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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is not that great (in 27 reviews)

  • Amazingly stingy when it comes to paying for current graduate students (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Pretty good place to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job security and a pleasant working environment. If you work with a good department, you get to work with nice people. Great benefits package, regardless of the level.

    Cons

    The school doesn't like to promote between non-exempt and exempt. The pay is not great.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more flexible and innovative.


  2. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL

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

    Pros

    Great environment.
    Nice supervisor (which is really case-by-case).
    Great events and activities for people with family.

    Cons

    Obviously, as a postdoctoral fellow, you don't get paid much.

  3. "Teaching assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn how to talk

    Cons

    high workload - high stress level


  4. "Department Assistant in single person admin office."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Department Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Department Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cultural diversity, beautiful lakefront campus, meeting people from around the world.

    Cons

    The salary range was very limited.


  5. "Prestigious. That's Where it Ends"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good pay for postdoc

    Cons

    The science is a joke
    Way too much ego and self love

    Advice to Management

    Not really a management thing


  6. "Student Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Health & Educational. NU seems to be growing in the right direction

    Cons

    Very difficult to rise through organization. Top level management doesn't assist in development of employee. It would be a great place to be a mid level or senior level manager, however, as a young professional there is a lack of mentorship and lack of desire to assist employee development

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new management techniques and understand that the old micromanagement techniques of the previous era are no longer acceptable


  7. "Undergraduate Summer Researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Summer Researcher in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Summer Researcher in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great, relaxed, flexible work environment. Friendly staff. Beautiful campus. Evanston is a very nice city. HR staff was very helpful.

    Cons

    Evanston is cold in the winter. Some of the facilities are ageing. Some academics are out of touch. On campus food options are not good.

  8. "Lab Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Nice Location. Good benefits for full time employees.

    Cons

    No cons really. Takes a long time to get hired though.

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  9. "Amazing Company Culture!"

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

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful and close to downtown Evanston.

    Amazing work life balance, the people here actually care that you're a human being.

    Professional development, they want you to grow in your skill set/career. Generous tuition reimbursement.

    The culture itself, everyone seems genuinely happy to be here.

    Cons

    It can sometimes be tough to get funding for certain things, but that's to be expected with higher education.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  10. "A/V Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Awesome environment. Great people. Amazing faculty and bosses.

    Cons

    Wish I could have learned more technical knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


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