Northwestern University Reviews

Updated June 29, 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. Research Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great community and work culture, and numerous opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Have no cons. The work culture was good.

    Advice to Management

    My experience was great overall and do not have any specific inputs to the mgmt.


  2. Data Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours and smart and collaborative professors

    Cons

    Projects can move too slowly sometimes.


  3. Great research university

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Northwestern not only has some of the best scientific researchers, but it has one of the most collaborative and positive research environments you will find. This of course varies from professor to professor, but all in all, it is outstanding in this regard. This is a big reason why it is producing great results.

    Cons

    As with all research universities, postdocs and PhD students are regarded as low cost research labor. As a student or postdoc, the best solution to this is finding an advisor/supervisor who supports your career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders in reforming academic research by placing greater emphasis on the contributions of postdocs and PhD students. NU's best postdocs and students are the ones leading the way in research. Do not recognize them only in a nominal fashion -- do something that has teeth.


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  5. Northwestern university

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - university match for dependent care flexible account.

    Cons

    Commute and location - very far from downtown Chicago


  6. Wonderful employer!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technologist II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Technologist II in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are INCREDIBLE, including tuition benefits for your children.
    Extremely flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Pay is not great, but it's academia, so that is to be expected.


  7. student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    it is very interesting to do the job

    Cons

    very busy to do the job


  8. Graduate research assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    High ranked school, Excellent facilities for research

    Cons

    Expensive private school, The weather is too cold


  9. 4th year Phd student in statisitcs

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice here. Professors are very helpful and knowledgable. Campus is beautiful while not too big. It's convenient to live here.

    Cons

    I have to say the weather is so bad here in Chicago area. You have a 8-month winter and 4-month summer here.


  10. Amazing place to learn and work.

    Current Employee - Illinois in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Evanston, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Northwestern University is a great place to learn. It have so many facilities with a lot of scientific capabilities. It also has a large number of distinguished professors who adds a lot to the value of this academic institution.

    Cons

    A better health insurance policy is required specially for graduate students. As a big institution communication with higher management levels may be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    1. Creating more communication channels with the university community.
    2. Keeping the good work of improving the university infrastructure.
    3. Adding more scientific capabilities and creating easier access to these facilities.


  11. 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.



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