Northwestern University Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro
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Pros
  • There is a great work life balance and an understanding that people do have to put their families first some times (in 26 reviews)

  • Great Benefits and growth opportunities (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)

  • The health insurance offered graduate students could be improved (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Can't beat the benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great benefits, interesting and stable job. Highly recommend.

    Cons

    Not much of career growth


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Senior Web Designer in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Web Designer in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall I really love working here. Great co-workers, decent benefits.

    Cons

    My department isn't allowed to work from home. Long commute for me

    Advice to Management

    Offer more training for managers with little experience.


  3. NU Graduate Student

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Great university to get an advanced degree. Professors are top notch and leaders in their fields of study. Excellent facilities to conduct research.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons. I consider choosing Northwestern University the best career decision I made in my entire life.


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    Declined In Recent Years

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding. They have a retirement match up to 5% and put in an additional 5%. Health insurance is affordable.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible and there has been lots of downsizing and job reclassification in recent years. You will work the job of two people. Huge culture shift from years ago is tacking place in that it's taking on a more "corporate" feel in a lot of areas. I think there are many unhappy staff and this is not reflected in the overall rating because the reviews are affected by graduate students. Management does not have concern for workers well being and will run off even long time employees if you do not conform to their current paradigm. The turn over is way too high and it's hard to make meaningful connections with others. Career growth is based on who you know, not what you know. No accountability for upper management and how they treat others.

    Advice to Management

    None. It's pointless in trying to make suggestions because the system favors you at the moment.


  6. Work as a graduate student at NU

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, Cutting edge research, Opportunities for entrepreneurial activities

    Cons

    Nothing specific. The work load could be high sometimes but thats portably how life ta great schools is.


  7. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    My experience is as a postdoc, so my salary has little to do with Northwestern's policies. They provide decent enough insurance coverage options, which I assume are pretty standard across universities in the US. They have a donation matching program for your HSA (for the first year), which I loved. The faculty and staff are all professional, helpful, and friendly.

    Cons

    A few organizational issues here and there, but this is probably very particular to the department in which you happen to work. Postdocs in general are kind of an anomaly in the US education system (still) -- many departments still struggle to know how to handle some of the basic paperwork, funding issues, etc.


  8. Graduate research assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment and first class education

    Cons

    Living expense is high compared to other universities


  9. Research assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great education,collaborative, great environment with smart people. Moreover, i have to say that i have improved in many aspect including as a human being from the constant feedback from my seniors.

    Cons

    Pressure to perform and the need to TA undergrads, the need to bend to their wills take away from the educational value.

    Advice to Management

    It would have been nice to be better compensated financially. Moreover, it would have been nice to be backed by the faculty when dealing with students.


  10. envirornmental service

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

    Pros

    Was I got to meet a lot of nice people and also had fun on the job

    Cons

    Some of the work was over bearing for me to be a temp worker

    Advice to Management

    Some of the supervisor was racist


  11. Senior Director, Foundation Relations

    Current Employee - Senior Director in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stimulating, challenging environment helping brilliant, entrepreneurial, collegial faculty win foundation grants to advance their research and outreach projects

    Cons

    Lake view can be distracting



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