I enjoyed my work but it was a stressful environment
The first thing I would do in the morning would be to audit the maintenance paperwork from the DC-10 work done the night before. I’d input, into a database that I created, the jobs that each mechanic performed in order to rotate their jobs from night to night. I would go over the flight schedules of each of the 48 DC-10’s in United’s fleet to make sure they were scheduled into Chicago for their timed overnight maintenance check. I would contact United’s scheduling controllers to make schedule changes when necessary. Go through engineering notes and FAA notes in order to make sure our maintenance check was current with engineering changes and FAA mandates. Often I would go to the engineering department to clarify changes made to the DC-10 that impacted our check. I added new procedures into the maintenance manuals, and purged out of date materials throughout United’s O’Hare aircraft maintenance facilities. I ordered parts and tooling if there were special assigned tasks due beyond our regularly scheduled tasks. On occasion, I would escort the FAA through United’s O’Hare facilities. At the end of my day I would set up the paperwork and assign the maintenances tasks to the 48 union mechanics that worked for me.
I learned how to work with internal and external customers, multitask, and work with a variety of different people.
The manager’s in Aircraft Maintenance changed several times while I worked there. Some were great some were horrible; morale fluctuated based on who was in
Consi was often overlooked when raises were handed out, often felt resentment for being a female in aircraft maintenance
When you 1st start, don't expect any money unless you give up your sleep and life. The management isn't on the same page EVER, and they're so quick to write you up even though you constantly get awards for great customer service. RUN AWAY... STAY AWAY... You have no freedom and don't expect to use your flight benefits because you wont be able to afford a hotel. The schedule is hectic, you don't get paid for boarding (you get paid when the plane is in the air only and less than $2 whenever you're laid over at a hotel - which you usually spend more than what you make to feed yourself while on a layover).
This job is HORRIBLE until YEAR 5.... SO prepare to make less than minimum wage for 5 years. Can you survive off of a paycheck that is less than a McDonald's employee?
They restrict what you can do when you 1st start (you can't pick up trips that would really give you the money you need... but instead, give you the minimum trips that no one wants because you need to "pay your dues" for the 5 years until you can finally choose your schedule.
As much good I've done for the customers and awards I received, I get in trouble for things that aren't my fault. Not to go into details because I don't want to give myself away, but they just dont care. I record conversations and have screenshots to cover myself but yet it still useless when you state your case.
One supervisor says this.... then you do that... the next day you get written up by a different supervisor because "its
Working as a flight attendant was interesting. I wanted to travel and take a couple months after graduation to clear my head and make money while I tried to gain a focus for what I was looking for in life after graduation. Months of not knowing what day it was, what time it was, or where I was, but getting up and working 14-16 hour shifts but only being "on the clock" for 5 or 6, taught me that if you are going to dedicate your life to a career, you must have your heart in it. I did enjoy working with the various crews, serving people and meeting all types of different personalities every day, but not being able to maintain a regular exercise and health routine was what killed the idea for me. I did learn how to be flexible as the first two months working I was on reserve, which meant that I had to be at the airport or at home, basically waiting for them to tell me where I would be going that day, or even for the next 5 days, so we had to make sure to be ready for anything at all times. I learned to adapt to living with 16 people at what the airline industry calls a "crash pad" where pilots and flight attendants cram together in a hotel room or house so they can have a cheap place to sleep on the nights when they are back in their base and have to work the next morning.
At this particular airline, we as employees experienced a little more hardship and issues than most of the other ones. I worked at a regional airline, which means that I flew United Jets but I got paid from
Probably the most fun I've had in a workplace! I loved the fast-pace workings, the fair treating of co-workers and just everything about this job. I love working in wide places.
I was probably one of two people to be an inbound agent at the time I joined. An inbound agent looked over all the cargo coming into Hawaii and into our workplace and made sure they were distributed/transferred to the proper places. It was hardest in the mornings because that is when a lot of cargo comes in, but I enjoyed being able to time everything and get them where they need to be; whether it was to be transferred to other places or to be picked up by clients. Morning shifts were also on time limit since produce needed to be checked first before they can be released to clients. This is where I learned how to manage my time and to work with the warehouse guys in order to make sure we get everything scheduled to arrive in our flight. Talking to clients on the phone also grew more pleasant over time due to building their trust that I can get their cargo in and ready before they come to pick it up.
This is where I learned to always consider my time and to get things done when no one else could. My boss taught me that if there was something missing, I don't just wait for it to arrive, I should go and look for it. I got to coordinate and befriend a lot of different departments within the cargo world in order to find things missing in our warehouse.
My co-workers were amazing and hilarious peo
Prosholiday lunches, benefits, awesome co-workers, fast-paced, chances to improve and work in different departments, great raises
Conswasn't entirely clear about our benefits, missing cargo
This is one of the best jobs I've ever had.
