HOW IS IT TO WORK FOR QATAR AIRWAYS?
They are known for being the most strict of all three biggest Middle-Eastern airlines. What most people will tell you about them is that they have next-to-perfect service standards, they are based in Doha, Qatar, and that the uniform is deep red-bordeaux color with a cute, tilted hat. Those are the first three things everyone who knows a bit about this company would tell you.
There is one more thing though they are famous for among the crew community, and I won’t keep it a secret for long – they are famous for being the most strict when it comes to personal life and freedom you have out of work.
SOME OF THE RULES CREW IS EXPECTED TO FOLLOW:
-You are expected to be home 12 hrs before your duty (and they do control it because every time you go out/come back in, you swipe a card).
-Whole buildings are strictly for girls or strictly for guys.
–Visitor policies are very strict (only females can visit females, only males can visit males, including your family).
-There are many stories indicating that the company intrudes your personal life so much that you have to ask for a permit from them to get married. And then there are many crew who have said to have been fired afterwards.
-Another story is that the people from management can come into your apartment at any time while you’re away, and check for alcohol or cigarettes, or just roam around to check on you.
-There are many more rules that could make you feel like living in a golden jail and observed at all times.
When it comes to work itself, it is not any different from other Middle Eastern airlines (check my post on comparison between Emirates and Etihad ). Standards are high, customers’ expectations even higher, and you will be expected to perform perfectly. To have your image and uniform immaculate as well.
So before you apply for this amazing job, do your research well and choose the right company.
TO SUM IT UP:
If you want to get this job so badly that you don’t mind even living under strict rules as they are in Qatar airways, go for it. It can be a great experience you can add up to your CV and can make it easier for you to later on choose some other company you prefer more. Most of the people do a contract (3 years) and leave to a better place. They however offer a great salary and you will travel the whole world and stay in the best hotels.
Or maybe you won’t even mind anything I wrote above, and you build your career there?
Check out my How to become a cabin crew E-book to help you get there!