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Updated October 18, 2018
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  • "Work/life balance is not great, but that is common for postdocs at most universities" (in 31 reviews)

  • "No room for growth beyond Research Technologist 3" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Ph.D."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    It's a nice place to live.

    Cons

    It's just too cold in the winter.


  2. "Good place to work"

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    enjoying my work at northwestern university

    Cons

    no difficulties faced as of yet

    Advice to Management

    no advice to management at northwestern

  3. "Great employer, areas to grow"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth depending on your team and manager. Awesome benefits and a variety of career paths available. Very supportive and dedicated staff.

    Cons

    Can confirm based on personal fact-finding there are men at entry- and mid-level positions who are paid more than women for doing the same work with similar experience/backgrounds. Can confirm that internal hires for promotions are not offered the same amount as external hires, so always negotiate up!

    Advice to Management

    Address gender disparity in salary and increase transparency. Reevaluate the salary structure so as not to privilege external candidates OR disincentivize internal hires from staying in a new role.


  4. "Ideal work-study position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time

    Pros

    Amazing supervisors. Flexible hours. Potential to both work and study.

    Cons

    Not many cons to this jobs. Work can sometimes be uneventful and tedious. Patrons may be rude sometimes.


  5. "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of options, a lot of smart and great people to work with

    Cons

    Salary wise you'll get 10 % less than the market. Sometimes you have limited career options. Great work-balance


  6. Helpful (1)

    "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    benefit, location, and a good working environment

    Cons

    salary and career developing path


  7. "Library - Easy, fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Center Assistant
    Former Employee - Multimedia Center Assistant

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

    Pros

    - calm work environment
    - low-stress
    - flexible hours

    Cons

    - demanding patrons
    - late hours

  8. "Good place to work"

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Northwestern tries hard to put their employees first. They have various initiatives for staff inclusion.

    Cons

    However there are aspects that seem unsettling like having a staff party immediately followed by lay-offs due to "budget cuts".


  9. "Great overall place to work. Wonderful people however bureaucracy can be difficult to handle."

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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 part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility with regards to scheduling

    Cons

    A big con for me was the lack of transparency


  10. "Great launch pad"

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

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    You will learn a lot and work with great people. It's a great launch pad for your career

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy within the institution


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