Continental Airlines Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    This job can be really great at times, and at other times--not so much.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    I love the people I work with. I love to be able to get away from home and not have to worry about household duties everyday. Also, it's nice to be able to have easy access to warm places when the weather at home is less than favorable. I have a good amount of vacation time and 15-18 days off a month.

    Cons

    It's an airline and the airline industry is notorious for their frequent instabilities in relation to the economy and other factors. Flight delays are very frustrating. Our typical workday can be very long and exhausting--up to 14 hours and occasionally more. Living out of a suitcase can sometimes get to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not good to be so removed from your front-line employees. Employee morale is greatly improved when they feel that senior management care and are willing to personally listen to their feedback.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    See the world and get paid(although not very much).

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    If your goal in life is to see the world, then the airline industry might be right for you. My opinion is that Continental Airlines is one of the leaders in the industry. You get paid to see the world, although it is not very lucrative at first. With seniority comes better pay, schedule flexibility, and choice of destinations. Continental has the youngest fleet in the industry, so mechanical delays are less frequent than most airlines. Continental is also the best paying airline in the industry, in respect to the flight attendant career. Management has excellent communication skills, daily updates are available via email or voice mail.

    Cons

    My following comments aren't specific to Continental Airlines, but common to the airline industry. Your pay does not begin with check in at the duty desk (one hour before departure) but only once the passengers are completely boarded and the boarding door has been closed. Your pay then stops once you land and the boarding door is once again open. As an in-flight crew member, you aren't paid for time spent in the airports between flights(up to several hours each day). This might translate to a 13 hour duty day, but in reality your getting paid for 6 hours(actual flight time). You will be declaring poverty at the beginning of you career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is doing a fine job considering the mess the airline industry is currently in.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Reliability on Senior Management Statements - NOT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    Flight benefits and exposure to upper management. One of the great things about Continental is the exposure to upper manaagement, I have experienced this at another company but there were only about 100 or so employees, this is not something one would normally experience at companies the size of Continental.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't stand behind their word.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When employees are informed of important information pertaining to their employment (seniority) they SHOULD NOT back track on it later.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Hard work that did not pay off!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant Scheduler
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant Scheduler

    I worked at Continental Airlines full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company that should have given its employees a better retirement plan and protection for their seniority benefits. Medical insurance and 401K plans are good.

    Cons

    No guarantee that you still have a job the next day. They can always just tell you that you are no longer needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep politics away from this job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Working at CO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    Most of the people are friendly and decent to work with.

    Cons

    No room for career advancement or growth unless you know the right people, your credentials don't matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to develop your employees, successful employees means a successful company.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. Pretty exciting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern

    I worked at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    Got to see aircrafts on ground and maintainence details.
    Got chances to fly to different hubs.

    Cons

    Pretty exhausting since you have you travel back and forth to the airports.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. It is a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    Fly free benifit, offer very good working culture, honest and open communication, good place to learn and develop your skills.

    Cons

    There is very limited chances of promotions. Airlines industry offers many uncertainty over the future. Most airlines companies keep losing money because of gas price.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    No comment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    Good place to work and challenging projects

    Cons

    Runs pretty lean and high expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a better work life balance

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. not what it use to be, it has gone down hill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    travel is great flight are not that full

    Cons

    management has no clue as to what is on the line. Maybe if they were a bit more active and fly a few trios they would be able to understand whats going on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be careful of what you say to manangement. the jr employees are writting up sr employees and its getting petty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Okay and Sad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    Great place to work, great benefits, great coworkers, great time. Traveled many places, lived in many different places as a result of job

    Cons

    Is all this coming to an end withe the merger. I am worried that the ways of united will affect our comapny

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not merge, well it is entirely too late. Who is going to bailout the employees now? Where are we going to go?

    No opinion of CEO

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