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Great place and easy to navigate

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Current Intern - Intern in Evanston, IL
Current Intern - Intern in Evanston, IL

I have been working at Northwestern University as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Private University and easy to work in and manage the time

Cons

Tough to get the hang of at first

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire more people full time

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  1. Collaboration encouraged but intellectual silos hinder growth

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and learning opportunities. Many food options are the Chicago campus. NU parking is phenomenal and affordable. Being part of cutting edge research is exciting. The work atmosphere is less intense than other ivy league institutions. In group settings, being able to speak your mind is encouraged. Advice is given constructively and not in an condescending manner. The diversity of the staff gives the organization a wide variety of ideas coming from all parts of the world.

    Cons

    Room for job growth is extremely difficult because well defined career ladders do not exist for middle management. The focus of career development is mainly top heavy. Trying to collaborate across multiple disciplines on large projects take a long time because it's hard to agree and decided on an action plan on regulatory and legal roadblocks to all stakeholders. The NU culture is very decentralized and this lack of institutional cohesiveness hinders innovative research keeping up to speed with other nationally acclaimed initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create well defined career ladders for research personnel. Possibly relocate some departments to one roof so meetings are not a hassle to attend. Provide classes on conflict resolution, ways of constructive persuasion and coping with highly intense deal making/breaking scenarios. Lastly, implement an infrastructure to monitor and hold high level management accountable for bad business practices.

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  2. Good place if you want to advance your education while working

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

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Benefits: health and educational assistance
    -Time off
    -Flexible schedule work
    -Academic experience
    -Being surrounded by all that research

    Cons

    No room for a career growth, really hard to get promoted into a better position. Hard to move from assistant nonexempt position into administrative exempt position, unless you know someone who can strongly recommend you. You may apply for a higher positions and send many resumes without even receiving one phone call for an interview- even though you may be well qualified. Management in some departments lacks any leadership skills. Some incompetent people in higher/managerial positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brush up on those leadership skills and do not micromanage.

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