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Northwestern University Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
319 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Incredible support for adjunct faculty

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great colleagues and grad students, feel part of a community, amazing classroom technology, can't think of a better place to teach

    Cons

    No benefits for part-timers, but that's standard in academia, so it's not really a complaint. The parking situation on the Evanston campus is terrible during the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the parking situation for those who come during the day and reduce price of daily parking permits for adjunct faculty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Graduate student at Amaral Lab

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Excellent research environment.
    Great studying opportunity.

    Cons

    Expensive tuition
    Everything else is fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Fantastic experience with nurturing Library staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People working here genuinely care about what they do. They have a passion for books, news, history, etc. The community is strong and the work is flexible (both type and time).

    Cons

    I haven't experienced anything even remotely significant that would lead me to associate any cons with this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to the needs of those senior staff who may like more opportunities to learn about other areas within the Library.

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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great benefits, co-workers, 3 weeks vacation to start + 3 personal days. 100% STD, everyone is automatically enrolled.
    University is very decentralized, so your experience will really vary based on what college/department you're in.
    Lots of opportunities for advancement/transfer.

    Cons

    Being a university, inefficiency and lower-than-average pay are two cons. But the pros outweigh the cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Thanks for the new 4 week parental leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Northwestern is top-notch institution and a great community

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Northwestern is top-notch institution and a great community

    Cons

    Sometimes the administration is inefficient and unorganized

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Work Study Research Assistant Position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Position was very casual, work environment was understanding and very productive. Strong sense of team work and community. Different jobs will vary, but this was my experience.

    Cons

    Some requests were ambiguous and required frequent meeting and discussion to move forward. Content that was worked with was sometimes too basic or not suitable for pre made rubrics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great place for career development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great infrastructure for research
    co-operation between labs

    Cons

    salaries could be better, cold weather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase opportunities for job placement after PhD

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Top research university in a nice downtown location

    Cons

    The sense of entitlement and poor management skills among tenure track professors is deplorable. The good old boys club is alive and well in the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start a development program to teach some of the old dogs new tricks otherwise you will continue to lose employees, staff, and grants

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Poorly organized, no room for advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Stable, decent benefits, hard to get fired unless you really screw up repeatly

    Cons

    Management very unorganized. Ineffective planning, poor communication to staff about major changes. IT department in complete disarray. Low morale. Uncompetitive salary. No room for advancement. No appreciation for going above and beyond job description. No room for advancement, regardless of education or institutional knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to learn who is working and who is dead wood. Fire the deadwood and invest the salary savings in your performers. Provide training so intelligent, hardworking people can take on bigger responsibilities. Consider the people that have to implement the changes you would like to see. Collect their input BEFORE deciding on major changes. When staff come to you to let you know that they would be happy to take on more responsibility, give it to them along with SOME kind of reward. Don't just heap extra work on people without reciprocity, then when they get to the breaking point, tell them: "Hey, at least you have a job." Etc. Etc. Etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    good training as a scientist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    It's a great environment for scientists

    Cons

    as any postdoc position, it's fairly low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow 401k plan contributions before one year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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