Atlas Air Worldwide

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Atlas Air Worldwide Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
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    Pilot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pilot in Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Pilot in Purchase, NY

    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * From a pilot's perspective you absolutely won't find a more interesting and varied form of professional aviation. On any given day I might be assigned to fly the Boeing 747-400 LCF, BCF, P, or F or the Boeing 747-8. I might go to bed thinking that tomorrow I will be flying to Hong Kong and instead I'll end up in Sydney.

    * The travel department makes my life so much easier and generally uplifts my moral.

    * A pilot scheduling corps that is generally very receptive to my inputs, particularly when my idea would save the company money, time, or frustrations.

    * The senior-most leadership, specifically, CEO Bill Flynn, has, and continues to move the company in an excellent direction. He's worth his weight in gold. We all just hope that this company does enough to make him want to stay put where he is with us. The fact that he has a total intermodalism background (former CEO of Crowley Maritime), and not just a typical airline thug, of itself makes him unique in our industry. There is never any shortage of business, whether it be CMI, ACMI, or charter operations. The sales department is outstanding at doing what they do.

    * Gateway travel, both airline and hotel at the beginning and end of a trip, is an amazing benefit in our industry. Another moral booster.

    Cons

    * I know this sounds silly, but I think many of the problems at Atlas can be brought down to one word, and that one word is "pride" - from the top down to the bottom. This company has an incredible amount to be proud of. We're a one-of-a-kind company, highly successful at what we do, so be proud of that, treat your employees with pride, welcome new employees to the company with open arms, build your employees up rather than break them down. It's not hard at all. It's time to revisit lessons from Management 101.

    * There seems to be an overall general level of discontentment within the pilot corps. Pilots are constantly leaving to go fly for other companies. Yet the company doesn't care and they have the mentality of "we have 10,000 applications on file, we'll just hire other pilots to replace you" - guess what, 9,800 of those pilots have already been hired elsewhere! Another managerial pet phrase "if you don't like it here then go fly elsewhere". NO! I don't want to go fly elsewhere, I want things to get better here at Atlas to make good, high-quality pilots not want pack their bags to go fly elsewhere. It's not just about hiring pilots, it's all about hiring AND retaining them. Stop looking at the tangibles of training expenses and paybacks before pilots go elsewhere and start looking at the intangibles such as what good solid experience within our pilot corps will do towards the overall betterment of our company or solve a specific problem that less experience wouldn't be able to do. The company seems to be in denial about a serious problem when it comes up to pilot retention. Their mentality is that if a pilot works for just two months then they've already paid off their own training expenses due to the revenue made off of them and at that point are expendable. Hey Atlas, wouldn't you rather make $15M in revenue from an employee who works for you for 30 years rather than just $50K from an employee, merely paying off their training expenses, after working for you for only two months and then going to another carrier? As a pilot group we're not asking for much; just a little appreciation and compensation that's comparable to our counterparts at the legacy airlines. You need to hire AND retain good pilots. How do you retain? Simple, make people want to stay by making conditions comparable with what they would have elsewhere so that they no longer want to go to that elsewhere, wherever it may be.

    * Breakfast grievance - very simple solution, allow employees to keep their hotel points/stay credits. At my last company, when you showed up on day one of indoctrination, you are an automatic Hilton Diamond member - even before you've ever spent a night in a Hilton hotel for the company. How did my last company do this? Simple, they form solid relationships with other companies; a little networking goes a long ways. So while Hilton gave my last company discounts that Atlas doesn't even come close to approaching, employees at my last company had the red carpet rolled out for them every time they checked in. It was an incredibly mutually beneficial relationship! Instead, our company relegates itself to playing "musical hotels", ridiculously unable to maintain hotel contracts before having to look elsewhere. Anyway, getting back to the breakfast grievance, once pilot employees make status within the various hotel chains their breakfasts are then included for free. This would eliminate the breakfast grievance. So there you go - problem solved, both parties happy, money saved!

    * Not being paid while on R1. Are you serious?!? Are you kidding me?!? This is the absolute most absurd thing with any aviation company within the entire industry. If the company sits me on R1 during my pattern then I don't get paid for those days. A pilot could very easily be involuntarily assigned 17 days of R1 and not be paid a single dime of wages for the entire month.

    * Aircraft wage differences. Atlas is hurting itself by doing this. Once the 767 seat locks are up the vast majority will go to the 747 which will cost $50K for training plus two months of completely lost productivity not to mention IOE. Think about how many pilots wouldn't transition from the 767 to the 747 if their wages were the same - tons of them! Making the wages the same would eliminate the training and lost productivity expenses when a 767 pilot begins 747 training because many, many pilots would stay in the 767 if the wages were the same.

    * A travel bank would be mutually beneficial. So far this year I have saved Atlas $6,849 this year by catching travel department mistakes as well as by finding more economical flights to travel on. And the year isn't over with yet. So how about putting that into a travel bank, one that I can draw into at any point but at the end of the year you get half and I get half. Again, this would be a mutually beneficial perk. Other pilots would begin looking for savings just the same way that I do. If every pilot finished the year with $6,849 in their travel bank then Atlas would make over $3.5M in pure additional profit.

