Northwestern University Reviews

Updated August 2, 2015
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  1. Top performer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    passion about working for a greater cause

    Cons

    compensation is not competitive compared to the industry

    Advice to Management

    NA


  2. Great place to learn especially entry level positions

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of growth within the organization. They are some awesome benefits. Great resources

    Cons

    Low salary, not as competitive. the HMO plan they Have available isn't accepted at their sister hospital


  3. NU really cares about its employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant
    Current Employee - Program Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great healthcare options and they will match you 5% of your salary for your retirement plan. They will always consider hiring from within. job security. tons of sick days and decent vacation time.

    Cons

    salary is below average. in some departments there is no room to move up so you have move laterally or get stuck where you are.

    Advice to Management

    Help us network and move up when we have reached our zenith in terms of professional development for our position- even if it may mean losing us to another department.


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  5. 4th year Phd student in statisitcs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Evanston, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice here. Professors are very helpful and knowledgable. Campus is beautiful while not too big. It's convenient to live here.

    Cons

    I have to say the weather is so bad here in Chicago area. You have a 8-month winter and 4-month summer here.


  6. Slighty

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    • 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


  7. post-doc position

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

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

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

    Pros

    this will vary quite a bit depending on the department...so regardless of department, smart folks everywhere, well-respected university, on the lake, close to a wonderful city, good size school/campus (not too large, not too small)

    Cons

    has a competitive, money-hungry feel, can be very bureaucratic and stuffy in some departments, very poor work/life balance in most of the academic jobs, very few amenities on campus


  8. Great collection of interesting people to work with

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits, interesting research going on,

    Cons

    expensive area to live in

    Advice to Management

    make budgets more clear


  9. Athletics employee

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    • 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.


  10. 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.


  11. 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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