After looking through various threads, and the comments whenever there is a job opening somewhere, I notice this: there are a lot of people wanting all the answers. It is really hard to do that, and the best advice people can get is to do the research and make your own decisions. There isn't a person alive who can tell you what the shape of the industry is going to look like 5 years from now. Not at Jazz, not at Air Canada, not at Westjet. So advice should probably be given about "current" and "past" experiences, and leave it up to the applicant to make their own decisions.
I work at Jazz. I love it there. It is an excellent place to work, for me. People will "hate" or have it in for various companies for various reasons. Usually just because they want to hear the sound of their own voice. Jazz, like I am sure Westjet, and Air Canada (current labour strife notwithstanding) is a professional, safe environment. We are trained to an extrememly high standard, as are the others. We fly well-maintained aircraft with modern, automated systems.. as do the others. This, of course, isn't the company if you want to do International, widebody flying... but there are places for that, and they are going to be professional, safe, well-trained environments.
So if you think you would like to try your hand at flying our planes, over our routes, then absolutely welcome to Jazz. We would be more than pleased to have you aboard.
Speaking as a fare paying consumer who never worked for any airline but has flown on a few Canadian Carriers, may I. One thing I note about JAZZ is they go about their business in a quiet /efficient manner providing a service dealing with all things aviation (which can be trying as we all know). Are they outstanding – no, but neither are they indifferent nor there isn’t a could care less attitude. I find they try to do their best.
All carriers have some things of note. WestJet’s chirpiness with their early morning PA departure announcements and one line comedy routine from FAs as we taxi in to the gate. Some lap this stuff up, I don’t and I tune it out like I do with a next seat PAX on a 3 hr. flight who wants to discuss their life cycle. Air Canada’s rigid formality and perhaps(some would suggest) sternness with a yes sir/no sir is off putting to some but not an item of bother with me. Does this mean that I have difficulties with idiosyncrasies of WJ/AC – nope not at all. I fly for pleasure now rather than business and schedule/time is my driving force and being from Maritimes, JAZZ is the main line.