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Project Manager

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Former Employee - Project Manager in DFW, TX (US)
Former Employee - Project Manager in DFW, TX (US)

I worked at American Airlines as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

Great pay, they have a lot of company recognized holidays

Cons

I don't think AA is comfortable with contractors. They keep you at a distance, and they make an effort to let you know that you are not an employee. As a result, it's difficult to do your work that requires collaboration with others.
Also, they are not a progressive company due to the older age of employees, averaging 20-30+ years of service. Most of the managers are former flight attendants who were promoted within, therefore they don't understand the flow of other progressive companies and of course the benefits of employing contractors who bring a higher level of expertise.
AA is very political, they have too many levels of management which makes it difficult to get approvals for projects.
Finally, HQ buildings are very dated. They do not have updated break rooms, coffee and filtered water is not provided by the company, you have to join coffee and water clubs or bring your own.
Overall, I did not have a good experience and will not return.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Remove some of the levels of management. Encourage creativity and embrace contractors who bring expertise to your organization.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    American Airlines HQ offices

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fort Worth, TX (US)

    I worked at American Airlines full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    AA is a great company to work for if you are wanting to gain experience in various departments and build your business expertise. I worked in three different organizations and had three very different experiences in terms of management and peers. For the most part upper management is personable and it is a good atmosphere to work in. Teams are usually close knit and work feels like an extended family. The flight benefits are great.... if you love travel.

    Cons

    The pay is not up to industry level.... there are many jobs where you can make more with other companies..... word of advice.... make sure to negotiate what you can with first job in company, if not you are stuck in a pay bracket that could hinder what you make in future jobs in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your pay plan and how you value employees in this regard.... It is very difficult to see long term employees that know the company inside and out... and make huge contributions to its success making half of what newly hired college students that know nothing about it and will take years to get to that point of contribution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good work environment and great travel perks

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    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Worth, TX (US)

    I worked at American Airlines full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of sharp people work at AA and company policy helps ensure respectful treatment of all employees. Travel privileges and other travel-related discounts can help you see the world for less than half of what it might otherwise cost.

    Cons

    Opportunties for improvement may include more fact-based decision-making that is even more customer-focused; the contentious history of management-labor relations needs to be addressed for the company to prosper in a manner equal to its potential.

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