I won't work for most airlines, because I know to much about the industry. I do not want to become financialy dependent upon an airline. Not even durring good times. I would love it, but one needs to put food on the table. There are exceptions. I applied a couple times at Southwest when I lived in Saint Louis. I'd work there in a heartbeat. Same goes for JetBlue. I would probably accept a software development (that is what I'm just about done studying) position at any airline just to gain experience, but I would be carefull not to count on keeping it for long. Writing software at Southwest would be a dream job. Heck, I'd move to Texas for that.
Durring the boom I actually did apply at Air Wisconsin (flying as United Express) , SPI
station, on a lark. This was at the time of the Comair strike.
Some things that the Air Wisconsin official said durring a speech before a group interview.
"The federal government does not allow airline strikes." ....and then, in a 'yes I know' sort of tone...."Except at Commair."
In a super-confident tone - "The United/UsAir merger WILL be approved and WILL go forward. " We all know how that turned out. Lots of people predicted it to. At the time the person said it, very few thought it was an absolutely sure thing.
" United is having financial problems? I never heard of that...." - yes it was, even at that time, and anyone who bothered to look up the financial statements on the web would have known that. A good employer would have given the person credit for asking. This representative either was being dishonest or was simply in denial. I suspect the latter, but neither is a good sign.
Having heard these things, I got a bit more cynical about the airline industry. and United's system in particular. If this is what you hear even before you are hired, the BS
must get incredibly thick once you actually get in. It was bizarre. It was as if they were actually looking to hire nieve and ignorant people. I didn't get the job, but at the end I wasn't to dissapointed. I probably wouldn't have accepted if I did get it.
They were honest about the Ohare congestion problems they were having at the time. They also were upfront about the need to pander 'elites' (even at this early stage, they want you to know how important the caste system is), the many government regulations, and some(but not all) of the uncertainties of the industry. For that I'll give them some credit.
And I'll agree with Tango-Bravo - the higher ups have made things difficult customer service wise for the rank and file employee. I imagine that ALL
employees must deal with that in some way. This is because everybody in every job has customers - even if they are "only" internal customers. When the passengers are breathing down the necks of the "front line" people, I would imagine that those people and their bosses start breathing down the necks of the mechanics, rampers and baggage handlers. If customers arn't happy, my guess is that their dissatisfaction filters down to everyone eventually. When the primary cause is brain dead management and government policies, employees start to get mad and no one can really avoid having this effect their work somewhat. For this reason, my guess is that productivity and work relationships in the shop suffers even in places without direct customer contact, when customers are consistently unhappy.
In short - an interesting industry to watch, but not a good place to work. At least not at the network airlines and their regional partners. Working for an airport or FBO...well...that could be a different story...but I don't know much about that......If you're REALLY desperate, you could try the TSA
. To bad they won't let you wear a ski mask to work, because you wouldn't want to be SEEN working for the TSA
, would you