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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 30 January, 2015
Updated 30 January, 2015
463 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.  

    Good people, good environment, and an overall good experience

    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

    Pros

    The faculty are considerate and understand the other demands on my time.

    Cons

    It would be nice if we had more pizza parties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw more pizza parties.

  3.  

    Very positive - incredible interactions with some of the smartest people in academia.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Access to huge knowledge base, very expensive programs and software

    Cons

    Things are competitive and it is sometimes hard to get in contact with good professors.

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  5.  

    Full of kind, passionate people- room for promotion, growth, and professional development

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    Former Employee - Alumni Relations in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Alumni Relations in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    At NU, on the staff side, you are paid well, there is tons of room for professional development and growth. Work-life balance is maintainable. There are lots of young people, so there are lots of friends to be made for recent college grads. Evanston is a nice place to work and live.

    Cons

    As with any academic institution, there is red tape and a sort of bureaucracy that can be difficult to deal with. There is almost no parking on this campus. If you want to park, you have to pay to park.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, professional development

    Cons

    Benefit package needs more work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more people from within

  7.  

    Solid place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Evanston, IL (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment to work, surrounded by solid hard-working people, good benefits

    Cons

    Compensation is ok and advancement opportunities are unclear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Worked on projects in spare time; mostly quantitative research.

    Cons

    No consistent work, not enough to be sustainable. Mostly basic research.

  9.  

    Overall good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Lots of resources.
    Exposure to education and folks from all sectors.

    Cons

    Siloed like any big company.
    Was hard to move around the company due to HR policies, but this is workable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Long Term Temp at Center for Talent Development

    Former Employee - Temp
    Former Employee - Temp

    I worked at Northwestern University (less than a year)

    Pros

    The Saturday Enrichment Program is a great branch of CTD, and super fun work. There was a lot of variety of tasks to help out with during my month supporting them and good people that I really got along with. When they didn't need my support anymore, they referred me to the NUMATS department (testing) and I continued to work with CTD for 5 more months.

    Cons

    The work at NUMATS as a temp was a lot more mind numbing than the work at SEP, but that could certainly be due to personal preference. There was a lot of data entry and updating databases and coordinating huge mailings.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Physics PhD student studying high energy physics

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

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

    Pros

    flexible work environment, high quality faculty, decent compensation

    Cons

    funding decreased while in attendance, work environment not always professional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest about low likelihood of finding jobs in academia for most students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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