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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
459 Reviews
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Pros
  • People are friendly, pay is decent and they're generally pretty good about work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • Ability to have work life balance most likely depends on the department with some departments being very high stress (in 10 reviews)

  • Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Worked on projects in spare time; mostly quantitative research.

    Cons

    No consistent work, not enough to be sustainable. Mostly basic research.

  2.  

    Overall good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Lots of resources.
    Exposure to education and folks from all sectors.

    Cons

    Siloed like any big company.
    Was hard to move around the company due to HR policies, but this is workable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Long Term Temp at Center for Talent Development

    Former Employee - Temp
    Former Employee - Temp

    I worked at Northwestern University (less than a year)

    Pros

    The Saturday Enrichment Program is a great branch of CTD, and super fun work. There was a lot of variety of tasks to help out with during my month supporting them and good people that I really got along with. When they didn't need my support anymore, they referred me to the NUMATS department (testing) and I continued to work with CTD for 5 more months.

    Cons

    The work at NUMATS as a temp was a lot more mind numbing than the work at SEP, but that could certainly be due to personal preference. There was a lot of data entry and updating databases and coordinating huge mailings.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Physics PhD student studying high energy physics

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

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

    Pros

    flexible work environment, high quality faculty, decent compensation

    Cons

    funding decreased while in attendance, work environment not always professional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest about low likelihood of finding jobs in academia for most students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is an overall good university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Good education environment and location

    Cons

    Scientific instrument is out of time, in some case

  7.  

    Nice place to work but typical university atomosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I think they care about their employees and try to treat them well.

    Cons

    It's easy to get lost working for a huge university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Postdoctoral Researcher

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Lots of potential world class collaborators and equipment.

    Cons

    As a postdoc we all get low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on professor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great people to work for

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    My experience at Northwestern was one of the best. I was able to learn valuable skills to continue in my career. Coworkers are amazing and the team I worked with was very supportive. My advice: apply there you will love it!

    Cons

    I have no Cons for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager was the best manager I ever had so keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Graduate student, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Fantastic location, with access to suburbs of Chicagoland and Chicago's downtown
    Collaborative environment

    Cons

    Low salary compared to other departments at similar top-tier schools
    Higher value of business school than any other department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice research environment and Chicago is a nice place to live.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Competitive environment and abundant resources.

    Cons

    Teaching is not strong. Student can hardly learn solid knowledge in some lessons. (Chicago campus)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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