Northwestern University

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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 19 December, 2014
Updated 19 December, 2014
439 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • People are friendly, pay is decent and they're generally pretty good about work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • Ability to have work life balance most likely depends on the department with some departments being very high stress (in 10 reviews)

  • Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    it is an amazing university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    i 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good place to have carrier

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    People are friendly, understanding and helpful. Work is not too stressful. Office hours are relaxed as long as you get your work done and on time.

    Cons

    Low pay. But it is grant and University funded so it's understandable. Plus the work style and stress is not very high either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Opens many doors

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Access. Access. Access.
    Surrounding yourself with smart people.
    Benefits!
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Not as much inter-departmental integration as hoped.
    Not much room for career growth without MD/PhD

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership varies by department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    PhD Gradaute Student in Chicago

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    Current Employee - Biology/Statistics Graduate Student in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Biology/Statistics Graduate Student in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to study what you want.

    Cons

    The salary is pretty low considering the workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make reimbursements easier!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    large organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    large organization, great benefits such as tuition reimbursement, health care, 401k

    Cons

    sometimes too large or an organization hard to get recognized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Northwestern University Alumni Relations and Development

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great benefits - tuition up to 10K per year, 10% 403b match, great work/life balance

    Cons

    difficult to advance from Assistant director or admin role to associate director roles. Ofter hired from outside the organization. Hiring process is sloooooow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to develop your entry and mid-level employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great working environment, excellent research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine has an excellent organizational culture, where labs are conducting cutting-edge research in a very collaborative and supportive environment. As a technician, the work-life balance is great. Time off and all other benefits are much better than anywhere else I had interviewed. Overall a very positive work experience.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement. Salaries, though competitive compared to other educational institutions, are still very low especially given Chicago's high cost of living. Yearly merit increases are kept standard throughout institution -- giving the chance for employees to deserve higher raises would provide added incentive to perform beyond regular job requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue recruiting excellent research faculty and staff, but give them a chance to stay at NU while progressing in their career, earning more as they gain more experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Based on the experience as a research associate at PhD level, Northwestern University is OK.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    The parking and health insurance fees are based on the employee's salary. The university also provides benefit of dependent care according to the household income.

    Cons

    The fee for health insurance is high and the medical cost is high as well even you choose a in-network physician.

  10.  

    PhD Programs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Evanston, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Outstanding faculty
    Ability to collaborate across the department and university
    Funding for conferences and travel

    Cons

    Stipends depend on programs, some better than others

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent benefits.

    Former Employee - Staff in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Staff in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding at this institution. Highly intellectual environment with the opportunity to collaborate on forward thinking projects.

    Cons

    Very political environment. Advances depend on who you know. Ability to have work life balance most likely depends on the department with some departments being very high stress. Compensation was average, but offset by benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hosting required workshops covering race/gender/size differences and what is appropriate versus inappropriate conversations within the office. Consider hosting required stress reduction workshops for faculty.

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