Northwestern University Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro
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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 Student

    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Very nice atmosphere and helpful professors. University provides good resources to students for organizing events, creating student groups etc. The university infrastructure has also significantly expanded over the last 5 years.

    Cons

    Sometimes assignments can be hard, and getting a good grade tough, as is the case with most good universities. There is also the distraction of Chicago life.


  2. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My experience is as a postdoc, so my salary has little to do with Northwestern's policies. They provide decent enough insurance coverage options, which I assume are pretty standard across universities in the US. They have a donation matching program for your HSA (for the first year), which I loved. The faculty and staff are all professional, helpful, and friendly.

    Cons

    A few organizational issues here and there, but this is probably very particular to the department in which you happen to work. Postdocs in general are kind of an anomaly in the US education system (still) -- many departments still struggle to know how to handle some of the basic paperwork, funding issues, etc.


  3. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great community, great hours, and supportive staff Lots of opportunities to advance into leadership positions as an undergraduate student

    Cons

    Emotionally tiring supporting users, can be draining Just expanded into more locations, but the main location is still located very south campus


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  5. Reserach Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Since it's on campus, commute was definitely not a problem. It provided me with an opportunity to meet professionals in the field and gain valuable experience.

    Cons

    Work hours/times were not as flexible for me. Other than that, I can't find any downside about working as a research assistant in the field of my interest.

    Advice to Management

    I wish more opportunities were opened up to undergraduate students. It's hard for undergrads to get in touch with researchers despite the fact that they all really want to.


  6. envirornmental service

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Was I got to meet a lot of nice people and also had fun on the job

    Cons

    Some of the work was over bearing for me to be a temp worker

    Advice to Management

    Some of the supervisor was racist


  7. Senior Director, Foundation Relations

    Current Employee - Senior Director in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Stimulating, challenging environment helping brilliant, entrepreneurial, collegial faculty win foundation grants to advance their research and outreach projects

    Cons

    Lake view can be distracting


  8. Research assistant

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great education,collaborative, great environment with smart people. Moreover, i have to say that i have improved in many aspect including as a human being from the constant feedback from my seniors.

    Cons

    Pressure to perform and the need to TA undergrads, the need to bend to their wills take away from the educational value.

    Advice to Management

    It would have been nice to be better compensated financially. Moreover, it would have been nice to be backed by the faculty when dealing with students.


  9. Supportive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    The work that I have done here at Northwestern has been very exciting and intellectually simulating. The resources here are great as well.

    Cons

    Northwestern is very heavily reliant on its undergraduate community, and as such, the options for campus dining are very limited when they are not around.

    Advice to Management

    Working at Northwestern has been a great experience. Please keep up the good work and continue to run a first class institution.


  10. Associate Director, Engagement & Participation

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, great opportunity to move with the organization

    Cons

    Politics - red tape that comes with working for a university.


  11. Research assistant

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I can learn the most advanced research skill

    Cons

    It takes a little long time



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