Northern Trust Reviews

Updated May 11, 2021

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Northern Trust CEO Michael OGrady
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1,434 Ratings
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  • "Great work/life balance with northern(in 536 reviews)

  • "The beautiful work environment forEmployees(in 167 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Little bit compromised on work life balance(in 78 reviews)

  • "More time with senior management(in 42 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      World-Class Organization

      Feb 5, 2021 - Vice President in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great culture and great people

      Cons

      Thoughtful and conservative approach to change takes time

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company to develop and growth from within.

      May 11, 2021 - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work life balance, managers are there to help you when issues arise, availability to grow from within the organization with hard work.

      Cons

      Technology and software is old and salary is not as competitive as other financial institutions.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company

      May 5, 2021 - Client Service Representative in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company. Great benefits. During the height of Covid they provide employees with corporate days to avoid us having to use our sick days. They also provided 2 corporate days to travel to or recover from the vaccine.

      Cons

      Higher up employees in other depts tend to look down on you. Sometimes it feels as tho people only care about your title.

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Look Elsewhere

      May 6, 2021 - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Not much anymore really to say. Some nice coworkers.

      Cons

      Been at the company for years and its only be declining. I do not know where are all of these 5 star reviews come from, but do not seem truthful to me. This company underpays, outsources like crazy nowadays, and even if you want to move up in the company, you really have to know someone. You may get interviews, but do not get your hopes up if you do not know the "right" person in the department. So, unless you are desperate, look elsewhere; working here is not worth the mental stress of the low salary along with the uncertain outlook here. I know many people here who simply "just get by" and get rewarded all the same for the people who put it in the work.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Lovely Midwest Company

      Apr 28, 2021 - New Business Development in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Big organization with many job opportunities to explore Nice people that carry their over their pleasantness to their clients and co-workers Hard work is usually rewarded with promotions and opportunities Long standing, well known company

      Cons

      Hard work is usually rewarded with promotions and opportunities not necessarily appropriate compensation Big organization that can be hard to navigate new opportunities Conservative big bank that is not very flexible or fast adopt new technology or processes

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Solid, family oriented company

      Apr 23, 2021 - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Large global company with large company benefits, but feels small.

      Cons

      Rewards only the loudest in the room. Do not depend on employee reviews for advancement as doing your job very well alone does not get rewarded. As long as you're minimally competent, but loud, you will see advancement. Compensation is below average.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Jan 27, 2021 - Human Resources Business Partner in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Start off with 4 weeks of vacation, 2 personal holidays, and almost every Federal holiday off. -My team has had flexible working arrangements, even before COVID. We have the ability to work from home 4 days a week. -The people at Northern are great! It's been great getting to work with people all over the globe.

      Cons

      -Pay is not the best. Northern Trust has been cutting expenses and bonuses over the past few years. -There is not a lot of room for advancement. There is a saying you have to leave Northern to come back to Northern. -There is not always a great work-life balance. Our team is very lean and I often find myself working more than 40 hours a week for below-market pay.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place to work.

      May 6, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Supportive Upper Management and room to grow.

      Cons

      Lacks upward mobility at times.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Overall good

      May 6, 2021 - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Love my department and manager.

      Cons

      Pay could be more competitive.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Fine company

      May 5, 2021 - Business Development Representative 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Northern Trust is a reputable company

      Cons

      It's such a large organization, you sometimes feel lost

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