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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated July 19, 2018
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  1. "A great place for growing and conducting research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time

    Pros

    Great location and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    I wish Northwestern could have more lab positions open for entry level employee.


  2. "Materials Science and Engineering department"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work and life balance, high-quality experiment support, Good location, high-ranking department, reasonable rent payment

    Cons

    Small engineering department, low income, cold weather in winter, small downtown, few baby care facility, high daycare cost

  3. "Great place"

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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

    Great environment. Opportunities to get courses

    Cons

    It is not possible to get a promotion


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great benefits, work life balance is good

    Cons

    Low pay, low salary increases, little to no training, no transparency between employees and higher ups.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in training and keeping your talent.


  5. "Graduate student at Northwestern University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative, young faculty, intelligent people

    Cons

    Expensive, Evanston not well suited to college life


  6. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good for graduate students. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Abusive environment. No good way to report problems between employees and management without some form of de facto retaliation.

    Advice to Management

    Reform processes of dispute resolution.


  7. "Great Place to Work Overall"

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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

    Northwestern has a lot of resources to help graduate students succeed

    Cons

    Support may vary by department or advisor

  8. "Not great, not awful"

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    Current Employee - Research Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, potential for growth if you're on the right track, good name to have on a resume

    Cons

    Pay is not ideal - merit increases are inconsequential, very bureaucratic, underutilize staff and their education levels, frequently will work to the bottom of your degree - not the top,

    Advice to Management

    Don't take advantage of your staff by treating them less than and paying them as little as possible. You get out what you invest into your workers.


  9. "Data Analyst for Medical Research"

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    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pleasant and relaxed work environment.
    Possible to work with smart people on interesting projects.
    Good non-salary benefits.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive with similar positions in the "real world" (i.e. non-academic world)
    Academic environment is surprisingly conservative with regards recent innovations in cloud computing.
    Very stratified in terms of overall organization with too many administrators- a common problem with most universities.


  10. "Clinical Trials office review. Beware!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Retirement match and non-match =10% of Salary
    Paid time off = 46 days: 10 Hol, 15 sick, 15 vacay, 3 Floating, 3 winter break.

    Cons

    Poor Management with zero leadership skills.
    Micromanaging.
    Less than 2.5% annual raise average for department- Lurie Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office.
    High turnover, >40%
    No room for growth or advancement.
    Management promotes "spitball method" as their process improvement strategy!
    Low Salary compared to national average.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries to national average
    Hire outside leaders with actual Management experience.
    Standardize processes.
    Give raises that reflect workload, effort. 5% min
    Implement employee retention program.
    Standardize training.


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