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Air Methods Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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Air Methods CEO and Director Aaron D. Todd
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  • Difficult to advance within the company, upper management out of touch with office personnel (in 11 reviews)

  • Poor management no experience in healthcare field (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Pilots perspective"

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    Current Employee - Pilot
    Current Employee - Pilot
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Air Methods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good pay for the ems industry, good well maintained equipment, broke stuff gets fixed can’t say that for the rest of the 135 world

    Cons

    New management structure is a nightmare. No one knows who’s responsible for what, pilots directly reporting to non pilots often. Management tries to stay in service no matter how over safer more thought out consistent policy. Constant policy changes with no review or input of any kind from line personnel. Any issue or need has to be spread across three managers to get anywhere. Pilots union takes 1% and is worthless, third year now and no annual raise.

    Advice to Management

    A salesman or a clinical background manager does not need to be a pilots direct report. They do not understand the regulations and concerns a pilot deals with to keep their license. It’s the only aviation job I’ve ever seen that didn’t have a pilot over line pilots, managers try to break operational control and that isn’t right fix that. Whatever company was used to consult that came up with this new structure was a huge error.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Region Manager"

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced with solid safety program

    Cons

    Senior leadership sacrifices lower leaders to present the illusion of rectifying poor performance when in fact corporate strategic vision is the issue.

    Advice to Management

    Fully support customer base and stop executing corporate strategies to complete with them.

  3. "FPC"

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

    I have been working at Air Methods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High clinical standards, great scope of practice

    Cons

    Management is a joke, mostly just hire burnt out line employees, favoritism is rampant, cliques and bff’s get all the opportunity. If you’re not one of the popular people good luck getting base transfers, promotions, or even having things you need handled on time. They let bad base managers stay in positions, the company makes new policies that never better the line employee’s life, only works out for management and the bottom line. They don’t care about anyone. You’re just a name and number and they’ll toss you out like trash if they don’t like you. I’m a current employee and have never been in trouble. So this isn’t some comment made by a bitter trouble maker. There is also pressure to fly, direct and indirect.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the sleep time policy and the on call policy. Give everyone a raise. Treat employees like they’re human beings. Try to cath people doing things right instead of being so focused on catching people doing things wrong. You’ll find your employees will work harder and complain less. Have management all read Ken Blanchard’s One Minute Manager. All the way down to base supervisors.


  4. "Airmedical RW pilot"

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    Former Employee - RW Pilot in Prestonsburg, KY
    Former Employee - RW Pilot in Prestonsburg, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Air Methods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for relocation

    Cons

    Too large or not enough HR personnel

    Advice to Management

    Communication


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    "Pilot"

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    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in Beckwourth, CA
    Current Employee - Helicopter Pilot in Beckwourth, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Air Methods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is decent and benefits are good

    Cons

    Union is more of a hindrance than a help


  6. "Decent job"

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Air Methods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Feeling of helping is great. You can leave after a tough day knowing you helped someone. If you are on a good team, it can be a great job.

    Cons

    Pay should be better. They should pay an overnight differential. Changes take a very long time to happen.


  7. "Nurse"

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

    I worked at Air Methods full-time

    Pros

    Great education for flight teams

    Cons

    Severe favoritism and targeting/harassment from senior level management. HR is a 3rd part contract so they have no real power to help.

    Advice to Management

    Listen your crews when they tell you there is a problem. Make HR a part of the company instead of a 3rd party so they can actual help instead of 'recommend.' Get rid of the management cliques and invest in your flight crews

  8. "Favoritism"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Air Methods full-time

    Pros

    I don't have to work weekends! love that!

    Cons

    There is so much gossip between management and employees and policies change like someone changes underwear: Daily!!! Also there is HIGH Turnover with management!

    Advice to Management

    Get organized!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Best Trained Flight Teams"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Air Methods full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flight Paramedics, Nurses and Pilots receive the best and most up to date training in the business. The training is thorough and rigorous. The most at-risk patients are in the best hands possible.

    Cons

    Expectations for the busiest bases are high and difficult with multiple flights per shift.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees. If it were your loved one, you would want the best of the best, right? Pay Flight Paramedics and Nurses what they are worth to ensure they want to work for you and be at work on your base versus at a second job in a hospital, fire department, etc. Dave Richardson is the best ever; the CEO and President should move on.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A&P Mechanic"

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    Former Employee - A&P Mechanic (Base Mechanic) in Cheyenne, WY
    Former Employee - A&P Mechanic (Base Mechanic) in Cheyenne, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very talented mechanics work at AMC, all underpaid. The guys I worked with were very professional.

    Cons

    Top heavy, inept and clueless upper management - main concern is adding to their already inflated salaries. The CEO is a bean counter with no aviation experience and no understanding of the business. The upper management group can best be described as a "mutual admiration society".

    Advice to Management

    Clean out the incompetents from the top down.. Reduce the number of non-productive middle managers. Increase the front line workers' pay and show some appreciation and loyalty to them.


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