Northwestern University

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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 31 October, 2014
Updated 31 October, 2014
422 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 25 reviews)

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


Cons
  • No work/life balance options available (in 9 reviews)

  • Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively (in 11 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.  

    Very interesting work experience in a very niche field of work.

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    Former Employee - Center for Forced Migration Studies in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Center for Forced Migration Studies in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours were generally flexible, my supervisor was an expert in her field and really helped me understand the area of asylum law and refugee resettlement better. I loved being able to help a few people directly but also able to amass a large amount of information for others in the field to consume. This job was also great for networking, as we constantly met other professionals in the field.

    Cons

    Could have been more organization of how interns communicated their projects to one another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Conservative administration, but Research Freedom

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Evanston, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Northwestern has a very bright undergraduate and graduate population, and the faculty are very involved in their research careers, providing a fantastic academic research environment. The campuses in Evanston and Chicago provide a nice contrast and multiple options for the types of lifestyle someone might want.

    Cons

    As a graduate student, the general benefits and salary are fairly competitive with lower tier universities, but somewhat lacking behind the universities Northwestern would like to compare itself to. Overall, while much of the research being conducted is top-tier, there is still a general conservative air about the administration that might inhibit more daring research to be conducted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If graduate students had benefits and salaries that were a bit more 'mature,' particularly during their later years, then I think it would produce a more competitive research environment where the graduate students felt more like active researchers rather than students. It can be difficult to transition to an independent researcher when you're perpetually stuck being treated as a student or research assistant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Very good place to work. Fast pace and fun

    Cons

    Always busy, buts that's not always bad!

  6.  

    NU

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    Current Employee - Student in Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Student in Evanston, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    great school, great teacher,good environment

    Cons

    homework is long and lengthy

  7.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    I liked working here because everyone was friendly and I thought the environment was cool and whatnot.

    Cons

    There we rent really any cons I thought te place was very professional and stuff

  8.  

    Cozy atmosphere that most people enjoy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Evanston is a nice college town with many delicious restaurants, and it's directly next to campus. The train system is really close as well, making trips to Chicago convenient and easy.

    Cons

    Workload can be a lot, especially with the quarter system that makes midterms very frequent. Also, the weather can be hard for some people to adjust to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider updating/remodeling more dorms, specifically Sargent, PARC, and Plex.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I would recommend working at NU

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Good office culture, interesting fabrication work, great nanotechnology facility, good colleauges, I have been here only for six months so I am still understanding the ambience of my work

    Cons

    low compensation,long hours sometimes, I have been here only for six months so I am still understanding the ambience of my work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software developer at the Center for Connected Learning at Northwestern University.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience writing industry-grade educational modeling software.

    Cons

    Internship was unpaid; deadlines were, at times, unclear or vague; office is a bit less active in the summer then it is during the school year (i.e. less people working).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Talented Colleagues and very collaborative enviroment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Evanston, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart people to work with.
    Great Transportation Library.
    Access to one of world best business school: Kellogg.
    Next to Lake Michigan, great view

    Cons

    Cold winter in Chicago
    Limited career fair/opportunities for graduate student

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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