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Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
196 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Benefits are great. can move withing company

    Cons

    Culture of exclusion especially when it comes to students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place for career development

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great infrastructure for research
    co-operation between labs

    Cons

    salaries could be better, cold weather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase opportunities for job placement after PhD

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Satisifed except for expectations very unclear

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, very fair time off, and very considerate of time off. Also flexible working hours, and fair leadership. Depends on the department you work in though- some departments are very difficult to work with (fundraising), but overall fair cross-functional relationships and interactions. Good benefits as well. Lots of time off, and

    Cons

    Outrageous parking cost, not very good career development, unable to work from home at all (could have used this on the snow days, or been fair giving this (IE all of the managers can work from home, but not staff???)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More fairness, better HR relationships (poor follow-up and guidance through time during there, and when I left), compensation increases, more career delveopment, cheaper parking!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for entry-level professionals seeking Higher Ed Jobs and for those who love to learn!

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family-friendly benefits, many opportunities to take classes to continuing professional development/learning, several internal employee networks as well

    Cons

    decentralized way of doing things so each school/department has a unique work-life balance and work culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great benefits, benefits are very family-friendly rather than catering to those with no children

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Flexibility, job growth, fast-paced, interesting. I had a really great experience working for Northwestern. I worked in the sciences and it can be a fast-paced environment. There are always new challenges and I was never bored. Once hired, there are lots of ways to move between departments and further your career.

    Cons

    Hard to find information online. People sometimes assume you know all the ins ad outs of the system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Top University, nice location, big city

    Cons

    Low salary for postdoc, expensive living

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Working at Northwestern has been a great experience! In the engineering department, the work environment is fast-paced and somewhat intense. However, the people are very collaborative and open to new ideas. Important to be detail-oriented. Pay and benefits seem to be on par. Campus is beautiful and in a great location!

    Cons

    University politics can sometimes be tough to navigate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Research Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits and tutution benefits.

    Cons

    Very political. The salary is not great and the yearly increases are between 2-3%.

  10.  

    Student worker - Library

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The library is a fantastic place to work at Northwestern. Coworkers, both students and adults, have always been friendly and seem to treat each other with a great deal of respect.

    Cons

    Student pay is fairly low, library budgets (across the country) are always tight and upgrades don't always benefit the working staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Student worker appreciation day is fantastic!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great for research opportunity

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

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Research opportunities are plenty, professors/department heads provide great resources

    Cons

    Competitive (look for opportunities early)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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