FlightSafety International Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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FlightSafety International President and CEO Bruce N. Whitman
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Pros
  • If you want to pretend you'rein aviation and be at home every night (in 3 reviews)

  • Nice place to work, great people to work with (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Since you get paid salary expect to work a lot of overtime on the weekends without any compensation (in 3 reviews)

  • 2% annual pay raises are the most that you can expect (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Great benefits, Friendly environment.

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

    I worked at FlightSafety International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They offer great medical benefits, 401K matching is superb, they allow you to apply for different open positions within the company at any location, and they provide plenty of extra training at no cost online.

    Cons

    Management needs training on interpersonal skills. Training is inadequate for employees placed in management positions. Nit picky about certain things... ie how to erase the board, what color shoes to wear, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the employees you are managing do not see you as approachable or fair, they will not develop a good work relationship with you. It is of dire necessity to have a solid relationship with your workers so that they do not all turn on you, and so that you can be proficient as a manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    This is a stepping stone company in my opinion. If you've been in the field stay away

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Simulator Technician
    Current Employee - Simulator Technician

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee and training for the simulator technician field. Good health benefits and great people to work around

    Cons

    The pay is below industry standards. You can take a lesser position at another company and make more than your current position in the company. There is not enough manpower for the amount of simulators that we have. The crew that we have work their tails off and keep things barely running effectively, but we seem to find a way to get it done. The hiring process is slow so when people quit or advance it takes them awhile to fill their positions. There is no formal training, but you get good at fixing things because they break constantly. The wiring throughout the simulator is poor workmanship. The engineering prints are horrible. This is not a quality product that they are putting out and expect the simtechs at the sites to make it a quality product. You don't have time to fix things on the simulator when management wants to block training time and you're in the middle of work. There is much more I just don't have enough space and time to write them out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you underpay people you get what you pay for. Poor quality of build of the simulators make it hard for the maintainers to keep them running in a timely manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Operations structure out of whack

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time

    Pros

    Good people, interesting high tech hardware and software technology and customer base.

    Cons

    Senior management too busy playing politics instead of providing direction that lead to the highest quality products. In the end it works but same mistakes are made over and over again! How they got ISO certified is a mystery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people who have a proven track record in their respective area in accountable positions and then hold them accountable to for knowing what's going on and making progress efficiently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Over worked, under staffed, under appreciated

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Simulator Technician in Lafayette, LA
    Current Employee - Simulator Technician in Lafayette, LA

    I have been working at FlightSafety International

    Pros

    Lots of proper medical benefits, coworkers make the work atmosphere enjoyable for the most part. Some overtime to help balance out the low pay. Opportunities to move up, and further your education.

    Cons

    Upper management is detached from what is really going on in the different departments and different centers, my department is under staffed and forced to do the jobs of cs and the instructor team when they couldn't be bothered.

    I find there is to much finger pointing and not enough problem solving. Commuication between instructors and simtechs is subpar at best, which causes constant agravation. This stems from the fact that both departments are worked so much that any free time is taken up with paperwork and emails asking for other depaetments help.

    We all agree that pay is woefully to low especially for the simtechs who are treated like any other support team where its always our fault, thus moral is always an issue for the department.

    Because of management greed we are forced to man the building 24/7 regardless of holidays or who's on vacation.

    Voicing opinions is well heard but doesn't go anywhere because what do we know?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with what the departments are feeling. Just because your new process makes sense on your desk doesn't mean its going to work in the field. Move the company into the future, put people in charge who can do the job correctly and can motivate instead of constantly reprimanding for medial tasks. Stop putting so much work load on individuals, we cant focus on our job while having to tend to several other tasks we are given. I can't be a simtech, then turn around and be a cs member, an instructor, a facility manager, and IT assistant, a janitor, a secretary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Great people.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FlightSafety International

    Pros

    Great co-workers and work environment!

    Cons

    The work-life balance could have been better.

  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Incompetent managers....great instructors.

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    Current Employee - Simulator/Flight/Ground Instructor
    Current Employee - Simulator/Flight/Ground Instructor

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not much. Free coffee? Clients were great for the most part.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Management. There is much truth on these reviews as to how bad it really is. If you are considering employment with FSI, I would read and HEED the comments on management style or lack thereof - the reviews that point out the foibles of FSI management are about spot on from what I see in our center.

    Schedule - none really. It is a 7 day a week on call type of rig. Changes occur hourly.

    Pay - well below industry standard. You'll start at instructor level III, unless you are in a Gulfstream product, then it's level IV. Before tax starting pay at level III is 65K, for level IV it is 70K. Not much going to happen beyond that, unless you become a TCE, Then you get like an extra 3K before taxes, but get the bonus plan of having to work every weekend. Don;t try to negotiate during the hiring process, these are the figures you're going to get - take it or leave it. Allegedly there is a some sort of performance bonus your program manager can give out. But due to the ridiculous politics of the place, the bottom instructors end up getting about the same percentage as the top performers. They preach performance based merit pay, but their actions are way far off from that lie. It is a paycheck, so take that for what it's worth. If you are doing this gig to mark time between flying jobs, then perhaps it might not be bad option for you. But you'll probably go insane from all the other goings on that will drive you out the door.

