Northwestern University Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. Graduate student at Amaral Lab

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Excellent research environment.
    Great studying opportunity.

    Cons

    Expensive tuition
    Everything else is fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Incredible support for adjunct faculty

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    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
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  3. A supportive environment for graduate students

    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

    Locally, Northwestern has an excellent reputation. The name carries a lot of prestige. As a graduate student, you have access to a lot of benefits, like a u-pass (discounted pass for unlimited CTA travel), gym membership, access to excellent health facilities (including counseling) and a variety of student organizations and activities (although I haven't participated in very many besides intramural sports). The graduate school has an office of fellowships to help students secure outside funding. The graduate school also has (limited) travel funds available to students. Individual departments often have separate travel grants as well. Evanston borders Chicago, so there is plenty to do outside of academics.

    Cons

    Departmental logistics can sometimes be slow and inefficient. I've had payroll issues (e.g. erroneously receiving only a fraction of my paycheck) three times in 5 years. Reimbursements are painfully slow, but at least they are an option (as opposed to paying out of pocket for all expenses). Financial support for travel varies greatly across labs and departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Faster turn around for payroll issues and reimbursements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. I have had a pleasant experience working in one of Northwestern's labs

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Among the smartest people I have ever met, with flexible hours and very intellectually demanding. I would highly recommend joining a lab here at Northwestern

    Cons

    Although the work can be very demanding, sometimes your supervisors don't care that much at all and the work can become tedious at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time and effort in undergraduate students to train them to become future researchers. Also, it would be nice to foster a community among the coworkers.

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  6. Fantastic experience with nurturing Library staff

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    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.

  7. Mostly Good

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

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is very good, particularly for support staff but also for management. Excellent benefits. Lovely campus. Can be a very interesting group of people to work with and learn from, especially the faculty.

    Cons

    Poor hourly pay for support staff. If you come in as a department or program assistant it can be very difficult to move up the ladder. NU leadership and school leadership in turn are very stingy but consistent. Expect 2-3% increase each year but don't expect higher. Staff are definitely seen as second class citizens compared to faculty and leadership but it can also depend on the department you're in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. Great place to work

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    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
  9. Northwestern is top-notch institution and a great community

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    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
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  10. Work Study Research Assistant Position

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    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
  11. good training as a scientist

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    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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