FlightSafety International Employee Reviews

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Dull place to work with little pay and no advancement
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  East Elmhurst, NY18 October 2016
Great co-workers, everyone is very friendly and willing to contribute. Free pizza here and there,lots of candy, Pingpong table, full table of breakfast and coffee everyday. Everything is great minus the fact there aren't any windows, and the bathrooms looks like your great grandma's living room. Plus the pay sucks, there aren't too many raises and this is a multi-billion dollar company. Very hard to go up the social ladder unless you are patient and have the skills when opportunities open.
Pros
Free breakfast, lots of candy, Great people
Cons
No windows, Grey walls, Hard to advance, Low pay
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A Unique Experience
Instructional Systems Specialist (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MO6 January 2017
The work was not hard and there was the opportunity to learn something new about aviation every day, not always something you needed to learn but interesting. There was always work to be done and it seemed like everyone was truly nice and fun to work with, always willing to help out.
While not always particularly interesting work there is an element of necessity that helps the job feel like it makes a difference.
I noticed that there wasn't always great project management and tasks could get bogged down and bloated by constantly adding project stakeholders or not exercising scope control.
Pros
Amazing people, flexible hours, lots of free food, easy work if you have the skills, always something going on
Cons
Lack of orientation process, lots of red tape, hit or miss communication between departments and centers, very old school management
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Great environment
Software Engineer V (Current Employee) –  St. Louis, MO17 November 2016
Management listens and cares about employees.
Good collaborative atmosphere, relaxed yet productive.
Smartest team I have worked with.
Good work/life balance.
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Horrible place to work
Instructor (Former Employee) –  Dallas-Fort Worth, TX24 January 2017
Only as a stepping stone for a pilot who is between Jobs! If your work at Flight safety as a instructor you will work long hours, back side of clock, poor support to accomplish your job and low pay.
Pros
money is enough till you can find another job
Cons
see the review
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No advancement within the company
Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Broken Arrow, OK10 January 2017
Any tools you need you have to purchase/provide yourself.
There is no rush to complete task, a lot of not working going on.
Benefits include a lot of paid holidays, and good insurance.
Pros
Good Insurance
Cons
Low pay, must buy all your tools
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Creative and innovative place to work.
Financial Analyst (Current Employee) –  Broken Arrow, OK10 July 2016
The product manufactured is amazing. The ability and skills of the engineers in this company is amazing. Overall, the company is transitioning from a small company to large, international company. Change is not readily accepted and the growing pains are difficult to work amongst. There is a work-life balance in very few departments, but there is immense pressure to work 24/7, 365 days a year and travel frequently overall.
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Administration sucks!!
Administration (Former Employee) –  Vero Beach Florida28 October 2016
Great place to meet new people from across the world. Besides that they treat their employees with no compassion. All they care about is money. They are liars when it comes to graduation dates. They cut corners when contracts are almost up as to whereas they will start "passing" students just to meet deadlines. Poor students aren't even fully trained and are rushed through the courses.
Pros
Meeting new people.
Cons
Unprofessional Bias opinions, Over work and under paid, scheduling position is the worse at the Vero Beach flight safety, no one lasts more than a few weeks
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fun in the Simulators
Simulator and Ground Instructor (Former Employee) –  Queens, NY24 September 2016
Ground School first then Simulator on SD3 aircraft.

I learned about SD3 systems.
Management was good.
The most enjoyable part of the job was sim training.
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Get experience and run
Instructor (Current Employee) –  Wichita, KS18 November 2016
A good company to get your foot in the door of the training industry. Climbing through the ranks can be difficult if not impossible. Learn as much as you can and look for opportunities outside the company.
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Nice place to work
Inventory Clerk (Former Employee) –  Broken Arrow, OK6 April 2016
I worked at FlightSafety International for 7 years and during that time I learned Microsoft excel, how to communicate with others, purchase orders, ERP System, manufacturing, typing, general office work and how important it was to complete a task to the best of my ability just to name a few. They also made it possible to take online training to help you to become a better asset to the company which was indeed very help.
Management at some points left a lot to be desired due to the lack of communication. My co-workers were mostly very helpful.
The hardest part of the job was sometimes not having the help needed to complete some of the tasks that were assigned to two or more individuals.
The most enjoyable part of the job was some of the wonderful people that I had the privilege to get to know and work with
Pros
The people that I had the pleasue of getting to know
Cons
Short breaks, and in some case management
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Rock-solid in an industry notorious for boom-bust cycles.
Simulator Technician II (Current Employee) –  Dallas, TX8 April 2016
FlightSafety provides extremely stable employment in an industry notorious for lay-offs. It offers above average benefits, but low-average salary. Only gross incompetence or pornography on work computers will cause dismissal.

The manufacturing divisions offer the chance to work with very talented people.

