Northwestern University Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. 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)

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

    Pros

    Northwestern is top-notch institution and a great community

    Cons

    Sometimes the administration is inefficient and unorganized

  2. Work Study Research Assistant Position

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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Position was very casual, work environment was understanding and very productive. Strong sense of team work and community. Different jobs will vary, but this was my experience.

    Cons

    Some requests were ambiguous and required frequent meeting and discussion to move forward. Content that was worked with was sometimes too basic or not suitable for pre made rubrics.

  3. Terrible Management

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University

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

    Pros

    Top research university in a nice downtown location

    Cons

    The sense of entitlement and poor management skills among tenure track professors is deplorable. The good old boys club is alive and well in the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Start a development program to teach some of the old dogs new tricks otherwise you will continue to lose employees, staff, and grants

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  5. Outstanding Employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High quality coworkers, generally well-run

    Cons

    I find the Chicago weather hard to take

  6. Poorly organized, no room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable, decent benefits, hard to get fired unless you really screw up repeatly

    Cons

    Management very unorganized. Ineffective planning, poor communication to staff about major changes. IT department in complete disarray. Low morale. Uncompetitive salary. No room for advancement. No appreciation for going above and beyond job description. No room for advancement, regardless of education or institutional knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to learn who is working and who is dead wood. Fire the deadwood and invest the salary savings in your performers. Provide training so intelligent, hardworking people can take on bigger responsibilities. Consider the people that have to implement the changes you would like to see. Collect their input BEFORE deciding on major changes. When staff come to you to let you know that they would be happy to take on more responsibility, give it to them along with SOME kind of reward. Don't just heap extra work on people without reciprocity, then when they get to the breaking point, tell them: "Hey, at least you have a job." Etc. Etc. Etc.

  7. good training as a scientist

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University

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

    Pros

    It's a great environment for scientists

    Cons

    as any postdoc position, it's fairly low pay

    Advice to Management

    allow 401k plan contributions before one year

  8. Good company to work for.

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    • 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

    Benefits are great. can move withing company

    Cons

    Culture of exclusion especially when it comes to students

  9. Working experience as a postdoctoral scholar employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    experience was great. great campus selection, and interviews, helps the students and postdocs to find a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    campus shuttle services are not that frequent, and should extend their circle a little further more from just the closest areas.

  10. Work-study Lab Aide

    Former Employee - Work-Study Lab Aide in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Work-Study Lab Aide in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University

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

    Pros

    Close location, flexible hours, room for growth

    Cons

    Not a great work environment

  11. Fantastic place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful colleagues, challenging roles.

    Cons

    Lower pay in comparison to other employers but benefits make up for that in part.

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