Continental Airlines

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Continental Airlines Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
197 Reviews
3.8
197 Reviews
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Continental Airlines President and CEO, United Continental Holdings, Inc. Jeffery A. Smisek
Jeffery A. Smisek
76 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • the flight benefits were great too (in 31 reviews)

  • Management support, fair compensation, flexible schedules and generous travel benefits (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • If you are not a pet or favorite of immediate middle management, you can expect your life to be miserable (in 8 reviews)

  • Merger with United destroyed it (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Part time Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    Great flying benefits and very flexible schedules

    Cons

    management went downhill when they merged with United

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Continental had great travel benefits and forward thinking in regards to technology. The co-workers there are fantastic and are "all in" for taking whatever measures necessary to keep the company moving in a forward direction.

    Cons

    Like some of the other posts; the salaries there are "known" to be far below the market for the 4th largest city in the USA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of the talent you have and the company will continue to prosper; just the opposite if you don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    GREAT PLACE TO WORK!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Flight Attendant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - International Flight Attendant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Continental Airlines full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great travel benefits and working rules. Great pay and co-workers were the BEST in the business.

    Cons

    Some short overnight trips and being on "reserve" for the beginning of my career as a Flight Attendant. Also, the company has completely changed and the service has gone down hill since merger with United Airlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    United Airlines name, reputation, and the inflight employees have damaged the wonderful reputation Continental had as a hometown airline! Continental had the best service and ground crews. Now with the injection and combination of the United employees, things have gone down hill. I am sad for the Seasoned veteran Employees who worked so hard to make the reputation for CAL and in one stroke of a pen from executives have ruined it by merging with UAL. The tail may be the same but the company sure isn't. The ratings below are for CONTINENTAL NOT United.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    great until gordon left

    Former Employee - Reservations  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Reservations in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Continental Airlines part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    morale can swing up or down. it was great with a great ceo (bethune) and lousy after that

    Cons

    small profit margin means always counting the beans

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more aggressive with early out retirement offers so you can cycle out your more senior people and lower your average labor rate.

  6.  

    Too Bad it's gone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Continental Airlines for more than 10 years

    Pros

    All around great place to work

    Cons

    Merger with United destroyed it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Continental Airlines

    Pros

    Free flights, free flights, free flights

    Cons

    Middle management was extremely clueless as to the direction of the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    One of the best careers...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative

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

    Pros

    Management support, fair compensation, flexible schedules and generous travel benefits!

    Cons

    Possibility of undesirable shifts--until you accrue seniority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the basics, don't let the unions run the company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Loved it - best corporate work culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Upward mobility for profession and supportive management

    Cons

    Low pay which can counter the great benefits received

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    very fun

    Current Employee - Flight Attendant
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant

    I have been working at Continental Airlines full-time

    Pros

    flight benefits, crews, customers, touring the world, overnights

    Cons

    crews, bases, senior mamas. per diem is low, transferring is hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be realistic with newhires on how hard it is to find a place after training...maybe allow them to speak with other classes during training.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Valued employee input and contributions and created a fun work environment for all.

    Cons

    Work-life balance in a competitive airline industry made things tough at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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