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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
495 Reviews
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Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro
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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.  

    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.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Options to move and grow according to your needs and interests.

    Cons

    Slow Human Resources Department process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Incredible support for adjunct faculty

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    Awesome Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours, great benefits. Nice environment.

    Cons

    Commute to work can be bothersome in the winter.

  7.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Benefits are great. can move withing company

    Cons

    Culture of exclusion especially when it comes to students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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
  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
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place for career development

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    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
  11.  

    Great place for entry-level professionals seeking Higher Ed Jobs and for those who love to learn!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family-friendly benefits, many opportunities to take classes to continuing professional development/learning, several internal employee networks as well

    Cons

    decentralized way of doing things so each school/department has a unique work-life balance and work culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great benefits, benefits are very family-friendly rather than catering to those with no children

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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