Northwestern University Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Similar to other top-tier medical schools with a research emphasis at which I have worked.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues for collaboration - the patient population is sufficiently numerous and diverse that studies connecting basic mechanisms to human disease can be readily accomplished.

    Cons

    There is a relative lack of internal funding opportunities, particularly as federal research support dwindles. It's not clear that academic medicine in general has formulated an effective response to this challenge.

    Advice to Management

    The focus on "growing the brand" has not gone unnoticed and in my opinion is a good thing. Consideration might be given to balancing the spending on infrastructure with investments in the researchers.

  2. Disappointing environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits but I can't really list many more pros

    Cons

    Culture of volunteerism. Ask for personal sacrifice into personal time with no compensation. Make employees pay for parking and gym.

  3. I am a PhD student in Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

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

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

    Pros

    Nice campus
    Great research resources
    Good health insurance

    Cons

    too much work load
    bad weather
    very poor student advocacy

    Advice to Management

    improve student advocacy specially in engineering majors
    PhD students' first year salary is very low
    add dental insurance for PhD students

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  5. The medical school's clinical research department would benefit from less bureaucratic organizational structure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    The research is great, mentor is superb

    Cons

    There was no room for career advancement. While some colleagues were great, some were difficult to work with.

  6. Nice place to work and get experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer
    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great colleagues and fabulous students!

    Cons

    Salaries could be better for Lecturers

  7. A great place to work if you've got a great boss, but otherwise a pretty standard experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at Northwestern University

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, including insurance options for every budget. University/non-profit environment and culture, if you like that: good work-life balance. Several options for educational development, with very generous tuition benefits. Organized employee and workplace improvement initiatives.

    Cons

    Standard HR experience: attempts to deny benefits, with administrators conveniently interpreting imprecise written policies in ways that just happen to go against you.

  8. Graduate student at Amaral Lab

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent research environment.
    Great studying opportunity.

    Cons

    Expensive tuition
    Everything else is fine.

  9. Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Slow Human Resources Department process.

  10. Incredible support for adjunct faculty

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University

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

    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 Management

    Improve the parking situation for those who come during the day and reduce price of daily parking permits for adjunct faculty

  11. A supportive environment for graduate students

    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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Locally, Northwestern has an excellent reputation. The name carries a lot of prestige. As a graduate student, you have access to a lot of benefits, like a u-pass (discounted pass for unlimited CTA travel), gym membership, access to excellent health facilities (including counseling) and a variety of student organizations and activities (although I haven't participated in very many besides intramural sports). The graduate school has an office of fellowships to help students secure outside funding. The graduate school also has (limited) travel funds available to students. Individual departments often have separate travel grants as well. Evanston borders Chicago, so there is plenty to do outside of academics.

    Cons

    Departmental logistics can sometimes be slow and inefficient. I've had payroll issues (e.g. erroneously receiving only a fraction of my paycheck) three times in 5 years. Reimbursements are painfully slow, but at least they are an option (as opposed to paying out of pocket for all expenses). Financial support for travel varies greatly across labs and departments.

    Advice to Management

    Faster turn around for payroll issues and reimbursements.

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