Work here for lifestyle... not money. And start YOUNG!
Flight Attendant (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 31, 2016
Lots of people say they work at Southwest for the lifestyle... and they're absolutely right, because they're not in it for the money, at least not if they're a flight attendant.
And really, the lifestyle is only good if you don't mind being out of town for at least 3 days at a time. This job could be great for someone without advanced schooling, or someone who's single, a married empty-nester, or retired. However, this job does not reward for previous experience. Someone with lots of customer service experience is going to start at the bottom with someone fresh out of high-school, bottom pay, bottom schedule, bottom of everything.
Don't be fooled by the "per hour" pay mumbo jumbo, you're only paid when the aircraft door is closed (so you're not paid for that 2 hour delay from the raging storm outside), and you need to be at the airport an hour before the doors close when you leave for a trip. You're also scheduled to be out of town regularly (like, weekly) and you only get a couple of bucks an hour to cover expenses then.
Lots of people love this job because they love the flexibility of the lifestyle, and I'll definitely give them that. But if you're looking for money or want to be home in the evenings, don't give this job a second thought. It'll take 13 years to max out salary, and most college degrees could get you there quicker somewhere else, and get you home every night too. Not a great job for someone with kids, though many do it successfully. Job gets better and better with seniority though.
Travel Travel Travel! Flexible schedule
Out of town all the time, not paid for ground time, not paid for overnights, not great for someone with young kids