1. a, b, c) Not sure what the situation is in AUS
, but normally stations go through cycles of being staffed, and then short-handed. Not sure of expansion in AUS
, but I suppose it's possible. Most likely, they are creating a pool they can draw from at any time. Most of the time when they initiate this process, they need people for whatever reason.
2. Not sure. Couldn't even tell you how big the station is off the top of my head.
3. As far as I know, WN
only has FT
positions on the ramp.
4. I don't work at AUS
I know a lot of the smaller stations especially in Texas tend to be fairly senior. That makes gaining seniority a bit..tough haha. Some joke about smaller stations by saying someone has to die in order to get in, or move up in seniority. Not sure what AUS
is like. I did fly through there once...seemed decent sized. Not sure what the daily flgiht count is.
5. Yes, I absolutely love it. I love being around planes, I like the flexibility, and I like the perks.
I'm one of the few out there on the ramp that really enjoy it and am proud to work for Southwest Airlines. Plus, it's a good workout.
6. It really depends on the station and I learned this first hand when I transfered to SAN
. The bids, the start-times, the way they do it is all completely different and the system used, I assume, is figured out by whoever the ramp admin is. SANs bids are so much more complicated than SJC
. Can't tell you how AUS
7. Southwest promotes within. They say you have the freedom to go where you want and they really promote this. From ramp, you can go to supervisor. If it's a provo station, you can move to provo. Potentially, you can also go to ops, or customer service...whatever. All after your 6 month probation of course. If you don't mind moving to Dallas, careers in almost every field exist.
8. Yeah, shift differential, relieve and over-time are sure ways to make more money. At SJC
, relieve shifts were fairly senior. As a newbie, expect the probability of mandatory over-time. In adition to over-time, you can also pick up shifts. This helps you make some friends and will help you out when you need a day off or something.
9. Hiring process basically goes like this: Group interview/screening session, One-on-one interview, drug test, background check and then if all checks out, official offer of the position. It can take a few weeks, a few months or even a year. Again, the process is to get you in a pool. You can be checked out and ready to go, but you won't get hired until they are ready to grab fromt he pool. Then you do 3 days of station training in a classroom environment. Then you begin on the job training, and after a couple weeks or so, you go to Dallas for 9 days. When you return and get signed off, you are fair game and are thrown into the mix where you must prove youself to your fellow rampers that you are good enough to keep.
[Edited 2005-06-29 09:06:44]
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