Era Helicopters, Llc

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Era Helicopters, Llc Reviews

Updated May 20, 2014
Updated May 20, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not the same company anymore

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA

    I worked at Era Helicopters, Llc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Focus on safety and process control is genuine. Compensation is good overall, but a bit disproportionate at the top.

    Cons

    No direction as a company, and communication is non-existent. It's more about who you know than your performance, especially in maintenance areas. The DoM is more interested in playing the part, than doing the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together quickly or you will start to lose contracts and more good people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enabling incompetence by attempting to mandate common sense

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    Current Employee - Mechanic
    Current Employee - Mechanic

    I have been working at Era Helicopters, Llc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    14/14 rotations, diverse aircraft experience, knowledgable co-workers

    Cons

    Top-heavy company full of 'managers' that must make new rules to justify their positions. This leads to an ever-changing set of (often pointless) rules that are often vague and written in such a way as to be applied at managements convenience. Those at the top either never worked day-to-day at the bottom or have forgotten basic things such as "sometimes vise-grips ARE the right tool for the job". The focus on safety, while well-intended, has led to an endless maze of red tape to accomplish the most basic tasks. The pay is a joke. If they give a raise, they turn around and take from somewhere else. Forcing the field mechanics to live 20 miles away, but only compensate for 2 miles of driving, sub-standard per diem rates, banned tools like crescent wrenches, vise-grips, ford-wrenches, etc make enjoying your job all but impossible at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like children in a day-care and like the professionals they are. Instead of punishing everyone with a new policy, get rid of the incompetent employee that was the cause of the new rule. The cameras inside and outside of the hangar lend a "big brother" atmosphere to the work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The new management is quite a joke!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Era Helicopters, Llc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cannot really think of any pros. They pay employees on time ;)

    Cons

    The new management has no operational direction, well what would you expect from a company being run by a bunch of ex-bankers. The only senior management who know something about aviation think they are god's gift to the aviation industry and are trying to get as much brown stuff on their nose as they possibly can. This company has no direction and is waiting to be sold or acquired. Don't waste your time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to investment banking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Era Helicopters, Llc full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Growing company, flexible schedules, new, forward thinking leadership. Even as a large company with offices all over, Era has a small company feel.

    Cons

    Some outdated processes are still in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible work environment due to upper management.

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    Former Employee - Utility Pilot in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Utility Pilot in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Era Helicopters, Llc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Available parts and maintenance is good on the aircraft.

    Cons

    The company is lacking leadership and knowledge for the jobs they are trying to take. This is more for the Alaska division as they are the lowest paid pilots doing a skill set paid the same as a off shore platform pilot. The pay is the same as the gulf and the cost of living is 3X as much in Alaska. They expect the pilots to do drill moves, seismic, OAS work for $60,000 a year! This stems from the "Bean Counters" in management that have NO AVIATION EXPERIENCE and think that a helicopter pilot is a helicopter pilot. Also let it be know they will try and tell you in Lake Charles that when you get to Alaska your offer will be made. Don't be fooled it's all a lie and get what you want in writing. The two divisions should be that same but there is a huge disconnect on what is really happening in Alaska. They just look the other way when it comes to complaints and payroll issues dumping it on the manager for Alaska who does not care and is not on our side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a leader upstairs that has been in the field and will understand the skill set and pay that is deserved. Sorry but accountants belong in a cubicle not near a flight line....

  7.  

    Fast paced, growing company that's open to new ideas

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Lake Charles, LA

    I have been working at Era Helicopters, Llc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees, new opportunities, benefits, new blood in company

    Cons

    workload, changing management, administrative salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To management: Reward and recognize the hard work and dedication of your non-pilot, non-mechanic staff. Pilots and mechanics are not the only employees who help the company succeed. You have the opportuntity to retain a large number of hard-working and dedicated employee base by making them more a part of Era.

    To Future employees: There were many mistakes made in the past but there is a significant effort to prevent these mistakes from happening again and to improve processes. There's so much going on that you have to be vocal in asserting your ideas but once you do, your ideas are often heard and implemented. I'm excited about the possibilities of this company and hope that they step up to make the salary match the workload. If they don't, I will have to post another review titled "Broken promises and missed opportunities."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place for employment!!!!

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA

    I worked at Era Helicopters, Llc

    Pros

    Getting to work with fun co workers.

    Cons

    Management (including HR) is incompetent and does not care about employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourself!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The old school mentality of much of upper management put a chokehold on any effort to modernize growth strategy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Charles, LA

    I have been working at Era Helicopters, Llc

    Pros

    Largest fleet of medium and heavy helicopters in USA.

    Cons

    Disconnect between executive management goals and strategies as compared to those of the mid-level, hands-on management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate the company' s primary focus and then stick to that focus. Utilize leadership training and team building opportunities to demonstrate the company's interest in developing employees to ready them for professional growth/advancement.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promised increase in salary to industry standard never delivered resulting in slave labor, low morale in employee group.

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Lake Charles, LA
    Former Employee - Buyer in Lake Charles, LA

    I worked at Era Helicopters, Llc

    Pros

    Close to home and family.

    Cons

    Work load incessant and often after hours
    No praise or recognition of good efforts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people what they are worth, so they will enjoy coming to work and doing a great job for you.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Stepping Stone to bigger and bettter things!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Era Helicopters, Llc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, semi- good schedule.

    Cons

    Almost looked down upon if you aren't a pilot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make all positions with paygrades, advancement opportunities, and be honest about your intentions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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