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Northwestern University Chicago Reviews

Updated December 13, 2017
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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, small feel within a large organization, tons of paid sick time and vacation

    Cons

    location (not in Chicago), salary


  2. "Great place!"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really great place to work and nice work life balance. The university is by the lake with great view

    Cons

    Really not any bad things about this place

    Advice to Management

    Not heavily involve with management level

  3. "Great company - experience depends on colleagues"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Decent compensation, fantastic benefits
    - Colleagues and students are intelligent and hard-working

    Cons

    - Stagnancy is visible; some staff and managers are not focused on improvement
    - Staff can become complacent, and some are incompetent in their roles; the damage they cause to a department or organization has a lasting impact, and directly affects University services

    Advice to Management

    - Identify those who are toxic to the environment/organization, and cut them loose. There are those who are not Northwestern caliber staff, and there are those who cause considerable damage in their tenure. Don't take years to make change. Experience doesn't necessarily equate to competence.


  4. "Great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time

    Pros

    People are very efficient in here.

    Cons

    Winter is generally very cold.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Variety of positions at various skill levels, but needs some updating"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible schedule. Certain areas of the university really value their employees.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive and the university does not fire anyone so bad workers are just moved around or stay on their positions too long. The university is also behind the times in terms of technology and renovation of the various buildings. Some areas are more than 50 years old and are in desperate need of updating and modernization.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the way staff receive promotions and raises. You would keep the better employees and be able to get rid of the dead weight. You need to have great staff to support the faculty and the many initiatives/ goals of the university's mission.


  6. "Great place to be"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - PhD Student in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location and campus with lots of resources for students. Culture depends a lot on department.

    Cons

    Not much interdepartmental communication. Can be heavy bureacracy as with any university.


  7. "Very friendly"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very considerate applying process and system is stable and user friendly. Working environment is great! Would love to continue to study and work at Northwestern University

    Cons

    Actually there is not much advice since I do not have a long time experience...but it’d I have to name one maybe it is the working place . There is no special room prepared for office hours. But generally satisfied

    Advice to Management

    Perfect

  8. "Nutrition Research"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, current trends of nutrition research, opportunity to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Low pay. Job insecurity. Feeling to be "on call" most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with mid managers. Better budgeting of research projects.


  9. "Too much forced overtime & favortism"

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    Former Employee - Police Officer in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Police Officer in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus to work on, a lot community
    policing programs that allow you to get to know the students and faculty. There are opportunities to receive additional training

    Cons

    This department is so short staffed and officers
    of the least seniority are constantly being forced into overtime with no respect for quality life/work balance. Despite being short staffed there are certain officers that are given off prime days (i.e. fri & sat) for religious reasons forcing other officers into overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all officers fairly, if Jewish officers are
    entitled to every Friday and Saturday off in addition to all Jewish Holidays then those of us that celebrate Christian Holidays should be afforded the time off to practice our religion and be with our families. Overtime assignments are not fairly distributed-it is always the Officer with the least seniority...which means if you are the last on the list you are constantly being demanded to do overtime with no regard for taking care of our families. Do the overtime on a rotating basis. Hire more officers so forced overtime isn’t an issue. This department needs to work on creating a FAIR work/life balance for ALL of their staff members regardless of religion


  10. "great place"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people, great environment

    Cons

    chicago traffic and parking

    Advice to Management

    highly recommend


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