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Old 5th Jun 2012, 12:11   #81 (permalink)
 
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EK CCQ

Anyone in the circle of trust know where the CCQ program is? Aside from the A380 issues could getting that program launched start draining the pool?

I really need you guys in the pool to get start dates so they can start refilling the pool
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Old 5th Jun 2012, 17:15   #82 (permalink)
 
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First week of March here.. Still no word.. I hope no news is good news in this case..
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Old 5th Jun 2012, 21:34   #83 (permalink)
 
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Feb and nada......
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Old 6th Jun 2012, 10:54   #84 (permalink)
 
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Interview was on mid march, last email on april 28th, still swimming...

Regards to everybody
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Old 7th Jun 2012, 20:50   #85 (permalink)
 
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Ek Hold Pool

Orville, the 'bus driver, attended DXB in early March, stayed the full period, had a good exit interview and was told he was in, subject to references and medical tests being o.k.

Thereafter, deafening silence. We guess "no news is good news" and that he is in the Hold Pool. After all, surely they would say if he had an untreatable case of "the dreaded lurgi"?

What I find strange is that EK don't communicate with its future workforce. It would be so easy to drop the Pool a line saying " thanks, you are accepted as a FO. As you've seen, we're up to our eyeballs processing DEC's at present so we don't have time to process our successful FO's yet. Don't worry, though, we'll get back to you shortly with a CCQ/TR start date once we finish the DEC's."

That would cost nothing, but would calm you guys down and let you sleep at night - Orville's pacing the floor at night is keeping his mum and I awake!

I wonder what this absolute incompetence by HR means for your future careers at EK. They don't seem too supportive or helpful at present - BA did it better in my day...

OD
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Old 7th Jun 2012, 23:45   #86 (permalink)
 
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Whisper that all cse are full until next year. ( FO that is )

It would be good if HR talked to the pool, but we don't work for EK, we just attended the selection , so no right of consultation. That's life .
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Old 8th Jun 2012, 01:52   #87 (permalink)
 
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Maybe?

President of EK amongst others interviewed in this interesting article from the WSJ;

Global Airlines Fly Into 'Storm' - WSJ.com

Another slump on the horizon? Where are those B787/A350 and NEO/MAX aircraft when you need them :-(

OW
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Old 11th Jun 2012, 16:17   #88 (permalink)
 
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Old 12th Jun 2012, 10:50   #89 (permalink)
 
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Seems like the wheel is starting to turn again over at EK Maybe good news shortly for those of us in the hold pool
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Old 12th Jun 2012, 10:52   #90 (permalink)
 
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"hear say" or do you have some specific info?

Not having a go, just wondering.

Thanks
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 08:32   #91 (permalink)
 
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Now it's official

I take we have now all received the email about being now placed in a holding pool...
Disappointing to say the least...

I guess things are not moving all that fast at EK right now...

To be continued
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 09:12   #92 (permalink)
 
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A380 grounding cost US$30m a month - Emirates exec - Travel - ArabianBusiness.com
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 11:48   #93 (permalink)
 
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Now it's official
I take we have now all received the email about being now placed in a holding pool...
Disappointing to say the least...

I guess things are not moving all that fast at EK right now...

To be continued
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 14:26   #94 (permalink)
 
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EK Hold Pool (FO's)

Can't be a bad thing if they are officially placing people in the pool... That's a precursor to hiring. And the 380 stuff while a pain, at least provides finality to this issue which I think may be the root of the slowdown...

That's my positive spin...
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Old 13th Jun 2012, 21:34   #95 (permalink)
 
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Being placed in a Holding Pool may not, necessarily be a good development....

It's not the first time EK has done this with successful candidates; In May-Jun of 2008, they interviewed prospective FO's who were told "you can expect to be in class by September". This then moved to November. Boeing then had supply problems with the companies supplying the galleys for the 777, which delayed deliveries. Then the Boeing machinists went on strike and further delayed deliveries. The "Poolies" were then told to expect to be in DXB at the beginning of 2009.

As we all know, at the beginning of 2009 the world financial markets started to go into meltdown and the Poolies were then told that they would be contacted when a class date was available but that if they reached 12 months from their interview, that they would have to re-interview.

What happened was that EK had about 100-150 guys in the pool and "cherry-picked" those that had Boeing or Airbus time. The rest unfortunately, never made it out.

I'm not trying to wind anyone up here, just adding a bit more info about how EK has in the past, dealt with those in the Holding Pool. Whatever happens, good luck to those that are swimming.

Last edited by Kenny; 13th Jun 2012 at 21:36.
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 02:55   #96 (permalink)
 
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Kenny is , unfortunately right. It come s down to supply and demand. For all those who think it's a good idea to turn down a 330 in favour of a 777 are not doing them selves any good.
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 11:45   #97 (permalink)
 
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Got my interview and all the procedure OK down to the medical on early May.
Then email for reference checking. OK again.

Now they sent my an email saying due to operational problems we have not reviewed your application yet.

So, month and a half later they have not even taken a minute to see that everything is OK and send me and email saying something like "everything is fine, you're in the pool".

What they're actually telling me is that they can't even guaranty me that I passed all the checks, and I'm talking about more than 1 month after the interview.

Honestly, this is not the EK they are selling on the roadshows or HR dvd's.
Thought they were a bit more professional on that airline. What a shame.
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 13:27   #98 (permalink)
 
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Archer, how many hours do you have? How many modern jet?
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 13:56   #99 (permalink)
 
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Archer, does this mean if they now offer you a job you will turn it down?
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Old 14th Jun 2012, 14:01   #100 (permalink)
 
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archer

Better get used to it right away. That's the way EK gets around everything and everybody.
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