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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated January 19, 2019
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  1. "Great gig while taking classes"

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    Former Employee - Student Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everything is so close in Evanston.

    Cons

    You're stuck in a bureaucratic nightmare.


  2. "Positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great health benefits, happy (well-funded) campus

    Cons

    the usual grinding halt of bureaucratic red-tape.

  3. "Great place to work to gain experience; tough job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Help Desk Analyst in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Help Desk Analyst in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great, supportive culture. Lot of opportunity for learning and advancement.

    Cons

    Little free time and more stress compared to other jobs around campus.


  4. "Developer at NU"

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

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

    Pros

    The academic environment is great for growth and self-education.

    Cons

    Not sure there are any.


  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    GREAT benefits. The benefits alone are amazing.

    Cons

    Not a great company culture. Everyone kind of keeps to themselves.


  6. "meh"

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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

    Benefits package is great with lots of options

    Cons

    leadership expectations are not consistent


  7. "Clinical Research Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Prestigious institution.

    Cons

    Not enough diversity. Pay not high enough.

  8. "fun job"

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    Former Employee - Office Manager (/Office Assistant) for CTD Leapfrog/Spark in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Office Manager (/Office Assistant) for CTD Leapfrog/Spark in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hired with no prior work experience (other than babysitting)

    Opportunities to work with children, but not primarily responsible for them

    Medium-energy position with high-energy periods - minor emergencies flare up, but it's mostly humdrum administrative work

    Management (at least the people you interact with) are very competent, pleasant people

    Job security - every spring, CTD sends offers to well-performing O.A.'s, no need to re-apply

    Cons

    High staff turnover in low-level/summer-only positions (summer-only staff are HS/college students who move on to higher-level positions elsewhere).

    Difficult to build connections with individual students.

    Job can be tedious during slow parts of day; bring a book

    Most O.A. positions are off-campus, but if you get hired for the on-campus position, you will spend much of June crouched in a warm, stuffy, dark basement, sorting supplies into boxes. Bring music and you'll be good.


  9. "Required by glass door"

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

    Pros

    I love working in my field. I have a great team.

    Cons

    Research supports staff seem over worked. Weekends holidays and heavy work loads are required of the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate annually through position they oversee.


  10. "Great Institute; Nice work environment; Enough resources"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Professors and collaborators are very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful. The university has good resources and the work environment is really great!

    Cons

    Only con I feel is that Chicago/Evanston gets pretty cold during Winter.