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FlightSafety International Reviews

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
58 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you want to pretend you'rein aviation and be at home every night (in 3 reviews)

  • Reasonable and respectful working conditions (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.  

    Growing organization. I enjoy working here.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Broken Arrow, OK
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Broken Arrow, OK

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very busy, great teammates, upper management is approachable.

    Cons

    Over-worked. Need additional support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to man loads. Hire more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Currently In Limbo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Instructor in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time

    Pros

    There are always a handful of co-workers who just rub you the wrong way no matter where you work, and FlightSafety is no exception. However, most co-workers (mgmt included) are pleasant in nature and easily approachable.
    The international clientele are fun to work with and keep things interesting. The starting pay is acceptable. 401k and health insurance are within industry standards. A newly appointed center manager offers an opportunity to correct issues listed in Cons.

    Cons

    Pay increases are a problem. FSI has had the same starting pay for 15 years. Increases are never anything more than inflation (around 2-3%). Competitors starting salaries are 28% more than FSI which shows that FSI's salary offerings are quite dated.

    The work schedule offered is very misleading upon hire. What should be the most appealing benefit that FSI offers is a more stable quality of life, but instead its the complete opposite. Holidays are worked if necessary with the exception of the big one's like Christmas. However, why is Christmas any more important than Labor Day. They are weighted the same as far as the company is concerned. However, program managers self-weigh the importance of each holiday and schedule as appropriate. Their managers continue to allow it. So FSI holidays are not for instructors. Boo!

    The schedules are consistently changed. What appears as scheduled days off actually means you just haven't been scheduled for something yet. You will get days off, but its hard to plan anything because you don't know which days off you'll get to keep. The schedule is similar to an on-call corporate gig, except you work a lot more. Airline reserve offers a better quality of life than this type of schedule. At least with reserve you know what days off you'll have during the month. Unfortunately, this issue is not related to just one program. The scuttlebutt from a majority of instructors (if not all) is the schedule degradation is a real problem. (The above paragraph is a daily discussion among the instructors while at work and away from prying ears. The back and forth is quite humorous, but the reality is sad)
    The schedule issue also creates a hidden divide among instructors who generally get along. Each one trying to avoid the least desirable duties or anything that would increase/change their scheduled days off/workload. Program managers seem to appease those who individually complain or threaten(quitting) resulting in an unfair and unbalanced schedule among instructors. One instructor gets 7 days off while another gets 15 (all days off subject to change though). Very unfortunate.

    The management team is very intelligent. However, they are weak when viewed from a business/people management perspective. The proper managing of employees is their weakest of skills. As well as acceptance of their mistakes. When changes happen or mistakes are made, the instructors always pay the price. There is no leadership by example (with the exception of one program manager who i see sometimes on weekends or teaching in Ground School). The managers know their schedules, days off for the month, etc, but then let the garbage trickle down to the last people standing - the instructors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think FSI is at a crossroads. It seems that the instructor dynamic is changing. The median age of instructors has decreased, creating a well diverse instructor group which the clients seem to like. However, the quality of instructor will decrease if FSI continues to offer substantially lower pay and a schedule that offers little consistency. These two things (lack in pay and schedule) create a poor quality of life and differs from the norm in this field. I don't anticipate any changes until it gets to a point where sustainability is lost. Which might not be too far away since being unable to hire instructors seems to be a current issue.
    I can't recommend this job to friends/colleagues who inquire since the improvement in quality of life that is offered doesn't exist.

    The managers need to be properly reviewed. Some managers are promotion junkies yet lack the skill sets required to be successful. Stop only focusing on the short-run otherwise you'll lose the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Flightsafety is horrible company to work for, stay away!! This is by far the worst company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in Savannah, GA
    Former Employee - Management in Savannah, GA

    I worked at FlightSafety International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free Food, Coffee and candy. The bathrooms are clean.

    Cons

    Management has no leadership capabilities and I will NEVER work for these horrible people again. The instructors are mostly just grouchy old men that have no idea hoe to use ANY of the training material and equipment that the instructors teach with. The IT department has been taken over by Compucom and communication with Flightsafety and Compucom are disastrous!! Flightsafety only cares about lining the pockets of their "Circle Of Friends". I have watched as Flightsafety has slowly outsourced all the support jobs. I have watched as numerous Flightsafety employees loses their job becuase of the the management not caring enough to treat and train their teammates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All management needs to be retrained and the Flightsafety culture is horrendous. Noone cares about the little men and women of Flighsafety and because of this I hope you FAIL.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for experience but not for a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Valuable experience can be obtained while working for this company

    Cons

    I spent almost 18 years working for the company. The first twelve years the employees were appreciated and if you worked hard you could expect to be appreciated and compensated as well. I really don't know why all of that changed but working there today, if you are not part of the good ole boy group then you will only be used up to the point to where you have met a specific managerial goal and once that is met then you are no longer appreciated. Today there is no loyalty to the employees. It is in my view that many of the locations, specifically the Atlanta Center is managed with arrogant people that are under pressure from corporate to do more with less. This has caused the work environment to become hostile. They will cut every corner even if it affects the quality of the product. If you do work there then consider it nothing more than a paycheck. There are fabulous good people working there and I enjoyed my time there. But again, when the revenue begins to slow, the company is not pro-active in boosting it through proper marketing. You can feasibly get hired and laid off within the same year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Benefits are great, but IT and other policies are ridiculous!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Broken Arrow, OK
    Current Employee - Engineer in Broken Arrow, OK

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Candidates start out with 2 weeks of vacation for the first 5 years and have the capability of accruing up to 40 hours of comp-time (overtime worked) which can be taken as additional vacation at a later time along with 2 personal days a year. The atmosphere is very relaxed most of the time and management is flexible with working hours for most departments. You have great opportunities to move up in chain and go from being a technician to management fairly quickly.

