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SkyWest Reviews

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
99 Reviews

3.0
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SkyWest Chairman, President, and CEO; Chairman and CEO, SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines Jerry C. Atkin
Jerry C. Atkin
63 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good flight benefits if you can be VERY flexible with your time of travel (in 31 reviews)

  • Travel benefits" are a gimmick to get low paying positions filled for even lower pay (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Flight benefits are nice, but it seems to be getting harder to get places (in 7 reviews)

  • Regular junior schedule is minimum 100hrs per week away from home once you can hold a line (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    SkyWest has turned into Corp America.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ground Ops  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Ground Ops in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Travel, Travel, Travel. and schedules are fairly flexible. If you make friends you can trade pretty easily.

    Cons

    Upper management feels that all employees can be replaced. Over worked and under paid if you don't use your travel Bennies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for those that step up and want to make a difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very taxing job, very little pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cross-Utilized Agent
    Current Employee - Cross-Utilized Agent

    Pros

    Flight benefits are very generous, across the board.

    Cons

    Low pay, high regulation, high expectations and at my particular station, incredibly low morale. Not a great mix for a happy work environment, and that was on a sunny day with no delays

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Co workers are great. An excellent group of people struggling to do the best with what they are given to work with. Good flight benefits if you can be VERY flexible with your time of travel.

    Cons

    Poor management. Under qualified people in management positions or qualified persons who have little to no management skills/training. The employee / management relationship seems to be more "us against them" instead of working together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better relationship with your employees. Start by communicating and listening to their input. Positive reinforcement costs nothing and the returns are high. Put some actual "Leaders" into some of those management positions. Show some respect and gratitude to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    SkyWest is going Sky South

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Denver, CO

    Pros

    The best way to work for SkyWest airlines in this day and age is to be a part time employee with another job with a reasonable and livable salary of its own.
    The only major pro to working for this airline is that you receive some amazing flight benefits if you take the bit of time to learn how to get around on the non-rev system. That is currently the only reason they still have employees with more than 1 year of seniority at the Denver station.

    Cons

    This list can be incredibly long, so I'll keep it to the biggest ones:
    Lower and middle management are borderline incompetent; They very seldom, if ever, are willing to assist with issues and that's assuming they even know what you're asking them about.
    They talk a lot about their amazing company culture, however that turns out to be just a cheap marketing gimmic in their interview/hiring process. The culture at SkyWest is: Work yourself into the ground, then maybe we'll give you a gold star.
    Poor pay: You will have to work at least three 16 hour shifts in a week on top of your normally scheduled hours at a station like Denver to make ends meet if you are a full time employee.
    Equipment in Disrepair: Not enough of it and it is old, dangerous and often doesn't work right.
    Too many new employees too regularly: Unless you know anything about the aviation industry, starting out as a Customer Service or Ramp Agent for SkyWest is essentially like walking through the gates of Hell. But if you now anything about the industry, why would you work there in the first place unless you want flight benefits?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep your company in a systematic, functional, and good operational order, then you need to treat your employees better. Offering them more competitive pay rates, better reasons to stay with the company, and be willing to stop donating so much of your profits to the LDS church and put that money toward your people, since you keep having to lower your biding with the Mainline airlines.
    Also, make sure your management is competent. One of the worst issues of the Denver station where I had been employed was that people who worked and worked well were constantly bombarded with miserable working conditions because they could get a plane in and out regardless of normal constraints.
    Favoritism is a BIG no-no on the ramp: When there are plenty of open gates, or gates where planes are sitting for several hours MOVE THEM. Don't just let the other people get their a$$es kicked. You just had a DEN Station GM get fired because of that, and it's still going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    High expectations from low quality management team. Negative work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic Apprentice  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Mechanic Apprentice in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Flexibility to handle your work load as you see fit. Good schedule; four consecutive ten hour days a week. Travel benefits are okay if you don't mind getting bumped off of flights constantly. Opportunity to learn automotive systems is there, if you take initiative. Lots of time driving in climate controlled trucks.

    Cons

    Management likes to tell you your are not working hard enough despite the fact that you are rarely supervised, and they sit on the ramp fiddling with their cell phones on a regular basis.
    Not an apprenticeship. You are mostly a tire changer and tow truck driver. Most people out on the ramp are in a bad mood. Also, supervisors do pick favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before critiquing the apprentices, talk to them and see whats really going on on the ramp, and listen. Better yet, try supervising. If you want to keep them employed with you, show some appreciation or raise the pay scale. A little positive feed back never hurt anyone. Also stop picking favorites, keep it professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good(aka decent) for the young or retired, not for those in need of cash!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cross-Utilized Agent  in  Durango, CO
    Former Employee - Cross-Utilized Agent in Durango, CO

    Pros

    Flight benefits to travel globally and the oppurtunity to meet many new cool people from all around the world! Offers some health benefits, they fork out about half.

