Yesterday on WSJ live, a program dedicated to business, Michael O’Leary gave a very interesting interview you can see below. Although MOL didn’t really tell anything new regarding the airline industry or the trans-Atlantic flights, something I still highly doubt, what is interesting here is the view of the airline CEO on tech industry.
As already said by Kenny Jacobs, a man who is indisputably digital-savvy, Ryanair’s vision of the tech industry pushes it to recruit top-class talents. MOL goes on by saying they’d like to draw talents from Facebook, Google, etc, which could mean business. Really. I could almost reconsider my last post on innovation and Ryanair if they so managed to recruit and develop a digital-friendly environment that would drive the airline forward.
But recruiting such top-class employees could prove to be difficult regarding Ryanair’s negative image as an employer. If one considers Facebook or Google, there is a culture of respect and humanity inside the walls that radically differs from Ryanair’s. I don’t know about the people living in the headquarters, however when you look at the pilots and the cabin crew, with all the bogus self-employment and lack of social security and all, you can hardly picture Ryanair as attractive.
Maybe the primary reason for lack of recruitment, besides the fact that, as MOL says, Ireland is a “home for digital talents in Europe”, is that Ryanair has such a poor image that it doesn’t make anyone dream anymore, consumers and employees alike.
What do you think? Were you convinced by this interview of MOL? What is your opinion on trans-Atlantic flights?