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Northwest University Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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  1. "Undergraduate Financial Aid Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The community of people you work with is great and helping students and their parents understand the aid process can be very fulfilling.

    Cons

    The pay is not very competitive. The work can be very cyclical too due to the nature of working at a university. The summers are slow and the first two months of the each semester are very hectic.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job at listening to employees and help them develop professionally more. The turnover is high because you don't learn anything new after being in a position more than a year.


  2. "Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I appreciate the collaborative work environment, student contact, supportive management, flexible work hours. The President is an outstanding community leader and innovative thinker with an open door policy, he is easily accessible.

    Cons

    Private university so pay is low and yearly raises are minimal, no bonuses or merit raises. Decent benefits considering the current healthcare environment.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries for all employees and also provide more scholarships to students across all programs beyond traditional program.

  3. "Great community"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Faculty Services and Assessment in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Faculty Services and Assessment in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Community chapels and christmas party are a bonus. Team work is needed. The caf is great and convenient.

    Cons

    Old fashioned a bit regarding dress and work hours. Leadership primarily male and internal politics that I don't understand, but plays into decision making.


  4. "Plenty of work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Faculty in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Faculty in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great christian culture with staff chapels, there is plenty of work to stay busy in growing programs like the non traditional programs, beautiful campus and good cafeteria food that is cheap.

    Cons

    Not a lot of flexibility with hours. Still a bit formal with work attire. Employees stick around until mid 60's or older because that is respected in the Academic world

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to work remote


  5. "Disappointing."

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    Former Employee - N/A in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - N/A in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northwest University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and close to transit routes.
    Campus feels comfortable and safe, although it's definitely a bubble.

    Cons

    I've studied at NU so I was saddened by my experiences as an employee.
    Extremely low pay and I was in a position that didn't receive benefits.
    Suffers from passive aggressive methods of communication that made quick jobs take far longer or a bigger deal than they actually were.
    Bad case of groupthink that inhibits an environment of growth and transparency.

    At one point my manager grabbed me by the upper arm to move me out the door, which left a visible mark. Needless to say I didn't stay for much longer.

    Advice to Management

    Refresh and communicate - group meetings are nothing to be scared of.
    Stop being so reactive and defensive.


  6. "Sad place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Breaks over the holidays and a lot of paid holidays.

    Cons

    Administration is full of fake, self-serving individuals. Most staff that you work with are lazy and incompetent, and no real expectations are put on them by supervisors.


  7. "Positive Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bothell, WA

    I worked at Northwest University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, and a laid back atmosphere. Really enjoyed working with my team.

    Cons

    Pretty rigid view of faith, and that would often intersect in areas of employment that weren't necessary.

  8. "Fun Teaching Job--Criminal Justice Program"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in North Bend, WA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in North Bend, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwest University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great department leadership, most students were well-motivated to actively participate; good opportunity for working folks; good cross section of careers of students.

    Cons

    Can't get away from some students who want A and B grades for minimal involvement; language barrier for some intentional students

    Advice to Management

    Market the program more broadly to cast a wider net for students to keep the program alive and well.


  9. "Adjunct Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Northwest University part-time

    Pros

    positive environment, positive supervisor, nice grounds & buildings

    Cons

    compensation is below average; only paid at the completion of class, turning in grades


  10. "Not a happy place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation accrual, you are able to talk about faith, cheap meals in the cafe

    Cons

    dysfunctional leadership, gossiping, terrible benefits package, not a happy work environment, lack of upward mobility, bad pay for the area.

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment where people love their jobs and trust leadership.


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