Air New Zealand Employee Reviews about "staff travel"

Updated Dec 15, 2020

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4.0
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Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran
Greg Foran
45 Ratings
Pros
  • "Staff travel perk is okay- albeit not as good as most other airlines around the world(in 20 reviews)

  • "great people, amazing brand reputation, good staff discount(in 10 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "shift work miss out on holidays(in 8 reviews)

  • "Rostering system is bad leading to poor work life balance(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      KEY NOT FOUND: jobLine.reserve-former

      Pre-covid was good

      Dec 12, 2020 - In Flight Service Manager in Auckland, Auckland
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      Pros

      Opportunities, staff travel, nice colleagues, interesting days at work, travel

      Cons

      Crew life means not having a schedule until 10 days prior every month, missing important dates throughout year. Many doing same job but different contracts which can build resentment. Onboard Service offerings always changing - you finally get into a good rhythm, understanding & everyone knows new ways/service then it changes again, could never keep up with the amount of emails.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Pros and Cons

      Sep 5, 2020 - Flight Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong bonds with colleagues. If you are a people person- it is the perfect job for you. Decent pay Staff travel perk is okay- albeit not as good as most other airlines around the world

      Cons

      Just a number in a big company. Very long shifts Nil overtime pay Management are thankless and usually only interact with you when something is wrong.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee

      redundant

      Dec 15, 2020 - Airline Pilot in Auckland, Auckland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good colleagues. Modernish aircraft. Good workplace culture.

      Cons

      expensive staff travel. slow career progression. relatively low salary in comparison with other legacy carriers around the world. lack of job stability. busy rosters with little time off.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Average

      Nov 3, 2020 - Pilot in Auckland, Auckland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly colleagues Culture is okay Relatively modern fleet

      Cons

      Better airlines to work for. Pays relatively low compared to other airlines in the world and minimal staff benefits. Staff travel expensive and limited. No healthcare provided. Long working hours and minimal annual leave. Rostering system is bad leading to poor work life balance. Extremely slow career progression. Poor facilities spread across the wider airport area rather than a single headquarters for all admin and training.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      If you like corporate you will like it

      Sep 16, 2020 - Senior Software Engineer in Auckland, Auckland
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      Pros

      Staff Travel, friendly people, if you are lucky modern technologies (AWS)

      Cons

      CEO: Greg Foran seems reasonable, honest guy who got into airline at the worst possible timing. Digital dept: Zero delegation of work and need of absolute control from higher management results in many things getting unattended because high management is not willing to give away responsibilities and empower others and don't have time to work on everything. For example culture program Hapaitia was constantly unattended, program manager was powerless to implement anything that came out of it as it had to be approved by CDO, ending with upset people, manager leaving, wasted money, time, and nobody accountable. Low and middle mgmt are just messengers and are not empowered to decide anything. Very limited career growth opportunities, that improved marginally with multiple restructures and constant flow of people leaving since 2019. Since the appointment of the new CDO in 2019, who come from the financial sector, the whole working environment is being flooded with policies, restrictions and the whole IT department is being tided up by corporate bureaucracy. The agile nimble development team working on cutting edge technologies built by former CDO is gone and all that is left is another grey support IT department with vision of outsourcing. STI Bonus: Company employees are paid a base salary and on top of that there is a bonus part called STI making a good part of your annual salary. Problem is it´s not on top of your market value - it's effectively not a bonus but part of your salary and HR claims "you get this every year, it's just the way how we split salary here". Problem is in the tough times like now, they cancelled all STIs company-wide, means people are suddenly underpaid below their market value. Employees were raising it constantly without any response other than you must wait and it will be nice one day. I don't agree with that as this is exploiting people who are now underpaid but expected to do more work with more people leaving. If you cannot afford to pay your people fairly than it would be fair to keep only people you can afford and don't expect your employees to make up your balance sheets out of their own pockets.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great company

      Aug 17, 2020 - Mid Haul Cabin Crew in Auckland, Auckland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good staff travel, supportive, good days off

      Cons

      Long hours, can be catty

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Avoid This Dumpster Fire

      Jul 22, 2020 - Software Engineer in Auckland, Auckland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent casual culture, the people are nice, many lunchtime activities in Victoria Park. You can come in at 10 am, take a 1-hour lunch and leave at 3 pm and nobody cares. Formal performance reviews are skipped so you don't need to worry about delivering. Staff travel benefits are excellent. If you are made redundant you could keep the benefits for 12-24 months. A golden ticket for your resume (at least in the NZ market). Highly recommend if you have a family (kids get free flights) and want an easy life with no career progression.

