Well I"m going to have a bit of a biased opinion...
That said, QX
is a great company to work for. I've been with them about 3.5 years, in both SEA
, on the ramp; I'm currently building time with as a flight instructor to get on with them as a pilot.
I didn't work for Horizon so I could fly for them initially; it was the other way around. I decided to become a pilot, for them, after I gained employment.
The thing that stands out for me is how tight-knit the airline is; it's big enough to be taken seriously (except by Alaska, but all of us at QX
know we keep Alaska in business), but small enough to have a great atmosphere. Sure, there are times I get frustrated and tired of the drama, but as previously mentioned you'll get that anywhere. Plus, at least from my perspective, they're big on advancement. I've gotten a ton of help already with transitioning from the ramp to flight ops, from my management, other pilots, and even the senior hire / fire guys (I've met the Chief Pilot a few times to talk it over) and it seems like they like to cultivate their employees within the company.
Ok as for F/A stuff...I'm dating a QX
F/A with about 1.5 years in...she loves it. Sat reserve for about 5 months before she held a regular line, but it's even sooner now. They get worked a bit due to a shortage of F/A's across the board (actually F/A's and pilots), but that bodes well for you if you want to get on. I've asked her a few times if she ever wants to go on to a major, and its an emphatic no every time. She likes people, loves her job, and doesn't want to be one of those "bitchy old flight attendants"
Bottom line: it depends on what you want out of the job. Little bit more money, bigger everything, impersonal work environment: go to a major. If you want to enjoy your job, see your friends, and have fun, go with QX