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Northwestern University Reviews in Evanston, IL

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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Pros
  • People are friendly, pay is decent and they're generally pretty good about work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance options available (in 9 reviews)

  • Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively (in 11 reviews)

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    NU

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    Current Employee - Student in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Student in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    great school, great teacher,good environment

    Cons

    homework is long and lengthy

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    Software developer at the Center for Connected Learning at Northwestern University.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience writing industry-grade educational modeling software.

    Cons

    Internship was unpaid; deadlines were, at times, unclear or vague; office is a bit less active in the summer then it is during the school year (i.e. less people working).

    Recommends
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    Talented Colleagues and very collaborative enviroment

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people to work with.
    Great Transportation Library.
    Access to one of world best business school: Kellogg.
    Next to Lake Michigan, great view

    Cons

    Cold winter in Chicago
    Limited career fair/opportunities for graduate student

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    research assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    balanced working-personal life, friendly culture

    Cons

    not a high salary, expensive living cost, rent

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    exciting research opportunities

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    Former Employee - Research Study Coordinator in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Research Study Coordinator in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the research that I took part in. Things were never done in a silo and the work really benefited from efforts by a diverse team of researcher backgrounds. Benefits are good- decent paid leave and medical benefits. Parking on campus was too pricey for me but public transportation is pretty good around there.

    Cons

    They seemed to talk a lot about how you can move up and around the company but I never really saw that where I worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I could tell when some staff thought I was a student when they treated me differently. Staff or student, everyone should be treated with respect.

    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Strong culture of learning and discovery

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    So many opportunities for cross-discipline learning and professional development. Northwestern is a place you truly fall in love with. All administration, faculty, staff, students— everyone bleeds Purple and is deeply committed to excellence.

    Cons

    Being a higher-education institution the opportunities to grow academically abound. Unfortunately, this means the vast majority of staff members are pursuing higher degrees and certification making it more challenging to stand out from the crowd. As a result, graduate and post-graduate accomplishments are generally not celebrated with promotion and/or raises as one finds in the private sector.

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    Overall a stellar environment to work in, however there remains a salary gap between NU and the open market in some specializations, causing ambitious talent to outgrow the pay scale designed. I miss the community I experienced there, however!

    Recommends
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    Northwestern from a student-worker perspective

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    Current Employee - Saferide Driver in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Saferide Driver in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everything is close to home and the employers are cognizant that we are students. Always willing to let you take more shifts and don't baby you.

    Cons

    Boss will tell you that you are being promoted and then never follow through. Also very little given when hardships arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We want to do the best job possible while making friends. Let us have some freedom and see if we can develop any new ideas for future use.

    Recommends
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    While I liked my office, I felt that the university overall did not value its employees.

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

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Low stress environment, world renowned university. It is a beautiful campus with a good reputation which helped me get my next job.

    Cons

    HR is atrocious, terrible salary, horrible benefits. During an HR presentation the head of HR told us that in order to get better maternity leave and childcare options, it would need to be federally mandated. They just weren't very concerned with being a school that values its staff. I knew about this from speaking with academic employees as well. We were all dealing with sub par working compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the environment more attractive to keeping and maintaining employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Research Assistant

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

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a great way to connect with professors. I was able to get some hands on experience and learn research was my area of interest. I appreciated the interest in my academic and professional development.

    Cons

    Since it was a work-study position pay was not fantastic, but more than adequate for the flexibility it allowed during the school year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really appreciate all the time spent on developing my skills and the one-on-one training time. I still use all these skills today in my current job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate Student (PhD) Review

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Student health insurance is covered, decent stipend, lots of seminars available for both personal and professional development, great facilities, great training

    Cons

    Depending on your major, it could take a lot longer to get your degree

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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