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Air Methods Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
48 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EMS Helicopter Pilot
    Current Employee - EMS Helicopter Pilot

    I have been working at Air Methods full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Surrounded by professionals. Modern Equipment. No Pressure to perform outside of regulations or safety environments. No micromanagement. Plenty of opportunities to move to different bases around the country.

    Cons

    Pay could be a bit better. Aircraft and Equipment are due upgrade. Although aircraft are capable, some are very small and inappropriately utilized. Maintenance staffing is always a problem resulting. Medical crew has constant turnover due to pay and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review pay and benefits to medical crewmembers. Review maintenance personnel practices to include travel and overtime coverage requirements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not Safe For Your Wellbeing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Nurse in Carlsbad, NM
    Current Employee - Flight Nurse in Carlsbad, NM

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

    Pros

    If you are new, they pay you very well. They probably pay you better than they pay people with multiple years of experience.

    Cons

    You have to be new to be paid well.
    You have to be new or you will ask safety related questions to people who will ignore you.
    You have to be new or you wont know to ignore the give aways the company does to attract business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk you talk about in Colorado. If you did that you would have a great company. Instead you are less interested in safety than you claim and you endanger your crews regularly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great environment and interesting work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Internal Auditor in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, good work/life balance, experienced coworkers, good office culture

    Cons

    N/A: Normal corporate office, lots of different personalities, but nothing problematic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Chaotic, unbalanced job that comes with a very short leash. Hypocrisy abounds.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - A&P Technician
    Former Employee - A&P Technician

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

    Pros

    Regular pay check. Job security.

    Cons

    Chaotic environment. Pay not commensurate with job responsibilities and liability exposure. Ineffective in house training programs. Grossly inefficient systems. A&P Techs are abused and treated as second class citizens. Company will expect you to make loans to them for expenses out of your own pocket (or at least that was the expectation while I was employed there). Other nonsense to long to list it all.

    Just for the record I was a good employee, never cited or reprimanded by management or the FAA during their numerous visits. I left the aircraft under my care better than I found them. Unanticipated life circumstances caused me to voluntarily resign (family considerations/health issues). Management in vindictive fashion used a very poorly documented arbitrarily applied excuse to withhold several thousand dollars from my final paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    That would be a waste of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Air Methods

    Pros

    Great company to work for. If you do your job you will not have any issues.

    Cons

    Company is growing very fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    This company does good things but seems more concerned with stock prices than taking care of its employees.

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

    I have been working at Air Methods full-time

    Pros

    Good people (middle and upper management need to work on people skills)

    Cons

    Pay, benefits and there's just no incentive to do what's right for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in infrastructure and pay your employees what they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Accept the offer (if you don't want a life or have any pride)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Mechanic
    Current Employee - Field Mechanic

    I have been working at Air Methods full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay and benefits although the benefits are dwindling

    Cons

    Field Mechanics are at the bottom of the food chain. It even shows it on the corporate flow chart. Managers are not supportive and will harass you if you don't comply in a way they feel needs to be done. There is a lot of micro managing from a distance via phone and emails. The company handbooks are written in such a way that if you don't follow to the letter you will receive threatening emails although you can't get much accomplished by doing it according to the policy.

    The purchasing department requires that orders are placed well in advance for parts but when you don't receive them on time and do a "status check" (which takes a couple days for them to respond) you are advised the part is unavailable. How can we keep the aircraft safe and abide by the regulations when we can't get support? We are responsible for record keeping and verifying the records department is doing their job. With over 3000 employees and a vast number f them working a corporate HQ it is VERY difficult to get anyone to answer a question or assist with a problem.

    The SMS program recently put into place is a "dog and pony show". We are told to keep the aircraft safe but inspections continue to be placed into extension and parts or components are late to arrive. It's almost as though we need to turn a blind eye. There seems to be nothing done at the base level to actually promote safety rather than threats, new "policies" and more forms to fill out. The company places the majority of the responsibility on the mechanics and the pilots and is not afraid to throw you "under the bus" if something doesn't go well. They say your maximum day is 14 hours but look the other way when the aircraft goes out of service. Ten days on at 24 hours a day usually works out to 8 hours on then call outs at night. Overtime is severely frowned upon.

    The bases are understaffed with no intensions of trying to bring them up to speed. OSHA training is provided but just try to get a new ladder to replace that old rickety one. During the 10 days on it is not unusual to be covering 2-3 bases and multiple aircraft because of vacation schedules and others days off.

    Mr. Todd has said he will follow up on concerns brought to him but this isn't true. One thing that id true is Mr. Todd is good at making the company money.

    I'll try to hang in there for a couple more years and drink some more Kool Aide until I can retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said. Managers need to work with us in the trenches. Have some integrity people. This is a noble job that could be satisfying if only there was some communication and synergy. Listen to your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Mechanic in Modesto, CA
    Current Employee - Field Mechanic in Modesto, CA

    I have been working at Air Methods full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good pay
    good time off

    Cons

    call outs
    on call

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Call Center in Omaha (RUN AWAY FROM THIS PLACE)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patient Transfer Coordinator in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Patient Transfer Coordinator in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    The pay is the only thing good here.

    Cons

    Everything is wrong with this Call Center in Omaha, NE (DIRECT CALL). Poor management no experience in healthcare field. Supervisors are high school kids who act like they are GOD. Leads are horrible young no experience in anything and have no idea of how be in a management position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to start hiring people with real experience and weed out your management team who does not have any experience. Q&A dept needs all the help they can get. Try encouraging your employees and give them positive feed back about their work not treat them like trash. This company has so much room to grow but it can't grow with favoritism and management team needs to step up and run the company with equal opportunity. Take a good look at your night shift supervisors... maybe management can figure out why everyone is quitting and educate your supervisor to be a supervisor not have them act like they are in high school. Main problem treat people with respect a lot of employees many employees that are at Direct Call are older and educated treat them with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    easy way to turn a billionaire into a millionaire

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

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

    Pros

    I cant recall there ever being any Pros.

    Cons

    After a while, you too will lack any sense of surprise. No bonuses, No pay, on occasion, and no hope.
    Finance Dept accidentally overpaid into many employee's 401k, once they discovered the problem, they snatched the money back along with whatever earnings were accrued, without employee consent. (ILLEGAL)
    The pay system has misdeposited employees pay into random bank accounts, several times, after employee called payroll, the employee was accused of theft.
    FAA regs are used as threats against personnel who are not management, once that level is achieved, the regs are used as punch lines.
    EVERYONE HATES WORKING HERE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider attending a scruples workshop, because you have none.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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