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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.8 369 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro

Morton Schapiro

(135 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits cannot be beat, and work-life balance is outstanding(in 21 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits(in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance options available(in 8 reviews)

  • They are reluctant to terminate problematic Faculty and Staff at the management level(in 5 reviews)

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    Interesting work but poor compensation

    Clinical Project Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsInteresting work, great diversity and nice tuition assistance

    ConsVery low salaries and little opportunity for advancement

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    Good research community, screws over NRSA fellows

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood research community. Downtown location is exciting, plenty of things and restaurants nearby. Decent public transit options. Research is well supported, with core facilities and faculty nearby.

    ConsBenefits are decent on paper, however going on NRSA causes you to lose your health insurance and all other employee benefits such as retirement, or pre-tax commuter cards. Taxes are also not taken out of your paycheck when you are NRSA. No one will tell you this is going to happen or give you much instructions. You need to tell Northwestern a dollar amount for how much to withhold from your paycheck.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop pretending NRSA postdocs aren't employees who don't deserve health insurance and other benefits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great School! Not so great career development

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Brand
    Well Respected Programs
    Nice People
    Great work enviornment

    ConsLow Pay
    No career laddering/Opportunities for advancement
    No true incentives

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Northwestern is a good place to work if you have the right skin color.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits. interesting projects. Well respected university.

    ConsProblem managers are kept in place because they are "too valuable" to let go. If they bring in grant money or they have been at the university for many years, they have car-blanch to do what they want. The HR Dept. will offer the reporting employee a separation package with the caveat that they relinquish their right to sue. This allows the offending manager to stay in place and continue to abuse other employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDeal with the offending parties and stop the turn over of good employees for those that you know lack appropriate management skills. I'm very disappointed in NU and it's a shame because it has so much potential.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyed working there, did not really help much with career.

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsEnjoyed working with co-workers and interesting work. The research staff was generally friendly and willing to help.

    ConsVery little career development, projects disorganized with little direction. Management absent mostly and interested in high risk projects. Like most research laboratories they hire a bunch of people for high risk projects and little money left over for proper budgets for projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time on laboratory organization and project management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Chemistry Department

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsMany well-known professors, if you work in their lab, you will likely have no problem finding a job once you are done.

    ConsToo many egos in the department. The classes were useless because the professors didn't put any effort into teaching. Overall, the department does not care about students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGraduat students do your research. They should be treated with at least a little bit of respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very monotonous job with poor job functions

    Apple Store (Former Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsGood work study job for someone with little experience

    Consno communication with supervisors
    have to pretend like you are doing menial work

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't make people do meaningless work

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    Depressing

    Program Assistant III (Former Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsDecent pay and great benefits. The work was not at all demanding, and the day always ended at 5 PM.

    ConsWonderful professors and students but a typically stilted, snail-paced, bureaucratic place to work as an admin.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI saw a lot of waste in my three years there. Superfluousness. People sitting inactively in positions they were terrible at, just collecting a paycheck. I was appreciative of the fair pay and benefits, but I could have never stayed more than a few years. The only incentive to working there seemed to be a steady paycheck.

    If there had been better, happier people around me, my experience might have been better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Everything depends on the field studied

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood programs for developing our skills, in particular interesting funding. Not too much demanding. Good Nikon imaging

    ConsPostdoctoral salaries are under NIH guideline!!! At least in some fields the level is low compared to other universities despite a willing to progress that take to much time

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost postdocs (at least the ones I know) are looking for better positions...

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    What a nut house!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsMy direct supervisor was great and the campus is beautiful.

    ConsThere was no work/life balance, and I was told to get a nanny instead of daycare so that I wouldn't have to stay home when my kids were sick. I was bullied by a coworker and expected to just put up with it because 'that's how she is'.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house! You have great benefits but they aren't worth the hassle at the moment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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