Alaska Airlines Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Alaska Airlines President & CEO Bradley D. Tilden
Bradley D. Tilden
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Pros
  • The flight benefits was the best part of the job (in 14 reviews)

  • Senior leadership is very visible and the company cares what employees think and looks for ways to constantly improve the work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Very odd shift work and starting pay is low (in 6 reviews)

  • Poor pay and horrible schedules all based on seniority (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Complete lack of Leadership.

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    Current Employee - Pilot in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Pilot in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have nice new aircraft and the employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Management is comprised of bean-counters who know nothing of leadership or accountability. Their only mission is to fill their pockets and thus only concern is shareholder returns. They put safety below their own interests and that is not good in the airline business. In their defense they have put out some great ideas like RNAV approaches and the "Airport of the Future." The milage plan is also good. Mainly, the way they treat employees is awful and there is no leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and understand that customers and shareholders will be taken care of better by satisfied employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    You know how to hire great people, you just don't know how to keep them!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Before working for Alaska Air I thought that they were the "Cadiallac" of Airlines. After working there not so much.

    Cons

    Flights were oversold, delayed or mechanicals and Supervisors were never around to support the front line employees the supervisors went into hiding. Alaska Air should eliminate the unions as they were only good for protecting poor preforming employees. Overtime was never distributed evenly amoung all employees. If you were a new hire and you didn't volunteer every 48 hours to work overtime you were automatically given mandatory overtime.

    Advice to Management

    The hiring process was like the reality shows on television today. You have to pass rounds of interviews to go to the next round of interviewing. My day started at 800 and ended finally at 1800 that evening. I thought I was going to be hired for a job paying $100K plus, instead of $10.15 per hour. You know how to hire great people, you just don't know how to keep them.


  3. Helpful (3)

    betrayed by management as they succumbed to the intimidating poisonous culture of the senior flight attendants

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alaska Airlines full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the young enthusiastic flight crews

    Cons

    severe job instability, poor pay, overworked flight crews, corrupt management


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Alaska Airlines IT - Unraveling

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Level in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Senior Level in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alaska Airlines full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is a Pro. This is very helpful if you want to work with folks that only do 40 hours/week. It's also a friendly work environment (to its detriment).

    Cons

    It's not a place to go if you're interested in being treated as a profession IT person. Recommendations are only given value when it comes from an outsider under the guise of Consultant. Very little is expected of the personnel. This leaves an environment riddled with issues and a leadership team that is not truthful to upper level management. It's the Emperor Has No Clothes moment. There are many managers/directors here that is much more focused on fear and not making mistakes. Therefore, we have many systems experiencing technology debt.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your good people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great support from station managment but not from corporate management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alaska Airlines full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They offer great medical and 401k match programs. Flight benefits are great too. The employees care about one another like a family.

    Cons

    Station employees work long hours and are paid low wages because their union is not strong in comparison to other airlines.

    Advice to Management

    Make hiring/firing decisions with employee's needs and ramifications to them as your focus instead of over-valuing the financial implications to the company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Job Application

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good name in the industry

    Cons

    Needs significant improvement in the Job Application portal. It is pretty much outdated and is almost like a dinasour. I bet a number of prospective candidates will run away with such pathetic navigation!


  8. Avionics

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alaska Airlines full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None-the company is not a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Poor manager and working hours


  9. Reservations Sales Agent

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reservations Agent in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Reservations Agent in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company had great company values and really cared about customers.

    Cons

    days off were not guaranteed, supervisors were hardly around, training was not specific for actual job duties, seniority was based on hire date and then on age - being the youngest sucked! that's how everything was chosen - mandatory OT, to seating assignments, vacations, benefits


  10. Not the same company it was a few years ago.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in SeaTac, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in SeaTac, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alaska Airlines full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flight benefits, if you can get a seat and if management will give you the time off. Most employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Management is constantly changing. No mobility vertically. No work-life balance. Management is full of double standards and do not support their employee teams. No recognition for contributions.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Alaska Airlines: No culture, no spirit, no future.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pilot in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Pilot in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to live and fly in Anchorage or Seattle and don't mind working for a company whose management team only wants to take care of themselves then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Management continually fails to recognize the expertise available in day to day operations by current employees and makes decisions based on "focus groups" comprised of mid level managers who are out of touch with operations. What little positive corporate culture and team spirit is left is rapidly decaying under management's remote and deaf leadership. Constant reminders by leadership that they don't trust your judgement or ability to help lead the operation.

    Advice to Management

    Start taking care of your people. I don't think it is too late to recover from the damage you have caused to this once great company. Go ride on SWA and see how their culture is. That culture and spirit is cultivated from above by a management team who actually cares about employees and the future of the company. Use the expertise available from your employees in shaping the future of the company and day to day operations. We see what goes on every day and can help to fix things. Let us take some ownership of this company. If things continue the way they are going the company is going to decay into another labor problem filled legacy carrier like NWA and when we reach that level there will be no turning around.



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