Northwestern University Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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Pros
  • There is a great work life balance and an understanding that people do have to put their families first some times (in 26 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and growth opportunities (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)

  • The health insurance offered graduate students could be improved (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Graduate research assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment and first class education

    Cons

    Living expense is high compared to other universities


  2. AD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Resourceful team and plenty of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Opportunity to enhance communication as it pertains to individual teams.


  3. Took it for the experience, Wish I made more $$

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I work with a world renowned doctor and have learned a lot

    Cons

    I don't make a lot of $ and won't unless I get promoted in a different department. They pretty much take advantage of the fact that you want to work there to get experience for grad/ medical school

    Advice to Management

    Learn better leadership skills, understand how to manage young people better, stop using volunteers to do your work! Offer more career development opportunities.


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  5. Good environment for a building your careers

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Northwestern University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge amount of money for research, Career fairs, Competitive Environment

    Cons

    Weather is terrible and is extremely cold, management and administration.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if they value postdocs more and consider them in the departmental activities.


  6. Enjoyed the work

    Former Employee - Program Associate in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Program Associate in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work, nice colleagues, easy access to downtown Evanston. Easy-going work environment.

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure can be stifling.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hesitate to encourage professional development opportunities for all employees.Although NU offers PD workshops, these workshops can be costly and out of reach for some departmental budgets.


  7. Graduate Intern Experience

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Northwestern University as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    supportive environment, inclusive, challenging, interesting work

    Cons

    some departments have a slower pace than I would prefer


  8. Not bad

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Evanston, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules (to a point), very little overtime, great benefits, can get a Northwestern education for almost nothing

    Cons

    Lots of bueracracy and red tape. Compensation is not competitive. Limited opportunities for upward movement

    Advice to Management

    More distinct career paths. Pay people competitive wages instead of paying outside employees more. Don't hire consultants when a full time employee could do the job


  9. Helpful (1)

    Siloed and unimaginative

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits; easy, low-pressure work environment. The people on my particular team were really nice, smart and supportive. Work hours are incredibly reasonable; nobody stays past 5:15 ever.

    Cons

    Incredibly siloed environment; nobody communicates with anyone. There is a general lack of passion and imagination here; it seems to be a place where once-creative or drive professionals are put out to pasture, so to speak, because the benefits and hours are good so people just really come here to chill and build up their 401K.

    Advice to Management

    Pretend like you care about your staff, because it's really, really obvious that you don't. Learn people's names and their positions and what they do around here. Walk around every now and then, rather than just sitting in your office and never leaving. Also wash your blazer because you're a little stinky.


  10. Working at Northwestern, Research

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    Current Employee - Research Study Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Study Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent employee benefits including health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, sick days, vacation, personal floating holidays etc. The best are the education benefits; up to $10,000/year for graduate school.

    Cons

    Although the benefits are great, the pay is not as comparable to other sectors. Easy to get locked into one job class or pay for a long period of time, merit increases are less than 3% per year.


  11. great university

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great community, room for advancement, great benefits

    Cons

    can't think of any cons.



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