British Airways Career Development FAQ

Read what British Airways employees think about career development at the company. Employees have questions about everything from promotions and mentoring to job security.

British Airways has a career opportunities rating of 3.1.

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7 English questions out of 7

6 August 2020

How are the career development opportunities at British Airways?

Pros

For those that commit there is structured professional training in a range of interesting self development areas e.g. sales skills, negotiation skills, management training. The travel perks, when in use, can be amazing, seeing the world at reduced rates is very satisfying and again, self developmental, as you get exposed to a range of other cultures, foods, experiences. I believe it makes us better global people. Work-life balance, yours to make of it what you will, it can be a pro with the amount of home working opportunities in many roles now. Or it can be a con if you prefer more interaction.

Cons

The company is going through another period of great change, change is often stressful in its nature, but often required in this industry. The history of aviation is littered with dramatic highs and lows, it pays to learn to be as adaptable as possible. Important to recognise it can be difficult. Reapplying for your role in the company every few years carries some stress. The number and range of opportunities overseas has greatly reduced from just several years ago, this means overseas there's limited movement, and currently in the UK limited personal career growth opportunity as the company downsizes.

Advice to Management

Communicate, communicate, communicate. Oh yes, and communicate. BA doesn't have a great track record in this area internally or externally, good communicators are rare.

The number and range of opportunities overseas has greatly reduced from just several years ago, this means overseas there's limited movement, and currently in the UK limited personal career growth opportunity as the company downsizes.

6 August 2020

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16 August 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at British Airways?

Pros

Great company with lots of opportunity to move around

Cons

Poor senior leadership for ground staff at Heathrow.

Great company with lots of opportunity to move around

16 August 2019

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7 June 2020

Does British Airways have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

Good salary, excellent training, and opportunities, good benefits

Cons

Expected staff to work long hours , when unexpected conditions, caused disruptions

Good salary, excellent training, and opportunities, good benefits

7 June 2020

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24 January 2021

How are promotions handled at British Airways?

Pros

Airline that knows what its doing when it comes to profitability and controlled growth

Cons

Not the best salaries and very flat management pyramid meaning opportunities for fast promotion are few

Not the best salaries and very flat management pyramid meaning opportunities for fast promotion are few

24 January 2021

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16 October 2020

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at British Airways?

Pros

Good discount, good training and great benefits

Cons

Treated like a number, bad pay for what you do, constantly checked up on

Good discount, good training and great benefits

16 October 2020

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