Northwestern University Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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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. Phd student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fellowship, Faculty, Campus, Equipment, Lake Michigan

    Cons

    Conservative, Location, Competitive, boring City


  2. NU

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is great and so are the learning opportunities.

    Cons

    There aren't many cons to this company.


  3. excellent employer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    relaxed environment, nice people, meaningful job, chance to meet excellent mentors, also low housing price, big city life. I really enjoy working for my current employer. If it has higher salary, it would be even better. But anyway, life is more than money.

    Cons

    low salary. That is the only thing I can think of. fifty thousand a year does not go long in Chicago. So I have to live in a small apartment and share a bathroom with a roommate. But the good thing is to have a good friend all the time.


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  5. Good working environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time

    Pros

    I have been working in the department of physics and Astronomy for almost 10 years, doing research. Professors and researchers are excellent. There is a great variety of topics

    Cons

    I think there is too much separation between departments, and that there should be more collaboration between the different fields

    Advice to Management

    I think the management is great, and I have no suggestions on how to improve it.


  6. 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


  7. PhD Student at Northwestern

    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    They give competitive stipends and provide for student enrichment.

    Cons

    It can be difficult and time consuming to shuttle between two campuses


  8. Northwestern University Laboratory Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are many amazing scientists and interesting research being done, with access to advanced equipment and facilities. There are good benefits, too. Northwestern's good reputation promises better chances of getting funded for research, and there are plenty of knowledgeable people around that are willing to help with research problems.

    Cons

    Many of the PIs that employ techs have little to no management skills or experience, and sometimes labs can get underfunded because there isn't enough grant money coming in.


  9. Electrician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Electrician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great employer! I enjoy coming to work everyday.

    Cons

    The commute to and from work.


  10. Program Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The environment is flexible depending upon your supervisor and the department you are in. Most things move at a slower pace than a for profit company. Great health benefits and retirement 200% match after 1 year.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic in the way HR, IT and other central resources and structures are managed. The med school in particular is very political and it is easy to get burned by higher ups.


  11. Former research coordinator - Northwestern Medical School Department of Radiology

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    Former Employee - Research Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The medical school certainly has the money to spread around on important projects. I was not lacking for supplies.

    Cons

    The relationship between Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehab Institute is complicated and bureaucratic. If you work for the university but need a password or access to ANYTHING on the hospital side, prepare yourself for a nightmare of clearances and having to "go behind' the gatekeepers to do your job.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline medical records between NMH, the new women's hospital, PACS, other various medical groups and RIC. Obtaining a complete set of medical records for research or any other reason is a nightmare. Also please streamline basic labs including DERMPATH on PowerChart.



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