Virgin Atlantic Airways Reviews

Updated 13 Aug 2020

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3.8
69%
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81%
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Virgin Atlantic Airways CEO Shai Weiss
Shai Weiss
53 Ratings
Pros
Cons
  • "Pay is no better than any other airline(in 17 reviews)

  • "Difficult to move from London Heathrow to another base (cabin crew)(in 11 reviews)

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  1. COVID-19

    "amazing"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Cabin Crew in Heathrow, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Atlantic Airways full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    everything all great amazing experiences

    Cons

    Covid 19 pandemic shaking the industry

  2. "Travel the world,"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mixed Fleet Cabin Crew in Heathrow, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Atlantic Airways full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working for virgin Atlantic was great, you got to see the world by being paid. Time off down route to explore. The lifestyle of work the days off and leave can be great.

    Cons

    Long hours, working at unsociable hours as there is always night flights, jetlag, standby call outs, being away from home, busy flights.


  3. COVID-19

    "Good benefits and pension"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Flight Service Manager in Heathrow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits such as free flights, pension and private medical

    Cons

    Mass redundancies because of Covid

  4. "Sales support"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Sales Support in London, England

    I worked at Virgin Atlantic Airways full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people and good working from home conditions

    Cons

    Management sometimes make questionabke decisions

  5. "Great culture, have some fond memories"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pilot, First Officer in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Atlantic Airways full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Upbeat, supportive culture. Everyone has a can-do attitude.

    Cons

    Some very old-fashioned attitudes amongst some of the pilots and management.

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  6. "Awful management but good perks"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England

    I have been working at Virgin Atlantic Airways full-time

    Pros

    Perks, working hours, location, good car parking

    Cons

    Dreadful management, institutionalised bullying. Poor salaries, chaos as HR are clueless

  7. "Good until times get tougher"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Senior First Officer in Heathrow, England

    I have been working at Virgin Atlantic Airways full-time

    Pros

    Great lifestyle. Travel the world at someone else’s expense.

    Cons

    Quick to off load staff

  8. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trainer in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virgin Atlantic Airways full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great benefits, inclusive brand, good people

    Cons

    poor communication at times , salary low

  9. "Good Airline"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Airline Captain in Heathrow, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virgin Atlantic Airways full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Worldwide Long haul, new equipment

    Cons

    Hours going from 750 to 900 per year

  10. "Good start, Sour ending."

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cabin Crew in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training, exciting work environment, travel perks, flexible working.

    Cons

    Too many layers of overpaid management bleeding the company dry. Bizarre promotions process carried out by ‘managers’ who have never worked on an aircraft. A culture of clickiness and favouritism depending on which managers you cosy up to or whether or not you live in Brighton/Crawley. Length of service means nothing to this company, they prefer to promote children with zero life experience & smart tongues. Working conditions & goal posts constantly change. Performance monitoring is too opinionated and rarely based on facts & will prevent you being promoted. Most onboard managers are lazy and spend more time drinking tea in the galley or hiding in the flight deck so they can avoid helping with service. Far too many part time crew & managers who haven’t a clue once they’re onboard & are out of touch with correct service/safety procedures. The full timers who do know their stuff end up carrying the lazy ones with no thanks. I suffered two pay drops in my last year here whilst my workload increased due to reduction in crew numbers on each aircraft. It was a good job when we had Senior Cabin Crew but that’s a distant dream now. Might as well work for a no frills airline as the professionalism and glamour has long gone.

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