American Airlines Reviews in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
655 Reviews

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American Airlines CEO Doug Parker
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32 Ratings

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Pros
  • Good flight benefits if you know how to roll the dice with non-reving (in 135 reviews)

  • working with some of the most experienced pilots in the industry, travel benefits (in 68 reviews)


Cons
  • The senior management is making it very difficult to want to stay (in 20 reviews)

  • In order to advance you have to know someone in upper management (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    It's not what it used to be

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    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at American Airlines full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you like to travel, you're surrounded by people like you, with the passion to travel. There's a good diversity of backgrounds. They like to hire from within.

    Cons

    It's now US Airways, not American Airlines. All the senior leadership is from US Airways. The president has publicly said he doesn't believe in marketing, so be cautious. Travel perks are for standby travel. With all the people laid off with flight benefits, not sure you'll really get to use them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone who came from the old American Airlines is clueless. There are a lot of good employees, please listen to their ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It has been good company to work for, but I'm concerned about the future.

    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at American Airlines full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Since it is a large company there are a lot of opportunities to move around and try positions that are of interest to you. For those who like to travel the flight benefits are nice although it can be difficult getting on a flight.

    Cons

    The merger has created some issues since the 2 companies have very different cultures and ways of doing things. There are people on both sides who don't care to listen to what the other sides has to say which has caused a divide

  3.  

    Good Ole Boy System , STILL.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at American Airlines full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Airport personnel is really nice, HDQ is centralized to DFW.

    Cons

    Bad Management, hateful employees, IT Infrastructure is old and lacking, no ownership, inconsistent on policies and procedures. They let all their legacy knowledge walk out the door. Main concern is keeping planes in the air.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EMPLOYEE RETENTION. Proper checks and balances and get rid of the Good Ole Boy systems. One final statement.. Managers/Directors should not have personal relationships with their staff outside of work...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Summer MBA Internship

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    Current Employee - Strategy & Marketing Analyst - MBA  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Strategy & Marketing Analyst - MBA in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at American Airlines as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Ups and downs, good and bad, the people who work there love it. That was always a very positive element. As a lifelong aviation enthusiast I fit in very well and my knowledge of the industry really helped me connect with people during my interviews. Work-life balance doesn't get much better than this, though I know the MBA intern in the fleet planning department was worked like a dog.

    Performance and fit were rewarded, with the best interns getting full-time offers but quite a few not receiving them.

    Employees themselves really varied. There were some incredible people in middle management and some good and less than stellar people in senior management.

    Flight benefits are great if you don't mind the whole standby aspect.

    Cons

    Compensation is good for Texas but not as good as coastal cities in the US. There's a bit of a heads-down aspect to the work here without a lot of group interactions and projects, which was hard as group energy makes me thrive.

    The MBA internship program is good but could be developed further. Once they have you in they don't do as much to really keep you there or make you feel truly valued or desired. When debating whether or not to accept a full time offer, my MBA intern college actually had a team member say to her, "What are you waiting for? If you don't say yes, we have a ton of people waiting who will." Not really the greatest message to send.

    The non-rev flight benefits were never that attractive to me because you really don't ever know if you're going somewhere, especially in the summer. I heard stories of employees getting pulled off a plane when a paying customer showed up. It was always frustrating to have friends call and say, "So when do you get in?" and have to respond, "I don't know if I'm even getting on the plane yet"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the US/AA merger, make sure things don't get dumbed-down to the US Airways level. Marketing, advertising, experience are all major aspects of travel. I know the incoming US Airways leadership doesn't believe in this, and that is a shame

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent place, but promotions go to the "golden children"

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at American Airlines full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nearly-free travel, albeit stand-by is harder than it used to be. Large company, so lateral moves are available. Culture and work-life balance generally good, but varies substantially by department.

    Cons

    With only marginal growth, very limited upward opportunities; merger-related disruption likely to continue through next year and results in additional redundancies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move through the US integration as quickly as possible to bring some semblance of stability to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great customer focused company

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    Former Employee - Senior Cargo Analyst  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Cargo Analyst in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at American Airlines full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    As everyone suspects, flight benefits are top on the list assuming you can find a flight with open seats. The health benefits are still better than most other companies.

    Cons

    The drawback of working for an airline is compensation. Its general knowledge that management salary and benefits is held as a bargaining chip that always looses out when negotiating with one of the several union groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees that perform. Invest in your employees in compensation and development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Doug Parker popularity low.

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    Former Employee - Fleet Service Clerk  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Fleet Service Clerk in Dallas, TX

    I worked at American Airlines full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pilots and flight attendants voted heavly to merger the two airlines. They did't like Tom Horton so they took the side which they thought was best for "their own group".

    Cons

    Now they are both complaining . I guess the big checks the pilots and flights got after the merger wasn't enough?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some real mangers who will run the company like a real corporation.

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

    Reservations Rep

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    Former Employee - Reservation Representative  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Reservation Representative in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at American Airlines full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    very good company to work for

    Cons

    No matter how nice you are to the customers they are still very mean and hateful for the most part. However, considering every time the customer turns around their flight is getting delayed if not canceled I guess I would be mean and hateful too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some really need to know what their job is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    interview

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    Current Employee - Flight Attendant  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at American Airlines full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great experience love the people!

    Cons

    Takes a LOOONNNGG time be patient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love to have the processing time go faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    retired pilot

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    Former Employee - Pilot  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Pilot in Dallas, TX

    I worked at American Airlines full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    international flying, extensive bid sheet

    Cons

    confrontational management culture, weak union

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    old marine adage : take care of your people and they will take care of you,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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