Northwest Airlines Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    OK to work for. Nothing special

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Field Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Contractor - Field Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analysis Associate in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Analysis Associate in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Great airline to work for....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESC in New York, NY
    Current Employee - ESC in New York, NY

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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..

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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....

  7. Flight Operations Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Worked at NWA 18 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    You get what you pay for.

  9. I miss the red tail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Manager, Corporate Purchasing in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Manager, Corporate Purchasing in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Meritocracy; though some questionable ones slip through

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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.

  11. Nice place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Flight Attendant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, ample time off, good ability to choose schedule.

    Cons

    Currently a very volatile industry. If you are at the bottom seniority wise, you will be very vulnerable to layoffs and mandatory base transfers for quite a long time. You had better be flexible about that.

    Advice to Management

    Just listen to the rank and file regarding the staffing levels and products we should be offering our passengers. We know what they want and what is possible to deliver.

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