      Cons

      The main issue is the management. They would rather people play politics than actually do a good job. I guess this just makes their life easier as they don't have to carry out formal performance evaluations. Simply put, they are out of touch with the workers. There is a lack of learning and training opportunities. You'd expect some seniors and mentors on your team. Instead, you are left alone to do all the work, figure things out yourself and work beyond your role description. You'll probably end up handing over to people more senior than you as they out number juniors 4 to 1. This is problematic, because when you eventually leave companies will see you have the years experience but you never actually got any real experience so it's very awkward to say you want learning opportunities in your next role. They'll reimburse you for passing an exam (e.g. AWS certification) but expect you to do all the study in your own time (with no direction). I don't see why they can't just create a procedure for training people, as this would be much more productive and ensure more than 2% of the engineers understand the underlying infrastructure. You'll be working on garbage systems. I'm talking about 20-year-old applications with dinosaur tech stacks, 2000 line source files with 700 line functions and zero documentation. The technical landscape is simply a huge mess. This is emphasised by silos, the hoarding of knowledge by contractors the fact people are expected to work on hand-me-down laptops and overall terrible engineering. Again, if you want to work on the shiny new stuff and actually gain transferable skills you'll have to play the politics game. They claim to practice devops but the reality is the exact opposite. Few teams control the standards and deployments which bottlenecks everyone else; so much for "you build it you run it". Additionally, when you do need help they won't take responsibility, so you'll find yourself in a loop between 3 departments for weeks achieving nothing. Further micromanaging means you can't even send emails to certain people. You might be without a direct manager for up to a year as they like hiring people with 5% attendance and forgetting about them. Also, it's impossible to ask for a raise or negotiate pay. If you do this you'll be put on a list as "difficult employee" and if you put forward a competing job offer you'll be called a liar. You'll probably receive praise from your team and a thank you or shout out from management; just don't expect any monetary compensation for your efforts except for maybe a $50 Prezzy card. The bonus was low/cancelled for 2 years straight. Basically, they take away all the things you'd expect a junior to receive (learning and training opportunities) and treat you like a contractor (expect you to hit the ground running and do all the work) while paying you in peanuts. It's quite funny actually; people will have on-call contracts (and earn another 10-15k/yr because of this) but they'll still call you to fix things on a Saturday night free of charge. There are just so many layers of managers and all decisions trickle down from upper management with zero transparency. Things around you will change unexpectedly as the shadow committee sees fit. For example, a transparent method of seeing who actually does the work (bitbucket contributors) will suddenly vanish, the outsourcing of work after laying off permanent staff, a new project accompanied by several resignations or yet another restructure. Your manager will agree with you until their boss says otherwise. They will never go above and beyond to do the right thing or admit they were wrong. Instead, they'll brag about working weekends as if that somehow justifies their poor decisions. Clearly, they are just disorganised. Regarding the handling of COVID-19. Not only has the company treated their customers like garbage but also their employees. Several rules have been broken in relation to the wage subsidy, forced use of annual leave (in some cases unpaid leave) and redundancies. It is very strange to me that this company was voted as #2 graduate employer (behind Microsoft). It seems people have an unhealthy obsession with image; they see a large brand and think they should work there. Also to the managers that claim they hire the top graduates, please realise most grads don't want to go through an intern programme, they want their summer holiday and acceptable pay, I think you'll find the top grads end up at Atlassian, Microsoft, Optiver, Xero, etc.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good company to work for

      Dec 31, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Staff Travel is a benefit

      Cons

      Not all people pulling together

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good company

      Jun 26, 2019 - Customer Service Representative in Auckland, Auckland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Its a very good company to work if you are a permanent employee. The career plan is large and they have lots of opportunity to grow. Staff travel is one of the best perks, with some really good deals to travel around the globe for you and your family.

      Cons

      Not recommended if you are a contractor. You won't have staff travel, which makes the job become intense for almost nothing in exchange. You have to learn A LOT of information, its about 4 months training, the shift work is horrible and the wage is not high.

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee

      analyst

      Jan 28, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Staff travel but you need to know the tricks

      Cons

      unfair performance review, one way feedback impossible to move up without connection very political

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