hello all rotorheads! Was wondering if any of you had some experience that could share with me (and possibly others interested)
i have been working for the last few years in the camo/part 145 dpt of a relatively small heli company (we operate a fleet of 7 helis for aerial work)
i have been offered a job with one of the largest heli manufactures around and they are offering me quite a competitive salary...
My collegues at work say i shouln't go for it as chances to grow careerwise are quite limited due to the size of the company, i am hence very undiceded on what to do as i am not too sure if i am being told so because if i leave i would leave quite a big gap in the company...
Any first hand experience from you guys?
I see that most of the companies mentioned here are the large offshore and sar operators not much about the manufacturers themselfes...
Anyone with work experience with eurocopter agusta sikorsky bell robinson etc??
I can only give you a general idea of options but maybe it helps:
To me, money is an important factor but to be successful and satisfied it needs more than a good salary, i.e. job perspective, environment etc. Whether you feel comfortable with a big player where you are one out of x people depends on your own opinion. Let's assume a career was limited because there is more competition, what are your current options to develop your career? You say, you would leave a huge gap if you left now? Is your employer thinking the same?
What about having a meeting with your current employer to discuss the possible next steps to move on within the company. Such a conversation can tell you a lot (and probably ring some bells with your employer).
Last but not least my personal point of view is: I would never use an offer from another company just to squeeze my employer into a higher salary. It might work once but beware of the time afterwards. Should I decide that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, I would quit and never look back (remember, should you stay after being offered a higher salary you are selling your soul and your employer knows you are not really strict in your decisions - a weak point).
If you quit and your employer offers you a higher salary straight away, then this is a slap in your face because basically you did work all the time for less than what you are worth.
Go to the big dog, they obviously put a greater value on your services than the small dog.
I would mention to the small dog what you are doing and see what they do say or do to keep you, if they do nothing then it's the right decision to go, if they do something you will need a very good reason why they didn't do it before, so it's probably still the right decision to go.
Also your premise that there is less chance of career progression with the big dog is counter intuitive, mostly it's the other way around.
Last edited by Camp Freddie; 4th May 2012 at 10:30.
Iíll give you a Pointer: go for it, broaden your experience. Canadian (Huskies) act very differently from Irish (Terriers) but both are PDG. Itíll give you different perspective on the breeds, the breeders, the trainers, the dog-walkers and the Chow, and its the only way to find out whether you prefer being a small fish in a big pool with opportunities or a big fish in a small pool with comfort and status (sorry - lost the theme there). Stop Lion around or youíll be dogged by it for the rest of your life. If the change turns out to be Shitzu, you can move on again with a better broader CV to the next place (Labrador, Newfoundland, Shetland, Dalmatia, West(high)land?). And if, when you Finnish, your current pack Spitz on you, thatís only natural pack behaviour. But donít be Cavalier with themĖ itís a small small world and it will come back to bite you.
Never claimed to be a Sikorsy hand....but have known many and to a Man they were very happy there. Times change I guess!
I do know there is a very strong loyalty to the company by those I know....and with my first hand knowledge of the pay and benefits common to the American Helicopter industry....working for the folks building them beats the dickens out of those operating them.
Care to prove me wrong on that statement?
Also...if life at Sikorsky is so bad....why hang around? Perhaps Loyalty is not considered a positive trait anymore.
I have worked on production for 2 different manufacturers and it was never a happy time... But I was always under deadline pressure. There were those who had a lovely time in the alleged support departments which would have different view of the subject, no pressure ,jobs worth attitude and seemed a job for life. 1 of the manufacturers doesn't any more the other scaled back massively. The fact you are looking or asking on here suggests you are not happy with your lot. The grass can be greener on the other side of the fence or just a mirage. My only advise to you is do not burn your bridge if you leave. You may wish to return with the fountain of knowledge your experiences have given you.
I did work for a large helicopter company for 39 years, and SAS, although he didn't work for that company ( Sikorsky ) has it exactly right, in my estimation.
Before you make your final decision, just be sure you will be doing something you really want to be doing. Assuming that you are intelligent, eager, like to work hard and like people, the rest will take care of itself. Doesn't matter which company you go to ( though, since you seem to be an enthusiasistic person, permit me to hope that it is Sikorsky, 'cause you can teach people a lot of things, but it's tough teaching them attitude ).
Just a note re the unhappy Sikorsky duo expressing their opinions here. Every large organization has people who are not happy, no matter what the circumstances. And it's easy to post ones bile on PPRuNe anonymously. What's immensely more satisfying is to participate in helping an organization excel in their chosen line of work.
There was comment regarding chance of promotion/ advancement. There used to be a standing joke about the implications of a new organization chart at Sikorsky, which was that, no matter how they repositioned the chairs and job titles, the same core of people/mangers still did the important work. ( I am certain that is true at Bell, Boeing and Eurocopter as well ). An underlying point is that in my 39 years at SA, the people with intelligence, enthusiasm, energy, and the willingness to work hard to solve problems were recognized and promoted. ( and I am certain that is the case elsewhere too ).
Was everything perfect, all the time during 39 years? Hardly, and that will be true wherever you go, or whatever you do. Did some lesser individual ever obtain a promotion that seemed absolutely off base? Sure, but usually, that person's performance led to a " readjustment " down the road.
I hope this short note provides a bit of clarity, and I certainly wish you well.