Does anyone or new hires have any questions or concerns of St. George and/or SkyWest?

IADspotter

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1) How often are classes held for new hires at Skywest, and whats the avg class size?
2) For a city of close to 88K and metro area of close to 180K, craigslist returned 34 results for 1br apartments. Is finding housing an issue? What explains that?
3) I have heard it has a warm climate. Is rainfall scarce?
4) What are some entertainment options apart from outdoor activities like the nearby national park(s)?
5) The cliched question: Bars/nightlife/liquor stores non-existant?
 

flynryan692

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1) How often are classes held for new hires at Skywest, and whats the avg class size?
2) For a city of close to 88K and metro area of close to 180K, craigslist returned 34 results for 1br apartments. Is finding housing an issue? What explains that?
3) I have heard it has a warm climate. Is rainfall scarce?
4) What are some entertainment options apart from outdoor activities like the nearby national park(s)?
5) The cliched question: Bars/nightlife/liquor stores non-existant?
I guess I'll offer my own responses...

1) Roughly 3-4 classes a year for the last few years. Obviously that depends on a lot of things, but that's how it has been.
2) I'll be brutally honest on this one, yes it is an issue. A lot of those 1br apartments are probably student only housing which makes it even harder. The college is growing, the hospital is growing, SkyWest is growing...everything is growing and the city is struggling to keep up. The COL is quickly increasing and I honestly do not think the company wants to face the fact they have to start doing something. That, or they want to see how far they can push it...who knows.
3) Warm? More like hot. We'll get a short monsoon season where we get some brief but heavy rain followed by flash flooding, however rain is pretty much non-existent. I've watched TS develop west of SGU, dissipate as they reach SGU, and then build again to the east. Frustrating thing to see when it's 105-110 outside, every day.
4) Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior Joseph Smith...? Not much available that isn't an outdoor thing. I think there is a video game cafe thing, a movie theater, and your typical big box stores. You can go to Mesquite if you want to gamble at the casinos.
5) I don't go out to drink so I am not familiar with the specifics, but I know there is a couple bars located in hotels and you have to order food to get alcohol. There is one (I think only one) regular bar. Not much night life, liquor store is ran by the state. It's worth mentioning almost everything closes on Sunday except for the big stores like Wal-mart, and the big fast rood restaurants like McDonalds.
 

SpaceBeagle

Located in Low Earth Orbit
5) You can enjoy the glorious and awesome experience that is the One & Only, with a scenic view of the Texaco and frequent visits by the SGU PD (at least Taco Time is nearby!). I think Jazzy's closed sometime back which was a actually a decent place to hang.

Vegas isn't too far away though!
 

IADspotter

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What are the different shifts for dispatch, and do shifts vary during a given week or schedule period? Can one expect to pretty much work a set schedule or you can expect to work different shifts in any given week or weeks? Also, how many DXers are there during the busiest shift?
 

oktex88

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SkyWest Dispatch is non-union. Definitely something to consider when thinking about job protection, pay, and work rules.
 

bbmikej

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SkyWest Dispatch is non-union. Definitely something to consider when thinking about job protection, pay, and work rules.
On the other hand, it seems like regional dispatch unions have virtually no power. I will say, the some of the protections are great, but I don't think not having a union should keep anybody from working there.
 

paincorp

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On the other hand, it seems like regional dispatch unions have virtually no power. I will say, the some of the protections are great, but I don't think not having a union should keep anybody from working there.
9E is probably doing better than anyone and they just voted their union out.


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bbmikej

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It's kind of like insurance.

I've never had to use my insurance but i would never due without it. But, what good is insurance if your deductible is an insanely high amount.
 

Stumped

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I am interested in SkyWest as well, and find all this information interesting. SkyWest is the only regional that I would consider leaving my current regional for. I understand much of the pros and cons of St. George, as a place to live. However, I am more interested in the daily operations of SkyWest, especially since it is not union.

For those that work there, how is management? How do they treat dispatchers, in general? What about job security? Do they fire many people? If so, for what reason(s)? What is the workload like? How many releases a day is typical? Is there downtime between releases or are you constantly busy (normal days, not IROP days)? In general, what is it like to work in the OCC? Is there a break room with refrigerators? Lockers? Are the desks, chairs, computers, monitors, comfortable and in good condition? I guess what I am getting at is, what is the corporate culture there like?

Thanks for any insight you may be able to provide! :)
 

Troy McClure

Ah say boy...Whattcha got there son?
St. Geeezy!!! Sooooo many white people!!! I have had many friends at SKW. The work loads are huge. The stress levels high. and FORGET ABOUT JUMPSEATING in and out of SGU. My friends tell me its a bitch and half. Plan on flying in and out of Las Vegas and taking the shuttle or meet up w others and rent a car o/w. It did take my friends a long time to find housing...but then again...they weren't white. (oh...it matters for sure!) I do have some first hand exp. myself but mostly anecdotal. Good luck and have lots of hot fun.
 

flynryan692

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For those that work there, how is management? How do they treat dispatchers, in general?
Overall, not bad. Easy to get along with. They're approachable if you have questions or concerns.

