Great Lakes Aviation Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Not Bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation full-time

    Pros

    Not a bad work place to get some great experience before moving on.

    Cons

    Training could have been better.


  2. positive work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive workplace where you can get experience to move elsewhere.

    Cons

    Very little resources to help do the job


  3. Pilot

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pilot
    Former Employee - Pilot

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing worth mentioning. Maybe it beats flight instructing...maybe it doesn't. You do get CASS which is pretty cool.

    Cons

    Bad training, training contracts, bad management, way too low of pay, and...

    Advice to Management

    I know of a few of my fellow pilots who got laid off right before their training contract was up and then the company sued them for $7,500 plus court cost! Aboult half the pilots wash out of initial cause they don't want to teach, they just want to test. The pay is just awful! When I git JR manned they wouldn't pay you for working those extra days unless you filled out a bunch of forms and sent them to a certain person(they don't tell you that) so I lost even more pay.
    That being said I know why someone might want to come here. They're thinking that they can upgrade soon or they won't have to flight instruct for 1500hrs but when you do the math it doesn't workout they way they want you to think. If you have 600hrs they'll send you on their 135 program to build 1500hra then you can upgrade in the 135 program or fly another 1000hrs in 121 and then upgrade on the 121 side. You really are better off flight instructing for another 900hrs and go the a much better regional where the upgrade is 12 to 18 months in a jet vs a large king air.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Worked for a while

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Denver, CO

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Very fun atmosphere and good flight benefits
    - Mangement very massive.

    Cons

    - Bad pay, not many hours, late nights and early mornings.
    - Slow times are very boring.
    - Expected to work during unpaid breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees to decrease turnover


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A great opportunity to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Flights always canceling, will never make over gurantee

    Advice to Management

    Look into flying other than EAS


  7. Really enjoyed working at Great Lakes Aviation

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Farmington, NM
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Farmington, NM

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In the Farmington maintenance base we are a very close group. We work as a team.

    Cons

    In need of pilots to fly.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good place to gain experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at Great Lakes Aviation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good place to gain experience. I got to learn a lot of new tasks very quickly.

    Cons

    The schedule. Working for an airline means working graveyards, weekends and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay and benefits.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Mismanagement is rife at all levels of this company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance
    Current Employee - Maintenance

    I have been working at Great Lakes Aviation full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the fact I can work every system of the aircraft. It is better to start with a small company and learn a ton than work for a big, union shop, and be stuck in the tire shop as a 'newbie'.

    Cons

    Regardless of location, the experienced employees say the same thing: The management at this company SUCK at communication and it seems that no body knows what the heck is going on day to day. As far as the hourly employees are concerned, the company is on the verge of closing the doors. We see the financials, the canceled flights, the lack of flight crew, and the knee-jerk reactions the CEO et. al. are doing to try and stay afloat. Very little is communicated down stream.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation is not even close to commensurate to industry averages. While the company cannot do anything to improve this currently, it has set itself up for failure in this regard because it cannot attract/retain good employees, and as long as the company is working off of a 4 year expired labor agreement, there is no motivation for the company to improve wages/compensation packages. Morale is abysmal for a couple reasons. First, as stated, the lack of communication down stream is causing nothing but speculation and innuendo. Second, CSA's and Flight Crews in particular, but the employees in general are taken for granted. The peer-to-peer atmosphere is a good "family" type that helps some. Third, the mentality of most line-level supervision is 'screw it'. No one seems to give a damn; punch the clock, work (maybe), punch the clock and go home.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fun job, but employees are under paid and not appreciated.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Denver, CO

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fun work, fun coworkers, great crew members, fun meeting passengers

    Cons

    Doesn't pay enough to make a decent living. Employees are not treated like they matter at all.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like they are important-without them, you have no business.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A lot of work for a little pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CSA
    Former Employee - CSA

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Travel Benefits, good on line recurrent training

    Cons

    Minimum Hours and horrible schedules

    Advice to Management

    Restructure



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