Great Lakes Aviation

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Great Lakes Aviation Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
13 Reviews
2.3
13 Reviews
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Charles R. Howell IV
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  1.  

    Really enjoyed working at Great Lakes Aviation

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    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic  in  Farmington, NM
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Farmington, NM

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to gain experience

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    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Better pay and benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Mismanagement is rife at all levels of this company!

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    Current Employee - Maintenance
    Current Employee - Maintenance

    I have been working at Great Lakes Aviation full-time for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Ramp Agent  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Ramp Agent in Denver, CO

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    A lot of work for a little pay

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    Former Employee - CSA
    Former Employee - CSA

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Travel Benefits, good on line recurrent training

    Cons

    Minimum Hours and horrible schedules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Stay away

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent  in  Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Customer Service Agent in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at Great Lakes Aviation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Small company with flight benefits

    Cons

    Small company, terrible management (lower and upper), terrible services, terrible airline, terrible motivation on company's behalf, terrible airplanes.

    Overall, terrible.

    The company is small, but not in a good way. Upper management in headquarters is a joke. Cannot be counted on to communicate important information. Does not help out any of the stations.

    Small old airplanes. When they need servicing, there is no maintenance or parts around, so flights cancel and delay too often. Have an extremely poor on time rating.

    Always understaffed. Employees are relied on to do TOO MUCH. An impossible amount, and are not rewarded or cherished.

    Terrible pay. (first year pilots make $15 an hour)

    FAA recently passed law in which commercial pilots operating under 121 CFR must posses 1,500 hours of flying time. Many Great Lakes Airlines pilots did not. Lost a lot of pilots. Many more pilots quitting due to being treated poorly. Refused to be treated that way anymore. Losing more pilots and always cancelling flights company-wide due to the shortage. Company won't last much longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try. Actually try.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Pilot

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    Current Employee - Pilot  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Pilot in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Great Lakes Aviation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not many, You'll get a decent amount of flight time if you're not on reserve. The fast upgrades are gone now.

    Cons

    The company is poorly managed and they have no respect for their pilots. They pay around $16K a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Under paid pilots

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    Former Employee - Pilot  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Pilot in Denver, CO

    I worked at Great Lakes Aviation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    GLA employes their own mechanics. This is a rare thing in the aviation industry and is very valuable and safe.
    The pilots go through the hardest training program of any airline.

    Cons

    The airline does not value their military employes. If you take military leave, they take away all benefits including ones that costs the company no money such as jumps eat privileges.
    The pilots have gone to school and study for many years and are paid less that a MC Donald's worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The first officers at this company qualify for food stamps and low income housing, they are under paid. Increase the pay scale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Hard work for low pay and almost nonexistent benefits

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    Current Employee - Parts Inventory Handler  in  Williston, ND
    Current Employee - Parts Inventory Handler in Williston, ND

    I have been working at Great Lakes Aviation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work colleagues are terrific and supportive. Aviation is a fun and exciting industry. You will gain a lot of experience with which to move to another company.

    Cons

    Senior management has to be the worst of any company in America. Work is VERY demanding, pay is extremely low for the industry standard, benefits are limited and expensive, company misrepresents flight benefits (almost impossible to use), company has a very negative reputation. Company has no interest in developing their employees. Very high turn over. Miserable place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Offer development, incentives, raises, and better benefits to decrease turn over and increase efficiency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheyenne, WY

    I have been working at Great Lakes Aviation

    Pros

    There are great coworkers depending on which shift you end up working. If you're into the aviation industry it's a good place to start.

    Cons

    Management doesn't respect their employees very much unless said employees work on the management side of the building. Poor communication. Company is very reactive instead of proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees and treat them with respect. Don't treat them like they're expendable and don;t offer anything to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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