    Cons

    Many of the Mid-Lower levels of management are often those lacking management training and often on a power trip. Don't get me wrong I know a few great station managers, but I know many aweful ones. The pay is horrible after just under for years I was only making 10.50/hr(+1.75/hr) for supervisor shifts that I worked. Benefits are increasingly getting worse, and cost of them are going up! It's more like a trap, you get addicted to the freedom and ability to hop on an airplane at will, you hate the job but you refuse to walk away from the flights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your heads out of your ass, when I started with SkyWest it was a great company - for the first year, two if you're lucky. After that it all went downhill, and I only see it half way down the hill, your brakes are already burnt up, time to treat your employees just a little bit better.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    All Good thing must end

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dispatcher  in  St. George, UT
    Current Employee - Dispatcher in St. George, UT

    Pros

    - The potential to see the world is available through the travel benefits.
    - The company pride with some of the coworkers is really amazing.

    Cons

    -Flight benefits come at a high cost
    -many of the managers and directors do not know what they are doing or how to be good leaders. Most are in the position because they have been there so long, not because they are the most qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a focus on the quality and not the quantity of the product offered. The SkyWest brand has been abandoned for quantity that is really taking a toll on the performance and image of SkyWest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's all about the Flight Benefits!!!

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Great flight benefits. Granted, we go last on all United & Delta flights. But it's still better than no flight benefits. If you love to travel, this is the place to be. Non Union Environment. Some stations have agreements with other airlines. The sad part is, these other airlines usually treat us better than our mainline carriers.

    Opportunities to move to various Skywest Stations is a plus.

    Cons

    Station Management rarely reads your email in a timely matter, and yet all employees are expected to read their email every day they are working. Inconsistency among supervisors and how they manage the shifts. Each supervisor has their favorites and if you are not one of them, don't expect to be treated nicely.

    Love how the bid lines change after the bidding is completed. Funny how the 'favorites' manage to have their line adjusted to meet their needs, while others are forced to trade shifts to make their line work.

    Skywest SAFA is a waste of time and money. Their job is too look out for the interests of the front line staff, and their typical response is "ask your Station Manager". Dahhh. If someone is going to SAFA in the first place, it should be obvious it's because their Station Manager wasn't helpful. SAFA salaries and travel budget would be better spent else where.

    Unable to order uniforms for some time.

    Acknowledgement of a job well done, is rarely done. The retirement plan recently changed and the flight benefits are not as great. Seems like they should grandfather employees that were hired on when the old plan was in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication of the changes to the flight benefits, retirement benefits, etc. District Managers/Directors should hold their station management team accountable. In fact, they should conduct meetings with the employees without the management present.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Apprentice title very misleading, if not a favorite of management you will not go anywhere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanic Apprentice  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Mechanic Apprentice in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Benefits, 4 day work week, work at the airport, little supervision

    Cons

    Management does not care about apprentices, plays favorites, no training, no respect toward apprentice, poor supervisors. Mechanics are always right and apprentices have no say even when they know better than the mechanics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give respect to the apprentices. They have good ideas and know more than you think. Listen to them and quit playing favorites with the mechanics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good luck moving up with SkyWest....

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    Former Employee - Mx Tech  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Mx Tech in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    The ability to travel was a great benefit until major partners began putting their feet down in 2007 to 2008. The health and 401K benefits with SkyWest are very good.

    Cons

    Non-rev travel needs to be clarified. NEVER plan on getting anywhere you need to go for free. Travel benefits are for WHIM travel only. You look at flights that day and see if anything is open and go IF YOU HAVE THE MONEY. While the flights are free--hotels, cars, and food are not and you will not get rich working at SkyWest. Airlines think they can pay poorly, especially regionals like SkyWest, because you can fly "FREE"...nothing is ever free.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much lip service to front line employees. Benefits are cut and restructured while many in SGU are doing just fine with stock options and Mini Indy parties. Please HELP employees better themselves. ANY help with college tuition would make a world of difference to many. Like management has said about entry level jobs, "this position was never meant to be a career."

    Approves of CEO

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