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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
439 Reviews
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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.  

    Northwestern University Alumni Relations and Development

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

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great benefits - tuition up to 10K per year, 10% 403b match, great work/life balance

    Cons

    difficult to advance from Assistant director or admin role to associate director roles. Ofter hired from outside the organization. Hiring process is sloooooow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to develop your entry and mid-level employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Beautiful campus, smart people and awesome technology

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    I work in a interdisciplinary program as a research assistant. it was quite good to collaborate with people from various departments.

    Cons

    Too many smart people, so not easy to stand out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Assistant

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    quite great place to work. Everyone is really nice

    Cons

    Chicago is freezing during winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    so far so good

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very interesting work experience in a very niche field of work.

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    Former Employee - Center for Forced Migration Studies in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Center for Forced Migration Studies in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours were generally flexible, my supervisor was an expert in her field and really helped me understand the area of asylum law and refugee resettlement better. I loved being able to help a few people directly but also able to amass a large amount of information for others in the field to consume. This job was also great for networking, as we constantly met other professionals in the field.

    Cons

    Could have been more organization of how interns communicated their projects to one another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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
    Positive Outlook

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