Yes, that's true -- we haven't hired in several months now, as the industry has slowed down.
As to the question at hand, I've flown with pilots of pretty much every background imaginable. Ex-regional pilots, retired major airline pilots, pilots of airlines that have gone bust (Emery and Midway, among others), ex-military pilots, and lots of others.
I've flown with former:
Retired airline pilots
Retired military pilots
Air ambulance pilots
Law enforcement pilots
Other fractional pilots
Some really scary pilots (when it came to skill)
Some really top-notch pilots (when it came to drinking at the hotel
Yet none... as good as me!