6 Jun 2016


Former Ryanair Cabin Crew talking from the heart to help wannabe cabin crew stay clear of Ryanair/Crewlink/Dalmac.... Why I would have never joined RyanAir. . If I have known..I was thinking for a long time if I should write this or not. I always try to keep good relationships with ex employer because you never know when and if you will need him. I resigned from Ryanair more than a year ago, but memory of this work is harassing me still till today so finally I decided to write how was the work, maybe some of you will change mind before signing the contract. Conditions of work: 1. payment - you are paying for a course - 1750 auro for a course and 500 euro for reservation a place (????!!!!) = 2230 euro plus 700 euro for very low level Ryanair's accommodation in the most depressing place in the world Frankfurt Hahn (which shouldn't call Frankfurt since is about 120 km form it). You can find the accommodation by yourself which is not easy and also very expensive (although nothing to do with absurd 700 euro for sheared room). 2 salary - it depend of the country you will be based in and the hours of flights you are doing a month. There is no basic salary - you are not flying - you are not paid. The flying hour don't depend on you- you are getting your roster and you are flying how much do they schedule you, in my case the record was flying one day out of 5 (four days staying home on unpaid stdby ). You're taking in most of the bases around 14.30 euro for an hour of flight. This means you are payed ONLY for exact time in the air. Assisting passengers on board during boarding and disembarking (which is the hardest part of you work) you are doing volunteered for free. You are not paid also for before and after flight briefing (45 min before first flight this day you need to be ready in the crew room). Totality, if you make four flights a day (which is the most common amount of flights a day) you are staying in work for about 8 hours and you are payed for 4 of them which reduces your salary to about 7 euro for an hour. You are getting bonus for a sale on board - till now totally mysterious calculations for me, have to be 10% of each sold item on board for all crew. Crew is four on board which means you are getting about 2,5% of each item, which gives you in most of the bases not more than 150 euros a month. My middle salary was about 850 euro a month, 250 I was paying for accommodation. 3. uniform - great, blue, ultra sexy and always great fitted, immortal Ryanair uniform cost you for about 300 euros deducting from your salary 50 euros for few first months. Uniform is made from really cheap the worst quality textile and it is not your property although you payed really great money for it. After you resigned you need to give it back to your supervisor.  4. base- happy those which were lucky enough to get the base in their own country. You can not choose the base, they assign you one before joining course- although if there is a place in one of the bases in your country they will probably give you this one. Chance for transfer depends from your base and base you want to be transferred to. In UK great chance to get transfer to or from, the rest of the network rather small. 5. sales -don't be naive thinking that you will be performing cabin crew caring role. You will be just a waiter/ salesman in the air. Sales are first and the most important and your carrier in the company depends on them mainly. You will be very proud and happy to sell 0,5 l of water for outrageous 3 euros or great scratch card for charity (charity is getting all 10% from each sold scratch card!!! the rest 90% is going for your company). 6. labor union - although you will have many reasons to strike you will have no right to do that. Ryanair illegally forbids creating labor union which will supports your worker's rights.  7. Crewlink or Dalmac - your nightmares. These are companies which hire you and than they rent you for Ryanair. They are responsible for all the worst, your salary. For Rynair contract you have a chance only by becoming an adoc (cabin crew trained to become number one in the cabin). This can happen after min a year in the company (only in some bases in UK), in most of the bases you are waiting for this gratification years and you are never sure if and when you will get it.  8. sickness - never get sick. For any sickness you are payed. It means that you are staying in your base in your rented apartment and earning no money, literally 0 euro. If sickness occurred because of work - accident on board or in crew room, most likely they will pay you back working days you were out of roster but be prepared for a war - they will never want to pay you, you will have to present the tones of different papers and push them by calling on and on.  9. transportation from and to work - it is your problem. I was having no car so most of the times I was asking crew I was flying with to give me a ride. Sometimes it was not possible and I was taking a taxi. Although you will get not enough money to take cab everyday, sometimes I had to walk to the airport for about half an hour risking my life (there was no sidewalk). My base supervisor (lovely person) didn't like when the crew was walking to work. Two times I got grooming discrepancy for walking to the airport with flat shoes (you need to have at least 2 inch high shoes), my supervisor passed next to me driving to work and she didn't propose me a ride and than she punished me in the end.  10. people - except of grand stuff at the airport not possible to accept. Most of your colleagues will be great, to good, to much educated for this work, most of your superiors will be unacceptable. They will treat you like you are the United Airlines cabin crew in terms of expectations, in terms of your salary you would not reach even cleaner for United Airlines. They learnt to treat you like that, because they were treated like that when they were juniors cabin crew.  There are thousand of other reasons why I will never rejoin this terrible company but I see as well two advantages - probably because of my experience in Ryanair I got job in much better airlines and you will get really close with your colleagues since you all will be together in the same tragic situation.  If somebody is glorifying this company and work means or 1. that he was never working for anybody else and he has no imagination how the worker should be treat in civilized work by decent employer or 2. he just doesn't want to admit that he was to stupid and naive like me to be their slave for such long time and maybe he still is. I don't know what you have to do to be fired from this work. So maybe sometimes is just being to lazy and comfortable to not change it. This doesn't change the fact, that if you will join this company it will be most likely the worst and the most traumatic working experience in your life. Shame on you Ryanair