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Alaska Airlines Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
45 Reviews
3.9
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Alaska Airlines President & CEO Bradley D. Tilden
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The flight benefits was the best part of the job (in 14 reviews)

  • Supportive of work/life balance I wasn't there for very long so I can't say much more (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.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ITS in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - ITS in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Alaska Airlines

    Pros

    Great people, plenty of opportunity to do great things, if you like to travel the benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    There is some churn happening within IT, so its hard to tell what will happen over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A truly great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Alaska Airlines full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people: Alaska Airlines employees truly care about their customer's experience.
    The culture: Most everyone has a can-do attitude. The ones that don't won't last much longer as the change train is moving.
    The benefits: Outstanding benefits.

    Cons

    Culture is changing. Some people may get left behind.
    Work from home attitudes (approve/disapprove) is a mixed bag.
    Traffic to and from Seatac is nearly unbearable in order to maintain regular office hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

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

    Airlines used to be fun

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Alaska Airlines

    Pros

    Good travel benefits - good benefit package all around.

    Cons

    too many managers and Directors that have been there too long. It's a great environment if you have a family - you can use them for any excuse not to come to work or to leave work. Those people that didn't have dependants paid higher premiums for insurance and had to pick up the slack for those that spend most of their time tending to family issues. Not much room for internal promotion unless you know someone on the fast track. the HR department is unprofessional and non-responsive to any issues, regardless if you're inside or outside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    walk the walk and talk the talk. They like to put out a good press release and thump inclusiveness, diversity, every employee is important, but they don't really practice what they preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company Bad spot

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Training in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Alaska Airlines full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very dynamic company. Is a trendsetter and is lean and mean. Making solid profits. If you can find a good spot, stay there, this company is up and coming. Rapid expansion.

    Cons

    Where I work is a black hole in the company. Forget being sick or disabled. Accommodations? Forget it even though the company policy allows for it. Experiencing gender based discrimination despite having an extremely robust career with a breadth of experience not commonly found; and many credentials. Treated like a kindergartener. Was called a "distraction" for wearing a dress and was subjected to a weekly shoe inspection after tripping on a chair. Treated as if stupid despite 30 years' industry experience. Company tenure is everything, experience and credentials, nothing. Promotion based on tenure and politics, not experience or qualifications. Middle management positions require doing at least 2 jobs which means 60-70 hour weeks so if you want a work-life balance, climbing the ladder is out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are too lean, need to hire more people instead of working middle management to death. You need to "walk the talk" and LISTEN when complaints for rights violations are filed, instead of having HR lie say they are right. I am not experiencing the "People Focus" or "Inclusion" you advertise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant- great opportunity for the right person

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    This is a fabulous job if you enjoy a flexible schedule, working closely with people and can maintain a positive attitude even when tired and stressed. You will be very well trained and ready to handle the job once you complete all the training requirements. The benefits are wonderful with insurance and lifetime passes. Loved this job for 30 years!

    Cons

    The things that make this a great job are also the same things that make this a challenging job! Flexible schedule= irregular hours for working, sleeping and eating. Working with the public- we all know what that can be like.
    This is the only job I can think of where, with any luck, you will never use 90% of your training!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Co-workers are the best part of the job.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Alaska Airlines

    Pros

    coworkers, flexible hours, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Alaska is almost like two separate companies. Flight crews, agents, and mechanics vs the office and management staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more respect to your employees that actually get the planes in the air.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, awesome travel benefits, feels like family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Alaska Airlines full-time

    Pros

    The culture and people here make this such a great place to work. Travel benefits are amazing, and are the ultimate perk of working for an airline. Flexible schedules, good work/life balance, and plenty of PTO also means you are actually able to use the travel benefits. Management is really starting to invest in IT to bring in the latest technologies and practices, which makes this a very exciting time to be working here particularly as a Software Developer, but also for any role in IT. Lots of training opportunities allow you to grow and gain knowledge.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than other competing tech companies in the area, and we are still in the middle of a transformation in IT to a more agile process, which can cause headaches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in IT so we can keep innovating to make us the easiest airline to fly. Keep us independent!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with employees who care and a bright future ahead!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Level Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Middle Level Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Consistent profits and bonus payout each year. Great PTO program. Senior leadership is very visible and the company cares what employees think and looks for ways to constantly improve the work/life balance. Well run, great operational performance and pride in remaining an independent airline.

    Cons

    Salary is very average and limited career growth potential once you reach a certain level. Middle management can be a frustrating place at times because of the need to appease senior leaders who can be very "hands on."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I had a great time working as a brand ambassador for them in Seattle, people really love them!

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    Former Contractor - Brand Ambassador in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Brand Ambassador in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Alaska Airlines as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Alaska was a fun company to work for, they really care about their employees and their customers.

    Cons

    We worked outside so it was cold.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aircraft Maintenance Technician in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Aircraft Maintenance Technician in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Very organized company, good co-workers (some)

    Cons

    No one seems to be on the same page past working on the aircraft, to many differences at various stations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have rotating schedules for employees with children because making people work the entire weekend and manage to try to spend time is impossible, family values are not valued by upper management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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