Northwestern University

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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
439 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • People are friendly, pay is decent and they're generally pretty good about work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

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

  • Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great cross discipline environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Many labs and professors in engineering and sciences working in many different fields of studies, all collaborating due to the setup of the buildings.

    Cons

    It is a university, so naturally it is quite different from the classic industry work setting. That being said, the academic work environment is tough to beat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work regarding patents and who owns them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    PhD Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Fairly standard PhD experience compared to other universities

    Cons

    None that i can think of

  3.  

    exciting research opportunities

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    Former Employee - Research Study Coordinator in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Research Study Coordinator in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the research that I took part in. Things were never done in a silo and the work really benefited from efforts by a diverse team of researcher backgrounds. Benefits are good- decent paid leave and medical benefits. Parking on campus was too pricey for me but public transportation is pretty good around there.

    Cons

    They seemed to talk a lot about how you can move up and around the company but I never really saw that where I worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I could tell when some staff thought I was a student when they treated me differently. Staff or student, everyone should be treated with respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong culture of learning and discovery

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    So many opportunities for cross-discipline learning and professional development. Northwestern is a place you truly fall in love with. All administration, faculty, staff, students— everyone bleeds Purple and is deeply committed to excellence.

    Cons

    Being a higher-education institution the opportunities to grow academically abound. Unfortunately, this means the vast majority of staff members are pursuing higher degrees and certification making it more challenging to stand out from the crowd. As a result, graduate and post-graduate accomplishments are generally not celebrated with promotion and/or raises as one finds in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall a stellar environment to work in, however there remains a salary gap between NU and the open market in some specializations, causing ambitious talent to outgrow the pay scale designed. I miss the community I experienced there, however!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    research assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    balanced working-personal life, friendly culture

    Cons

    not a high salary, expensive living cost, rent

  7.  

    Northwestern University

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Highly ranked private university. One of the best chemistry departments in the country with a rich tradition in inorganic chemistry.

    Cons

    Evanston can be an expensive place to live.

  8.  

    Great school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    very well organized, great location, nice research facilites

    Cons

    gets really cold in winter, payments are low

  9.  

    Great experience, fantastic opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Note - being a graduate student is very professor dependent. Personally I have a laid back professor who let's me pursue my passions here at Northwestern. Weekly group meetings occur where each student in the lab presents on their progress from the previous week - expectations are reasonable.

    Cons

    Graduation Politics: Aiming to graduate early can be a challenge - it is not in the professors interest for you to graduate in under 5 years so they will tend to make it difficult. However there are deadlines set by the university to ensure PhD students do graduate in approximately 5 years so the university will push unwilling professors to help their students graduate in the long run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for engineering students to enroll in business classes. Northwestern has a top business school and many engineers are interested in getting involved. Also allow engineers to enroll in more entrepreneurship classes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Northwestern from a student-worker perspective

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    Current Employee - Saferide Driver in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Saferide Driver in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everything is close to home and the employers are cognizant that we are students. Always willing to let you take more shifts and don't baby you.

    Cons

    Boss will tell you that you are being promoted and then never follow through. Also very little given when hardships arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We want to do the best job possible while making friends. Let us have some freedom and see if we can develop any new ideas for future use.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    money amount is OK for living in evanston

    Cons

    weather sucks during the winter.

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