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Updated November 29, 2017
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Air France-KLM Président-directeur général Jean-Marc Janaillac
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Pros
  • Though the flight benefits aren't on par with American carriers, they were still good (in 5 reviews)

  • Great travel benefits and health insurance options (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • low salary, no promotions, no meaningful addition to work (in 4 reviews)

  • volutions salariales qui ne sont pas tout (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Administration"

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    Former Employee - Clerk
    Former Employee - Clerk
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great career opportunity, nice management

    Cons

    Do not give free t-shirts


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good for travel benefits but not career growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Air France-KLM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great travel benefits and health insurance options.

    Cons

    Middle management has a very outdated way of thinking which does not allow newer employees to feel valued. The vacation days and pay is lower than the average but HR will used biased statistics to try and show that it's on par with the median.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunity for advancement, top positions are held by ex-pats from Europe which limits the growth of US employees. While travel benefits are very good, the amount of vacation days does not allow for much use of the benefits.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Contact Center America -Trainer/Quality Mgmt"

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    Former Employee - Customer Contact Center America -Trainer/Quality Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Contact Center America -Trainer/Quality Management in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Air France-KLM (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    International company offering worldwide services

    Cons

    French business model still funded by state with longstanding powerful unions no longer conducive to meet financial challeneges from more agile competetiors

    Advice to Management

    Focus on re-creating airline model of today, lean, competitive, low-cost with less premium products.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Air France Cargo"

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Air France-KLM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Cargo division is suffering losses and reductions


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Exec"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong Brand. French culture, large network.

    Cons

    Very Poor untrained Sr Exec coming from overseas with a 3 years rotation in each function. No one works to build a better company. The Sr exec can not benefit from its contribution, (the first year he needs to learn, and the second year planning will only be implemented year 3. It is already too late as they start wondering what will be the next assignment, and any improvement without guaranty, would send them t0o a desk job. So procrastination is key for survival. If you are a dower, do not waste your time, you will only build frustrations. the team who buys businesses in the US do not have a Global coherent vision and do not do their proper due diligence. Only Purchase from paper analysis and inventory audits. They buy the wrong business and leave for someone else dealing. it does not take very long to see the reality, but years to cover and pretend that he can work. The messenger seats at a dangerous spot, but if he can seat tight 3 years, the problem will become someone else. The sr Exec come from ivy league schools and under a French socialist culture are underpaid and used to have the French tax payer pay for losses. there is no entrepreneurship possibility, where high achievers will drive the business up, but large Global plans to lead all at right, or all at left, while the momentum of a huge and complex business carrying on forward, compressing the failures or successes in its gigantic momentum.

    Advice to Management

    Trust and Delegate, Reverse the pyramid. Better due diligence. Hire a local team to select best partners or companies to purchase.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Waste Of Time"

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    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Jamaica, NY
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Jamaica, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Air France-KLM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your co-workers are who keep you coming back to work. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    No Set hours, always low staff so you can never get time off or swap days (when that is supposed to be a privilege you have and they will consistently remind you of that), There is no respect for seniority, people have worked for the company for over 10 years and they can never get their vacation, holidays off, or certain shifts because they are not friends with the scheduler. Unless you suck up you will never get ahead in this company.
    They bring interns from France and treat them poorly. They are given a contract and the company does not honor the contract, therefore, interns return back home sooner than scheduled.
    Upper management has no professional skilled; they are unable to speak to employers with kindness, they make you feel like you are nothing but a number (and they will say “at least you have a job hahahah”). Air France has no appreciation for their employees; everyone works extremely hard and management cannot even say thank you. They will never take an employee's side, the employee is always wrong in any situation.
    There is no communication between client managers and upper management. Everything is a secret and becomes a rumor. Once a rumor is out of hand then management steps in and comes up with an elaborated excuse about why they never say anything and never have answer to any questions. When it is to the companies advantage they will use NY labor Laws and if the NY labor laws are not to their advantage they will say ""Ahhh wellll this is a French company". They don’t even have an employee handbook to give the employees; because supposedly it is being modified for the past 3 years.
    I have worked for many companies and I have never had such a poor experience at work. I would never recommend a friend or my worst enemy to work for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Get a real education and guest what this is America not France. Have some manners and learn etiquette. Treat others the way you would like to be treated (something you should have learn early in life).


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Unless you are a manager or higher you don't matter"

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    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Passenger Service Agent in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Air France-KLM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -PTO
    -great hours
    -daily team meetings
    -every 3 months random drawing for free flight
    -clock in system easy

    Cons

    -Managers are too hard on employees
    -If you're american a majority of the passengers will hate you on sight
    -Un-professional work area
    -pay is not so well

    Advice to Management

    The main problem with management is they tried getting involved in my personal life too much.

  8. "Great culture, very inefficient often."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Air France-KLM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, solid financial background.

    Cons

    Too much legacy as state-owned carrier.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace being an international company, and off shore as much as possible outside of France.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked & Underpaid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Air France-KLM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    colleagues are a good group of people

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, if salaried, be willing & committed to putting the company first otherwise you suffer the consequences if only working 45 hours regardless of your family situation or health. Limitless number of hours. Too much work & not enough people due to staff reductions.
    Directors constantly pushing their workload down to staff who is already overloaded.
    Salaries are well below industry average
    flight privileges are not free.
    No room for advancement unless an EU citizen.
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    Advice to Management

    Assets are not only the airplanes but the people. Treat the employees fairly. Most importantly train the Directors before sending incompetent individuals to other countries in leadership roles, and ensure these so-called leaders are aware of labors laws in the country. The company waste time/money developing Mission statements yet never follow thru on their ideas. Ask any manager, and they can not describe the current Mission.


  10. "Success of operations strongly tied to team work."

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    Former Employee - Administrative and Budget Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative and Budget Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Air France-KLM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ample opportunities for growth and professional development. The employee quickly understands the importance of team work and, building and maintaining a healthy relationship with internal and external clients. For those who like travelling, might also be a good place of employment.

    Cons

    The industry is unfornately undergoing few restructurations. Opportunities for advancement are becoming scarce, thereby affecting employees morale: High turnover, and high operating costs.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in human capital, you are in a service industry.


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