Continental Airlines Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    The flight benefits were great

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Continental Airlines

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits were great at Continental Airlines. We got to see a lot of the world.

    Cons

    Advancement is based on who you know, not what you know. The merger will dampen it even further.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the original Continental Airlines company culture.

  2. Helpful (4)

    An experience everyone should have, for a while...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pre-merger: The flight benefits are the draw for 99% of the employees. It can be difficult to fly as a passrider but once you figure it out, your set. This is especially true if you don't have small kids or have the flexibility to travel without them. Depending on your work-group, the management can be fair, balanced, driven, inspiring, and all the other things you want from a management team. Typically, if you put in the effort, you are rewarded with an enriching career experience and expanded knowledge of both the Travel Industry and your particular field. So much so, you don't care that the average seniority is 15+ years, making advancement difficult.

    Cons

    The salary scale, compared to industry standards (in your field of expertise, not the airline industry) is nowhere near competitive, so if you can't take advantage of the flight benefits, don't bother.
    Post-merger: Employees generally feel as though they are completely left in the dark. From what we have been told so far, the flight benefits will no longer have the drawing power they once had and flying as a passrider will be next to impossible. The vaunted Continental Culture is being slaughtered. The degree of politicking, lying, and outright unethical treatment of a vast majority of employees is astounding, from the average employee's point of view. It seems clear so far that a majority of the management team selected from Continental to join the 'new' United were NOT the folks that made the Continental Culture a premier employment opportunity. Additionally, the management 'grunts' that made Continental the success it was, fostering the camaraderie and productive environment, are in most cases being treated as expendable fodder. It is difficult to see past all the jockeying for the few positions in the merged company to believe it will be an environment worth working in or a company you want to be involved with. The attitude and the culture trickle down from the top, and right now the wrong decisions are being made about who should be in those top spots.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, the merger puts everyone in a difficult position. So far the trend seems to be selecting business oriented managers with no people skills at all. This is potentially great for the share holders in the short term. However, the key talent is noticing and it may be too late to stop the exodus. 'Dignity and Respect' appears to be a philosophy of the past.

  3. Helpful (1)

    I enjoy my job very much, but my direct management team is not very good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about Continental AIrlines are the flight benefits and profit sharing.

    Cons

    My direct managers are out-of-touch with its employees because they demand respect, yet they are unwilling to give it.

    Advice to Management

    The merger of Continental Airlines and United provides a unique opportunity to get it right, I can only hope it will happen!

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Not a view from the top

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    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    space available flying, medical and dental

    Cons

    oversold flights, poor work rules

    Advice to Management

    na

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Job for college students that need flexible scheduling.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Humble, TX
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Humble, TX

    I worked at Continental Airlines

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits - 401k, Vision, Health, Dental Insurance.
    Flight Benefits - You can pretty much fly anywhere around the world for free. Using vacation passes you can sit first class.
    Work in team environment and meet new people daily.
    You have a lot of freedom. If you do you flights and get them out on time you won't have any problems.
    Very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Extreme physical work. Sometimes loading 200+ bags on airplane manually.
    Unsatisfying pay scale. They started me off at $10.00 hourly and it takes 10 years to get to $19-20 per hour. Top of the pay scale is $20.00 hourly.

    Advice to Management

    Management at Continental Airlines was pretty good. I never had any problems with management or supervisors.

  7. For Sale.. Wait Sold

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    To be largest airline in the world
    Good business sense to merge but not to move to Chicago.
    Good flight benefits, till they last

    Cons

    Got sold too cheaply
    Moving to a more expensive city. Doesnt make business sense
    Culture wont be the same
    Will loose friends in the process of merger

    Advice to Management

    Doesnt matter. Executive management wont listen. They didnt listen to employees in IAH or ORD when they just decided to move to ORD without offering any legitimate reasoning.

  8. Great P/T job

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    Current Employee - CSA in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - CSA in DFW, TX

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent travel benefits. Great flexibility

    Cons

    Lower level management is not very good.

    Advice to Management

    Change up the status quo.

  9. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Financial Planning Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Planning Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are very friendly and job schedule was very relaxed.

    Cons

    There is limited opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    They can be more dynamic

  10. Helpful (2)

    Run over from technology

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    Current Employee - Reservations Agent in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservations Agent in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flight benefits, flexibility, wages good once you top out.

    Cons

    Wages horrible when you start, layoffs are rampant in the industry, must be very flexible, technology will wipe out this division eventually to a bare minimum. You can't work here unless your better half can afford to pay the bills.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear with employees, be fair in compensation, respect senority throughout. It never makes sense that our CEO after bonuses makes $2400/ hour for a job that can be done for much less. Want to return to profitability? Try cutting from the top. CEO wages enough to pay 125-300 other workers for the entire year depending on how much they make!

  11. No value to the Employee

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    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global Airline with a very nice product

    Cons

    Don't want to pay reasonable wages especially for those who live in the state of New Jeresy with the highest property tax in the nation POOR middle management with very little leadership skills.You need to treat your employees like you want your employees to treat the customers.

    Advice to Management

    Walk in the shoes of the varies work groups before making some key business decisions CEO should go under cover to get a REAL WORLD PICTURE .STOP GIVING LIP SERVICE about dignity and respect it is LONG GONE Manage by intimidation will never work in the long run

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