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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
420 Reviews
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Pros
  • People are friendly, pay is decent and they're generally pretty good about work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance options available (in 9 reviews)

  • Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively (in 11 reviews)

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    NU

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    Current Employee - Student in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Student in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    great school, great teacher,good environment

    Cons

    homework is long and lengthy

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    I would recommend working at NU

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good office culture, interesting fabrication work, great nanotechnology facility, good colleauges, I have been here only for six months so I am still understanding the ambience of my work

    Cons

    low compensation,long hours sometimes, I have been here only for six months so I am still understanding the ambience of my work

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    Software developer at the Center for Connected Learning at Northwestern University.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience writing industry-grade educational modeling software.

    Cons

    Internship was unpaid; deadlines were, at times, unclear or vague; office is a bit less active in the summer then it is during the school year (i.e. less people working).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    I liked working here because everyone was friendly and I thought the environment was cool and whatnot.

    Cons

    There we rent really any cons I thought te place was very professional and stuff

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    Talented Colleagues and very collaborative enviroment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with.
    Great Transportation Library.
    Access to one of world best business school: Kellogg.
    Next to Lake Michigan, great view

    Cons

    Cold winter in Chicago
    Limited career fair/opportunities for graduate student

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Amazing company

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Norhwestern is an amazing company to work for. Supervisors are friendly, work-life balance is extremely encouraged, and pay is more than fair

    Cons

    It's academia, so some of the politics and challenges associated with that may be present. however, that is largely dependent upon the department you're in

    Recommends
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    Strong culture of learning and discovery

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    So many opportunities for cross-discipline learning and professional development. Northwestern is a place you truly fall in love with. All administration, faculty, staff, students— everyone bleeds Purple and is deeply committed to excellence.

    Cons

    Being a higher-education institution the opportunities to grow academically abound. Unfortunately, this means the vast majority of staff members are pursuing higher degrees and certification making it more challenging to stand out from the crowd. As a result, graduate and post-graduate accomplishments are generally not celebrated with promotion and/or raises as one finds in the private sector.

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    Overall a stellar environment to work in, however there remains a salary gap between NU and the open market in some specializations, causing ambitious talent to outgrow the pay scale designed. I miss the community I experienced there, however!

    Recommends
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    Great school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    very well organized, great location, nice research facilites

    Cons

    gets really cold in winter, payments are low

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    Great experience, fantastic opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Note - being a graduate student is very professor dependent. Personally I have a laid back professor who let's me pursue my passions here at Northwestern. Weekly group meetings occur where each student in the lab presents on their progress from the previous week - expectations are reasonable.

    Cons

    Graduation Politics: Aiming to graduate early can be a challenge - it is not in the professors interest for you to graduate in under 5 years so they will tend to make it difficult. However there are deadlines set by the university to ensure PhD students do graduate in approximately 5 years so the university will push unwilling professors to help their students graduate in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for engineering students to enroll in business classes. Northwestern has a top business school and many engineers are interested in getting involved. Also allow engineers to enroll in more entrepreneurship classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a great way to connect with professors. I was able to get some hands on experience and learn research was my area of interest. I appreciated the interest in my academic and professional development.

    Cons

    Since it was a work-study position pay was not fantastic, but more than adequate for the flexibility it allowed during the school year.

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    I really appreciate all the time spent on developing my skills and the one-on-one training time. I still use all these skills today in my current job.

    Recommends
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