|A few perks of CMA:
- good maintenance, easy to talk to, no pressure to fly an aircraft that you deem unacceptable
- good 704 CP, always working hard towards a safe operation and better conditions for pilots, frustratingly little power on costless HR practices that would make pilots happier to stay
- no operational support for middle management
- as written before, training is only paid after it is complete
- no written policy or transparency on payscales, upgrade criteria, benefits, roster building
- rosters published on the 25th for the following month, drafts one day before
- crewsched does not build rosters. HR does, through a 3rd party. Crewsched puts out fires
- seniority only a minor factor in scheduling
- any first sick day is unpaid. Either you take the pay cut or you work on a day off (usually very short notice) to make up for it. Consequence: pilots flying despite being sick
- impractical travel benefits : no online system, instead paper tickets that need to be requested two weeks in advance, then fetched from the office at your base; not even possible to book oneself on a CMA flight on short notice, especially if on a weekend
- submit your vacation requests before the end of the year, but only in February will you know if you get them. If you are in the 50% that gets them as requested. If not awarded then, you'll only know when the rosters are published. They may get cancelled by HR if too short staffed.
- for low-timers going in the Tier 1 program : 2 to 3 year wait before ground school, then up to 6-month wait for flight training. If poor recruitment planning from HR, a ground school of DECs may jump ahead of you for flight training.