large bonuses and take from the workers at the lower levels.
It's hard to see anything positive happening for employees. We are so far behind financially,we can never work enough to make up what this company has taken from the employees. Over the last 10 yrs I have lost more than $200,000.00 in wages alone.
Many employees are bitter and "done" with working here,just kind of riding out the storm and waiting for retirement. It was a good company to work for,until most of the company's energy is now spent on stealing as much as possible from the employees. It's to the point is seems daily stripping of something. At the end of the day you just about need to make sure they didn't take any silver fillings.
Hard to stay positive when upper managers receive bonuses that can support a family for generations and working 60-70 hrs a week and looking back we made the same amount 10 yrs ago in a 40 hrs work week.
This has been a mistake to have stayed with a company that doesn't care for it's employees. It has put a major strain on my family and my marriage because of financial strain. It basically turned myself into a liar with the promises that I made with the family of the things we were going to do. When this company started stripping the money away it snow balled slowly. While the years went by the company promises of things getting better kept employees faith that good times would return for all.........Only for the upper management did it get better.
Don't work for the airlines if you want any kind of life. Work hours are all over the place, you can't have a normal schedule and there are no such things as a "weekends" Say good bye to friends you know because the 9-5 people will never understand a airline schedule.
You wife will be sleeping alone and raise your family by herself.
The divorce rate is sick and I wish when I was in college for this career a teacher would have told me this " you live once,the airlines will suck the life out of you,pick another career"
I look forward to retirement as, just not having to work for nothing anymore.........a real positive thing.
I also have a better chance of hitting the lotto than getting a real retirement out of the airlines. – less