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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 26 February, 2015
Updated 26 February, 2015
491 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 a 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.  

    Fantastic experience with nurturing Library staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People working here genuinely care about what they do. They have a passion for books, news, history, etc. The community is strong and the work is flexible (both type and time).

    Cons

    I haven't experienced anything even remotely significant that would lead me to associate any cons with this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to the needs of those senior staff who may like more opportunities to learn about other areas within the Library.

  3.  

    Awesome Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours, great benefits. Nice environment.

    Cons

    Commute to work can be bothersome in the winter.

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  5.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Benefits are great. can move withing company

    Cons

    Culture of exclusion especially when it comes to students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Work Study Research Assistant Position

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    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Position was very casual, work environment was understanding and very productive. Strong sense of team work and community. Different jobs will vary, but this was my experience.

    Cons

    Some requests were ambiguous and required frequent meeting and discussion to move forward. Content that was worked with was sometimes too basic or not suitable for pre made rubrics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Northwestern is top-notch institution and a great community

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

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

    Pros

    Northwestern is top-notch institution and a great community

    Cons

    Sometimes the administration is inefficient and unorganized

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Research Administrator in Evanston, IL (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great benefits, co-workers, 3 weeks vacation to start + 3 personal days. 100% STD, everyone is automatically enrolled.
    University is very decentralized, so your experience will really vary based on what college/department you're in.
    Lots of opportunities for advancement/transfer.

    Cons

    Being a university, inefficiency and lower-than-average pay are two cons. But the pros outweigh the cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Thanks for the new 4 week parental leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place for career development

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great infrastructure for research
    co-operation between labs

    Cons

    salaries could be better, cold weather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase opportunities for job placement after PhD

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place for entry-level professionals seeking Higher Ed Jobs and for those who love to learn!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family-friendly benefits, many opportunities to take classes to continuing professional development/learning, several internal employee networks as well

    Cons

    decentralized way of doing things so each school/department has a unique work-life balance and work culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great benefits, benefits are very family-friendly rather than catering to those with no children

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Satisifed except for expectations very unclear

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, very fair time off, and very considerate of time off. Also flexible working hours, and fair leadership. Depends on the department you work in though- some departments are very difficult to work with (fundraising), but overall fair cross-functional relationships and interactions. Good benefits as well. Lots of time off, and

    Cons

    Outrageous parking cost, not very good career development, unable to work from home at all (could have used this on the snow days, or been fair giving this (IE all of the managers can work from home, but not staff?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More fairness, better HR relationships (poor follow-up and guidance through time during there, and when I left), compensation increases, more career delveopment, cheaper parking!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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