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United is a terrible place to work - run away, run away!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - First Officer (Copilot), Boeing 777 in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - First Officer (Copilot), Boeing 777 in Chicago, IL

I have been working at United Airlines

Pros

If you are single, there are some opportunities for space-available travel with a surcharge. Frequently, the surcharge is as much as an economy ticket, though. If you have a family and are trying to travel, there frequently isn't enough space available to get all of you onboard. Most employees pay full fare to fly on Southwest or Jet Blue so as to have a confirmed seat.

Cons

Terrible upper management; middle-management bloat; lack of communication at all levels within the corporation; CEO says 'employee morale is not my concern'; employees gave back 48% in wages\/benefits but CEO took a $39.6M compensation package in 2006. Pension terminated in 2006.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reduce your pay; give back to the employees. Show labor some respect. Listen to input from the front-line workers. Make reparations to the employees who have lost their pensions.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    United management needs to change course if the airline is to survive.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at United Airlines

    Pros

    United has good health benefits and well as good flight benefits (however not as good as they used to be). Also as a flight attendant there is a lot of flexibility with schedules so it's usually pretty easy to get time off if necessary. Nice also to work with different people and go to different places so it doesn't usually get too monotonous.

    Cons

    For the past ten years United management has been horrendous. They have made one bad decision after another and the employees are the ones who suffer with pay cuts, layoffs, and an overall negative environment. In the past six years all employees with the exception of senior management have taken significant pay cuts as well as having to pay more for our health benefits (management has continually given themselves huge bonuses). Decreased capacity means fuller flights, therefore making it harder to travel because we fly standby. United has the potential to be a great company but the corporate culture needs to change from the top and the way down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to fatten your pocketbooks and start trying to run a successful airline. Consider making your employees happy and they will make the customer/passenger happy. It's a very simple concept that management just refuses to embrace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brand and legacy, but unfortunately not a meritocracy...

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at United Airlines

    Pros

    Flight benefits, potential to learn from high-caliber professionals. Family-friendly work rules.

    Cons

    Economic instability, internal politics, inefficiencies caused by the huge size of the organization. Unions have a detrimental impact on business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce a culture where employees are renumerated and incentivized based on merit and hard work and not simply on tenure with the company. Try to de-unionize workforce to avoid such ridiculous situations in which the pilots and management sue each other.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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