I think we have a good relationship between the civilians and active duty military. It can be a delicate balance, but we seem to manage pretty well with a few bumps here and there.
Support from management
Of course, I think this can always improve, but for the most part, I am very supported by the military that I work for and answer to.
Of course, this can always be improved, but I think they do a great job and trying to maintain positive interactions.
Freedom to work independently
Tricky question since military and civilians are two very different things.
Most people are pretty good, but there are times when communication could be better.
Despite appearances, we don't have a lot of women apply for positions here, but we did try to hire a woman. She turned down the job.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I am over 45 and am treated great!
There isn't really much room for growth at all.
Overall compensation for your work
It has gotten better, but compared to FAA controllers, we are not compensated nearly enough, especially for the levels of stress we endure.
Office / Work Environment
This definitely needs work. Sometimes the temperatures are extreme. It also seems that mold could be an issue with little hope for remediation.
Recycling could definitely be improved upon.
For me at the time, they are very supportive and understanding.
I have had a successful career and feel a great sense of pride in my accomplishments. I feel appreciated by the military.
I do feel that my position is pretty stable. The only thing that I feel could threaten it would be AI.
For the most part, this is accommodated. Of course, there are things that wouldn't be practical, such as accessibility to the control tower.
The Navy is very proactive in training for safety issues!
Air traffic control can be very stressful, especially at one of the busiest airports in the country.
Inclusive / Diverse
Of course, opinions can be very different and contentious sometimes. However, acceptance and tolerance is almost always practiced.
Suggestions for improvement
- As stated before, I would like to see the air quality and temperature controls be improved upon/addressed. I would also like to see more fair and comparable compensation in regards to pay.
What I like about the company
I have felt appreciated and feel like I give a positive influence to the facility. We fought to increase compensation for the job we do to be more comparable to what is paid on the outside. We receive yearly bonuses on occasion, and recognition such as Civilian of the Quarter or of the Year is used to recognize employees who do an outstanding job. I feel that my opinion is usually valued and sought, and I appreciate the positive encouragement from my superiors. Time off and flexibility is great, as they are very understanding and work with me to allow me time when I need it. Compensation that is appreciated includes Flexible Spending, 401 K with matching, and retirement. We are afforded better hours than those working for the FAA, though nights, weekends, and some holidays are sometimes necessary. However, when these irregular times are needed, we are compensated for it with overtime/differential pay.
What I dislike about the company
I would like to see more attention to safety standards in regards to air quality. Comfortable work spaces would be appreciated. Sometimes the temperatures vary greatly. Mold seems to be a possible issue and needs to be addressed. Also, I feel that breaks are needed. Sometimes we are on position for many hours at a time with no break. When we hear of what the civilians who work for the FAA afford, it makes it hard. Not only do they have it easy here, they are WELL compensated for the job they do with many breaks to relieve stress. We are pushed to the limits, sometimes on position with a bathroom break ONCE per watch. This needs improvement.