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Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is not that great (in 27 reviews)

  • Salary could be higher especially for graduate students and post-docs (like all academics) (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and a lot of great opportunities

    Cons

    Too many rules for graduate students to graduate


  2. "Great benefits! World class institution."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits! World class institution.

    Cons

    Academic politics are very strange.


  3. "From a postdoc point of views"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Great collaboration opportunity. Nice facilities with adequate resources. Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Low salary and benefit package compare to living cost in the area


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  5. "Cheap healthcare and benefits are major perks"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant III in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Assistant III in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University (More than a year)

    Pros

    NU offers great benefits to employees. Reduced tuition for graduate and certificate programs. Childcare available through NU close to Chicago campus. Discounts offered at some gyms, restaurants and retail stores for NU employees.

    Cons

    Low salaries. May not attract as talented employees as corporations. Some processes are out of date and need revision. Some central depts could also need an overhaul.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Research Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to good symposiums, workshops and opportunities for publication and develop tools of efficiency. Great benefits

    Cons

    Some insecurities among co workers. Pay could be higher.


  7. "Love Northwestern!"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant (IV Months) in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant (IV Months) in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, friendly staff, I also think your experience is based on who your supervisor is. My supervisor is extremely flexible & I work with an awesome team.

    Cons

    None at all. I have had a very pleasant experience since I started in January 17'


  8. "Experience in the master program at NU"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Access to some of the best labs and professors in the field.

    Cons

    Too Bio-oriented. Too expensive. No others.


  9. "Solid University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Northwestern has fair benefits and a good work environment

    Cons

    Dealing with HR software and a fair amount of red tape


  10. "bbb"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    benefits
    good work environment
    Flexible
    education
    technology

    Cons

    pay
    job growth is slow
    lots of bureaucracy
    not a lot of project management
    goals are always changing

    Advice to Management

    focus on project management, especially for federal grants. It will improve research.


  11. "Salary review for working at NU"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Fairly good health benefits, increase salary every year

    Cons

    Salary could be higher especially for graduate students and post-docs (like all academics)


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