    * AQP. Come on Atlas, get going with it already. Legacy carriers have been doing this for years and years now. It's time for you to get caught up to the times!

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Atlas Air

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    Current Employee - Captain
    Current Employee - Captain

    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Atlas Air is a great place for a pilot to further their career in aviation and gather invaluable international experience. There are many very experienced pilots to learn from. The world-wide operations will take you to places you never dreamed of.

    Cons

    The union contract QOL is rather lacking, and the company exploits the contract faults to it's favor. These problems can be detrimental to the pilot's family health and happiness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good start for a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in Purchase, NY

    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company is full of amazing people. We have a good time working together. It also depends on the group of the company youre in. HDQ is definitely a fun place if you let it be. Also, the industry is very interesting and Atlas is continuously making changes to position itself strongly within the industry.

    Cons

    Horrible compensation. Also, many of the employees are extremely overworked and spend hours on their laptops or emails at home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide

    Pros

    When working for Atlas you already fly internationally straight out of the gates.

    Cons

    Disorganized. There are times after a long flight that are hotel and limo accommodations aren't made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always keep an open door policy and be open to suggestions.

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    All previous reviews are correct

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Rochelle, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Rochelle, NY

    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice building - but so what.

    Cons

    Upper management owns you. They act it. I've personally seen one even say it to another employee. The Boss said 'where you going to go? No one will hire you after this"
    The YES men get appreciated - the workers doing anything get overlooked or cursory 'pat on the back'.
    VERY long work hours. No such thing as "I'm on my days off" if you say that - they can you. They want what they want NOW no matter how trivial.
    Pay is decent - even high but does not make up for the fact you're working and living with a bunch of hardnosed new yorkers. Cost of living is high so $100k for many positions is not saying much.
    Retaliation is high if you complain. Their employee handbook is very intrusive but intentionally vague so they're never cornered. If you complain about anything you're on the list.
    If you complain about any boss about their abusive attitude - you're done.
    Companies are what they do, not what they say. Look at the bullies they promote. They love them!
    And they absolutely despise employees - any hint of Union and they go on a firing spree.

    I would recommend this job because they do pay well compared to others and is good to have on a resume.
    You will do more here than anywhere else. At other companies you may do less but be more relaxed. For new grads from school, come here get beat up then go on to American or United and relax for the rest of your carreer. Here you will be burnt out and they know it and dont care - they will just replace you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move out of NY to someplace cheaper and get better employees at lower pay and better attitude.
    You wil be more competitve with the other charter airlines.
    Getting out of your own offices means nothing - they're all scared of retaliation. Even when people quit (and many have been due to workload - IT for example) they are aware that if you complain on the way out 'that they will not get a good report or 'yes, would rehire' when asked by future employers'.
    But then again you're a company that promotes vicious people so we dont expect change.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Atlas Air

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide

    Pros

    Great professional team, friendly environment.

    Cons

    Long business hours, no compensation for extra hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Bit of a grind but good equipment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice equipment. Varied schedule. Decent catering...except at Shanghai,

    Cons

    17 day pattern. Not very efficient use of times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not your Ordinary Workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pilot B747 in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Pilot B747 in New York, NY

    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Up to 2 weeks off a month
    - Global route structure
    - Competitive Pay
    - Buisness class travel during international deadheads
    - 4 to 5 Star accommodation during layovers
    - Rumoured to have future growth
    - Flexable Crew Scheduling/Travel department

    Cons

    - Aircraft Maintenance is contracted and not the best
    - Long patterns (up to 17 days)
    - Airline is dependant on contracts
    - New B747-8 aircraft are part of a fleet renewal and NOT expansion program
    - Catering is below standard (depending on station)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer various rotations to meet individual needs, eg. 7 ON / 7 OFF, to accomadate crew members with young children. Being gone 17 days in a row can be hard on family life.
    Equalization of Out-Base, the same crew members are out-basing every month. Spread the wealth!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A fun company with a great pilot group.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pilot in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Pilot in New York, NY

    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging flying, with a lot of variety in destinations and mission-types. Nice aircraft. Top-notch leadership with a great business plan. Pilot Union and Management are superior to competing airlines. Gateway travel means that you can live where you want, and the company provides travel to begin your trip-whether it starts in your base airport or elsewhere.

    Cons

    Longer trip lengths (up to 17 days) can be a challenge for those who are not used to long-haul international flying. On the up-side, days off are in large blocks that allow weeks of free-time at home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Small company feel but big company goals!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Atlas Air Worldwide full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunities to grow with the company. Great leadership. Big goals. Real people work here.

    Cons

    Growing faster than staffing allows. Has some growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to care about the little guys as we are the ones who make you look good!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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