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good/bad. depends on a lot of things

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller Trainee
Former Employee - Air Traffic Controller Trainee

I worked at FAA

Pros

Great salary, very quickly go from 40K to 80, 90 and eventually 100K+
relaxed dress code
challenging work

Cons

possibility of becoming a 'training failure' which 1/2 of my class fell victim to. this is the biggest downside...you could end up wasting a lot of time and money if you fail to make it through the first year of training. The worst part for me was the fact that I heard that due to the amount of failures in my class, they decided to change the training program to ensure more people made it through to actual, relevant, live traffic training.

people make a good deal of money, yet are often whining about not making more. most of the whining I overheard came from people making over 90K a year.

The abnormal schedule, for example, 3-11pm, 2-10pm, 8-4pm, 6-2pm followed by a night shift the same day of 10pm-6am really messes people up. I saw walking zombies every day. I have met people who had to work this schedule well into their 40s. think about it, you are gone 2 evenings a week, one overnight, and basically the best way to deal with the overnight is to not sleep all day when you get home at the crack of dawn so if you think about that, does the money justify what type of life you will have?

there is a rift between the Union members and non-union types. a lot of trash-talking behind people's backs, and it all seems very high-school.

not a con, but a final warning. I would not count on basic intelligence to carry you through to CPC (certified professional controller) Most if not all people who make it through have sacrificed a lot of personal time studying their ass off to make it, and sometimes that's not enough. if you really want it, it will consume you for a good 2-3 years until you are fully checked out....that is, if you make it thru training. my advice, have a back up plan.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

allow controllers to decide if trainees are proficient enough to do the job. don't fail candidates out in early, rushed, unrealistic training scenarios.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    Alright by my standards

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    Current Employee - Pilot
    Current Employee - Pilot

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    The abilty to travel for free any where we wanted to go as well as extra closet space when flying

    Cons

    The constant pressure to make sure figures and numbers added up ad well as external factors including but not limited to weather and co workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder and listen to what the little guys have to say, there was a huge lack in overall satisfaction with group

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid job, yet a good ole' boys club

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FAA

    Pros

    fair compensation, high-paced, challenging, good benefits

    Cons

    forced into Union environment, lack of ability to easily change location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a fair and impartial process of evaluation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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