Rant Mode: On
As long as the paycheck doesn't bounce, and they honor the terms and conditions of employment that presumably they laid out and you agreed to, then you have no complaint. It's not up to mom and pop to keep you happy. You're the employee. You're getting paid to do a job. They're the customer and they are paying for your services. You're job is to make them happy. If you can't or won't or don't do that, then step aside and let make room for someone who will. Otherwise shut up and fly the airplane. Remember, if mom and pop can't satisfy their customers, you're not going to have a job to complain about.
Rant Mode: Off
That's not saying that you shouldn't pursue other opportunites. More power to you. But do so because it is better for you, not because of some ridiculus notion that mom and pop are failing to keep you happy. Your happiness is not their responsibility.
By the way, it sounds like you have some good qualifications. There are opporunities out there. Be prepared for when they come along. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.
Yea.. i understand some of the rant. But when you are promised an upgrade when you return from a trip, but yet when you return, you find out they gave the upgrade to a part time employee who DOES NOT want the upgrade, i bet you'd be a bit ticked off to. Ohh, and how bout the fact that someone who has less experience, less ratings making the same amount of $$$ as you. Again, not exactly "happy" employee material IMO. And how about someone who was hired a few weeks after you going on DOUBLE the amount of "trips/missions" and flying over twice as much flight time in 6 months than you have done in a YEAR.. again, not happy employee material. And a rotation that is setup like "who hasn't flown lately" and if you dont complain, and are left in there memory as not flying lately, you may get over-looked on the next trip. oh, and how about the last review i did, i was told "You need to complain more". What kind of employer honestly looks for employee's to complain!?
I've got things like this, that i could keep going on and on about, but it would be about a 2 page long thread in one post then. They aren't responsible for keeping me happy, but when 90% of the pilot community in the company aren't happy, and the employer doesn't care, then something needs to change. And frankly, im ready to make the change to a new job. I'm REQUIRED to keep a 40 hour work week flying or working on a king-air for less than what i was making as a flight instructor.
Oh.. and since when is "mom and pop" business ethics OK for a company w/ over 100 airplanes, with close to 400 employee's?
I've got alot of ranting i could do, but i'll choose to stop there.