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Updated August 22, 2017
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Pros
  • great people within every department (in 12 reviews)

  • Great co-workers and work environment (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Talk about quality of life ends immediately when one more client can be squeezed onto the schedule (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management clueless how to move forward and has resorted to contracting consultants to guide them into the future (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Instructional Systems Specialist II"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist II in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Instructional Systems Specialist II in Savannah, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work environment is fantastic. Love the coworkers. Overall atmosphere is great. Work is minimally creative, but still allows you to work in your desired career field as a graphic designer

    Cons

    Not really a lot of cons. The Job title and chances for promotions are slim unless you are willing to work for several years


  2. "Electrical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broken Arrow, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broken Arrow, OK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This place has the potential to be an extremely cool place to work. The technology can almost be overwhelming. Walking through the highbay, the simulators almost look like the machines from War Of The Worlds. First time you step into the cockpit with operational visuals and avionics, your legs will start to feel like rubber.

    Lots of cool things to design to do!

    Cons

    Company has suffered from years of complacency and is now paying the price. Upper management clueless how to move forward and has resorted to contracting consultants to guide them into the future. Now it's more like Futurama, fancy acronyms for new work flow methods that make absolutely no sense to anyone. A growing sense that it will all end badly.

    Advice to Management

    Put the brakes on this new direction. Step back and take a second look.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Can't get off the ground"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Personnel at all levels seem to genuinely want to improve the output and culture.
    -The business side of FSI seems to be doing very well (i.e. making a lot of money). The core product (i.e. flight training) seems to be done effectively and of good quality.
    -Efforts to improve back-end infrastructure are in place even if slow to take shape.
    -Work/life balance is usually good (though this is typically because of project bottlenecks) so downtime is often plentiful.
    -Until recently was an 80% remote job; now down to 40%.
    -The jobs people get after leaving FSI tend to be good ones with well-known employers.

    Cons

    -Tech personnel are leaving the company in droves including long-time employees and employees at very senior levels.
    -Problem personalities are retained and tolerated while positive and competent employees are disregarded (e.g. not promoted, PIP'd, etc.) causing them to leave quickly for better jobs.
    -Management tends to pressure employees to submit project estimates that are not achievable by half but then turn around and drop the hammer when the heat gets turned up later down the road (despite assurances that nothing of the kind would happen).
    -Much of tech team was not given raises last year (not even a cost-of-living adjustment).
    -Culture and morale is bankrupt from top to bottom. Lip service is plentiful but CYA is the modus operandi. It is also a bit surreal to hear tech managers and senior business personnel joke openly and often about leaving the company and searching actively for other jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are neither lazy nor incompetent. Thinking you can solve your issues by coercing people to spend more time onsite is tone deaf given that the onsite days were already the least productive work days by far and many of your employees come from hours away to your office which is unarguably in the armpit of NJ. Interdepartmental communication needs to be streamlined, refined, and hastened-- including between tech and business-- if projects are to be completed more quickly and of high quality.

    Within six months of their employment no one works at FSI for any reason other than the option to work at home 80% which only goes so far. Everyone working for you has options and can leave quickly for better opportunities: higher pay, better morale, a respectful working environment, and a chance to improve their skillset instead of just maintaining third-party code. FSI is nothing special and everyone knows it except for upper management who seem to believe they have captive employees with no better options. It's a shame because you have (or had) a hard-won collection of personnel who all share a desire to transform FSI's tech into something everyone is proud of.


  4. "Consider all options"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broken Arrow, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broken Arrow, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a job and if you live local you can get a paycheck. Final product is expensive, but relatively decent simulators. Most people at the company will not interact with each other outside of the job.

    Cons

    Supervisors have no problems with losing to and about employees. They will offer things that are in direct violation to the employee handbook. When caught in a lie, it gets worse and management just try’s to sweep everything under the rug.

    Advice to Management

    Gain some integrity. Inmates should not run the prison. It is understandable that the company try’s to do things on a family atmosphere, but even kids have to be disciplined at times. Stop letting people with no professionalism into leadership positions.


  5. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time

    Pros

    I'm trying to think of one.

    Cons

    They use up people and they instill an illegal two year minimum to work there. If you leave, their solution is simple you owe them thousands of dollars. Someone will pursue this at court and I believe there are many people who will reap a ton of money. By the time their two year hard core time is up, employees can't wait to bolt for the door. Someone forgot to tell them that that worth of a company begins at the top.

    Advice to Management

    What a way to run a company. Pay is low and employees are a dime a dozen to them. This is a sure way for any company to destroy itself.


  6. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FlightSafety International full-time

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. Pay was ok.

    Cons

    Gender biased. If you got a raise it was about 15 cents.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your people. From what I hear currently morale is at an all time low and everything is about upper management having more money in their pockets.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Management nightmare, Service contract unfair"

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    Former Employee - Flight Instructor- Caravan in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Flight Instructor- Caravan in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FlightSafety International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, but not worth the headache.

    Cons

    Management in the Wichita Caravan program: no people skills, no management skills, changes your schedule on a daily basis.
    Service contract: you are charged for training that is part of your job should you quit within 2 years.
    I was let go, and they claim I quit. Now I'm getting charged $15K.
    Also, if you are an experienced pilot, don't waste your time grounded in a classroom. Get a pilot job and make your life enjoyable.

    Advice to Management

    Retrain management of the Caravan program. That guy has no people skills or organization skills.
    Train employees in all aspects of teaching: Re-current, initial and simulator. It gets terribly boring teaching the same 4 days of curriculum EVERY WEEK!!

  8. "Pilot Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Pilot Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Pilot Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work load, management-employee relations, and salary.

    Cons

    Pension benefits not good. Erratic schedule, and lack of growth within center.

    Advice to Management

    Good management according to circumstances.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Sim Teh II in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Sim Teh II in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    State of the art trainers, good working conditions, fun group to excel in, always testing your knowledge.

    Cons

    Have to move to another facility to move up or promote.


  10. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Ground/Simulator Instructor in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Ground/Simulator Instructor in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at FlightSafety International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules. Friendly work environment

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than those for an equally qualified pilot


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