Air Wisconsin Airlines

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Air Wisconsin Airlines Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
53 Reviews

2.6
53 Reviews
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Jim Rankin
26 Ratings

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  1.  

    Things have not changed I see

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    Former Employee - Flight Attendant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Philadelphia, PA

    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
  2.  

    Part time

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    Current Employee - PSA  in  Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - PSA in Dulles, VA

    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
  3.  

    gateway to airline industry

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    Former Employee - Ramp Agent  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Dulles, VA

    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
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  5.  

    Great place to work if you live in hub cities

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    Current Employee - Flight Attendant
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant

    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
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    Strong Corporate Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  7.  

    No future, get out as soon as you can.

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    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent  in  Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Green Bay, WI

    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
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent  in  Mosinee, WI
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Mosinee, WI

    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
  9.  

    Not a good experience. Upper management out of touch.

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    Former Employee - City Manager  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - City Manager in Knoxville, TN

    Pros

    Flight benefits and hourly staff that worked for me were good people.

    Cons

    Poor pay, large turnover, inadequate staffing, terrible boss, horrible corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you are experiencing high turnover of City Managers and you are not being awarded new contracts and you are losing current contracts, maybe you should look at the person in charge of the City Managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not the same airline when I started

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    Current Employee - Captain  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Captain in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Excellent health, medical and dental. Excellent 401K. The best collective bargaining agreement among other regional airlines.

    Cons

    Management treats us with gross disrespect. Mr. Rankin keeps saying the pilot group is too expensive and is a hinderance to obtaining growth at Air Wisconsin. We have a DO and CP who have zero managerial skills whatsoever. We are forced to accept extensions to our duty days that the FAA says we have no obligation to do so. Or we can face discipline. We are also intimidated for calling in sick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house with middle management. Stop treating and looking at the pilot group as a liability but as an asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A great regional airlines to start a career as a flight attendant

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    Current Employee - Flight Crew  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Flight Crew in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    Great inflight and flight crew members to work with. A great career to help you decide if this is what you want to do long term or not.

    Cons

    There's not much a clear path to securing employees' future. What happens in a year or two is a huge deal to employees who have families and mortgage to pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is key to retain good employees especially flight and inflight crews. Employees need to know where they are going to be in a few years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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