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Found 2,891 of over 3K reviews
4.2
77% Recommend to a Friend
Northwestern University President Michael Schill
98% Approve of CEO

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4.2
77%
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98%
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Northwestern University President Michael Schill
Michael Schill
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Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

Pros
  • "Great benefits for both exempt and non(in 341 reviews)
  • "And the people are great.(in 149 reviews)
  • "Beautiful campus and a lot of supporting facilities for all kinds of student and staff activities.(in 111 reviews)
  • "Flexible hours and smart and collaborative professors(in 63 reviews)
  • "Great colleagues and students to work with(in 60 reviews)
Cons
  • "Low pay unless you start getting into senior scientist positions; but that's the same for almost all academia positions(in 145 reviews)
  • "Top down administrative style does not work well for a learning institution where salaries are low and expectations are high(in 111 reviews)
  • "No management, be your own compass, no perspective beyond grad school(in 44 reviews)
  • "Long hours and managers are constantly changing(in 25 reviews)
  • "Low Compensation package(in 18 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Recommend!

    Nov 22, 2022 - PhD Graduate Student 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Lots of resources to learn.

    Cons

    The Graduate School can be bureaucratic.

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Place

    Nov 21, 2022 - Graduate Student in Evanston, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Its a fun university with a great campus

    Cons

    Its an expensive place as well

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    good

    Nov 16, 2022 - PhD Student 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    good location, foods, campus, courses

    Cons

    cold weather, covid quarantine, crowded library

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    good

    Nov 17, 2022 - PhD Student 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    chill, good resources, nice people

    Cons

    long and take too many years

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Fine place to work

    Nov 15, 2022 - Graduate Student in Evanston, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Reputable and easy to live nearby

    Cons

    I have not been on campus often enough to experience cons

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    I Wish I Could Go Back

    Nov 16, 2022 - Research Associate in Evanston, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Didn’t know how great I had it.

    Cons

    None; it was really, truly awesome.

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Standard Graduate Student Experience

    Nov 29, 2022 - Graduate Student Researcher in Evanston, IL
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Great facilities for nanotechnology and materials/chemistry in particular!

    Cons

    Experience varies highly dependent on which research group is being joined

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Post-Doc

    Nov 14, 2022 - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Freedom to do research of your choosing

    Cons

    Low Pay and long hours

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Research Assistant Salary

    Nov 14, 2022 - Research Assistant 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Nice people interesting works Good pay Flexibilty

    Cons

    Not really much Have to do training

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  11. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Research Engineer at Northwestern University

    Nov 14, 2022 - Research Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - great leadership - collaborative environment - helpful colleagues

    Cons

    - not a ton of benefits

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Northwestern University has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5, based on over 3,156 reviews left anonymously by employees. 77% of employees would recommend working at Northwestern University to a friend and 68% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Northwestern University employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.7 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Northwestern University. This rating has decreased by -2% over the last 12 months.

77% of Northwestern University employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Northwestern University 3.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.9 for culture and values and 3.8 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Northwestern University to be career development, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be culture, management, compensation.

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