Current CEO: Jeff Smisek
Continental Airlines still maintains a large customer base in Houston, TX because it is the company’s largest hub and the former headquarters of Continental. By the end of 2011, Continental and United expect authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to run as one airline. Upon completion, the merged airline will operate as United Airlines, but with Continental''s logo. In the meantime, both airlines run separately, but with oversight from a combined leadership team based out of Chicago, IL, the headquarters of United Airlines.
Currently, United Continental Holdings has approximately 80,000 employees worldwide. United Continental Holdings also operates about 5,800 flights a day. This makes it possible for people to travel to 371 destinations throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Continental Airlines states that its culture is built around encouraging new ideas and rewarding performance. The company does provide bonuses to its employees when they meet company goals. Reviews of Continental Airlines culture do support that the company places an emphasis on meeting the needs of its customers by using a rewards-based system. Reviewers also indicate that the emphasis on bonuses sometimes creates a decrease in employee morale. Employees also said that they did not always feel part of a team and that the company has a rigid structure. In terms of encouraging new ideas, reviews are mixed on this aspect. Some employees said that managers needed to do a better job of listening to employees. Therefore, those looking at Continental Airlines careers should have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
The benefits employees receive rank above the industry’s average. The company offers medical, dental and vision plans, profit sharing, vacation and sick days and the ability to participate in a 401(k) plan. Continental benefits also include many perks such as travel passes, monthly bonuses and rewards for perfect attendance. Therefore, those who find themselves working at Continental will receive benefits that reviewers consistently praise.