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Worked at NWA 18 years

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Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Eagan, MN
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Eagan, MN

I worked at Northwest Airlines

Pros

Interesting business domain
Coworkers very nice, cooperative
Smart people in the IT group I worked in

Cons

Financially unstable industry
IT management largely incompetent
Wastes a lot of money on offshoring, gets poor results

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You get what you pay for.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    I miss the red tail

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    Former Employee - Staff Manager, Corporate Purchasing  in  Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Manager, Corporate Purchasing in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    - Good people (hardworking yet still very social at lunch and after hours)
    - Colleagues and leadership demonstrated intelligence and high levels of competence (I found that lacking at Delta)
    - Driven to challenge yourself and grow
    - Good mentorship and recognition from superiors

    Cons

    - Was acquired by Delta

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NW will be remembered as of the best managed legacy carriers.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Meritocracy; though some questionable ones slip through

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    - Somewhat cliche, but hard work gets recognized and rewarded
    - Overall compensation is decent relative to peer companies and industries
    - Vital industry to global economy
    - Constant crisis / firefighting creates opportunities to prove your worth

    Cons

    - Constant crisis / firefighting, particularly with unions, gets tiresome
    - Negative public image never subsides; constantly defending yourself with neighborhood friends
    - Many lifers get into upper level positions and never leave. Some seem to get title inflation based on seniority in the position. Must be the heavy unionism influence on management decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Too late, but don't sell out to the saps in ATL. Or maybe do sell out and let the world see how well they can deal with unions.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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