Pros: coworkers, flight benefits
Cons: local management, sick leave policy
Personally, I would pass on this company unless you recently received your A&P. The people that you work with are good people for the most part and will usually take time to help in any way they can so that you learn the aircraft if you show initiative and are willing to help them when your day is slow. Alot of days you will be doing something new but other days it will be phase inspections or line checks.
The manager at my location is not management material. He will tell you to be safe and follow the AMM, then want to know why you didnt finish your task when other mechanics could finish is half the time. (because they took shortcuts) His main priority was making gate time. The only time you see him (because most maintenance is done at night) is when he was complaining about productivity. He will say something like " y'all are clearing more MEL'S than any other MX base with less people than the other locations... but that is not good enough" and continue to complain about performance. He has a confrontational attitude and will call you out in safety meetings with, "if you have a problem with me, tell me and we will discuss it in my office." To me, this is very unprofessional. If you try to talk to him, he will tell you anything, even lie to you, just so you leave him alone but he never addresses anything with anyone else.
My location could be a lot more efficient but aircraft are going AOG on a nightly basis because of the lack of parts, this includes screws, placards, consumable materials and TBO items that were scheduled to be changed on phase checks which are planned days, – more... even weeks in advance.
There will be times when you are asked to do things that are undocumented or questionable. You will find questionable repairs from other stations also so protect your A&P. Most dont affect airworthiness but be sure to look beyond your task because your signature buys all previous work performed. Leads and Supervisors will also try to get you to sign things off or overlook things that are not correct according to the AMM, just to make gate on time. That is what makes money for the company so that is their only priority. If you question Supervision, Leads, or Inspectors be prepared for them to punish you. Supervision and Leads by giving you the hardest, most time consuming task to perform for a while (days, weeks, even months) or putting you on the same task that you did according to the AMM, but they think you should have taken shortcuts so it could be done in a shorter amount of time. Inspectors will put personal feelings into their walk arounds and things they have to 'buy back.' If they dont like you, your lead, have problems at home, or are irritated at the company, you will have a bad night. Some even try to ground the plane and go AOG because the flight comes in late. They will be arrogant through excessive write-ups or by them wanting to give you a hard time just because they can. That being said, always walk on eggshells. The culture here is also a 'good ole boy' system, favoritism is rampant and can be seen on a daily basis after you have been here awhile and get to know their system.
The company attendance policy is also a joke. You earn sick time but are penalized if you use it. If you miss time for any reason, you are given an occurence. Consecutive absences are only one occurence, although, if you are out 2days, go back the 3rd day but cant make it to work on the 4th day for the same reason as day 1&2, it is considered 2 occurences. If you get 3 occurences in 6 mos or 4 in a rolling 12month period, you get put on a step 1. Every day missed after you are on a step causes you to go to the next step. It takes 6mos to come off of a step. They have 4 steps total, step four being termination. I would say that 75% of employees at my location are on some step.
In summary, if you just need some experience, go for it, you will learn new things from knowledgeable coworkers with diverse backgrounds. I do daily and have been in the aviation industry for years. Just look after yourself and don't get pressured into questionable maintenance practices. Stand your ground, that A&P license in your pocket is yours, your name is on it, not theirs! – less