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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.8 379 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro

Morton Schapiro

(140 ratings)

79% 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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    Nice place to work

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

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

    ConsHigh Traffic and insufficient parking space.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Temporary position at Northwestern University Chicago campus.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

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

    ConsAll 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    well-resourced research institute

    Graduate Researcher (Current Employee) Evanston, IL

    Prosopen-minded, rich resources, good people

    Consturnover time seems too short

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    grad student at NU (mech engineering)

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Evanston, IL

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Entertaining

    Administrative Assistant III (Former Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsPay was solid, people were flexible, and schedule was great! I loved the location, the cafeteria, and the attitude of the folks I worked with. I was able to expand my mind to a degree.

    ConsNo room to grow. They rely on fancy degrees rather than hard work for advancement. The method of payment is annoying. I'd rather have direct deposit than a debit card I have to manually transfer funds from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep an open mind to those who are eager to learn, and work hard. Give people the opportunity to grow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyable work place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Evanston, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Smooth transition from PhD student to Research Staff

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsComfortable working environment and vibrant campus atmosphere; world-class research facilities and research groups; extensive interdisciplinary collaborations; abundant opportunities for self-improvement.

    ConsDecentralized management across the campus usually leads to low efficiency of processing. Average pay. Average health insurance options.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Admissions Counselor (Current Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsWork with passionate people who are very diverse. Form a tight knit community where people actually care

    ConsCan be limiting to an extent with no forward advancement

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    Great people to work with!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDedicated co-workiers and a friendly work environment.

    ConsI don't have any cons at this time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    PhD program in engineering

    PhD Candidate (Current Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsThe campus is great--particularly in the summer--and the research is cutting-edge with many experts at your disposal. Collaboration in research is highly encouraged. Depending on the adviser and the field, the other graduate students are sociable. Proximity to Chicago is also a plus.

    ConsThe Northwestern system is extremely bureaucratic and de-centralized, making any communication with other parts of the university a pain, particularly in the reimbursement of work-related expenses. Again, depending on the adviser, the connections post-graduation can be quite narrow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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