Northwestern University Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Slighty

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

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great academic environment with world-class staff

    Cons

    Slightly disorganized - new management is putting more emphasis on students


  2. Athletics employee

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

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great area to work, great school

    Cons

    Pay not even close to other Big Ten institutions, especially given the expensive housing costs
    Lack of leadership support in athletics

    Advice to Management

    Begin supporting athletics like other Big Ten programs. If you want to compete at the highest evel and hold higher athletic (and academic) standards you need to invest more into those programs.


  3. Well-paid for a grad teaching assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    As a wealthy, private top-tier university, Northwestern provides most of its graduate teaching assistants with a living wage - something that not all its peer institutions do.

    Cons

    It's in Evanston, which is remote if you live in Chicago


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  5. Amazing place to learn and work.

    Current Employee - Illinois in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois 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 University is a great place to learn. It have so many facilities with a lot of scientific capabilities. It also has a large number of distinguished professors who adds a lot to the value of this academic institution.

    Cons

    A better health insurance policy is required specially for graduate students. As a big institution communication with higher management levels may be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    1. Creating more communication channels with the university community.
    2. Keeping the good work of improving the university infrastructure.
    3. Adding more scientific capabilities and creating easier access to these facilities.


  6. Program Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging, interesting, busy, different every day

    Cons

    Too little staff, too little pay


  7. Program Assistant

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

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly staff, good learning tools

    Cons

    no flex time, one year min to move up


  8. Research Assistant Professor

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunities for collaboration, great core facilities, working in downtown chicago

    Cons

    Job dependent upon the PI's grant which is a norm in many universities, vacation time not protected by university so PI's can take advantage

    Advice to Management

    Open some permanent positions for Research faculty


  9. Good organization to work for

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits for you and your children
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Expensive parking and area to live

    Advice to Management

    Keep streamlining
    Lots of inefficiency with each college promoting their own agenda.


  10. Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working time, and friendly environment. Lots of great research going on here. The academic environment is laid back and relaxing.

    Cons

    Low salary as a postdoc and the living cost in Chicago is very high.


  11. Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's really laid back and a fun environment for undergraduate or graduate students.

    Cons

    There aren't many downsides to working at SONIC except we can't transcribe remotely anymore.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have much advice for management other than maybe lighten up the back of the lab a little bit?



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