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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
390 Reviews
3.9
390 Reviews
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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.  

    Norris University Center

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

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

    Pros

    - Great working environment at Norris

    Cons

    - Low pay for the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Increase pay

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Graduate Student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Brand value, excellent professors, great alumni network, close to Chicago. interdisciplinary work opportunities. Scope for branching out by pursuing different clubs

    Cons

    Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good entry level position with great benefits and okay compensation in an engaged, if siloed community.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Assistant II  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Program Assistant II in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work environment, low-stress (sometimes). Work is engaging and dynamic, but it often depends on your department. The Silo nature of the university means that each department will have their own management style that makes it hard to insititute top-down changes.

    Cons

    Promotions, slow to enact changes, staffing accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best managers are ones with good managerial experience and skills. The university can be either very welcoming or very distant depending on your co-workers and supervisor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Northwestern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good bosses and good work environment

    Cons

    Temporary positions and lack of full time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Various positions

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Good place to work, many different opportunities in the summer months.

    Cons

    Hard to get a full time position.

  7.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone in the Student Affairs dept. is a pleasure to work with. People are friendly, pay is decent and they're generally pretty good about work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some departments have bigger budgets than they know what to do with. I've noticed a lot of wasted money, which really isn't fair to the students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring a company in to audit purchases and discuss ways to limit wasted money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Temporary position at Northwestern University Chicago campus.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly people, supportive, helpful, team environment. NU gives you the tools to work in your role. Flexibility in schedule. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    All departments are different from one another in the sense of culture, environment and experience. Temporary position was not long enough to really dig into any additional cons during my short experience at Northwestern. Realize it depends on each individual's experience in different departments.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefit package. Match and un-match for your retirement.

    Cons

    High Traffic and insufficient parking space.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    grad student at NU (mech engineering)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, lots of good equipment, easy access to the city

    Cons

    Office culture varies widely between departments and labs (be careful to pick a good one).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Enjoyable work place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus.
    Great benefits.
    Growth is supported.
    Smart co-workers.
    Doing something that makes the world a better place.
    Financially stable.

    Cons

    Leadership is male dominated.
    Hard to move to other positions.
    Slower environment.
    Difficult to move things forward.
    Projects often die on the vine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities that promote women and minorities into senior positions.
    Expand tuition reimbursement so staff don't have to pay for advanced degrees.
    Provide funding for team building events that support positive morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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