National Louis University

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National Louis University Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    The experience was educational

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    Former Employee - Student Office Worker in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Office Worker in Chicago, IL

    I worked at National Louis University

    Pros

    Meeting new people everyday and learning how to deal with different nationalities.

    Cons

    Couldn't achieve direct hire due to staff bringing family and friends on board that have more seniority and been with the school longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take an advance look at your student workers. Prepare them for up coming roles in the workforce at their school and hire from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good to be here. Could be better, but it's better than it used to be.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Louis University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    As with all places, the "pros" really depend on the department you join. Some are much, much better than others. I have been fortunate enough to join an amazing team with great leadership, focused training and clear objectives. I have been afforded with many flexibilities that allow me to balance my home and work life, which makes it a lot more pleasant to come to work each day. The benefits are also phenomenal. The University covers roughly 75% of the cost of our medical insurance premiums and has a great matching retirement plan.

    Cons

    This is a no-profit University so the salary leaves much to be desired. Our last coupe raises have been nominal and still resulted with less money in our paychecks since the insurance increases were more than our raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the managers you put in charge and accept their feedback and direction, especially when it 's given from their direct area of expertise. It's difficult when you are asked your opinion as a subject matter expert and then the final decision is not what you recommended. It's even more discouraging when the negative outcome is exactly what was predicted. If you ask for an educated opinion, don't discount it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's an exciting time to be at NLU.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Louis University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, family like environment, opinions and ideas are heard, feel like a valued member of the team, provided with opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    The culture here is changing in a good way, but there are still some employees who have yet to embrace the changes and are still holding onto the past.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Enjoyed working with the students

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at National Louis University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being a part of the student experience

    Cons

    Lacks communications among departments and staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer some type of incentives and motivation for staff, listen to their concerns and needs to effectively do their job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    An Unexpected Letdown

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, IL

    I worked at National Louis University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There were truly some great colleagues that put a lot of effort into their students. Their interim Vice-President is charismatic, and an inspirational motivator. Nice benefits and flexibility

    Cons

    Serious mistrust of management in the outreach and enrollment department. Lack of organization and understanding of outreach. Lack of communication and being passive aggressive in its constructive criticism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about why you invested in your employees and what they bring in to your university.

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  7.  

    Assistant prof.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor, Education in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor, Education in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    I love teaching and working with teachers, helping them finding their voice through research and collaborating with local institutions for service learning.

    I also enjoyed being quite independent in my work, creative and intellectually stimulated.

    Cons

    I think that once the university hired a new president, the core-values of it as a educational non profit institution went down the toilet.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs Improvement to Retain Employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at National Louis University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong focus on education
    Work life balance
    Good benefits
    Enjoy the many locations and ability to visit them all (except Florida)
    Great downtown location in Chicago

    Cons

    Horrible culture of distrust
    No promotions except for higher levels, no room for growth anyone except tenure-track
    Fear that this will be run as a for-profit soon rather than a nonprofit
    Extreme disorganization from top to bottom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prove to your employees you want and need them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director

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    Former Employee - Director in Wheeling, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Wheeling, IL

    I worked at National Louis University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, some good marketing strategies

    Cons

    Too many meetings, and staffing short due to previous layoffs. Morale low due to layoffs and lack of resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disconnect between education and enrollment. Get everyone on the same page.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Wheeling, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Wheeling, IL

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

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, everyone cares for one another, fulfilling work with people who want to make a difference.

    Cons

    One of the employees has on their desk: "Your lack of planning does not make it my emergency". It sometimes feels like there's a few too many emergencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. NLU is a great place to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Remedial students enrolled in graduate school

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at National Louis University as a contractor

    Pros

    Because of the low-quality student body, you won't have to work very hard.

    Cons

    Teaching here, you won't be treated like a member of faculty and be prepared to have to defend the grades you assign. Some students are woefully unprepared and don't seem to understand the concept of "earning" a grade. The burden is on the instructor to make it easy, make it fun, and make sure that every student is satisfied with their experience that they purchased via tuition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    National Louis University Response

    Dec 2, 2013Director of Emloyment

    Our students inspire us every day with the passion and dedication they show for their academic goals, the professions they seek to join and lead, and their families and communities. I was ... More

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