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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
442 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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    Graduate Student

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    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)

    Pros

    Brand value, excellent professors, great alumni network, close to Chicago. interdisciplinary work opportunities. Scope for branching out by pursuing different clubs

    Cons

    Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hospice cna

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great pay; benefits, competitive hours friendly people as well as comfortable work environment. Really good place to eork if you have the ecperience.

    Cons

    Slow clientel, no parking expenses waiver or reinbursement. Downtown driving traffic but other than that it was really good .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication within managements and care more for the team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A good entry level position with great benefits and okay compensation in an engaged, if siloed community.

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant II in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Program Assistant II in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work environment, low-stress (sometimes). Work is engaging and dynamic, but it often depends on your department. The Silo nature of the university means that each department will have their own management style that makes it hard to insititute top-down changes.

    Cons

    Promotions, slow to enact changes, staffing accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best managers are ones with good managerial experience and skills. The university can be either very welcoming or very distant depending on your co-workers and supervisor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    system engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    work-life balance and benefits are excellent

    Cons

    less opportunity on career growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Community Assistant

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    Former Employee - Community Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Community Assistant in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is located in a nice town but also just a half hour to hour from Chicago.

    Cons

    The people at the top don't even pretend to care about your opinion, even if you're the one interacting more closely with students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great entry level position

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Tuition benefits and beautiful campus

    Cons

    Low pay. Decentralized university makes it feel bigger than it needs to be,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    NA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    personal growth, training, leadership, colture

    Cons

    compensation, rank, culture, art, personal growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Summer REU at a beautiful university

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Resources for research are readily available, and as I said, it is a beautiful campus. The equipment is top notch--and so are the publications that the materials science department produces.

    Cons

    I was a summer research "intern" for 9 weeks--in my 9 weeks there were no significant problems.

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    Northwestern

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    Current Employee - Purchasing in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good bosses and good work environment

    Cons

    Temporary positions and lack of full time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Various positions

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Good place to work, many different opportunities in the summer months.

    Cons

    Hard to get a full time position.

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