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Northwestern University Chicago Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is not that great (in 26 reviews)

  • pressure, low salary, job insecurity (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I think it really comes down to who you're supervisor is. My supervisor was great and very flexible, so I had an awesome experience as a research assistant.

    Cons

    The work was sometimes monotonous but that's expected with some parts of the research process.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  2. "Perfect On-Campus Job"

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    Current Employee - Student Manager in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Student Manager in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The management is reasonable, understanding the needs of student-employees while guiding my coworkers and I to contribute as a team

    Cons

    I really have no complaints.


  3. "A place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Predoctoral Research Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Predoctoral Research Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of space to work, facilities are available to conduct the experiences you want to do. People are always ready to help you if you ask. Moreover the neighborhood is very peaceful!

    Cons

    A little bit far away from downtown Chicago so you may pay a lot for a place that is only close to your work but far away from everything else.


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  5. "Great university for study and research"

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    • Senior Management
    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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    nothing to say about downsides


  6. "PhD candidate"

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good environment for PhD student. Nice work place

    Cons

    Salary is not very amazing compared to the living cost of evanston

    Advice to Management

    Should be more serious when hiring new phds


  7. "Great place to do research"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful collaboration environment;
    excellent facilities and technichians;

    Cons

    I would be happier if the pay is higher


  8. "Student Part Time Job - Academic Technologies"

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    Current Employee - Teaching With Technology Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching With Technology Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's nice to have contacts in Northwestern
    Job isn't too high maintenence
    Flexible Hours
    Occasionally get food

    Cons

    Wage is lacking compared to other roles at Northwestern
    Work isn't fulfilling, busy-work to get by


  9. "experience total depends on your lab/supervisor/principle investigator"

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit, nice campus, great locations

    Cons

    Experience at Northwestern University total depends on your lab/supervisor/principal investigator. I had a wonderful supervisor who creates a very supportive working environment, which makes everyone happy and productive. I also had experienced a micromanaging boss...and that makes the whole workplace environment toxic and defensive.

    Advice to Management

    Some principal investigators have zero knowledge in management.


  10. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits compared to other universities

    Cons

    Highly depends on your arrangement with supervisor

    Advice to Management

    NA


  11. "Center For Talent Development RTA"

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    Former Contractor - Residential Teaching Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Contractor - Residential Teaching Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Northwestern University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Open-minded, fun, hard-earned money—I loved my students and my co-workers. Really I think if either of those had been issues, the job would have fallen through and I wouldn't like it. But with them around i was able to have a lot of fun and stay interested in the job.

    Cons

    I didn't sleep much and had to constantly be looking after these kids. It was definitely an 18 hour work day, which isn't bad, but it could be a lot sometimes. But if you enjoy teaching and working closely with students, it can be an amazing time.



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