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Air Canada Reviews in Montreal, QC

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
34 Reviews
2.9
34 Reviews
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Air Canada President, CEO, and Director Calin Rovinescu
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Travel benefits (before service charges were added) (in 17 reviews)

  • Flight benefits, health benefits, great people to work with (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Front line and middle management are not given the lattitude to introduce the changes needed (in 5 reviews)

  • senior management resistant to change (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    they don't put clients or employees first

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    Former Employee - Airport Agent in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Airport Agent in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Air Canada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working at the airport can be addictive. The rush, the crazy hours and watching planes is something you don't grow tire of. Of course flying around the world is the best perk by a wide margin.

    Cons

    Crazy hours. weird managers sometimes. no well treated by the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manager don't have much say it's the culture from CEO to the bottom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Driven by numbers such as Employees Statistics(which are kept extremely high) and the money they can make (no human side

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agent/Customer Service Representative in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Agent/Customer Service Representative in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Air Canada full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    We were given very good benefits

    Cons

    The pay was awful .... most of it was taken away for taxes and insurance and union .... and the hours are terrible .... If you just got hired, expect to work overnight most of the time .... very stressful work environment especially while on probation....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking about statistics and be more human ....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Benefits good but atmosphere often difficult

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Air Canada full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    benefits are great and if you have time you can travel

    Cons

    difficult to navigate lots of silos in the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none - leadership changes and volatile industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    rocky and underpaid at the begining.......and i mean very underpaid you may as well volenteer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    its air canada and it has benefits

    Cons

    constant fear of losing job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you propose a pay cut ...take one yourself..and engage with your employees more and rely more on your employees as they are the ones who deal with the struggles of passengers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Power engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Power Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Power Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Air Canada full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good schedule and good benefits

    Cons

    Everything else is bad. Bad management no leadership and the board make it obvious they do not care about anything else then planes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Your manager and team can make or break your experience and career at Air Canada

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Travel benefits - if you're willing to get creative with flight plans and enjoy the possibility of getting stuck at airports when traveling standby

    Cons

    The company is stuck in a rut in terms of its problem solving approach and the lack of creativity and new blood creates a sense of group think in many departments so it's the same tired and cautious approach to everything every season. Salary is horrendous compared to similar jobs and skill levels in other industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the teams, shuffle people around, bring in new blood

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Without Air Canada, I would not have had such a wonderful life.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager At HQ in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager At HQ in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great privileges, great people and the people make the company. Without the employees there isn't a company...so pat yourselves on the back.....Great Company!!!

    Cons

    We tend to work long hours because it gets in our blood. When someone finds out where I work, they think I can get them a great travel deal!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be positive and continually recognize good work and attitude!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Old school trying to be more new school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Revenue Management in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager, Revenue Management in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Air Canada full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, great people, good support. Systems are up-to-date and improving. You're in the middle of anything related to revenue, which is considered to be the engine of the airline. This is a very high octane environment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of positive feedback, quite stressful and very demanding. Some opportunity for growth at junior levels, but because of the way the hierarchy is set up, it is very difficult to move beyond manager level. Most people accept lateral moves just to have a change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Do not work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Air Canada full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Insurance is good, vacation is standard 2 weeks, health benefit options used to be good but almost impossible to get on a flight and risk chance of getting stuck

    Cons

    work environment, salary, management, poor attitude, no room for growth or advancement,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of your own as all the good ones leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Summer job become lifestyle

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (healthcare, pension, travel, time off, employee discounts). No stress due to annual performance evaluation report because there is none. Travel the world, but stay in every city between 10 and 24 hours at the most,

    Cons

    There is a two tier salary. the first one is less than half of the second one, which is capped after 7 years. Salaries seem high, however, you should keep in mind that you are only paid for flight time. The time spent before push back (one hour or more) helping passengers board, and after arrival (30 minutes) helping passengers deplane, is not paid.

    There is little opportunity for upward mobility, other than the in-charge position. Individuals must have a great level of intrinsic motivation, as no performance feedback is given. Working conditions have degraded since July 2013, when the company reduced the number of crews per flight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish an employee performance recognition program, whereby deserving employees earn Air Canada shares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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