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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated February 13, 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. "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


  2. "Graduate Student"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You're surrounded by smart people. Well, half of them are smart...

    Cons

    There is no real recourse against a PI who treats a student poorly.

    The number of hours you are expected to work is unreasonable.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating the people who actually come up with the ideas and do the work with some respect.


  3. "Northwestern University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart Students, Excellent view, Summers off! The benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    There are Administration, Leadership, Parking and compensation issues.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and consistency across schools needed. Fix the silos!


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  5. "post doc"

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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

    located in downtown Chicago, have the best view of lake shore. very convenient public traffic

    Cons

    overtime working everyday, at least 50 hours per week;
    salary is $10000 below the average income in Chicago

    Advice to Management

    It's better to give more opportunity or training to staff and post doc fellow to improve the skill


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Everything you thought higher ed would be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability - you will likely always have a job.
    Opportunities to move to different areas - there is always something open
    Retirement benefits - makes up for the low salaries

    Cons

    Political - there is a lot of a turf at an institution this large and people are very sensitive about it
    Culture of "good enough" - People striving to hit it out of the park are few and far between
    Salaries - It's higher ed
    Diversity - low diversity in leadership...really low
    Hierarchical - you need to know your place

    Advice to Management

    Listen and communicate. There are a lot of people that do not feel heard or feel that they matter. There is a lot of opportunity for improvement.


  7. "work style"

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    Current Employee - Principal Investigator in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Investigator in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    intellectually inspiring
    good amount of traveling
    work with uplifting students
    can work from home
    good salary

    Cons

    The long work hours makes it hard to find a work-life balance, and the working environment is neither supportive nor friendly for a female assistant professor.


  8. "Prestigious. That's Where it Ends"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good pay for postdoc

    Cons

    The science is a joke
    Way too much ego and self love

    Advice to Management

    Not really a management thing


  9. "Not a good fit for me"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Laid back environment, able to work independently, really great benefits. Great resources and able to move around to fit the right fit if you don't start out in the role that is the best for you.

    Cons

    Overall just not the place for me. Bad work/life balance. Didn't fit in with the team. High turnover, so many responsibilities handed to me when we were short staffed. Probably just bad timing for me, but a stressful situation nonetheless. Not a good fit in many ways.


  10. "Student Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Health & Educational. NU seems to be growing in the right direction

    Cons

    Very difficult to rise through organization. Top level management doesn't assist in development of employee. It would be a great place to be a mid level or senior level manager, however, as a young professional there is a lack of mentorship and lack of desire to assist employee development

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new management techniques and understand that the old micromanagement techniques of the previous era are no longer acceptable


  11. "Review of House by Northwestern"

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    Former Employee - Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Team Member in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    the program was super flexible it had a great team, casual work environment, small, friendly, non-for profit

    Cons

    the program was not very structured and lack some direction during the summer but gained a better understanding as the summer went on

    Advice to Management

    more stucture



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