Compare Mesa Air vs Air Force Reserve BETA

See how working at Mesa Air vs. Air Force Reserve compares on a variety of workplace factors. By comparing employers on employee ratings, salaries, reviews, pros/cons, job openings and more, you'll feel one step ahead of the rest. All salaries and reviews are posted by employees working at Mesa Air vs. Air Force Reserve. Learn more about each company and apply to jobs near you.
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Mesa Air

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Air Force Reserve

Employee Ratings

  • Air Force Reserve scored higher in 9 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, CEO Approval, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.0
(based on 539 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
4.4
(based on 339 reviews)
Air Force Reserve employees rated their Overall Rating 1.4 higher than Mesa Air employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
3.1
Career Opportunities
4.4
Air Force Reserve employees rated their Career Opportunities 1.3 higher than Mesa Air employees rated theirs.
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
2.4
Compensation & Benefits
4.2
Air Force Reserve employees rated their Compensation & Benefits 1.8 higher than Mesa Air employees rated theirs.
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
2.7
Work-life balance
4.0
Air Force Reserve employees rated their Work-life balance 1.3 higher than Mesa Air employees rated theirs.
Senior Management
Senior Management
2.2
Senior Management
3.8
Air Force Reserve employees rated their Senior Management 1.6 higher than Mesa Air employees rated theirs.
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
2.6
Culture & Values
4.2
Air Force Reserve employees rated their Culture & Values 1.6 higher than Mesa Air employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
Mesa Air Ceo Jonathan G. Ornstein
41%
41%Jonathan G. Ornstein
CEO Approval
Air Force Reserve Ceo Donald Trump
56%
56%Donald Trump
Air Force Reserve employees rated their CEO Approval 16% higher than Mesa Air employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
56%
% Recommend to a friend
97%
Air Force Reserve employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 40% higher than Mesa Air employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
30%
Positive Business Outlook
76%
Air Force Reserve employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 46% higher than Mesa Air employees rated theirs.

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What Employees Say

  • "Flight benefits" was the most mentioned Pro at Mesa Air.
  • "Great benefits" was the most mentioned Pro at Air Force Reserve.
  • "Low pay" was the most mentioned Con at Mesa Air.
  • "Active duty" was the most mentioned Con at Air Force Reserve.
Pros
Pros
"Flight benefits"(in 98 reviews)
"Travel benefits"(in 48 reviews)
Pros
"Great benefits"(in 37 reviews)
"Civilian"(in 20 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Low pay"(in 79 reviews)
"Flight attendants"(in 46 reviews)
Cons
"Active duty"(in 22 reviews)
"Deployments"(in 21 reviews)
Featured Review

Former Employee - Flight Attendant

I worked at Mesa Air full-time

Pros

flight benefits are too good

Cons

pay could be a lot better

Former Employee - Pilot

I worked at Air Force Reserve part-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Good paycheck, good amount of hours and experience to start an aviation career, and a great resume builder.

Cons

From the pilot side of the house. Flying is NOT your actual job. The distractions will be many, support will be minimal, and more and more the Reserves see themselves as your primary employment... instead of a part time job as it was originally intended. Get your time in, do some good in the world, then when you have your hours and your commitment is done get your apps out to the rest of the aviation industry. That's IF you have a passion for flying. If your passion is to just be IN the military but don't want to be forced to move every three years, flying is something you are ambivalent about then there are no real negatives. If you aren't bothered by spending a career arguing with agencies and individuals over non-mission related details every step of the way in trying to get anything done then you will enjoy the second half of a Reserve career past your commitment. For some it's a dream job. But don't expect the pilot shortage to go away, which also means if you are looking for a reserve career not involved in flying you would do well to find a reserve job at a base that is joint owned with active duty or whose primary purpose has nothing to do with flying airplanes. That way you don't have to worry about finding yourself needing to relocate or just without a job 10 years in to your career because such a base loses funding or gets shut down.

Advice to Management

Be honest with your people, be consistent. Both are qualities that have all but disappeared in the AF Reserves. You can't plan for every contingency, that's not just a military truism, it's life. But... you can control how honest and consistent you are in the face of each change. Reserve employees are first and foremost volunteers who want to do their part but also want to have roots in the community, keep family stability, and build a civilian career at the same time. Otherwise they would have joined active duty. Lose sight of that and you lose their passion, their intensity, and eventually they just leave. Oh, and don't be afraid to mess up, and be fair and balanced to your people when they mess up. That's how people learn. Everyone knows it's a one-mistake Air Force these days, which creates a risk averse culture of leadership. When in the realm of a safety standpoint, you need to keep young excitable personnel from thinking they are invincible. But from a leadership culture realm, it stifles innovation and breeds complacency. I'm not saying this as someone who has messed up and am bitter, I'm a very good pilot who has been an admittedly exceedingly average officer who has seen a lot of VERY good officers and senior non-commissioned officers get held down, held back, and thus encouraged to leave while other exceedingly average or less than average leaders climb the ranks.

Job Postings

Air Force Reserve has 72 more recently posted open jobs than Mesa Air.