Northwestern University

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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.8 379 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro

Morton Schapiro

(140 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits cannot be beat, and work-life balance is outstanding (in 21 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance options available (in 8 reviews)

  • They are reluctant to terminate problematic Faculty and Staff at the management level (in 5 reviews)

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    it is an amazing university

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosi worked at northwestern uni. because they have provide me very good salary with amazing benefits. i would recomend ths place for everyone. job is easy and fun to work with everyone in this uni.

    Conscant say so much about cons, because almost everything went perfect since i start working with this uni.

    Advice to Senior Managementgood place to have carrier

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    research assisteant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proschallenging, interesting, diversified, self-driver and good collaborative environment

    Consmedium compensation, less industrial connection and cross disciplinary collaboration

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    Nice place to work

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsExcellent benefit package. Match and un-match for your retirement.

    ConsHigh Traffic and insufficient parking space.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A productive work experience with great coworkers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetitive Salary
    Interesting and good Co workers
    Beautiful location
    Productive societal contribution

    ConsMicro Management of employees
    Slow growth opporutnities

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow room for greater mobility and growth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Temporary position at Northwestern University Chicago campus.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsFriendly people, supportive, helpful, team environment. NU gives you the tools to work in your role. Flexibility in schedule. Great learning experience.

    ConsAll departments are different from one another in the sense of culture, environment and experience. Temporary position was not long enough to really dig into any additional cons during my short experience at Northwestern. Realize it depends on each individual's experience in different departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    proud to be a Wildcat

    Research Assistant (Current Employee) Evanston, IL (US)

    Pros- academic integrity, highly stimulating work environments.
    - the campus is situated along side the Michigan lake.
    - Evanston is a beautiful place to leave.
    - easy transportation to downtown Chicago and other neighborhoods.

    Conswinter conditions can be quite harsh - be aware.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Northwestern is a great to be a graduate student: a fantastic school located a short train ride from an awesome city.

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Evanston, IL (US)

    ProsVery strong academic credentials, and a competitive stipend (for STEM fields, at any rate). Social environment depends a lot on which specific research group you join, as well as the department, so that is difficult to predict, but my experience has been extremely positive.

    ConsThis goes for all graduate studies, really, but the entire tenure system means that your boss has zero accountability to you. This can be really really bad if you have an adviser who is more interested in their own prestige than your success, so pick your group carefully!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    well-resourced research institute

    Graduate Researcher (Current Employee) Evanston, IL (US)

    Prosopen-minded, rich resources, good people

    Consturnover time seems too short

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    grad student at NU (mech engineering)

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Evanston, IL (US)

    ProsCollaborative environment, lots of good equipment, easy access to the city

    ConsOffice culture varies widely between departments and labs (be careful to pick a good one).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Entertaining

    Administrative Assistant III (Former Employee) Evanston, IL (US)

    ProsPay was solid, people were flexible, and schedule was great! I loved the location, the cafeteria, and the attitude of the folks I worked with. I was able to expand my mind to a degree.

    ConsNo room to grow. They rely on fancy degrees rather than hard work for advancement. The method of payment is annoying. I'd rather have direct deposit than a debit card I have to manually transfer funds from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep an open mind to those who are eager to learn, and work hard. Give people the opportunity to grow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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