Northwest Airlines Reviews

Updated March 14, 2015
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  1. It's not as bad as some people want you to think.

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

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    The flight benefits are fantastic. Unlimited space-available travel for free (or next to nothing) on Northwest and Delta Air Lines' global network.

    Cons

    Very difficult to benchmark your success versus other peers. Not much feedback from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Success can be made by having a less-conservative work environment. Look at Southwest - they can work hard *and* have fun doing it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Roller coaster airline career dependant on timing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Captain A320 in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Captain A320 in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Working a flight schedule allows for irregular work schedule. The good part includes avoiding daily commutes. The bad part might include missing certain family events.

    Cons

    Sector business volatility is disruptive to many families

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great travel benefits, if you won't use them, look for different employment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Travel benefits, travel benefits, travel benefits!

    Cons

    I do not feel valued as an employee, feel easily replaced. Leadership is lacking motivation skills and many direct managers micromanage. My department does not feel trusted and everything is checked and rechecked by our direct manager. It is a very negative environment, especially when speaking with the union groups. Benefits compensation are not very competitive with other companies and no tuition reimbursment is offered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the typical employee and follow other companys' leads on valuing the employee. It's getting better, but still can improve!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. This place makes me sick sometimes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agent
    Current Employee - Sales Agent

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Free flights are the best thing here!

    Cons

    The brown nosers seem to have the best chance at slacking while you are grinding it out for the same pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be equal when treating employees. Favoritism is one thing but working us like dogs and then other like pampered queens is another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    How to dodge a bullit.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Captain in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Captain in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    A pilot's career field is very narrow. Northwest Airlines was a good place to work after looking at what has happened at other airlines. A pilot cannot make a lateral transfer.

    Cons

    As is common in this type of work, my base was not always where I lived. To commute was my choice, so I can't really say it was a major downside. Working conditions were sometimes stretched to the limit of contract and federal regulations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to play to win, not to not lose. Keep your eye on the ball, not on the other guy. I really feel that some of the CEO's that I worked for, used our airline as a stepping stone to bigger and better jobs. I have nothing but hate for this type of individual. I put in 31 years trying to serve the public and doing the best job I was able. I cannot say that for some Senior Management.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Nervous and uncertain times ahead

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    good company with good ethics

    Cons

    this is currently an industry which is in flux

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep working to make this company a better place to work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Join the airline, see the world!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    The travel benefits are obviously a big draw. Organizational structure, high turnover, and challenging environment allow for competent people to take on a lot of responsibility early on.

    Cons

    Below-market pay, benefits, and job security (offset to some extent by travel benefits).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell us short.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    It cannot get any worse.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Airline Pilot in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Airline Pilot in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    Still not liquidated. The future must be better than the last 10 years. Bankruptcy is hard to go through, and at least they survived. In this environment it is difficult to have a good job with benefits and pay.

    Cons

    The company has almost no respect or appreciation of employees. Although the market is terrible for airlines, Northwest strategy has always been to beat the employees and compensate them less than standard. They have shrunk for the last several years, so there has been little advancement. Employee morale is terrible. Some of that isn't the fault of nwa, as bankruptcy takes its toll. The money given to the top few for taking a career from the employees speaks a lot about nwa and corporate America.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit looking out for yourself and start trying to pull everyone together. Ever hear of Southwest Airlines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Good place for airline professionals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Northwest Airlines

    Pros

    You get excellent discounted or free travel opportunities and you will work in challenging industry gaining great work experience

    Cons

    There is no job security and long term potential due to merger with Delta Airlines. Compensation is slightly below average compared to other companies of similar size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately, they want to sell the company so what advice can you give them?

    No opinion of CEO
  11. worked there 23 years total

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at Northwest Airlines full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    people, travel, food, pay, management

    Cons

    I didn't like to be gon from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    merge with Delta as soon as possible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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