American Airlines

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Hostile Labor Relations - Declining employee benefits

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Fort Worth, TX
Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Fort Worth, TX

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

Pros

The only reason I can think of working for this Company is for reasons of work schedule flexibility.

Cons

Sharply declining pay in "real" terms - most employees have experienced an 17% pay cut during Bankruptcy reorganization on top of a 30% pay cut back in 2003.
Employees have seen "real" pay decline by almost 50% over the last decade.
Pension plans have been "frozen" and no longer exist for future employees.
Monthly Medical Insurance premiums have recently quadrupled.
Travel benefits (the reason most people go to work for the airlines) are virtually worthless these days because you travel standby and nearly all flights these days are routinely oversold.
Hostile Labor Relations
Very poor overall employee morale

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Senior Management is beyond advice in my opinion. New Management is desperately needed.
There needs to be a major overall of corporate culture at American if they are to survive long-term.
Management contempt for employees is palpable.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    not a career just a part time job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Station Agent in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Station Agent in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Airlines part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    flight benefits
    work is different everyday

    Cons

    very low pay
    poor hours
    awful management and labor relations
    high insurance costs
    no career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give better raises
    listen to your employees

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

    It's great if you are a full-time airline employee. . .not as a contractor.

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

    I worked at American Airlines as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment.
    Good place to learn the airline industry.
    There are good people to work with despite the bad apples.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor, don't expect equal treatment as the full-time employees do.
    A lot of CYA.
    Contractors are the first to be used as scapegoats for full-time employee incompetency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that your greatest resource are the ones who have the most passion for their jobs and the success of the airline in mind. I saw too many good people let go for the wrong reasons. Promote from within, in particular the contractors, they are your greatest resource for new ideas. Encourage retirement for those employees that believe that doing the same things may have worked for the past 30 years ago does not translate in today's world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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