XOJET

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XOJET Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
52 Reviews
2.6
52 Reviews
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Bradley Stewart
16 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Open door policy is building trust rapidly among the pilot group (in 20 reviews)

  • Great pilot group (for now, but that will change quickly if things continue to go the way they are) (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • A lack of pay scale gives individuals little to look forward to or stay motivated for beyond a few years (in 15 reviews)

  • Recent changes to where you can live has divided the pilot group into two classes (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Was growing, now stagnant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in McClellan, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in McClellan, CA

    I have been working at XOJET part-time

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are decent. Nice office in Sacramento and San Francisco (Brisbane) with stocked kitchens.

    Cons

    Lacking culture. Little opportunity for advancement. Company vision/future is unclear. High turn-over, and lack of culture has caused employees to look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees other than Sales team. Be clear with company vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Constantly Learning and Full of Exhilarating Challenges

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at XOJET full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The People. A diverse set of minds have come from various backgrounds, both inside and out of the aviation industry, and have been transforming the company for the better over the last 12-18 months.

    Executive Leadership Team. Everyone, regardless of department, makes themselves available to employees of all levels. All of them have the highly distinguishable trait of being strong managers, constantly shifting between mico and macro management to achieve optimal results.

    Growth Opportunites. Since I've started there have been too many promotions to keep track of, and some people have been promoted a couple of times within a 12 month period. If you are a strong performer you will be promoted in due time.

    Cons

    Location. Company HQ in Brisbane is less than exciting location, very few lunch options are available.

    Compensation. Although base salaries are fair, overall benefit package mix could use some tweaking. Wellness benefits are a total waste, not just here but at all companies. A larger 401k match, performance bonus incentives or better health care coverage would be ideal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There have been a few internally training courses on select topics. If we could make this a regular monthly/quarterly thing I feel many employees would benefit from the (sometimes siloed) information.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Underwhelmed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pilot Captain in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Pilot Captain in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Paycheck is regular, remainder of pilot group and support staff consists of extremely high caliber individuals, reasonable per diem, an operational tempo that will allow a pilot to remain current and ready for the next real opportunity.

    Cons

    Incredible disconnect between a well-meaning CEO and the execution of his well-intentioned directives. Everyone gets the memo except those responsible for administering his new and improved policy. A senior management staff that increasingly relies on a single senior Captain recently retired from a legacy airline as the voice of the pilot group. Embarrassingly high turnover both in pilot and support ranks. Work rules that are in print only. An overtime policy on go-home day that requires a three-way match to hit the jackpot. Salaries average at best, a 401K program in name only, zero opportunity to move between fleets, domicile policy decimated with no real options other than NY, SFO, LA. A complete turnover in senior flight operations leadership in the last 12 months etc., etc., etc.,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with your Pilot Roundtable. Stop touting incredible financial performance to the market place and investor community while simultaneously playing the insolvency card with the employee group. Understand that attrition is particularly damaging in this sector of the industry. Endeavor to attract career candidates as opposed to geographically targeting new-hires who will likely join the attrition ranks as soon as a real opportunity presents itself. Acknowledge that First Officers in companies that employ our skill set earn more, soft and hard, than multi-year Captains at XOJET.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Headed Downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pilot First Officer in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Pilot First Officer in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at XOJET full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No Ties, Nice Aircraft, Decent Schedule, Good group of pilots, Great place to look for a better job, Better then Flight Instructing, Better pay then Walmart........

    Cons

    Pay is low for super midsize aircraft. RCA policy is nightmare. No incentive to stay more then the time it takes to get a better job. Major disconnect between pilots and Chief Pilot.... Could go on for hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to stop the mass exodus then address the pay issue immediately. 7 pilots left on my last rotation alone. At 40K a pilot to train, wouldn't it be smarter to try and hold onto the ones that are already here? Just my $0.02

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you want to be average continue on your current course of action.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pilot Captain
    Current Employee - Pilot Captain

    I have been working at XOJET full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close-knit pilot group.
    Good place to gain turbine experience if you are low time. Senior captains will take care of you and share their knowledge.
    Large pilot group provides ample networking opportunity if you are looking to enter the 91/135 segment of the aviation industry.

