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Trans States Reviews

Updated March 23, 2019
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Pros
  • "Good coworkers, flight benefits, bonus" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Travel benefits were the only good part about this job" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "As a regional flight attendant I often flew up to five flights a day" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Low pay, high turnover, still on reserves after 1 year and 6 months" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Flight Attendant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trans States full-time

    Pros

    You work with the best people out there and you feel that you are a part of a big family.

    Cons

    It can be a bit challenging sometime being the only flight attendant on board.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not Worth It . They Need An Overall Drastic Improvement."

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    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trans States full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Great if your overhead expenses/cost of living is low
    -are in a supportive/financially supportive household
    -live at home with your parents
    -HAVE A CAR or reliable FREE ride to work

    2. Offers medical (with high premiums), dental, and flight benefits with United Airlines.

    3. Currently they are so understaffed that reserve time would be very short if you go to Chicago or Denver bases.

    4. Your pilots can be very fun to work with

    5. Guaranteed 75 flight hours of pay ($18x 75 flight hours = $1290 before taxes)

    However you can add on more hours if you desire (within legal right to do so and approved) to make up for the below average paycheck

    6. Base Managers are friendly and helpful, and do the best that they can to help you in a professional manner given the entire situation of this company's poor staffing retention and operations

    7. Unionized

    8. Great stepping stone into the industry and you will learn a lot working

    9. Co-workers are helpful and friendly (other flight attendants and pilots)

    Cons

    -Very low/bottom pay - $18.00/hr for actual flying time only, you do not get paid, protected or reimbursed for commuting, cancelled flights, or layover time.

    - Reserve schedule is 24hrs oncall in your scheduled period (usually 5-6 days a week)

    - After one year of service only a 1.75 pay raise compared to other regionals 18.00 to 19.75 compared to another regional 18.13 to 22.00

    - Average flights are 1hr 15m one way, so you might get maybe 2-4 hours total of work for one days shift depending upon hw many legs you fly. $18x 2-4hrs of pay with an average of 75-80 hour per MONTH before taxes is not worth the monopoly of your entire schedule.

    - Your Schedule/all of your time (even after holding a line), is completely monopolized by this job (weather and maintenance issues can heavily affect your schedule, not the company's fault but a definite con on having free time)

    Schedule makes it very difficult to even consider a second job. UNLESS you do a self-employed side of work (Uber, Lyft, Postmates, self-employed, etc) to make ends meet.

    -1.80 per diem hour, very low on average

    - If you want full-time pay to make a decent living wage, you will have to pick up a lot of hours (that's added to your 75hrs guaranteed) This can have you away from home up to 6 days with one day off. (Legally you have to have 1 day off per week)

    - Half of crew scheduling is rude or very unprofessional. However the other half can be very friendly and helpful. But it's a solid 50/50 gamble on who answers the phone and will try to do shady things to your schedule especially if you are on reserves schedule.

    - No vision medical benefits & health premiums are pretty high to where you can qualify for MEDICAID & FOOD STAMPS, as a result I did not use my own health benefits and used government assistance.

    - Old planes are always breaking down, missing pieces, or not maintained well to operate on a smooth schedule routine. (Not dangerous to fly just they always look in poor condition or necessary items to do your job are broken/missing)

    - If you rely on uber/lyft for transportation, your paycheck will suffer. Public Transportation is not recommended depending on your situation.

    - No protection pay or safety net alternatives for cancelled flights or delayed flights that affect your schedule

    - Flight benefits with ONLY United Airlines. NO ID90 or ZED flight benefits.

    This could be a con if you plan on using your benefits to travel quite a bit. Also be aware you can only use your benefits on STANDBY, you are not guaranteed a seat or to flight on your desired time/date. However this is true for ALL airlines. Hence why the more standby options you have with partnerships from other airlines the better your chances with flying on your benefits and free time in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Overall do better. Evaluate how your flight attendants are living and pay them a decent wage to actually have enough money to get to work, bigger metropolitan city rent Chicago & Denver, pay bills on time, and buy food.

    Listen to their concerns because they want to be better flight attendants who are loyal to your company. Not complaining to walk away.

    Upgrade your aircraft or stay on top of maintenance and aesthetic appeal of the aircrafts. Even passengers notice and complain.

    Upper management and crew scheduling (above base managers) treat us with more respect in conversation and relaying information.

  3. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trans States full-time

    Pros

    great co-workers and crews!
    fun and new destinations and overnights

    Cons

    old planes and many maintenance issues at times


  4. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative

    I worked at Trans States full-time

    Pros

    Good company. People are great to work with.

    Cons

    Pay. I got a small raise my first year, then nothing for the next 4 years.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Flight Attendent"

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    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Flight Attendant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Trans States full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity fly the world

    Cons

    I dont have any at the moment


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Can't express how disappointing this Job was for me."

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    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Avionics Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trans States full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They allow you to work as much overtime you like

    Cons

    Very unprofessional Managers, they put budget over safety, they force you to perform jobs in order to save money instead of according to the work cord and make you sign off work. They make it easy for managers to fire you if you don't go along with this system. If the managers don't like you no matter how hard you work they will fire you or harass you until you quit.

    Advice to Management

    Loose the Good old boy system, and follow the FAA guidelines.


  7. "Long time Commuter Airline"

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    Current Employee - Captain in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Captain in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trans States full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Always pay on time quick upgrades.

    Cons

    Schedules change without notice

    Advice to Management

    Makeep scheduler call with schedule changes

  8. "Good company to start your career"

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    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - A&P Mechanic in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trans States full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good coworkers, flight benefits, bonus

    Cons

    bad management, heath insurance, 401k


  9. "AP Clerk"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Clerk in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Clerk in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trans States (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experience for UN-experienced. Flight Benefits. 4 day work week.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Messy work environment. Not organized.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Small time mentality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Trans States full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to start and get your experience

    Cons

    Well, where do you start? Pay is adequate, hours are typical, but management has lost their direction and now only look to the bottom line. Thus it is hard to hang on to the good employees, and only those who are willing to follow the company line are rewarded for their lack of direction and leadership... THAT's LACK OF LEADERSHIP... with promotions to supervisory positions. The best of the mechanics on the floors are looked over if they show any sign of TRUE leadership potential. As long as you toe the company line and make sure the owner of the company gets his multi millions in profit each year (which is what he is in business for) then you are a golden child in the company's eyes. The best and brightest are passed over as trouble makers or non-conformists and sadly the company shows it. If you do come to work for this company, try and get on night shift since the management is too busy sleeping to bother with any sort of supervision and it is like working on a weekend regardless of which days of the week you work (12's SMT& every other Wednesday or Every other Wednesday and TFS.) The Night Leads and Supers are great and know a thing or two about management of personnel and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother? Management is there to collect a paycheck and the leadership of the rank and file proves it. Stop thinking of your mechanics as Felons, desperate for a job, you called a lot of them back when you recently did a true up in pay. If you want to survive the next round of acquisitions, you are going to need "ALL" of your operations people, Pilots, Flight attendants, SOC and Mechanics...