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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
387 Reviews

3.9
387 Reviews
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Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits cannot be beat, and work-life balance is outstanding (in 21 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance options available (in 8 reviews)

  • They are reluctant to terminate problematic Faculty and Staff at the management level (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    proud to be a Wildcat

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - academic integrity, highly stimulating work environments.
    - the campus is situated along side the Michigan lake.
    - Evanston is a beautiful place to leave.
    - easy transportation to downtown Chicago and other neighborhoods.

    Cons

    winter conditions can be quite harsh - be aware.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Northwestern is a great to be a graduate student: a fantastic school located a short train ride from an awesome city.

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very strong academic credentials, and a competitive stipend (for STEM fields, at any rate). Social environment depends a lot on which specific research group you join, as well as the department, so that is difficult to predict, but my experience has been extremely positive.

    Cons

    This goes for all graduate studies, really, but the entire tenure system means that your boss has zero accountability to you. This can be really really bad if you have an adviser who is more interested in their own prestige than your success, so pick your group carefully!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A productive work experience with great coworkers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive Salary
    Interesting and good Co workers
    Beautiful location
    Productive societal contribution

    Cons

    Micro Management of employees
    Slow growth opporutnities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow room for greater mobility and growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    well-resourced research institute

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    Current Employee - Graduate Researcher  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Researcher in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    open-minded, rich resources, good people

    Cons

    turnover time seems too short

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    grad student at NU (mech engineering)

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, lots of good equipment, easy access to the city

    Cons

    Office culture varies widely between departments and labs (be careful to pick a good one).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Enjoyable work place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus.
    Great benefits.
    Growth is supported.
    Smart co-workers.
    Doing something that makes the world a better place.
    Financially stable.

    Cons

    Leadership is male dominated.
    Hard to move to other positions.
    Slower environment.
    Difficult to move things forward.
    Projects often die on the vine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide opportunities that promote women and minorities into senior positions.
    Expand tuition reimbursement so staff don't have to pay for advanced degrees.
    Provide funding for team building events that support positive morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Entertaining

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III  in  Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay was solid, people were flexible, and schedule was great! I loved the location, the cafeteria, and the attitude of the folks I worked with. I was able to expand my mind to a degree.

    Cons

    No room to grow. They rely on fancy degrees rather than hard work for advancement. The method of payment is annoying. I'd rather have direct deposit than a debit card I have to manually transfer funds from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an open mind to those who are eager to learn, and work hard. Give people the opportunity to grow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    NU

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    On campus, convenient, people are helpful, sense of community

    Cons

    Compensation is generally on the lower end

  10.  

    Smooth transition from PhD student to Research Staff

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Comfortable working environment and vibrant campus atmosphere; world-class research facilities and research groups; extensive interdisciplinary collaborations; abundant opportunities for self-improvement.

    Cons

    Decentralized management across the campus usually leads to low efficiency of processing. Average pay. Average health insurance options.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not holding up to mission

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator/IRB  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator/IRB in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location and resume builder.

    Cons

    Arrogant and dismissive of employees who aren't part of the circle of elite at the top. Cutting people on every level so work load is unmanageable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with more respect, no matter where they work in your organization!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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