    Cons

    The functionality of the HR department is atrocious bordering on criminal. Expect a response from a simple inquiry to take weeks. You will receive your first W2 a month late in February followed by several more each containing different errors. Pay checks have been known to bounce because of a lack of communication between payroll and accounting. It is nearly impossible to determine your sick/vacation accrual. The fact that our CEO felt the need to become involved in a simple vacation audit is reflection of the department's competency and accuracy.

    Pay/benefits are substandard for the industry.

    With growth slowing substantially the captain upgrade timeframe has increased proportionally.

    Quality of life on the road has steadily decreased due to cost cutting measures.

    Without a contract pilots are at the mercy of whatever arbitrary measures management determines are needed regardless of their impact on QOL. Expect sweeping reforms to be enacted without any prior input from frontline employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees do not trust you because you haven't been honest with them. We are well aware that XOJET has never been profitable and expenses will need to be trimmed in order to ensure the continued survival of the company. The worst course of action is to sugarcoat what needs to be done. Saying that hotel expenditures will decrease with no impact on quality is wishful thinking at best and an outright lie at worst. The implementation of the RCA policy was botched when the pilot group was told they would be grandfathered in. If the company had been truthful from the beginning the current animosity among our ranks could have been avoided. Work with our leaders (Roundtable, Commitees) to create policies that will benefit the company, it's shareholders and the employee groups LONG TERM. Hastily prepared policies created without prior input from the employees who will be most affected is not in the spirit of transparency you preach. We want this company to succeed but you need to work with us to make it happen.

    As a small company we don't expect a NETJETS comparable compensation package, but if you truly wish to grow this company into something special an industry standard pay scale needs to implemented. Otherwise you will continue to see an exodus of pilots to higher paying jobs with better work rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good company with plenty to improve on

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

    I worked at XOJET

    Pros

    Great group of pilots and excellent support staff that are hard working, knowledgeable, and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Large disconnect between senior management and operations. Top heavy with VP's with finance backgrounds and little flight operations experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the time to better understand what your employees do and contribute to the company

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place if work is your life.

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

    I have been working at XOJET full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture being developed here and open-minded management.

    Cons

    There is little work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Resume Point

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

    I have been working at XOJET full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Higher-caliber employees whom are hard working and think outside the box. Lots of dedication amongst team members instilling the feeling of a family. Pay is suitable but unbalanced

    Cons

    Executives do not fully comprehend how departments work and thus implement processes that take extra time or are unnecessary double-checks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to learn and understand the work your team does. You will gain greater respect and a better comprehension of the depth of tasks that TMs are inundated with.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Growing Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Or Enterprise Procurement in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Or Enterprise Procurement in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers in a fast paced environment

    Cons

    Supervisor and above positions in the Operations group require a very dedicated person and are not a good fit for a full time family person.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Positive change from Brad Stewart

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome pilot group. CEO Brad Stewart cleaned house of stagnant management. Stewart is transparent and welcomes dialog with all employees. The new chief pilot Mike Thompson is supportive and an all around good guy. Vacation time of one to two weeks per year. A Schedule with overtime of $900 for captain or $600 for first officer available per day. This overtime rate changed in late 2013 from $500 for Captain and $300 first officer per day in an effort to slow the attrition rate. Small pay raise at the beginning of 2014 after years of frozen pay. Mostly positive change since Brad Stewart took the helm.

    Cons

    8 on 6 off, or 15 on 13 off schedule. Poor regional collection policy (transition of pilot to and from work from their home) that was put in place in 2012 which can force an employee to work the double rotation or my be forced to report to work a day early for zero compensation. Pilot pay is below industry average. Brad Stewart acknowledges this below average pay and is working to increase pay with the board of directors. Aircraft fleet aging with no publicly known plan to revitalize said fleet. Poor 401k contribution by employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. Stewart, do not let the few negative employees discourage your positive progress. Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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