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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated May 17, 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. "Graduate Student"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Information & Systems Security/Compliance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Security Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Data Security Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It Is a great environment to work. Very nice people, they are always trying to provide as much experience as they can. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    I would say just the office space.


  3. "Gift Operations Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    No clear training of any kind


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  5. "review of Northwestern University Neurology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible, good benefit, nice, friendly

    Cons

    pressure, low salary, job insecurity


  6. "Postdoc Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Evanston, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Northwestern University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Quite flexible. Great benefits

    Cons

    Cold weather in Chicago. Not a fault for the university.


  7. "a great learning experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Data Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Data Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    amazing research, friendly colleagues, chance to develop a good network

    Cons

    less salary for the kind of work you do


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    "Administrative Assistant IV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant IV in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant IV in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, educational assistance and time off

    Cons

    Don't get me started. Two things: misery and management. No way of moving up, at all, unless you are a great butt kisser. Program and Administrative Assistants are stuck in their positions for many years to come. You can be the employee of the year, it won't matter, trust me. Another thing of the past, performance reviews. They tend to demoralize and demotivate employees. High turnover in some positions lead to incompetent managers, trying to load you up with more tasks and work, all this while micromanaging. In all those years I have worked, I cannot say I really liked the place much. Get your degree and if you cannot get a promotion move to another school. Place that will actually appreciate you. Office politics are awful, lots of butt kissing. And holier- than- thou clueless managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop favoritism - it only turns employees against themselves. Learn how to lead and not only manage. Do not micromanage, and get a good training in what it really means to manage properly.


  9. "Graduate Student/Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture here is moderately laid back compared to some other top tier schools. But if you want a very rigorous experience you can choose a PI who will create that environment as well.

    Cons

    Some students seem to take forever to finish. Especially in Micro-Immuno. They take 7+ on average.

    Advice to Management

    It all really depends on the lab you choose. That's what will define your experience. Program could do a much better job at picking instructors for course, though.


  10. "Northwestern University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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!


  11. "Lab Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment including scholars, physicians, researchers, and graduate students makes for a very multi-national experience.

    Cons

    Some NU policies regarding IT and it's data management could be improved.


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