Northwestern University Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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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. Assistant Professor

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Evanston, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Being a professor gives you significant time flexibility. Also, you can work at problems that really interest you. The continuous interaction with students and the teaching help keep you sharp, and you constantly learn new things as your own domain evolves. These things are true about the profession in general, and Northwestern is really good at honoring them. The Dean is great and helps promote the school and its faculty.

    Cons

    The pay is lower than what you can get in industry for the same time involvement and effort. There are politics at every workplace, and Northwestern is not immune to them, but overall they are not affecting most professors much. There is a lack of effort from the administration to realize policies that would greatly help their employees personal and professional life (e.g., most respectable universities have childcare facilities on campus, but Northwestern has repeatedly rejected proposals to establish one, although there is great demand for it). There is a lot of red tape (maybe more than most places) and micromanagement of finances, which unnecessarily complicates things. Some entities do not seem to offer anything to the organization but they consume financial resources, and I wonder why they still exist (e.g., TGS).

    Advice to Management

    Overall you do a good job, but you should listen to your faculty more. They are the lifeline of the university. Small acts that can keep them happy will go a long way in improving productivity and morale.

  2. Phonathon Caller

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training in the basics of donor services and front line fundraising.

    Cons

    If you are disinterested in a career in non-profit development, some of the rigidity of the position can seem difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for all your support and training.

  3. Program Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting, busy, different every day

    Cons

    Too little staff, too little pay

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  5. Program Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly staff, good learning tools

    Cons

    no flex time, one year min to move up

  6. TA

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Northwestern University as an intern

    Pros

    have not too much pressure

    Cons

    the payment per hour is low

  7. Organization in transition

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Northwestern University as an intern

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wonderful team of energetic and driven people

    Cons

    organization is in transition and short-staffed.

  8. Depends on the department, the core branches pay you the least as a grader while the EECS department pays a lot.

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    Current Employee - Grader
    Current Employee - Grader

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, interesting and adventurous work. As a grader you double as a TA sometimes which is good.

    Cons

    You do more work for 1/3rd the salary and twice the number of unaccounted hours.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay your graders equally.

  9. STEM PhD- fulfilling but challenging

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great faculty in the STEM fields

    Cons

    Disorganized administration can lead to 'jumping through hoops' to being about any changes in class structure, etc.

  10. Good organization to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits for you and your children
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Expensive parking and area to live

    Advice to Management

    Keep streamlining
    Lots of inefficiency with each college promoting their own agenda.

  11. Research Assistant

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place, great people to work with. You can know so many great people, which is a great advantage.

    Cons

    The living cost is little bit high and the typical salary for the students here is not so competitive with other places.

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve the benefits for the students and their family members will help them a lot to survive.

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