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Updated April 26, 2018
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  • Work/life balance is not great, but that is common for postdocs at most universities (in 30 reviews)

  • too cold in winter especially the wind (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "grad student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    very collaborative and great program

    Cons

    chicago is very very cold


  2. "Graduate Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As a graduate student, the program administrators are very supportive. Facilities and equipment available are great.

    Cons

    Make sure your PI is well funded.

  3. "Lab Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible environment and vacation schedule

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted or laterally transfer


  4. "Awesome place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, flexibility, and salary.

    Cons

    Promotions, opportunities, and promises occur at a snail's pace, they still occur!


  5. "Ph.D. Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Great University support network compared to Public Universities.

    Cons

    Space is always at a premium.


  6. "Chi Town"

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

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

    Pros

    Great university with multitude of shared facilities and cores

    Cons

    Drive into Downtown very stressful and long


  7. "Student Develoepr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time

    Pros

    Fun and laid-back. Learn a lot about various different aspects of IT

    Cons

    Sometimes a lack of direction.

  8. "PhD Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours
    Conference travel and networking
    Problem solving, writing, and presenting skills learned

    Cons

    Experiments fail often
    Extreme pressure to generate data


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time

    Pros

    great research and opportunities to meaningfully engage with it

    Cons

    not necessarily paid during the schoolyear


  10. "Great School"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by some of the brightest students and best professors

    Cons

    Location is a bit far from Chicago; Below-average On-Campus Recruiting for a top school

    Advice to Management

    Try increasing student diversity by recruiting more students from out of Illinois


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