    Cons

    IT policies and security settings can make your job very difficult as a lot of things are blocked, prohibited, or very slow to get to. The companies goal with this is to protect intellectual property as well as ITAR/EAR restricted leaks.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nice place to work if you are retired or ex military.

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

    I worked at FlightSafety International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional instructors and great clients. Working with clients was very rewarding.

    Cons

    Under staffed and over worked. Salaries are low compared to the rest of the industry. Company is micro managed by numerous cliques.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some managers who have management experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Loved the Company but I.T. Management leaves a lot to be desired

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Hazelwood, MO
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Hazelwood, MO

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

    Pros

    The company is highly technical and their Simulators are second to none. The staff out of New York are some of the best people I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    The employees at are extremely smart, but management appears to always be lacking in the I.T. department. There is no longevity in their I.T. department and as of this date no one has been there longer than approximately 4 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people a chance and try to encourage them and give them a place to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Low Pay, Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Broken Arrow, OK
    Former Employee - Engineer in Broken Arrow, OK

    I worked at FlightSafety International full-time

    Pros

    Its a job if you really need one and can't find anywhere else to work, but I wouldn't recommend any engineer to go there.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to equivalent jobs at other companies. Managers have little management knowledge, many are promoted from within and don't have the knowledge or skill to manage the programs. They are shoot from the hip types and then blame the lower employees for the problems that result. They basically don't know what they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some qualified mid level managers that have degrees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Wage Slave

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production in Broken Arrow, OK
    Former Employee - Production in Broken Arrow, OK

    I worked at FlightSafety International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Holidays off, people are very nice and great to be around. The paid leave is pretty decent. The health insurance is some of the best on the maket.

    Cons

    Very stagnant low pay. Had 3 people leave our work center in the last 3 months to higher paying jobs, myself being one of them. Overtime is "mandatory" all the time every day and is usually in the morning 2 hours before actual start of work day. You pretty much have to work overtime anyway to earn a decent paycheck. Makes for a long week. Their retirement pension program was discontinued a few years ago as well. If your goal in life is to be a stagnant wage slave, then FlightSafety would be a great fit. Otherwise I would not recommend this job to anyone. I stayed a little over 6 months then jumped at the first opportunity for a better paying job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FlightSafety is a multimillion dollar company under Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, yet the employees in the production area are some of the lowest paid in the field. And management keeps scratching their heads at why the turnover is so high. Get a clue: people want to be paid for what their skills are worth. You reward your employees for the great company yearly profits made with $0.10 raises and taking away their pension plans.

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

    Should be an amazing place for a pilot/instructor to work...but it simply is not!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Simulator/Flight/Ground Instructor in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Simulator/Flight/Ground Instructor in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding professionals throughout the training center and in every department. Best people I have worked with in many years in this industry. Must have been a wonderful place to work at one time, because there are many long-time employees who share stories of how it "use to be". Hope this center gets it together soon so that those who love teaching aviation can share those same stories in 25 years.

    Cons

    Mid-level managers rise to their level of incompetence--promote the best of the best and let the incompetent ones fall to the wayside. Just because someone is good at "scheduling" WILL NOT make them a leader who inspire others to do great things. Also, in a customer-service business where the customer is A#1 (as they should be!), do you really have to have so many former military guys in management positions?? Having served in the military, I promise you that these personality types do not lend themselves to either "customer service" or high employee morale. A setup for failure, in my opinion.

    To come here for "quality of life" is one of the biggest myths in aviation! An instructor will not know their schedule for the week until the Friday before...and then it can still change at a moment's notice. There is no way to plan anything without taking valuable scarce vacation time. Schedules can swing from 4 a.m. for several days to suddenly showing at 5 p.m. or even 9 p.m. or later. The place can operate 24 hours a day and without management who have the capacity to actually plan and not just "put out fires", it can make life miserable for the instructor.

    Pay and benefits are average at best. "Merit increases" are paltry and there is virtually NO PAY DIFFERENCE between a self-motivated professional who consistently does an outstanding job and the guy who just barely gets by. Very surprised at the fact that there is no real difference in compensation based on an individual's contributions...everyone is paid roughly the same, with the only real difference being hire date. No tangible motivation for a go-getter to consistently go above and beyond--in fact, these talented and motivated people will actually be run into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an atmosphere where talent and work ethic are rewarded and not punished. Only place I have ever worked where the best get continually dumped on because PM's know they can count on them to do a good job--what the PM's and their bosses SHOULD know (but clearly don't) is that these type people will eventually find another way to make a living where their talents, abilities and work ethic will be rewarded instead of punished.

    There has been a sudden mass exodus from our center...and it's only the beginning. Unless someone wakes up they will find themselves in the midst of a serious drain of knowledge and experience--good luck when that happens! Difficult for a replacement instructor to have credibility with a client who is paying thousands and thousands of $$$ when they have never flown the airplane in which they are expected to be the "expert".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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