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Northwestern University Evanston Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is not that great (in 27 reviews)

  • Low Salary respect people with same degree in industry (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Accounting Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Specialist in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Accounting Specialist in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and leadership development programs. Lots of opportunities to grow within the university. Highly professional and pleasant staff. Amazing benefits with great vacation policy and sick time. Impossible to beat educational reimbursement. Great Life work balancing programs. Lots of events for staff.

    Cons

    For my role, I have to connect the dots between different departments which sometimes take too much time. Overall, response time is still pretty fast.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "NU where your career goes to die.........."

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and lots of perks to working for the University.

    Cons

    Very low starting pay, literally no room for advancement and they will tell you this is the case and make no excuses for it. Lots of primadonna's working here that think they are irreplaceable. Ridiculous performance review process.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old timers who refuse to move with technology!

  3. "good environment and benefits!"

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

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, great benefits, beautiful campus, a lot of professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    a lot of work under pressure to meet the deadlines; staff to faculty and student ratio is too low.

    Advice to Management

    review matrix of duties and responsibilities


  4. "Decent employer but being a postdoc is not ideal"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    The benefits for employees are good.

    Cons

    As a postdoctoral researcher, the quality of your work environment is often determined by your advisor or department. This is often a bad thing. This is, however, not unique to Northwestern.


  5. "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Well-funded and supportive of employees

    Cons

    Slow to adapt to new technology and changing student demographics


  6. "NUIT Associate Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Very flexible hours
    • Supportive team
    • Weekly training
    • Yearly reviews leading to more responsibilities and raises

    Cons

    • Opening shifts can be very early

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "NU"

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    Current Employee - Head Supervisor of Phonathon in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Head Supervisor of Phonathon in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Northwestern offers excellent benefits in a good community.

    Cons

    Odd hours can be part of the job

  8. "Summary review of NU"

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

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

    Pros

    Very progressive management style. Leader in research activity and cutting edger IT technology.

    Cons

    Very little room for upward promotion. Individuals stay in positions for a very long time.

    Advice to Management

    A shadow system for each position should be developed and fostered.


  9. "Good Stuff"

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    Former Employee - Tech Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Tech Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, very considerate of academic needs

    Cons

    Can be a bit to relaxed at times

    Advice to Management

    Spend more on recruiting


  10. "Great benefits & flexibility, but monetize these for comparison!"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits & flexible schedule: Great insurance. Good, portable tuition benefit. Child care matching $s, etc... Beautiful campus, great students!

    Cons

    Low salary, lower in status within the university (for office space, etc.) than tenure track faculty and even staff members.

    Many people are afraid to give up benefits and find employment elsewhere. But really, put a $ amount on the benefits and negotiate with a potential employer to get a better deal.


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