I’m tired…sick and tired of my job at the airlines. Now, along the way there have been some good times to go along with the bad that have dominated since 2001. I can remember back to my first date in June, 1995 when I was hired as a ramp serviceman in Los Angeles. Everybody sort of sizing each other up, making some new friendships and learning the ropes of a new job.
I grew up in an airline family, so was really the only industry I knew. My father was a pilot, mother a flight attendant and just a few months prior to my being hired, my sister was hired as a flight attendant too. All my training and education has been centered around the airlines as well. I graduated with a B.S. in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois. I attended specialized training and became a licensed F.A.A. Flight Dispatcher. I also started flying in 1990, with my goal to be a pilot and follow in the footsteps of my father.
When I turned 30 I gave up on achieving my dream to be a pilot. Times were very competitive with airlines going out of business, highly experienced pilots coming out of the military and honestly, I was out of money to continue to fly on my own dime. I ventured down a few different runways looking for a change in what I was doing with the airlines. I moved over to the operations side of the industry at the end of 1995, where I have been since, with a minor stop in Chicago.
2001 was a bad year for the airlines with 9-11 shutting down the skies over the United States, something that had never happened before. It was about that time, my airline took a turn for the worse (as did many), with costs continuing to rise and profits..well lack of profits continuing to sink deeper and deeper into the red.
By the start of 2002, we had already seen a few pay cuts, these cuts would continue for another year. When it was all said and done nearly 30% of my wages had been cut! But I was reminded, I should consider myself “lucky” for still having a job after much downsizing and reorganizing, as well as my airline filing for bankruptcy protection *sigh*.
I figured I could get a fresh start in San Francisco, but I see I see HR and upper management play the same type of games as Los Angeles did. If you are not on the “fast track” you won’t see management above the supervisor level. Quite unfortunate for me, as I know my job damn well, but was not given the chance. I don’t want to get involved with the discrimination that takes place, but it’s there. You need to be a blind moron to miss it! And I was told by one department manager and a shift manager that I was not selected because they (HR) wanted a female. Talk about getting the shaft! I’m over that now.
It is long past that time to GTFO. I am just buying my time as I work on my resume and get a real opportunity ti interview with a new company and hopefully secure a new line of work that will pay me what I am worth. Not 30%. Speaking of, my rational is this, they took 30% of my pay so I work 30% less. Fair, right? Logical? Right? But in reality upper management wants you doing more with less. Typical, huh?
The way the company is managed (or is that mismanaged) at the local level is amazing. We do things the same way over and over, yet toss some weather or a mechanical or something out of the ordinary and it’s SNAFU! A great example, just last night I had a flight delayed for nearly 5 hours, after which time I was told maintenance could not fix. But instead of being upfront and honest about it, they kept stringing me along for 30 minutes a pop before I knew it, the flight attendants were going illegal, walking off the aircraft and I was out of options.
The airlines are no longer glamorous, regardless of the “cheap” tickets or free travel that comes with it. These days nearly ALL airline tickets are cheap. I would not be surprised if you, the non airline employee could find some tickets to rival what I pay with my benefits. Not to mention, if there are no seats, I don’t fly.
Even IF our company comes out of bankruptcy things won’t change. We have “performance reviews” every year, but realistically what does it matter how we score? We are not going to see a raise. The company, while improving will still not turn a profit. *sigh* It’s the same old thing, year after year. Nothing gets better, it only gets worse. And that 30% I will never see it again as long as I stay as an employee with this company.