Compare Southwest Airlines vs British Airways BETA

See how working at Southwest Airlines vs. British Airways compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at Southwest Airlines vs. British Airways. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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Southwest Airlines

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British Airways

Employee Ratings

  • Southwest Airlines scored higher in 9 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, CEO Approval, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.4
(based on 2692 reviews)
Southwest Airlines employees rated their Overall Rating 1.1 higher than British Airways employees rated theirs.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.3
(based on 1991 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
4.2
Southwest Airlines employees rated their Career Opportunities 1.1 higher than British Airways employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
3.1
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
4.4
Southwest Airlines employees rated their Compensation & Benefits 1.2 higher than British Airways employees rated theirs.
Compensation & Benefits
3.2
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
3.9
Southwest Airlines employees rated their Work-life balance 0.7 higher than British Airways employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
3.2
Senior Management
Senior Management
3.9
Southwest Airlines employees rated their Senior Management 1.4 higher than British Airways employees rated theirs.
Senior Management
2.5
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
4.4
Southwest Airlines employees rated their Culture & Values 1.3 higher than British Airways employees rated theirs.
Culture & Values
3.1
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
Southwest Airlines Ceo Gary C. Kelly
94%
94%Gary C. Kelly
Southwest Airlines employees rated their CEO Approval 21% higher than British Airways employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
British Airways Ceo Sean Doyle
73%
73%Sean Doyle
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
87%
Southwest Airlines employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 29% higher than British Airways employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
57%
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
77%
Southwest Airlines employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 48% higher than British Airways employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
28%

Salaries

British Airways has 2,570 more total submitted salaries than Southwest Airlines.
Salaries for similar jobs
Salaries for similar jobs
Engineer1 Salaries
£57,024/yr
IT Service Delivery Manager1 Salaries
£40,251/yr
Airport Operations1 Salaries
£40,000/mo
Salaries for similar jobs
Aircraft Mechanic52 Salaries
£32,246/yr
Project Manager43 Salaries
£46,656/yr
Operations Manager9 Salaries
£44,230/yr

What Employees Say

  • "Great benefits" was the most mentioned Pro at Southwest Airlines.
  • "Staff travel" was the most mentioned Pro at British Airways.
  • "Mandatory overtime" was the most mentioned Con at Southwest Airlines.
  • "Long hours" was the most mentioned Con at British Airways.
Pros
Pros
"Great benefits"(in 258 reviews)
"Flight benefits"(in 191 reviews)
Pros
"Staff travel"(in 252 reviews)
"Travel benefits"(in 83 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Mandatory overtime"(in 97 reviews)
"Low pay"(in 59 reviews)
Cons
"Long hours"(in 59 reviews)
"Just a number"(in 51 reviews)
Featured Review

Former Employee - Senior Avionics Engineer

I worked at Southwest Airlines full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

The pros of working at Southwest Airlines (SWA) were too numerous to count. We worked hard, but had fun & there was always a true family atmosphere. There were also unlimited possibilities for... learning & growing in your career & at all levels I always felt I had just as much authority & autonomy as I was willing to work for & take on. I was with SWA for 24 1/2 years & worked in a wide range of maintenance related jobs & environments, starting as an A&P Mechanic & ending as an Avionics Engineer. I never would have left if SWA hadn't offered a stellar early-out package in response to the COVID crisis which enabled a long dreamed of move to Ireland.

Cons

I can honestly only think of one minor downside to working for SWA. When I started we had a fleet of about 200 aircraft. When I left it was a fleet of about 700. There was a very, very tight family... atmosphere when I started & some of that was lost with the growth. Note that I said some, it was still very much present, just diminished, an unavoidable side effect of growth. The bottom line is that SWA always was & remains an exceptional work place. I never would have left if they hadn't offered a stellar early-out package in response to the COVID crisis which enabled a long dreamed of move to Ireland.

"Excellent"12 Aug 2021

Former Employee - Crew Trainer

I worked at British Airways full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Good management Lots of progression Good salary Lots of opportunities Good culture Caring management Flexibility

Cons

I found working for British Airways there was no cons everything I've listed above is all positive, the only downside was the performance system

Job Postings

Southwest Airlines has 212 more recently posted open jobs than British Airways.