What about job security? Do they fire many people? If so, for what reason(s)?
Biggest regional in the world and still growing, so job security is good. I wouldn't get comfortable though, anything can happen. They've only fired one person since I've been here and it was related to posting things on social media.

What is the workload like? How many releases a day is typical? Is there downtime between releases or are you constantly busy (normal days, not IROP days)?
Currently a desk will vary between 42 and 48 (roughly) flights. When I was in training we were under staffed and I had desks that regularly had 55+ releases on them, but that isn't the case anymore. Many of us think the desks are built poorly and don't properly account for things going wrong, and since we operate out of every major hub except MIA, you're going to get the problems somewhere. We want less flights, but I don't think that is going to happen, instead they are looking at how they can build the desks better.

In general, what is it like to work in the OCC? Is there a break room with refrigerators? Lockers? Are the desks, chairs, computers, monitors, comfortable and in good condition? I guess what I am getting at is, what is the corporate culture there like?
In general, it's not bad. In my opinion the OCC..perhaps the entire building is the definition of bland and boring. No fancy blue lights, cafeterias, or anything special. I guess it doesn't need to be any of that, just an observation/ opinion.

There is a break room with fridges, freezes, microwaves, toasters, Kuriegs, vending machines etc. Down stairs is a "market" you can buy stuff from as well, and there is a grocery store next door if you like over priced goods.

The desks are fine, the chairs break a lot and we have a maintenance guy from the manufacture that comes by to fix them. I've seen better chairs from OfficeMax...OO got robbed on those things. The computers were all recently upgraded to new Dell OptiPlex 5060's which is so much better than the old ones. We have four monitors at each desk, which I understand is not the norm at most regionals. Three monitors are 4:3 aspect ratio, the one that sits on top is 16:9. I wish they'd upgrade the 4:9's personally.

Corporate culture is....very corporate. A lot of people drink the blue koolaid, which is fine to an extent. It's a very conservative company and you see that reflected in policies. The people are for the most part all fantastic.


St. Geeezy!!! Sooooo many white people!!! I have had many friends at SKW. The work loads are huge. The stress levels high. and FORGET ABOUT JUMPSEATING in and out of SGU. My friends tell me its a bitch and half. Plan on flying in and out of Las Vegas and taking the shuttle or meet up w others and rent a car o/w. It did take my friends a long time to find housing...but then again...they weren't white. (oh...it matters for sure!) I do have some first hand exp. myself but mostly anecdotal. Good luck and have lots of hot fun.
What does it matter if there is white people, brown people or purple people? Not sure what you're getting at there, but for the record there are a lot of Hispanics here too. There is also a lot of Mormon's, but if you're not into that and respectful in telling them you're not they are fine with it and respect you. It's not a big deal at all. The desk load used to be huge, but has come down. The work load and stress level can be high though, but that's the nature of being in almost every single hub in the nation.

Jumpseating out of SGU is not hard. Prior to closing SGU for construction they moved all the FAM flight date around and everybody was in a mad dash to get it done before the closure. Even then, I didn't hear of any troubles and my flights happened without a hitch. I've never had problems getting in or out of SGU. Should it not look good at SGU then CDC is only 40 or so minutes away and will get you to SLC no problem. I personally would not go to LAS unless I absolutely had to.
 

HAYESP11

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I don't understand why people keep saying it is hard to nonrev out of SGU. I almost exclusively non-rev out of SGU when I travel (When the airport is open). The only time I go through LAS is when I want to take a red-eye flight international or to the east coast. I've taken day trips out of SGU and came back into SGU the same night. There are so many options now: SLC, DEN, PHX, LAX, DFW. It is not as hard as it was years ago.

Housing and workload/stress are the main cons I have.
Housing is hard initially since avg rent is high and availability is scarce due to high demand. I know a few people have used the "student apartments" as a cheap temporary option when they first moved here until they found a place they like. If you are under 30, that might not be a bad option. You can usually do a 6 month lease with a private room fully furnished for around 400/mo.

Workload is pretty extreme, honestly. SKW is a large operation and we get about 45-50 releases per shift. Flights pretty much into every major airport not in the state of Florida. It is rough, but perhaps that's why many major airlines like SKW dispatchers.
 

Stumped

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flynryan692, HAYESP11, QXSOUP, Thank you very much! Very informative, I appreciate your candor.

On a side note, (and I totally understand if you can't/won't comment....or maybe PM me) rumor has it that dispatchers there are trying to negotiate a raise to match Endeavor's recent pay raise. Any insight on if it will happen and, possibly, when?

Thanks again. :)
 

SpaceBeagle

Located in Low Earth Orbit
SGU was much more difficult to nonrev before they began service to PHX and LAX. Your only two options were SLC and DEN, and sometimes DEN only ran once a day. The arrival of the PHX flight helped a ton.

But now with PHX, LAX, and upcoming service to DFW (or has it started already?) it shouldn't be bad at all. And Cedar City is always a great option.

By the way, I'm a brown guy and I loved St. George. It'll always have a soft spot in my little beagle heart.
 
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