Northwestern University Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Excellent Employer

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    Former Employee - Research Associate
    Former Employee - Research Associate

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Flexibility, job growth, fast-paced, interesting. I had a really great experience working for Northwestern. I worked in the sciences and it can be a fast-paced environment. There are always new challenges and I was never bored. Once hired, there are lots of ways to move between departments and further your career.

    Cons

    Hard to find information online. People sometimes assume you know all the ins ad outs of the system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Research Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits and tutution benefits.

    Cons

    Very political. The salary is not great and the yearly increases are between 2-3%.

  3. Student worker - Library

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

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

    Pros

    The library is a fantastic place to work at Northwestern. Coworkers, both students and adults, have always been friendly and seem to treat each other with a great deal of respect.

    Cons

    Student pay is fairly low, library budgets (across the country) are always tight and upgrades don't always benefit the working staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Student worker appreciation day is fantastic!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Staff is not valued

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    Former Employee - Middle Manager
    Former Employee - Middle Manager

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

    Pros

    NU used to give good benefits but salaries were the lowest comparing to other universities that NU claims to be at the same level (meaning IVY League). I tried to advocate for the people who reported to me but it was always a very painful and humiliating process.
    Everything is very politically correct and politicized at NU. It is who you know rather than what you know, how you perform and how loyal.you are to your profession.
    Generally, if you stay long enough their and have a decently high management position, you will make an OK amount money though working crazily a lot.

    Cons

    If you survive many years their and your kids are smart enough to be excepted to NU, you get a tuition break. That worked very well in my case.
    You meet with some smart and talented people and that is very rewarding. In some cases you get disappointed when you learn that many of those who are considered famous and even celebrities are just purely idiots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to treat loyal people properly. Life is not just about money and education is not just about fundraising. My kids are NU alums, very successful business people and professionals but choose not to donate to NU because they are very frustrated with what is going inside the school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great for research opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Research opportunities are plenty, professors/department heads provide great resources

    Cons

    Competitive (look for opportunities early)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, professional development

    Cons

    Benefit package needs more work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more people from within

  8. Top Notch Graduate Research University

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great Research
    Competitive Compensation
    Good Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    All graduate schools are a grind.
    1 or 2 profs. here are monsters (ask and people will tell you)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful who you give tenure to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Solid place to work

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Good environment to work, surrounded by solid hard-working people, good benefits

    Cons

    Compensation is ok and advancement opportunities are unclear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Full of kind, passionate people- room for promotion, growth, and professional development

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    Former Employee - Alumni Relations in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Alumni Relations in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    At NU, on the staff side, you are paid well, there is tons of room for professional development and growth. Work-life balance is maintainable. There are lots of young people, so there are lots of friends to be made for recent college grads. Evanston is a nice place to work and live.

    Cons

    As with any academic institution, there is red tape and a sort of bureaucracy that can be difficult to deal with. There is almost no parking on this campus. If you want to park, you have to pay to park.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Very positive - incredible interactions with some of the smartest people in academia.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Access to huge knowledge base, very expensive programs and software

    Cons

    Things are competitive and it is sometimes hard to get in contact with good professors.

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