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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is not that great (in 27 reviews)

  • Low Salary respect people with same degree in industry (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "NU where your career goes to die.........."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and lots of perks to working for the University.

    Cons

    Very low starting pay, literally no room for advancement and they will tell you this is the case and make no excuses for it. Lots of primadonna's working here that think they are irreplaceable. Ridiculous performance review process.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old timers who refuse to move with technology!


  2. "Good benefits"

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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

    The university offers very good benefits, like tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    A lot of old, white men in leadership positions. Would like to see more hires, like the recent appointment of Jonathan Holloway, that reflect more diversity.

  3. "Graduate Assistant - Bienen School of Music"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University as a contractor

    Pros

    You get to work with different students and professors

    Cons

    VERY low pay, compared to other schools at Northwestern.


  4. "Research Assistant"

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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

    Good academic atmosphere and nice environment.

    Cons

    Highly stressed and a lot of competition


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. I have small children and a spouse with a chronic illness and the ability to be close to home and sometimes work from home has been a godsend.

    Cons

    Payscale and PTO. I took a 60% paycut to come here because I needed to be close to home. We coasted on savings for a few years to bridge the gaps, but now we are living paycheck to paycheck. For a family of four with one income, my take home pay is only $5k above the poverty line. As or PTO, these is a huge gap in time for vacation eligibility. Years 1-9 is 3 weeks per year and 9-19 is 4 weeks per year. I think that first window should be shortened to reflect most current organizations that add 4 weeks after five years.

    Advice to Management

    Though I appreciate the flexibility, there will come a time when working here will not be sustainable with the current pay scale.


  6. "financial administrative for Student Affairs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefits; the students are awesome and fun to work with; beautiful campus

    Cons

    Unless you are prepared to majorly kiss up to everyone, they will get rid of you for someone who will work at a lower hourly rate.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent in what you need from your employees; assign a fair amount of duties for each job description; stop overworking your employees and acting like it's normal.


  7. "Great Benefits"

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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

    tuition reimbursement, great healthcare, employee resource groups, close to the lake,.

    Cons

    Competitive internal career movement, hard to get promoted. depending on your role in the organization compensation isn't always fairly distributed.

  8. "Great to work for a big, rich, private university."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Northwestern University as a contractor

    Pros

    Great to work for a big, rich private university. Getting the tools you need to do your job is never difficult. Great basic benefits.

    Cons

    Diversity - there is a serious lack of racial diversity in middle management and upper management.
    Meritocracy - it's not.


  9. "Okay place to work at."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Northwestern is an easy place to work. People are kind but slow.

    Cons

    Northwestern doesnt offer much growth professionally. Salaries are pretty low when compared to industry.


  10. "Okay"

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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

    Good benefits especially insurance and what not

    Cons

    No room for advancement anywhere


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