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IATA Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
69 Reviews
2.9
69 Reviews
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IATA Director General & CEO Tony Tyler
Tony Tyler
26 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good salary and good people to work with (except HR) (in 9 reviews)

  • Better than average pay, good benefits such as health insurance, holidays (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • In the pre-Tyler years senior management adopted a bullying style and set impossible targets (in 16 reviews)

  • Management by fear and blame culture (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    4 years, 2 office locations, and 1 amazing experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Amazing colleagues in all of the global IATA offices
    -Ease of transferring from one office to another
    -Considerable knowledge to be gained in all aspects of the aviation industry
    -Great work -life balance
    -IATA training courses provided to employees at a significant discount

    Cons

    Previously, many complaints regarding employment at IATA were due to a very bureaucratic style of management that was largely due to the management in place. Since assignment of the new Director General things have taken a turn for the better. The new style of management empowers employees and is not only transparent to employees but also to its main stakeholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the path that Tony Tyler has set in place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talent lost in all departments

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Salary is pretty decent and that's all good I can say.

    Cons

    Because of havin a decent salary, people just adapt to an organization where noone works. Is all about politics and spending all the money from the airlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More than that, advice to airlines, get rid off IATA...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid experience, great name of your CV, lots of experienced people to guide you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at IATA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - lots of senior staff with a broad experience
    - very good salary for an intern
    - good brand for your CV

    Cons

    - very fixed employment structure, tough to move between departments
    - lower level staff have less room for development
    - Lack of incentives for staff to perform, IATA is a non-profit organizations that gets easy money. There is therefore little incentive to create greater efficiency within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a structure that is less 'top heavy', introduce commercial incentives to create a more effective operational structure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good experience with very little to no prospects - definitely not the best option as a career starter

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at IATA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great knowledgeable people from around the globe. Working environment and corporate culture are good - a lot of activities to stay both mentally (industry updates during lunch breaks, conferences and business trips) and physically (team building and football club) fit, learning curve and great feeling of making a contribution to something big.

    Cons

    No promotion prospects is the biggest concern. Interns seem to be considered as cheap labor force and are hired when the company is "out of hands" on a project. Hence, chances of staying after an internship are close to zero. HR policies with fancy wording are good only on paper, internal promotion doesn't work due to both lack of motivation (interns come and go, hence the long-felt attitude that you are here only temporarily) and lack of job openings (huge gap in terms of availability - almost no entry-level positions that I could consider a continuation to my work as an intern; an absurdly big number of senior management job postings though).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internship program should be designed as a way of prospective development for an organization, and not a temporary fix to a worker shortage problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    change is the constant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at IATA full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    international company with multi-cultural staff. Great colleagues and professionals. People are passionate for the industry. An interesting experience in a different non-profit organization where sales and marketing drive the business

    Cons

    Management by fear. Weird atmosphere. People were treated poorly. Only a chosen few could beneficiate to some training or any other treatment, such as bonus or awards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your people. believe in the values you have posted on every walls.

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

    Not a bad experience

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and good people to work with (except HR).

    Cons

    People connection is the key, not your knowledge nor performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None as they won't listen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good overall experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at IATA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Vacations (12.5 days every 6 months), very decent coffee machines.

    Cons

    If you do not work in a department with a good revenue / budget then you are not very likely to stay after your internship. Your position will be re-posted in the careers website even before you are gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After several months of training and specialization many interns are let go given that permanent employees are more expensive to hire. However, one fully functional intern (potential permanent employee) can easily do the job of two new hired interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Professional Exposure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Assistant in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at IATA as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    1) Top notch professional.
    2) Glamorous Aviation Industry
    3) Travelling
    4) Great Perks

    Cons

    1) Employee Development.
    2) Excessively Luxurious Lifestyle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good intent but ineffective change programs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Manager in Geneva (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Cosmopolitan, good travel opportunities in some roles, package for more junior roles, e.g. interns, is good

    Cons

    A painful gap exists between change program "happy" slogans and what occurs day to day. Senior managers stick strictly to making their numbers with no regard to the welfare of their staff. Carrier development and progression is an alien concept except for the lucky few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Box ticking exercises alone won't deliver happy staff. Having more managers who regularly talk and listen to their staff, and not just their SVP, would be a start. Looking out for the welfare of staff needs biting incentives not . If the staff ain't happy, new leaders should be found.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I learnt alot from my internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at IATA as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    very multicultural, people are nice and friendly, many conferences happening, chance to build a network of professionals, as an intern they give you a lot of responsibilities, which is a great learning experience

    Cons

    salary too low, no room for career development, lots of politics happening behind the scene, people are not necessarily the best fit for their positions. I met people with no expertise who were having managerial positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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