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Updated January 16, 2018
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Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Solid benefits but you won't ever be a priority or given opportunities for growth"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff benefits are phenomenal: matching contributions to your 403b, health/dental/ vision insurance, lots of time off, AND tuition discounts for yourself and your family members. It's also great to work at a mission-driven place with smart people!

    Cons

    Most positions have no clear path forward and, even if they do, getting promoted internally (meaning, within your particular department) is rare and difficult. The pay is also far below the industry standard while the expectations for how much you're supposed to accomplish and your credentials for an open position are incredibly high.

    Advice to Management

    CARE ABOUT YOUR STAFF! Sure, this place is run by faculty and intended for students, but you still need staff. The recent announcement that you're planning on cutting down on new positions and promotions was a bad call. This loyal employee is leaving asap!


  2. "Great place to work"

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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

    On the lower end for pay, but great benefits

    Cons

    experience can depend on your department

  3. "Medical Education Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive team and leadership. Excellent benefits. Working to support students. High level of ethics.

    Cons

    There are so few cons, especially when comparing to other places I've worked.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting staff with excellent benefits like tuition reimbursement and paid time off.


  4. "Mostly good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, 403b, good work/life

    Cons

    I had excellent reviews and have 2 Master's Degrees- applied for several higher positions, but almost immediate denial from HR. Low pay for qualified individuals. Minimal increases.

    Advice to Management

    When you have good employees, please don't keep them in a position they have grown out of.


  5. "Attending physician"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Top notch people, interesting work environment, excellent benefits, beautiful facilities

    Cons

    Commute, if you don't live downtown

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees, support their growth


  6. "Senior Assistant Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Great institution and great people.

    Cons

    A large place in some ways, with many moving parts. Not a terrible thing!


  7. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Education, very good benefits, work-life balance

    Cons

    There aren’t really any cons

  8. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, nice area and facilities

    Cons

    Low salary, far from the train station

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide more opportunities


  9. "Engineering PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a wealthy, well-funded university that in my experience will help you find the resources to perform whatever types of engineering research you are interested in. Since my department is small, there isn't a ton of competition amongst other students to get the advisor you want or the projects that you want to work on. After going to a large public university for undergrad, this has been a much better experience in that respect. My schedule is completely flexible and the expectations for hours worked (40-50 per week) is very reasonable and allows a good work/life balance. However, this absolutely depends on what department you are in and who your PI is, so I think I have gotten pretty lucky and wouldn’t guarantee this to be the case.

    Cons

    Evanston is not the most happening college town - I live in Chicago and have to commute in (over half an hour driving) because I don't think I'd feel fulfilled in other aspects of my life living near campus, which is basically in a quiet suburb full of undergrads and families.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing negative to say here


  10. "student affairs"

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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

    Strong professional network and amazing students.

    Cons

    The politics of the university can hinder progress, especially when stakeholders hold sway.


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