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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated August 15, 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. "Great place to teach and do research"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Northwestern is a fantastic univeristy-- the administration and facilities are both wonderful
    Living in Evanston is great-- close to the city of Chicago, yet you have the peacefulness of a college town

    Cons

    Compensation is not as attractive as industry
    Mobility is only so so
    The students are not top notch
    Campus events are few and far between

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have more campus wide events that promote interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations. Also, offering MBA classes to staff would be benefitial to all.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Job!"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Evanston, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    This is a great place for teachers to work. Working with gifted students is a treat after a long week of teaching, and the faculty and staff is extremely supportive. They are also very open to running new classes designed by the teachers, so there is a lot of autonomy and creative opportunities if sought out.

    Cons

    The pay is not great compared to other part-time teaching positions, but the experience makes it worth the effort. It is also difficult to work on Saturdays if you coach a sport for your full-time teaching job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! You have been providing excellent opportunities to teachers and students alike, and the program keeps getting better each year.

  3. "Great Place to Work!"

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

    Pros

    Great People, everyone wants to be there! The group of individuals is motivated and young, and they make working there a wonderful experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours are unpredictable, due to the nature of the work. Their is also little communication between other departments

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  4. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evanston, IL
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment right beside lake Michigan. My adviser is also pretty nice and creative. The life here is enjoyable too.

    Cons

    The winter is cold and long, and the living expense in evanston is generally high. The limited income as a postdoctoral fellow gives me hard time to support a family.

    Advice to Management

    The construction inside the campus looks like frequently damages the water facility. There are several times water leaking from the ceiling of the lab due to the construction


  5. "work-study position"

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

    Pros

    tons of work-study jobs available for students and there are so many different areas of work that you are bound to be interested in one of them

    Cons

    many times the pay is low or the job is very menial, but it's a job at least and if your work-study job is boring, then you can study in between breaks too.

    Advice to Management

    make it easier to find work-study jobs and find more jobs that are fun or exciting to do. a lot of the good jobs go to people who start looking early


  6. "Grad student in science"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment encourages communication between students and groups--potentially leads to novel projects. The pay is relatively good in the sciences compared with other schools.

    Cons

    The hours can be long, and many professors, while very smart, may not be the best managers. This can lead to inefficiency in the group.

    Advice to Management

    Students might benefit if there were more possibilities for interactions between different departments/schools within Northwestern. More professional development would be a plus.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research Assistant"

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

    Pros

    The people who you work for are some of the smartest people in their profession out there. They are also doing cutting edge research

    Cons

    Some of the work that they have you do can be tedious at times and the projects can take a long time to complete

    Advice to Management

    I think that they are doing a great job. A good amount of communication. There is some red tape, but that is to be expected.

  8. "great large research university"

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    Current Employee - Senior Development Research Analyst in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Development Research Analyst in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, salary (at least in the fundraising division), educational opportunities, somewhat more casual work environment (compared to a corporate one), diversity, cultural perks, reputation, not-too-bad HR policies

    Cons

    Chicago weather, commuting hassles, dispersed campuses

    Advice to Management

    keep valuing your students, staff and faculty; Pres. Bienen's policy of hiring "star faculty" costs a lot and may not be worth it


  9. "It is a good opportunity."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom in research, flexible working time, safe village, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Competition. Cold and long winter

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of employees' progress more.


  10. "very good university and location"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    love here and good science here

    Cons

    too cold in winter, too much snow

    Advice to Management

    none


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