Northwest Airlines

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Northwest Airlines Reviews

Updated August 31, 2014
Updated August 31, 2014
68 Reviews
3.9
68 Reviews
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Northwest Airlines President and CEO Ed Bastian
Ed Bastian
16 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits - health insurance, vacation pay, sick pay, holidays and travel benefits (in 14 reviews)

  • Friendly and helpful colleagues, reasonable flight benefits and amazing learning opportunities (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, hard to advance quickly (in 4 reviews)

  • All employees took major pay cuts recently due to the very difficult business climate our industry is currently experiencing (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place to work where your opinion mattered

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Lots of challenge and variety in the work, always something new to work on, given opportunity to refine and improve at every juncture.

    Cons

    little economic security, broken promises, us vs them mentality that finally dissipated towords the end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for a new job

  2.  

    Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Great benefits and a lot of wonderful people to work with

    Cons

    Merged with Delta and most jobs moved out of state.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should not have merged with Delta.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good employer, strong base compensation and good benefits

    Cons

    Could do a better job at bonus pool and profit sharing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    They Really Did Know How To Fly

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    Former Employee - Flight Attendant  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Northwest Airlines part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) The aircrafts were fun to be on. I loved the DC9's/727's the best.
    2) The people were great, from ticket counter to gate/baggage handlers. You were family with all.
    3) Great environment to be in.
    4) Picking flights were easy.

    Cons

    1) Advertising...used to be a lot in print and TV commercials. Went from that to bleh.
    2) Hard to get to A-level pay grade
    3) Trying to transfer domiciles was difficult when being junior and the domicile station was senior.
    4) Pay should be not in line with competition, but should be in line with having the best F/A's in the industry.
    5) Difficult to shake the image of "northworst" when strikes occurred.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the perks/benefits/golden parachute that top management have....shower some of that on the people that make the company what it is...you can have all the authority but if you don't care about your people they will make sure everyone else knows. Respect runs both ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK to work for. Nothing special

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    If you get in as an employee benefits are pretty decent.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor there is absolutely no hope for you depending on the employer you go in with. Difficult to get into NWA as they like to keep most of their contractors as contractors, not convert them to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits

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    Former Employee - Analysis Associate  in  Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Analysis Associate in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefit, great culture... I was so sad NWA has been ended due to the merger with Delta.

    Cons

    Union environment was not that pleasant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Passes to travel, great heathcare coverage, excellent vacation time with lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    Too large and union structure kept advancement opportunities to a minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mgmnt hands were really tied for being able to do anything because of the union.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great airline to work for....

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    Current Employee - ESC  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - ESC in New York, NY

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Get respect no matter what department you in.

    Cons

    Like any union job, lazy workers never gets fired and always gets represented by shop stewards..

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    The employee comradarie was great...I LOVED coming to work EVERY day :)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to upgrade skills and transfers to wherever you wanted to work. Time off for "quality of life"issues (swapping days off with other employees) was really good

    Cons

    I enjoyed my time and opportunities at Northwest....Delta is just a whole different "management animal" and they like to micro-manage everything....and that stops you from becoming an effective employee....

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Flight Operations Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Employee recognition program - ability to reward employees and also be recognized by supervisors for outstanding performance.
    Opportunity - many different areas to develop your career.
    Great people who are passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Male dominated in flight operations with an older than average workforce made it difficult to maintain a work/life balance.
    Salaries were below industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with employee development.
    Establish a formalized mentor program to attain/retain top talent.
    Embrace youth, as they are the future of your company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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