What's the company culture at American Airlines?

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Every business has its own style. What is the office environment and culture like at American Airlines?

Are people dressed in business casual, jeans and t-shirts, or full-on suits? Do folks get together for Friday happy hours and friendly get-togethers?

What is a typical day in the life of an employee at American Airlines?

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Plane_Nuts in Irving, Texas

23 months ago

For many decades, AA was a very stiff, formal organization where men had to come to the office in suits and women had to wear heels, hose, and dresses.

The same applied even when flying "non-rev", or non-revenue (for free). Imagine being the only person wearing a suit or dress on a flight to Hawaii!

The atmosphere is definitely more relaxed now. Jeans are acceptable to wear on Fridays to the office. We just relaxed our dress code when flying non rev.

What still remains is a very hierarchical structure which promotes from within, before looking for outside talent. It is very, very difficult to come into organization as an experienced hire (Sr. Analyst or Manager), because the opportunities are first given to internal employees. The bottom positions are easier to get into, but of course the turnover rate is enormous and it can take several years to built up enough experience to move into the higher ranks.

The one exception for experienced hires, if you are lucky enough to be selected for it, is the MBA rotational program. This program is designed to rotate one through various departments at AA (e.g. Finance, Mkting, Ops), in order to groom them for a VP or even CXO position. However, AA looks for graduates of certain B-schools (just having an MBA does not guarantee acceptance), and the selection process is very, very tough.

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fishy1987 in FPO, California

2 months ago

Plane_Nuts in Irving, Texas said: For many decades, AA was a very stiff, formal organization where men had to come to the office in suits and women had to wear heels, hose, and dresses.

The same applied even when flying "non-rev", or non-revenue (for free). Imagine being the only person wearing a suit or dress on a flight to Hawaii!

The atmosphere is definitely more relaxed now. Jeans are acceptable to wear on Fridays to the office. We just relaxed our dress code when flying non rev.

What still remains is a very hierarchical structure which promotes from within, before looking for outside talent. It is very, very difficult to come into organization as an experienced hire (Sr. Analyst or Manager), because the opportunities are first given to internal employees. The bottom positions are easier to get into, but of course the turnover rate is enormous and it can take several years to built up enough experience to move into the higher ranks.

The one exception for experienced hires, if you are lucky enough to be selected for it, is the MBA rotational program. This program is designed to rotate one through various departments at AA (e.g. Finance , Mkting, Ops), in order to groom them for a VP or even CXO position. However, AA looks for graduates of certain B-schools (just having an MBA does not guarantee acceptance), and the selection process is very, very tough.

Hey I have notice that they are posting these more often does that mean the are looking at hiring fresh blood to these positions?

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