Great place to "intern" as a Dispatcher - and then get out.
Aircraft Dispatcher (Former Employee) – Minneapolis, MN – February 2, 2018
The pay is dismal, especially considering the amount of responsibility and stress a dispatcher takes on and the workload you are given. The union seems weak and uninterested in doing anything of substance outside of helping you in a catastrophe. That said, the company does seem like a great place to work; it's full of friendly, diverse, hard-working, and intelligent people. The culture is great.
Scheduling has some downsides, especially if you're stuck at low seniority, but it's pretty optimized when you look at it reasonably. Besides, you won't be at the low end of the totem pole for long - people tend to outgrow the role fairly quickly and move on to better paying companies. 4 10-hour days/week with some shift-trade flexibility and choice (eventually) over which 10 hours you work. You might start work at 0245. Or 0430. Or 0800. Or 1400. It all depends on what line you get in the quarterly bid. If you're there for the flight benefits (because you're definitely not there for the money), you should have ample opportunity to make use of them if you know how to work it out. NOTE: no buddy passes.
Internal advancement is definitely a thing here, which is great. Unfortunately, unless you have a management degree you still won't be making much money (if you did have a management degree, why did you get a dispatch certificate?). To all managers, here and everywhere else: meaningful raises are made of dollars, not cents.
Flight benefits, experience, exciting atmosphere, feeling like your work and industry matters
Money, Money, Money, Money, it's not everything but lack of it surely is.