Pros: Superb benefits
Cons: High average age of upper management - somewhat outdated strategies
Employees at FlightSafety International work very hard for average wages, but they receive excellent benefits. The healthcare options alone are better than you can find anywhere. As a Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett) subsidiary, there is a culture of growth and competitiveness, although upper management tends to lag behind the latest technologies in many areas. This might be because the CEO is in his mid-80s!
From an I.T. perspective, the company is more than 10 years behind the curve, except for their multi-million-dollar full-flight simulators, which are state-of-the-art.
My job was to manage courseware and media development teams, provide instructional design leadership, and meet all regulatory compliance requirements. The process was highly political, as there are functional silos within the company that fight to remain relevant, sometimes at the expense of others.
Overall, FlightSafety is great company, despite its shortcomings, and the people who work there are the cream of the crop. I would count over a hundred of my former teammates among my friends and have deep respect for their ability and character.