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Updated February 19, 2017
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  • Work life balance in student affairs is difficult (in 25 reviews)

  • pressure, low salary, job insecurity (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Good School to work for"

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

    Pros

    Great and paid on time thanks

    Cons

    no cons northwestern is a great school!


  2. "Project Manager"

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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

    Flexible work schedule
    Benefits are good
    Educational benefits provided to employees.

    Cons

    No room for growth.
    Little to no salary increase
    Staff not incentivized to progress further in their career.

    Advice to Management

    Promote your staff otherwise they will looks elsewhere for opportunities.


  3. "Fun atmosphere, tough job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time

    Pros

    The community of student callers is really fun.

    Cons

    Newest recruits get the worst people to call: young alumni, so you struggle right off the bat while your supervisors expect you to do well to make your bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the young new recruits


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  5. "Stable with a family like atmosphere"

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

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

    Pros

    Love the people I work with and great benefits. Stable environment.

    Cons

    Challenging to be promoted internally. Need to seek outside of department at NU to progress with career.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunity for job growth.


  6. "Postdoctoral fellow"

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    A outstanding place to to find best facilities and a beautiful city to live in.

    Cons

    not good for networking with industry


  7. "Northwestern is overall a well-run - but not perfect - university"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong research institution in great financial state, impression of administration largely positive.

    Good benefits, non-NRSA postdocs treated as full employees:
    - Solid and relatively inexpensive health and dental insurance
    - Matching retirement up to 5% plus 5% employer contribution for employees with 1+ years service
    - Good parental leave - four weeks paid for employees with 3+ years service

    Cons

    - Postdoc salary is low (same as everywhere)
    - Northwestern is perhaps a hair more bureaucratic than other research institutions I've worked at - emphasis on paper forms, etc.
    - Northwestern is pretty 'small c' conservative
    - (Mixed) Support for core labs is not amazing, but improving

    Advice to Management

    Improvements to lab ordering system would be appreciated.


  8. "Great Benefits; need more opportunity for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    great benefits and job security

    Cons

    career ladder is very weak


  9. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - PhD in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, nice people and great flexibility

    Cons

    Cold weather, limited choice of food on campus


  10. "Research study assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Great educational benefits for employees.

    Cons

    HMO plan does not allow you to go to Northwestern Hospital.


  11. "I'm still a student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Very good school. Provides many opportunities. Knowledgeable and caring professors

    Cons

    There is an atmosphere of "grades mean everything" than can become toxic

    Advice to Management

    Encourage Professors to offer extra credit or make up work in order to give students who get one bad grade hope



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