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Good research environment and beautiful lakeside view, however not the best salary/working conditions for grad students

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Former Employee - Visiting Predoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
Former Employee - Visiting Predoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL

I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

It is a great research university. There is an emphasis to develop high-impact leading and innovative research. Colleagues are in general eager to discuss new projects or share their insights into one's research. Work ethic is in general very good. The university constantly attracts first-class speakers to give lectures in seminars or scientific conferences. The Science Library is not the most complete I've ever been to but still has many relevant titles and great electronic resources.

Cons

Massive buildings like the Tech Institute or Francis Searle are not the most welcoming inside. Some of the grad student offices can be dark with few or no windows, with old furniture and crowded which is not an optimal working environment. The same goes for the central library. The working experience could be better but the overal design does not help. There is also not a lot of communication between departments around joint projects.

Advice to Management

Needs to attract more leading scientists to become a leader institution in complex systems and interdisciplinary sciences. The productivity and overall experience of grad students could be improved with better working environments.

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  1. Director of Operations in a multi million $ federally funded Research Center

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Evanston, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great science, outstanding faculty, excellent students, superb reputation

    Cons

    Upper management is largely clueless about how faculty directors manage personnel and funds. Certain faculty get "rockstar" status based on their scientific accomplishments and can misuse federal funds without intervention from the university leadership.

    Advice to Management

    VPs are usually arising from within the ranks of faculty. Hence, impartial oversight does not take place.


  2. Library - Information technology

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst/Programmer in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst/Programmer in Evanston, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great 403b contribution, good starting salaries, non-technical interview process based on personality.

    Cons

    No direction, No focus, poor mentoring, poor encouragement. Teams are split into as little as 1 or 2 people. Managers are unable to make decisions and stick with them.

    Advice to Management

    Please pick a direction and execute. Please empower your employees to feel like the work they do matters. This includes not abandoning initiatives as soon as they are started. There is no need for teams of 1 or 2 people + 1 manager, especially when managers do not get along.


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