PHI - Louisiana Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2020

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PHI - Louisiana Chairman and CEO Al A. Gonsoulin
Al A. Gonsoulin
18 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work for those who Work."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GOM Line Pilot 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at PHI - Louisiana full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company will go out of its way to protect and help their pilots. Safety is not only talked about but the main focus. Declined flights due to weather, or unsafe areas of operations are backed readily. Pay is good, but like any place could improve. No matter your experience level there are plenty of experienced pilots to draw from when you question your flight for any reason.

    Cons

    Being from the North West..the Heat and humidity will flat try to kill you. You can work and enjoy what you do, taking all that comes with it, or you can complain(alternate word starts with a B). Those that B about everything tend to draw negative results. I have noticed that you take what you give from this job. Stay positive, and roll with the changes and tough moments...in the end..your getting paid well to fly well maintained helicopters.

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  2. "Some great co-workers"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Lafayette, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PHI - Louisiana full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work schedule Good pay Good benefits

    Cons

    Company does not care about the individual. Everyone is a number and expendable at any given moment Communication is very very weak They have written policies but will verbally tell you to break them

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  3. "As part of the Project Management Team."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development/Project Analyst 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PHI - Louisiana full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow in the company

    Cons

    Lack of increase in salary due to downturn in oil prices.

  4. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst II in Lafayette, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PHI - Louisiana full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many great people to work with.

    Cons

    Currently in a difficult time with some uncertainty of where we are going.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good job to gain experience."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - VFR Captain 

    I worked at PHI - Louisiana full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large company with a good infrastructure. Rich, interesting, history. It always seems to be the standard by which other helicopter companies are measured. Mature safety culture and SMS program, but still has some room to improve. I was hired into the 206L series (VFR) in 2012. At that time, initial training was fantastic. If you're dead set on flying helicopters, it's a great place to get turbine helicopter experience in a challenging environment. Great maintenance. If you do your job in accordance with the General Operations Manual, you'll do well there. I happen to like the 14/14 schedule. It could either be viewed as a pro or con. Travel to and from work is on your own, both in terms of time and expense; this is the standard in the Gulf though. On a positive note, you can live virtually anywhere as long as you show up on time. I've known pilots who commute from Hawaii, Puerto Rico and many come from west of the Rockies.

    Cons

    Lightship: CONSTANT changes to your plan all day long if you fly production jobs. I don't happen to mind this, but it flusters a lot of people. Long duty days, maxed out in the summer. Heavy ship (not from my experience, but it's obvious): do the same thing over, and over, and over, and over again sitting next to someone you may not like. No air conditioning in the Bell 407. It's difficult to transition to bigger aircraft from the 407, including the EC135, without previous multi-engine helicopter experience (ie you're not competitive in the job awarding process). Living conditions at the bases are not great, but acceptable. You'll always have your own bedroom with a sink and TV. You often share a bathroom with one other person. Communal living area with a kitchen and bigger TV are common. Most bases have a gym membership or an on-site gym. Offshore accommodations can be a little rough. You might share a room with several guys (snoring of course), communal showers, may not have personal internet access. You're usually fed pretty well though. The cumulative compensation over the long term is becoming much less competitive compared to helicopter jobs in other sectors and many fixed-wing jobs due to the slump in the oil and gas industry. A First Officer at a 121 major airline could easily make more money than an IFR heavy Captain at any company in the Gulf. Apples and oranges, I know, but the abundance of helicopter-to-airplane transition programs is making it hard to ignore the comparison.

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  6. "Great for building experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Support 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PHI - Louisiana full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Health, Dental and pay raises every year, except during the oil field down turn. Pay scale is higher than most other jobs in the area for same type of work

    Cons

    Lack of advancement if living in local area, but plenty of advancement if you are willing to move to Lafayette.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Gulf of Mexico line pilot"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Pilot in Lafayette, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PHI - Louisiana full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great equipment, best maintenance in the business, reasonable pay and benefits

    Cons

    living 50% of your life away from family in a place that is barely inhabitable will take some getting used to

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  8. "Best A&P Mechanic Job"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aircraft Maintenance Technician in Boothville, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PHI - Louisiana full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay, schedule, training, culture, and everything else.

    Cons

    Its oil field, so the industry is up and down.

  9. "Pilot"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Helicopter Pilot in Lafayette, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PHI - Louisiana for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people and maintenance. Very much a team effort. Fellow pilots always willing to help the new guys.

    Cons

    None that comes to mind.

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  10. "Clerical"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerical in Lafayette, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PHI - Louisiana full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and friendly employees

    Cons

    Poor management communication, zero training and with company restructuring employees have been forgotten. Work staff is very lean and you will work overtime.

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