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bad place to work
Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON14 October 2018
very little pay for the intense work that is done. no support from upper management. absolutely no work/life balance and it seems to be something that management asks you to just deal with as opposed to working with you. union fees are too high and barely contributes to your work life. however, it is very difficult to get fired for anything as long as you are never late so take that as you will.
Pros
cheap flights, different work everyday.
Cons
very low pay and terrible scheduling
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Hopeful
Service Director/ Flight Attendant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON10 October 2018
Air Canada compensates well, maybe not to start, but over all takes great care of employees financially. Pension given, top notch benefits, only hard if flying- the job has negative impact on bodies and can affect health in severe ways.
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Terrible company
Bag Agent (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC9 October 2018
I learned big companies do not care about anything but the bottom line. This one is willing to work their new employees to the bone, change their shifts weekly, pay them less than min wage by enticing them with "future" flight benefits, treating them with zero respect or empathy. Terrible experience. I watched peoples bags sit for days because people were "proving a point", "Its not my job" they would say. Bad company with lazy senior employees.
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O comapanie destul de stabila cu o cultura in continua evolutie
Sr. Director, CS Operations & Business Innovations (Current Employee) –  British Columbia9 October 2018
Multe benfecii dintrea care posibilitatile de a calatorii oriunde in lume si sa lucrezi de aprope oriunde in lume sunt de vis.
Pros
Un model de business foarte modern
Cons
Salarii cam la 80% fata de media nationala
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Low pay (minimum wage and the senior employees treat the new one as a piece of shift.
Cargo Station Attendant (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON27 September 2018
I would not recommend Air Canada for no one. They demand that all the employees to write a test to be promoted. At the same time, they hire people off the street for the same position without any test. Ridiculous!
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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Good place to work for the benefits
AIRPORT INTERLINE SALES REPRESENTATIVE (Current Employee) –  Dorval international airport17 September 2018
pay not great...
good health and travel benefits....
schedules are variable depending which department you are working in....
job postings are usually posted but they mostly hire internally.
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Nice work place
Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON15 September 2018
Co-workers are really nice and friendly. Work environment is always fun. You never stop learning in this company. You will have have opportunities to grow.The company has always been family oriented.
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Amazing company
Lead Flight Attendant (Former Employee) –  Vancouver, BC14 September 2018
I loved working at Air Canada, everyday was different, exciting and fun. Coworkers were different each time and I made a lot of friends. It was hard work doing training but well worth the job. There's nothing like have a job where you work in the sky!
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Hard physical work
Acting Station Operations Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Halifax, NS13 September 2018
Hard physical work in all weathers.

Don't expect any let-up if you're injured at work. HR are ruthless.

Rewarding work and supportive union and colleagues.
Pros
Travel benefits
Cons
Unsocial and long hours
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Was a great place to work in the 90s but...
Station Attendant (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC6 September 2018
Use to be amazing to work for AC. Flying all over the place in 1st Class for $50, in 96 you started at $16/hr on the ramp and Leads made $25/hr+, Full Benefits, Easy shift changes with co-workers and you didn't have to fly with your friends on buddy passes.

Then they were forced to buy Canadian Airlines, 9/11 happened and they blamed everything on that and it all went down hill. Glad I took a sweet severance package. Corporate and Cargo Aviation pay way more and have much better working conditions than passenger airline work.
Pros
Cheap Flights (Standby)
Cons
Everything else
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decent work. decent benefits
Station Attendant (Current Employee) –  Toronto Pearson International Airport, ON4 September 2018
decent place to work. work goes on 24/7. work hours will reflect that. good benefits. company likes to advertise schedules as flexible. which is false. career advancement / transfers take months to get processed. poor pay. unsafe place to work. always follow CYA.
Pros
a few
Cons
quite a few
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Good company
INFLIGHT TRAINER (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB29 August 2018
Great company to work for but you are never home.You work only about 20 days a month but 14 hour days sometimes. Benefits are great and the work environment is fun.
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Worst place I ever worked
Station Attendant (Former Employee) –  Toronto Pearson International Airport, ON22 August 2018
Let’s start with, that you have to pass the training if you don’t you’re OUT

You better get your security clearance fast, otherwise you will always need a escort to bring you to your workplace

Training for ramp and loaders is very basic... lots of talk about safety, but in reality people don’t care about them, because the pressure is high, to get the planes out in time.

A lot of angry old employees, who been there since 20+ years and they don’t care about the new employees

Management is a complete disaster
And most of the time there is no equipment to start your shift, and if there is some it’s sometimes NOT SAFE to use.

And on top the pay is miserable for the you do. It’s a really responsible job where if you screw up, put peoples life to Risk

I highly recommend not to apply for this job, you’re better off to work in a coffee or groceries store.
Pros
Not many
Cons
Low pay, terrible union, a lots of politics
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Great place to meet great people
Flight Attendant (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON20 August 2018
Lots of hard work to get passed the training program but very worth it. The people are amazing, the destinations are amazing and the benefits are amazing.
Pros
Travelling
Cons
Long hours
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Nice People and helpful
Aviation Technician Job Shadower (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON20 August 2018
Was only here as a Job shadower for 2 days and learned a lot from the team I was with. They also allowed me to get hands on in some of the simple tasks which helped me get a better idea of the everyday routine work they did.
Pros
Organized
Cons
Night Shift
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Lead, Cargo Station Attendant (Current Employee) –  Edmonton and Calgary20 August 2018
Descent Pay, Good People, Excellent Benefits. The schedules such at first, but they get better with seniority. The pay is similar with a glass ceiling if you don't want to go into management.
Pros
Schedule
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Agent de sécurité , pompier
Agent à air Canada (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC11 August 2018
Donner mon savoir faire en qualité de pompier , sécurité incendie
Pros
Repas gratuits
Cons
Assistant
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Good wages and benefits
Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg maintenance base10 August 2018
Terrible management climb from the bottom no formal training if they get promoted they should be moved to another base where they are not known for their lazy work habits. Managers treat employees like idiots. Unions are out for themselves not members. They know things they don't or can't pass on and do a lot of backdoor deals that benifit themselves or close friends not to benifit the larger group.
Worked for Aveos in Winnipeg hanger and was forced to closed due to A/c not sending any work but they planned the whole closure to get rid of employees and sent maintenance overseas due to costs just to make more money to line their own pockets.
I would not recomend the airline industry as a career as jobs can be moved in a heartbeat.
Good pay and benifits that's it.
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Fun workplace and Motivating
Bilingual Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Halifax, NS10 August 2018
Co-workers are really nice and friendly. Work environment is always fun, everyday is a new day and you never stop learning. Passengers are mostly friendly and understanding.
Pros
Really enjoyable
Cons
Long distance to drive to airport
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Interesting working for Air Canada
Flight Attendant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON8 August 2018
Air Canada is a wonderful company to work for if the life style is for you. There is certainly a "pay your dues" culture there, but should you decide to work through being at the bottom of the totem pole, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
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