Among its employees, the company, like the industry, tends to a high average age. You will not get forced out because of a calendar. You will more likely get asked to reconsider your voluntary retirement than encouraged to accept early retirement.

FlightSafety provides extremely stable employment. Promotions and pay raises come very rarely. I've had exactly two promotions and three raises in twelve years, despite high competence and superior results. Increases are no greater than absolutely necessary to keep staff.

The manufacturing divisions require very talented people. If you can't measure up, you'll hate it.

FlightSafety hires the best staff it can afford. If you expect too much money, they'll pass on your job offer.

Among its employees, the company, like the industry, tends to a high average age. It also tends to have mostly white employees in gender-traditional positions. I.e., women as secretaries and receptionists. This is a tendency, not an affirmative action violation. If this bothers you, you'll hate working there. If you expect new ideas and fresh thinking, forget it.
Pros
Extremely stable employment and above average benefits
Cons
Little advancement, less opportunity, even less training
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Outstanding company, excellent benefits, professional environment.
Simulator Qualifications Administrator (Former Employee) –  Tulsa, OK22 June 2015
FlightSafety International is an outstanding company to work for with many advancement possibilities. Everyone is helpful, management is supportive and benefits are great. I would still be working there however I had to relocate to another state to be close to family members. I highly recommend FlightSafety!
Pros
Excellent reputation in the Aviation Industry, Great Benefits, supportive management.
Cons
They do not allow any remote work via computer.
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Overworked and under paid!
Instructor (Former Employee) –  CMH4 August 2016
They over work you and under pay you. It's so bad they want you to sign a training contract to repay the type rating you received to work there!! If you don't or can't get your medical plan on getting over worked because they know you can't get another job! Bad place!!
Pros
It's a job till you can find another!
Cons
Pay, few actually days off, center manager, Assist Center Manager
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Great company to work for, career advancement is good, good group of people
FLIGHT SIMULATOR TECHNICIAN I (Current Employee) –  Farnborough, ENG26 July 2013
Management are very approachable and the company as a whole looks after their employees, generally a company to be proud of working for. Benefits are good, more so at work (i.e. free coffees etc) than outside of work (i.e. pensions).
As an American company they try to go out their way to make life as pleasant as possible at work.
The majority of the employees are very helpful and there is a strong team spirit where everyone is keen to get the job done without creating a stressful environment.
The job is fairly varied and allows many opportunities to learn.
Pros
Pay is reasonable, every employee is highly valued, free hot drinks and snacks at work, raises lots of money for charity, good co-workers.
Cons
Apprenticeships do not result in any relevant qualifications, just experience. Very tight when it comes to pay rises.
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good place to work
Tax Accountant (Former Employee) –  Flushing, NY7 December 2015
Company is great company to start your career, good benefits great working culture. co-workers are great to work with, very knowledgeable.
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FlightSafety Cessna Learning Center
Instructor (Former Employee) –  Wichita Ks28 August 2012
Instructor Sim and Ground:
Its management is the "good old boys club" .. if you are not in the club your not going anywhere. Good work is payed by more work and credit only goes to the top. If you are a good worker or a bad worker is a subjective evaluation by the "good old boys" ; one bad and all good work is errased. The instructors are great bunch of guys working with one goal .. provide the best for the customer they can. All are dedicated professional instructors highly skilled, highly motivated but poorly lead/guided.
Pros
meet lots of great people and good equipment to do your job and good pay
Cons
long hours, disfunctional management, lack of advancement
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Very secure
Business Administrator/Office Clerk (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MO25 March 2016
Very secure place to work. The only complaint is that there is a lot of favoritism among management. If you are liked, you will go far....but if you're not liked they will do everything to get you to leave. I still communicate with people there and things may be getting better in that regard, but it's unfortunate that's how they operated for such a long time.
Pros
Very secure company
Cons
Too much favoritism
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This company should be used as a stepping stone for your next "real " job!
Instructor (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MO28 August 2016
For get this place you will find that you hate going to work in the morning.nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmmnLllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
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Desperate need of a business culture change
Integrated Project Scheduler (Current Employee) –  Broken Arrow, OK8 August 2015
If you are a male in this company you will be fine. Being a female in this company is a whole other story. Be prepared to fight for everything and receive nothing. There are a bunch of "good 'ol boys" running this company and it is evident in the business culture and lack of change that this place so desperately needs positively enforced new business practices. Insurance, benefits and schedule flexibility are a definite pro to working at this company. One of the only reasons I think some stay as long as they do.
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great product with no appreciation for services rendered
"B" Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Broken Arrow, OK28 November 2015
great product with an amazing reputation for a training aid. management has a very poor view of its employees, poor compensation yields a high turnover which management approves of because "anyone can do this job".
Pros
heat and cooled shop, clean work environment
Cons
low pay, overall $hi!!y corporate view of employees
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3.5
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