While a few other airlines may be doing some hiring, SWA is the only major US carrier that is consistently picking up people in all departments- even after 9-11. While the newhire pay may be average at best at WN, the benefits are stellar!
All employees get UNLIMITED, SERVICE FREE pass priviledges from day one. So do all their dependants (spouse, parents, kids). In addition employess also get 2 RT FREE space available passes to give to anyone with every three months of perfect attendance (or 8 per year) and if unmarried, they can designate a "companion" who gets 4 RT free passes per year. In almost every station, the local personnel in each city have 'over the counter pass agreements', which basically allows ticketing for FREE on many other carriers in that station in exchange for free tickets on WN. (In SAN WN gets passes on CO, HP, US, AE, OO, HA, & F9 and AS & NW are $25 OW)
For those employees who are not crewmembers and work 5 days a week, (rampers, CSAs ect) they give one "free day" per month. This is basically a floating monthly holiday, bid by seniority, above ones yearly vacation that's given by the company. It's a freebie that's an incentive not to call in sick. Everyone always gets their one 'free day' off work per month (and it can usually be aligned with scheduled days off). This amounts to 10 extra vacation days per year courtesy of the company above your alotment! A new hire who workd at least 40 hours will get a paid day off their first month with the compnay! (After 1 yr of service, you get two weeks paid vacation. After 5 yrs you get 3 weeks.) In Nov & Dec everyone gets Thanksgiving & Christmas off then they let people bid to work. They only junior people into it if they don't get enough volunteers. These are the only two holidays SWA observes or gives holiday pay for.
In addition basic medical & dental coverage for the employee is all FREE, paid for by the company. There is also a 401K match and an ESPP program that lets you buy WN stock for a 10% discount. There is also a profit sharing program. (I have been given over $40,000 US in stock by the company since I have started. That ain't bad for free!)
Other airlines may fly to more 'exotic' destinations, or have bigger jets but it's hard to beat the benefits at SWA! When I got hired at AMR I had to wait for 6 months for any passes or medical coverage! Then when I got laid off, they took our I.D.s away ASAP while others got benefits for 60 days after furlough.
If ya ask me, every employee has a reason to rave about the generosity of this company- even if they don't drink the "Kool-Aid" or wear the free T-shirts.