Being a flight attendant has allowed me to travel the world, to meet and work with diverse people, and to find real fulfillment in customer service. I've been able to be there for people on the best and worst days of their lives and to help people connect with family, loved ones, friends, or friends they have yet to meet. It's truly been a fulfilling and rewarding career. The flight attendant work group has been one of the kindest and most invested work groups I've been a part of. People here love to fly, to provide professional and caring service, and that is why they continue to do it. They also HIGHLY (and rightly) prioritize safety of fellow crew and customers and are consummate professionals. Where else can you find a workgroup of people that genuinely love their job, travel the world, and get paid to do so?
That said, there will be plenty of sacrifice, especially at the beginning. Most incoming flight attendants will be looking at several years on reserve minimum and this will include periods of 24 hour on call phone availability and the ability to get to the airport within hours. You will be dealing with fatigue and jet lag from inconsistent sleep schedules and this will be an adjustment. Initial travel and comprehensive health benefits start immediately after training, but starting pay is low and is the same no matter what city you are based in (no cost of living adjustments for expensive base cities). You will be worki
Flexible with great management, friendly environment
So far, United Airlines has been a great place to work. Yes, there are some inconveniences stemming from the United/Continental merger, such as those with migrating Intranet/email/etc systems. And expensive (self-paid, as a contractor) parking! It's also not exactly comfortable or conducive to my working/learning style to share a work space with someone else, but it's understandable that all the other spaces were occupied and we got a decent size space, at least.
However, as a contractor, the management directly above has bent over backwards to get everything aligned as fast as they humanly possibly could so that our jobs as contractors could go forth as planned. I was really surprised at how willing they were to help; I've had places just let me flounder around, asking for help over and over, for months.
Not to mention, the atmosphere is really relaxed and friendly, but still professional. You can wear jeans (nice ones) any time, if you want (big plus); sodas are only .55 cents (although missing water bottles); it's pretty quiet; everyone seems to like each other or at least get along so it's not tense and stressful; they treat you with respect and appreciate what you have to bring to the table, degree or no degree; and - so far - the people I've met have had pretty darn good senses of humor.
I like the people around me and don't hear a lot of badmouthing, and everyone seems ready to pitch in and lend a hand if needed. In addition to management's aid, multiple people on t
Prosgreat location, friendly environment, great management, flexible, casual dress
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I've been an FA with United for about 4 years now, and I have to say despite everything that I'm quite happy with it. Even though I am indefinitely furloughed, I really feel like United did everything they could to keep as many people as they could. In addition, in comparison to my friends in other airlines, United was absolutely top-notch in communicating with us (sometimes multiple emails a day) about COVID-related issues.
There are hard parts of the job, namely that the current contract has it so you can be on reserve (basically on-call) for basically forever, or until enough people ahead of you leave that you can hold a steady route of flying. I've never actually gotten to vote on a contract (this was supposed to be our year, but... yeah) so I got roped into a contract with arguably the worst reserve out of all four mainline companies (UA, AA, DA, and SW). From what I understand, lineholder life is amazing, so it's a dream for another day.
Pay is not great for the first five years, but it caps out at 13 years and it's quite generous then. This job is 100% about seniority. Once you're in, it's quite hard for them to fire you unless it's for safety-related issues or theft. Additionally, the top 10k flight attendants have been flying since before 1996, so getting up through the ranks takes literal decades.
That said, it's the weirdest, best job I've ever had. It's somewhere between kindergarten teacher, bartender, and EMT... all during an earthquake. You meet the absolut
ProsDecent starting salary as FA compared to regionals, I felt like my supervisors actually had my back, good company communication, FANTASTIC health insurance
ConsWildly unpredictable schedule, not the most stable industry due to being very recession intolerant, occasionally very long days(12+ hours), and unpredictable schedule during reserve so you don't know when to sleep
Difficult to advance to another department (ramp, customer service) from Catering, good travel benefits, management could be better
They said after a year you qualify to transfer out but then the pandemic happened, catering still has no active union after 4 years of collective bargaining, straight-time pay for any time over 40, full time drivers are working 30 hours a week, part time drivers 20 hours a week, CDL B at similar companies making $21/hour but no flight benefits, drivers that have been with Catering for 25+ years are making the same as newly hired CDL B drivers, training program for a driver will take 1-3 months to get into the field but training is paid for, free uniforms, great company culture but the Catering department feels strangely separate from United Airlines even though we are not.
It used to be near unlimited OT (time and a half) before the pandemic and before DOT rules.
As an Essential worker (CDL B driver) there’s great job security unless you call out excessively. Catering is hiring, we need people but if you need more money per hour look elsewhere. It’s a great job if you are a CDL A or B driver that needs to spend more time at home but other than needing a CDL, this is a job where everyday will be different and it isn’t like any other truck driving job, there’s downtime of course but still better than waiting at Wakefern for 4+ hours getting detention pay while waiting for a dock to back up your 52’ trailer to.