    Heard a rumor, and think some OP have mentioned, that at some centers they are making new hire instructors sign a 24 month training commitment. I would avoid this like the plague. If you think you can sit out 24 months at an FSI center, you must be a masochist. Not to mention, if you bail out early, they charge you for the training, at rates even higher than the customers pay. How's that for employer-employee relations? If FSI needs to slam a 24 month training commitment on new instructor hires, perhaps they REALLY need to address why their talent leaves in the first place...can someone say center management?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When Mr. Ueltschi founded FSI in 1951, he led a company that would grow to be THE premier training provider in private and corporate aviation circles. Unfortunately, the keystone cops running the show now have absolutely violated Al's vision and have perverted the organization into a profit making machine that enriches the top, and leaves those that really make flight safety what it is , the instructors, to whither on the vine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Senior Design Engineer

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

    I have been working at FlightSafety International

    Pros

    You learn alot since you are working with different platforms

    Cons

    you travel alot so there is less family time.

    Recommends
  9. Challenging and interesting problems but sub par compensation.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The problems and unique, interesting, and challenging and your given freedom to try different approaches to problems. Some very knowledgable coworkers who are willing to help and mentor.

    Cons

    No training of any sort, upon starting it was sink or swim. Too little staff and too much work resulting in a constantly deteriorating product. Keep around people who quite possibly have negative value, those who can't work independently monopolizing senior staff's time and create problems as they try solving old ones or are adding new features.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Worse company to work for... and then some

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at FlightSafety International (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are a good brown noset then you will fit in provided they like you.

    Cons

    Spent 18 years there. It use to be a premier company to work for until Warren Buffet bought it. The CEO and all of the VPs do not know how to run this company. The product is going down fast and they don't care about improving it. The company use to have no competition but that has been changing over the last decade. The founder had a great vision but when he passed away his trusted VPs have been destroying this company from within. It is sad because it use to be a great place to train at as well as work at. The company does not care about their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management? All of the management especially in the Atlanta center and the Greensboro center have mental issues. I am surprised they still have jobs but with corporate management being as slack as they are, it makes for a good fit. It's very sad to see this happening because as I mention... It use to be a good company. In the Atlanta center, you have HR sleeping with the management so there is no way to call them out on the poor performance. All of the management in the Atlanta center have corporate fooled. It's just sad. If you are a woman you will get special privileges provided management likes you seen this too many times. Only a handful of people are holding up this company and it isn't the management. They should all be shown the door before it's too late for FlightSafety.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Pilot Career Advancement Strategy....Stay Away!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pilot Career Advancement Strategy in Vero Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Pilot Career Advancement Strategy in Vero Beach, FL

    I have been working at FlightSafety International

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great academic instructors

    Cons

    Come get your "free" cfi, cfii, and mei they said. You'll get all your ratings in 16 weeks they said. If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it is. This company will promise you the world to get you to come instruct for them, and then they will not provide. I dropped everything to move to Florida and take part in this opportunity. I should have been weary from the beginning when I realized that these people do no have all their ducks in a row. Anyway, I finished ground school and then it took 3 weeks to be assigned a flight instructor. To them that was considered fast. I flew for a bit and then was told that I needed to do a review flight with the Assistant Center Manager. Director of Standards told me this, and he said he would set it up for me. This was back in November. It is now the beginning of February and I am still waiting. Because you are not paid during your training, make sure you have plenty of money in savings, because it will take a while before you actually start getting paid. Even then, it's only $16 per flight hour. So you don't get paid for the time you are sitting on the ground. Because of this screeching halt in my flight training, FlightSafety allowed me to do data entry work for them. This will basically get you some spare cash, but still plan on living out of your savings account. When I spoke to HR about my halt in flight training, I was told that she would speak with the Director of Standards and figure out a plan for me. She didn't get back to me either. She in turn, emailed me 2 weeks later and asked if I got things straightened out. I spoke to other students in the same program, and I was informed that it took one guy 11 months just to his cfi. When I put in my withdrawal from the PCAS program, HR informed me that at the present time there are 15 people in the program, 6 of which are in the same boat as me or have already withdrawn. How does this not concern you guys? Do you not see the problem here? This company is completely unethical. They will want you to back date contracts, and they treat their employees with an "I own you" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there was a "zero" rating for senior management, they would be in the negatives. They try so hard to cover up their own mistakes. For example, wanting their instructor candidates to back date a contract! Get back in the loop and get with the program. You overwork and underpay your employees. You make promises you can't keep. Why would you create a program to offer free instructor ratings and then not allow your candidates to succeed? You boast yourselves on being the best in aviation, when in fact, you leave a lot to be desired. FlightSafety was one of my biggest mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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