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"Good place to be from; different culture from days gone by"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Southwest Airlines full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Casual dress code, good employee insurance, decent 401K, flexible work schedule, impressive to have on resume, good starter job for college grads.Frontline jobs (flight attendant, ground ops, reservations) offer more opportunity & consistency than most headquarters jobs. The "old-school Southwest" employees who are still there are the finest you'll find in any workforce.

Cons

Low salaries, heavy politics, weak leadership, inconsistent expectations, long hours for Dallas headquarters employees. Continuous downsizing of "weakest links" among workforce, including mandates to prune the dead wood. Random terminations; second chances no longer given. Minimal career growth opportunities. Almost half of workforce is now contract workers from India. Lots of focus on international growth & money; no longer focused on employee care that built the company, which is a shame. Actions do not back up what they purport to be their core values.

Advice to Management

Return to the SWA that the founders started in 1971. Bring back the genuine, caring culture...keep your good people & stop promoting incompetence.

Other Employee Reviews for Southwest Airlines

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun but tiring experience."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aircraft Appearance Tech in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Aircraft Appearance Tech in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Airlines full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Flight benefits of course. :)
    -Great pay with frequent raises.
    -Great Health Benefits.
    -Fun and Exciting Culture.
    -Lots of paid time off.
    -Week of training at HQ in Dallas. Such a fun experience!

    Cons

    -Bad schedule (worked third shift) and cause you bid by seniority I had pretty bad days off.
    -Also working on third shift had a fair amount of weird/grumpy coworkers.
    -Being part of a union....absolutely aweful with a shady union rep.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the seniority shenanigans. Take care of your high performing employees and allow position promotions to be based more by character/specific person than whether the employee has been there for 1 year or 30 years.


  2. "Great Fun"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Customer Service Agent in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwest Airlines full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you love to travel, wear shorts and tennis shoes and have fun while your working??? Then this might be the right company for you?! 17 year employee who met incredible people and traveled All the time!!!

    Cons

    Can be stressful and the airport never closes! May have to work major holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

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