Northwestern University

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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
389 Reviews
3.9
389 Reviews
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Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro
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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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  1.  

    Community Assistant

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    Former Employee - Community Assistant  in  Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Community Assistant in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is located in a nice town but also just a half hour to hour from Chicago.

    Cons

    The people at the top don't even pretend to care about your opinion, even if you're the one interacting more closely with students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Worked as an Instructor, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Graduate Assistant, and Tutor

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student  in  Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great access to digital and print resources (world-class library and subscriptions to many expensive research databases).

    Cons

    The Graduate School was not very supportive of graduate students, denying them university funding opportunities after their fifth year when the average time to complete a Ph.D. is much longer than five years. Also, the university-sponsored health insurance for graduate student employees was mediocre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer funding opportunities to graduate students at least through their 8th year and offer better health and dental coverage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Research Institution, Not Great for Career Advancement

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, ability to continue education along with tuition reimbursement, depending on the department you work at the life/work balance can be a true thing, and of course research and name

    Cons

    Absolutely no room for advancement, moving up is almost impossible, very high expectations of entry level positions along with heavy work load but apparently the experience does not translate or ensures you to move up higher or getting a promotion, as others have written better to leave and reapply to a higher position, internal employees do not get fair treatment in wanting to advance in their careers and spend years in the same position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depending on each department there can be very ill fitted managers with horrible work ethics, and on the other hand, there are few that are worthy the title.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Flexible workplace

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible workplace with wonderful benefits, especially educational component. Both Chicago and Evanston campuses are in great locations, central to public transportation and after work social life.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by as are salary raises. Leadership is very academic focused and there is a clear division between faculty and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to promote staff and create new opportunities.

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    Poor planning and communication-not much room for growth

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stable, predictable work- good benefits

    Cons

    No employee development, no career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage staff responsible for executing changes in the decision/development process so you don't end up with a mad scramble to implement new procedures. Understand that there is a cost to letting ambitious people go to other organizations because you do nothing to retain them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Lecturer

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    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great People, great location along the lake

    Cons

    Parking --lack of and the cost for employees
    Pay is monthly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Good company benefits, really flexible schedules

    Cons

    Horrible people to work with, horrible pay

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    I like the university, but as always there is a lot of weird politics.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer, Humanities  in  Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer, Humanities in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, good facilities with access to everything you need to do the job well, well-known and prestigious university which can open doors in the future.

    Cons

    Very hard to be promoted above the rank of adjunct lecturer. They know they can do whatever they like with you, and they do. Lots of last-minute changes, classes being cancelled leading to benefits being dropped, etc. A lot of politics. Low salary, especially for an expensive city such as Chicago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to appreciate their employees more, rather than taking advantage of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Thought I would spend my entire career there….

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    great benefits- health, dental, etc- EXCELLENT employer match, supportive colleagues

    Cons

    in many positions it is unclear where the next step may be- not great at growing their own; unclear direction with new deans at some of the professional schools

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Northwestern is falling behind

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    Current Employee - Full-time Faculty Or Administrative Work  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Full-time Faculty Or Administrative Work in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have been afforded many opportunities to grow in the job and to accept new challenges. There have been good bosses that have given me freedom to innovate..Life/work balance has always been good.

    Cons

    We are constantly asked to do more with less.
    Incompetent individuals tend to be shuffled to new positions. Some hires seem to be based on "who you know" rather than any experience or skill set which is demoralizing when one is expected to work with/for someone who is both ignorant and powerful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reviewing the employee benefits including the tuition benefits for employees and dependents. The benefit has not keep up with inflation!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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