National Louis University Reviews

Updated Apr 27, 2020

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  • "NLU used to be a strong university but no more(in 8 reviews)

  • "High turnover, low-pay, no raises, no team environment(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great atmosphere"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at National Louis University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Low base salary, with minimal opportunity for a raise.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not an ideal working situation"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Louis University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Accessible and convenient location, work two days per week, ID entry, multiple refrigerators and microwaves

    Cons

    10-week quarter system, ZOOM is overused, low faculty retention, poor adjunct pay, no say in the curriculum, little time to teach, students have papers due back-to-back, content meetings unuseful, instead of e-books, barely readable scanned readings are provided, Hakwes is used as a replacement for teaching, no computers in the classroom, teachers have to bring their own laptops, poor standards for students, students fail and repeat courses, no building from low-stakes to high-stakes assignments, no cafeteria, no free supplies, such as markers, for teachers, D2L is confusing for students, adjuncts make 16,000 per year

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  3. "Not bad if you're a student"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Life Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Louis University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free Apartment and Food Nice People

    Cons

    Being the ones who bite the bullet for management's decisions or mistakes Living where you work is depressing

  4. "Good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writing Specialist in Wheeling, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Louis University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Positive work environment, collaborative staff and faculty

    Cons

    TECHNOLOGY could be managed better

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  5. "Family Environment"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Louis University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Family environment. Hands-off manahement

    Cons

    Lower salaries than Industry standards; infrequent raises; limited growth/advancement potential

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  6. "Enjoyable Teaching Experience"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Louis University part-time

    Pros

    Passionate faculty & staff, efforts to support students academically and personally.

    Cons

    High expectations for student support; not a con but requires more time and dedication.

  7. Helpful (6)

    "NLU Connection"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Louis University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The only "Pro" is to receive a paycheck.

    Cons

    There are a lot of Cons, but I'll only mention these: office divisiveness, favoritism, lack of appreciation, no transparency. Only certain people know about any big changes and you find out months later. This is a soul-crushing culture.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great University, Not-So-Great Compensation"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - University Staff 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Louis University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    NLU feels like a family- the culture is positive and inclusive. As a mission-driven institution, it's clear that NLU cares about providing access and equity for under-served and under-privileged students. The work is meaningful, fulfilling, and rewarding.

    Cons

    The pay here is extremely low, even for a non-profit University. The NLU website boasts that: "Our students enter the work force earning an estimated $43,000 per year after graduation". If that's true, they would out-earn me by about $5,000! It seems like they don't mind turning over employees, as if staff positions are just stepping stones for people to come and go within 1-2 years.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not a healthy place"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Louis University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Chicago campus has a great location.

    Cons

    Terrible, toxic environment. Manager who micromanages everything yet does zero work and is the most unhelpful, negative, destructive, condescending leader. She most definitely should not be leading a team of employees. High turnover, low-pay, no raises, no team environment. NLU used to be a strong university but no more.

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  10. Helpful (6)

    "The worst university you can ever work for!!!!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Louis University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pros????? There are none

    Cons

    Management team are fake and pretend to trust you and then go behind your back and do everything in their power to make it look like you’re a horrible employee. No training is provided and they expect you to just figure it out on your own. The HR team is horrible and don’t really help when you have a work- related problem.

    National Louis University Response

    February 14, 2019HR Generalist/Recruiter

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Without knowing the particulars of your experience, we still value the input you shared. At NLU, we want an environment where employees feel they have the resources to perform their jobs properly and are empowered to exceed expectations. No one in our community should feel they are not respected or valued. We understand that there is a great deal of work to be done in serving our students, but know that we are grateful for what all our faculty and staff contribute to furthering National Louis' mission.

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