This is a labor intensive job, you will be pushing, lifting, carrying objects up to 60 lbs in all kinds of weather standing on a platform that goes up 20+ feet depen
ProsFree lunch/dinner, free uniforms, travel & flight benefits, 401k, medical after 90 days, plenty of overtime, 2 days off in a row
ConsOvertime is paid as straight pay not time and a half since the pandemic started, low top pay $18/hour for CDL B driver, $16.85 for non-CDL
High stress, demanding, cut throat, wear and tears the body
Union gives false sense of security. Membership and dues required. Makes lazy co-workers. Schedule is bid on in order of seniority. Work all Holidays. Work 4a.m. to 2a.m. and sleep in car or store room because not enough time to go home before next shift. Air lines constantly merging or being renamed. Lose all tenure, seniority, and benefits under new Company name or job outsourced unless you have 10 or more years and are willing to relocate to most expensive cities and commute weekly by plane from home. Customer service means cleaning airplane front to back including toilets, looking for bombs, marshalling airplanes while sleet beats you in the face, loading and unloading 75 to 375 33 lb to 100 lb bags on 18 or more planes per day in minus 7 to 107 degrees. Searching for passengers lost luggage put on wrong flights. Very strenuous on joints and muscles causing much wear and tear on body. Starting on ramp is manditory. To move to ticket counter position very competitive. Computer system is very difficult. Rebooking very upset or angry passengers for flight delays due to mechanical trouble, weather, flight crew not arriving. The bottom of company budget in wage negotiations. Pilots first, then flight attendants, then customer service/ ramp or below wing employees. Lay offs occur often to prevent top salary pay.
ProsFlight benefits IFyou work for actual company
ConsJobs are outsourced for even lower wages, wages are very low to start, raises 19 to 26 cents per year for first 5 years, you will spend earnings on surgeries for torn muscles and joints, mental health at risk, you may worked 30-40 hours overtime per week manditory, flight benefits awarded by seniority, leads steal money from cash draws and others blamed, maintaining ground equipment, shifts setting next shift up for success.
Customer Service Representative | Richmond, BC | Feb 2, 2017
Brace yourself with lots of knowledge and good health to work lots of hours. Be disciplined and stay focused. It was a good paying job during my time.
Work would start at 330am although the counters were open to the public at 4am. There was half hour to clean work areas, bring out working tools, test computers and set up stanchions in the lobby in a most efficient way to control the crowd. In summer, during peak season, it was not unusual to find passengers spending the night at the airport for their early morning flight. The flights were at 6am to San Francisco, 610am, to Chicago, 630am, to Houston, 7am to Denver, and 810am to Chicago again, and they were operated on either wide-bodied A320s airplanes or narrow-bodied 737s. Flights were usually booked full or oversold. The morning crew would be composed of a ticketing agent, 4 check-in agents and 4 lobby agents, who would be challenged to process more than 1,000 passengers in the first hour to meet on time performance, including documents check for a hassle free travel. There was no time for error, if error was introduced by a passenger, the ticket agent resolved it, but the show must go on. Oversold flights would be addressed through coordination and cooperation between check in agents and gate agents. After the first hour, 2 check in agents and 2 lobby agents leave to be gate agents. That's the most fun, when you see us running around like headless chicken to make sure all passengers who checked- in make it to their flight, including those who got stuck in the U.S. immigration and at the same time, we must meet on time departure for all the flights. I learned to alway
Muy buen ambiente de trabajo, una buena compañia con grandes prestaciones y beneficios, seguridad y crecimiento.
Generalmente llego contenta (pues me gusta lo que hago) y positiva, checando el gate y los vuelos que me asignaron, depende del gate, hay veces que son 7 u 8 vuelos que nos tocan . Trabajamos la llegada y salida de los vuelos, mover el jet bridge para el arrivo de los pasajeros, llegan las maletas de mano por la rampa, ayudo a acomodarlas para su entrega a los pasajeros y si el vuelo esta llegando tarde, hay que tomar los tiempos de la última maleta que se entrega. Si hay cambio de tripulación, la hora en que esta lista para el abordaje , tomo nota del tiempo que termino y entrego mis últimas notas y pendientes a la sobrecargo. Si esta tarde el vuelo trato de sacarlo a tiempo, o ahorrar tiempo para que salga lo más cercano a su salida original , sin descuidar la atención al pasajero. Trabajo, en caso y este sobrevendido el vuelo, la sobreventa, compensando al pasajero y acomodandolo en el vuelo disposible, ya sea con la misma linea o en alguna otra.
Generalmente en los vuelos hay más detalles, como checar los SSRS, sillas de ruelas para pasajeros, Leos preboards, menores sin acompañar, checar si hay posibles pasajeros y pierdan su conección por causa de la llegada tarde, y acomodarlos en el siguiente vuelo disposible.
Esto, en cada uno y en todos los vuelos que me corresponda trabajar, y en caso que tenga un lapso sin algun vuelo, me voy al Customer Service Counter a ayudar a pasajeros a sus preguntas, o en todo caso , a algun compañero si es que esta muy ocupado y necesi
ProsTodo era bueno
ConsNo había contras
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How often do you get a raise at United Airlines?
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Ones every 2 years
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Flight benefits, flexibility
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