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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 1 October 2014
Updated 1 October 2014
396 Reviews
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Pros
  • People are friendly, pay is decent and they're generally pretty good about work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits (in 37 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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  1.  

    2 years

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Delhi
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Delhi

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

    Pros

    my job was in my home town

    Cons

    i feel there is a lot of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve your managemet politics its acedemics so do work properly nn dont interfare in else

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    very well organized, great location, nice research facilites

    Cons

    gets really cold in winter, payments are low

  3.  

    Northwestern from a student-worker perspective

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    Current Employee - Saferide Driver  in  Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Saferide Driver in Evanston, IL (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everything is close to home and the employers are cognizant that we are students. Always willing to let you take more shifts and don't baby you.

    Cons

    Boss will tell you that you are being promoted and then never follow through. Also very little given when hardships arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We want to do the best job possible while making friends. Let us have some freedom and see if we can develop any new ideas for future use.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Why I like working at Northwestern University!

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

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

    Pros

    I love the college campus environment. Actually, I love even more the educational environment and NU has that and more. The Evanston campus is beautiful. The people who work here are wonderful and I never know when I'll be talking with someone who is just brilliant in their field. My department supports me in all my learning activities and I'm treated very well. I'm respected and valued as a member of the team which after years in corporate I'm glad to have this back in my life. I love the work/life balance but I also like the fact that my leadership team will ask me to contribute at a higher level if needed and then reward me for doing so. Benefits are very good here. Sick time, vacation time, Personal Floating Holidays plus a generous schedule of holidays off all make for a wonderful work experience for me. You don't get this kind of stuff in corporate America anymore.

    Cons

    There is a strong sense of entitlement among some staff. They have worked at NU for many years and feel they are owed. Not sure what that is but I do get tired of hearing them complain. They can make it challenging for those who are willing to go above and beyond and who have lost jobs due to outsourcing. Parking can be truly a nightmare and promises to only get worse. Other than that I have no complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Research Assistant

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

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was a great way to connect with professors. I was able to get some hands on experience and learn research was my area of interest. I appreciated the interest in my academic and professional development.

    Cons

    Since it was a work-study position pay was not fantastic, but more than adequate for the flexibility it allowed during the school year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really appreciate all the time spent on developing my skills and the one-on-one training time. I still use all these skills today in my current job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Graduate Student (PhD) Review

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    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Student health insurance is covered, decent stipend, lots of seminars available for both personal and professional development, great facilities, great training

    Cons

    Depending on your major, it could take a lot longer to get your degree

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great Benefits and growth opportunities

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Norris University Center

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

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great working environment at Norris

    Cons

    - Low pay for the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Increase pay

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Graduate Student

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

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

    Pros

    Brand value, excellent professors, great alumni network, close to Chicago. interdisciplinary work opportunities. Scope for branching out by pursuing different clubs

    Cons

    Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hospice cna

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Great pay; benefits, competitive hours friendly people as well as comfortable work environment. Really good place to eork if you have the ecperience.

    Cons

    Slow clientel, no parking expenses waiver or reinbursement. Downtown driving traffic but other than that it was really good .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication within managements and care more for the team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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