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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is not that great (in 26 reviews)

  • pressure, low salary, job insecurity (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "experience total depends on your lab/supervisor/principle investigator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefit, nice campus, great locations

    Cons

    Experience at Northwestern University total depends on your lab/supervisor/principal investigator. I had a wonderful supervisor who creates a very supportive working environment, which makes everyone happy and productive. I also had experienced a micromanaging boss...and that makes the whole workplace environment toxic and defensive.

    Advice to Management

    Some principal investigators have zero knowledge in management.


  2. "student employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff to be a part of! I work for the PSV department for Norris Center and it is one of the best decisions I made in college. My coworkers are great and the work is interesting with lots of time to study while at work.

    Cons

    The work is so varied and it is nearly impossible to be trained on everything. A lot of the job requires you to improvise, problem solve and call people for help. It can be a source of anxiety or make you look unprofessional if you don't know how to handle it.

    Advice to Management

    Focus training on how to interact with a customer when you don't know how to solve their problem. Also creating some sort of group message of employees may help worker to pool resources and ideas when trying to solve a problem.


  3. "Great grad program if you get into a good group"

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

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

    Pros

    I had an excellent experience in my PhD program.

    Cons

    I have friends who had terrible experiences with their groups. Make sure you do your homework and choose a group that aligns with your goals.


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  5. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Top talented colleagues, fantastic lakeview, nice town

    Cons

    Lots of construction has been going on recently


  6. "cutting edge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head, Digital Systems in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Head, Digital Systems in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    cutting edge environment, highly empowering and supportive of innovative ideas.

    Cons

    not supportive of spousal placement.

    Advice to Management

    provide support for spousal hire if you want to keep good employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stable but unrewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Manager in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Team Manager in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have Great benefits - retirement 403b matching and healthcare is affordable for staff members. Campus is beautiful and Evanston has a lot to offer.

    Cons

    Staff isn't valued - contributions are ignored and no effort is put forth for staff development and engagement / limited advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in current staff.


  8. "teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits-educational assistance, low-rate medical insurance, retirement plan, etc.

    Cons

    Quite a few unprofessional and immoral faculty and administrators. Negative culture.

    Advice to Management

    It takes much more than just creating bylaws and handbooks to maintain discipline and promote good organizational culture. Please check people's work more diligently and standard-based, and in the meantime hire real professionals and get rid of those who don't qualify. It's unbelievable such a top-ranked university not only keeps hiring people who fail to carry out duties but also allow them to evaluate junior faculty/staff's work and lie about junior members' performance. It's such a shame!


  9. "Clinical Research Nurse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Nurse in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Nurse in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance and location

    Cons

    compensation comparative to competing positions in the chicagoland area


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay and benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top tier university, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    There are some employees Assistant Director and up who don't seem qualified for their position, and attained their position without due diligence.

    Advice to Management

    Some of your leaders need to be changed, it is limiting employees


  11. "Stable with a family like atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the people I work with and great benefits. Stable environment.

    Cons

    Challenging to be promoted internally. Need to seek outside of department at NU to progress with career.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunity for job growth.


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