better than working at a restaurant but...
Station Agent (Former Employee) – Cedar Rapids, IA – December 3, 2015
Either you deal with outdoor work, bad weather, and bags, or indoor work, nasty passengers, and bags.
Either you have a very early morning shift (starting at 4am) or a very late night shift (ending at 2am). In any case you don't know when you are going to leave because if the plane is late, no one goes home. Working pace may vary from rather slow with nice downtimes, to very stressful and physical.
It is not glamorous. Consider working outside during a snow storm and dumping lavatory waste.
Forget about your weekends! Not even senior employees got them off. Your schedule may change drastically every two weeks.
It pays a bit more than 9$/hour, and it does not go much higher than that with time.
Flight benefits are awesome: you fly for free on stand-by for open seats. But it's hard, especially with two jobs, to manage to find time to fly anywhere. Plus they are drastically understaffed so it's impossible to find a sub to make a shift trade.
The current local manager is fair but tough. Management at head quarter is another story...
flight benefits, downtimes
low wages, terrible scheduling