Air Wisconsin Airlines

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Air Wisconsin Airlines Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
56 Reviews
2.7
56 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flight benefits and hourly staff that worked for me were good people (in 6 reviews)

  • You get to work with great co workers, and amazing breaks (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The flight benefits were not what they are cracked up to be (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay scale with too many jobs to learn- such as Ramp, Gate, and Ticket counter for just 9 hour (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Passenger Service Agent..If you just want to make fast money go for it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Air Wisconsin Airlines full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Unlimited over time, holiday pay, shift trade, flying benefits for national and international flights for US Airways.

    Cons

    Make you work in all kinds of weather; rain, snow, high winds, hot summer weather. They will give you mandatory over time if they are short on people. Which means if you worked your 8 hour shift and your suppose to be clocking out at 11pm but they have late flight they will "Mando" you. Which means you have to stay or they will write you up and possibly get fired. There supervisors are a joke! They are lazy and just drive around in there van and complain. They wont even help if your gate is under staff. Supervisors also like taking advantage of employes and make them work over excessive flights. Yes you can say no but they like to write people up for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to do a better job with hiring supervisors. I've seen them hire supervisors who've worked there for a month and still aren't familiar with the job itself. Its really all based off favoritism. If your friends with management you can get away with anything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It is a company that does everything possible for its employees and offers good healthcare.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Air Wisconsin Airlines

    Pros

    Good entry level position for aircraft mechanics.

    Cons

    There is much workplace uncertainty due to the nature of jet service agreement contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck winning an RFP with the new American.

  3.  

    Hard work, low pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Air Wisconsin Airlines part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    When you first start working there, it's exciting. You get to work with great co workers, and amazing breaks. It's not like any ordinary job.

    Cons

    So much work but low pay. Management can sometimes be cold heated, no respect for their employees. Mandatory overtime, if you don't do mando, you could lose your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start being fair with your employees. Many reason why people leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Things have not changed I see

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great co workers I was able to use this job as a stepping stone to get on with a major airline.

    Cons

    The pay and being on reserve forever is not fun. The flight benefits were not what they are cracked up to be. Management and employees always seemed to be against eachother

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like valued members of your team. Not like disposal trash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Part time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PSA in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - PSA in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Air Wisconsin Airlines part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    plenty of OT if you want it

    Cons

    Mando Union membership and you get nothing in return

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No more union

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    gateway to airline industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Air Wisconsin Airlines full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    culturally diverse environment, easy to swap schedule with somebody, work can be fun and coworkers are fun to work with, easy money with overtime and less workload, travel privileges, benefits, training

    Cons

    mando almost everyday, low pay, safety issues, crappy GSE

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    higher pay for current and future employees. Fix or get new ground service equipment

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work if you live in hub cities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant

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

    Pros

    Full time pay for part time work
    Fun and exciting in first few years

    Cons

    Only flight attendant on aircraft
    Company cares more about operations than employees
    Boarding priority to travel "for free" is terrible...rarely can use benefits for pleasure travel b/c the company in which Air Wisconsin flies for allows their employees, buddy pass, and retirees to board flights first , which makes it extremely difficult to fly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on getting better flying benefits for employees a well as better hotels since employees spend majority of their lives in hotels for work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Strong Corporate Culture

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

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

    Pros

    Good compnay to start with. many people have been working for it for over 15 years now. Good benifits and corporate culture.

    Cons

    Pay less then market

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    No future, get out as soon as you can.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Green Bay, WI

    I worked at Air Wisconsin Airlines part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers were very knowledgeable and fun to work with. Usually a pretty decent amount of down time when schedules are running on time and there's enough coverage for shifts. The job made me figure out where I wanted to go with my career, and the flight benefits were nice.

    Cons

    The required union, the limited hours, confusing pay scales, and pay cuts will not allow you to make a living off of this job. Getting a full time position is near impossible if you're starting out as a station agent. Even with attempts to go into different fields of operations, such as Crew Scheduling or Dispatch, the corporate offices do not want to hire within, no matter how long they've worked for the company or how well they would do the job in question. You will be promised that there are opportunities for advancement, which is a bold-faced lie. Regional managers (or at least the one we had,) are abusive, mean, and criticize your work so much that a former manager developed health issues due to the stress. If you have no other option, this is a place to have a temporary position, but get out as soon as you can. There's no future at this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't believe there's any fixing this company. If you want to make some last ditch attempts, hire firm but compassionate Regional Managers, because currently they're doing more harm than good. Build your reputation for hiring within the company.

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

    Part-time, lots of training time, no career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Mosinee, WI
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Mosinee, WI

    I worked at Air Wisconsin Airlines part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the customer service and the working with equipment around the aircraft. Some of the employees were fun and worked as a crew which made it an enjoyment. You get to fly for cheap.

    Cons

    Salary and union dues will not allow you to get ahead. Short hours and driving back and forth doesn't pay. The hours are based around flights only and you have little choice since senior agents pick first. Some senior agents let it go to their head and are difficult to work with, to say the least. Much training is done out of town requiring overnight travel, but it isn't very useful. They need educators to develop better training. The in station trainers are arrogant and you will only be as good as them, which doesn't say much. Much of the information you are expected to get thru osmosis since there is a great deal of unspoken expectations. The childish behavior of senior agents threatened by smart, eager, energetic new starts is not handled by upper management at all. It is a downer environment to work in if you end up on their shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discipline arrogant, pretty, childish senior agents. You will keep good employees longer. Allow schedules that put your twenty weekly hours into three days, to allow use of the flight benefits. Encourage using the flight benefits to keep employees long-term. In a year and a half I watched over a dozen people leave. We only employed one full and a dozen part-time. Turnover is due in part to poor management and senior agents harassing new employees without consequences.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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