Pros: good pay, great benefits.
Cons: physically arduous work, missed several family functions and holidays.
United was a wonderful place to work when I started, but towards the end they were cutting corners and management forgot how to care for their employees. The people I worked with were all honest and hard working, and most of them would go out of their way to help anyone else on the job.
Teamwork is what gave United a family atmosphere, and although the work was hard, everyone pulling their fare share helped make it easier. Cross-departmental cooperation was key and a necessity in order to keep the airline moving on a daily basis. The schedule was dynamic and no two days were ever the same.
I enjoyed working outdoors in all kinds of weather and during my time there I worked multiple shifts. Being a 24/7 operation, one has to expect to be working when others are not, especially family. The job is very physically demanding and injuries were not uncommon, especially as the work force aged. Strains and sprains were the most common, but occasionally someone would really get hurt. Towards the end of my time there, management's attitude also weighed heavily on everybody, which also led to more injuries as people started to lose their focus.