Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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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. Great Place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    N/A

  2. 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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    my job was in my home town

    Cons

    i feel there is a lot of politics.

    Advice to Management

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

  3. Assistant Professor

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Evanston, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Being a professor gives you significant time flexibility. Also, you can work at problems that really interest you. The continuous interaction with students and the teaching help keep you sharp, and you constantly learn new things as your own domain evolves. These things are true about the profession in general, and Northwestern is really good at honoring them. The Dean is great and helps promote the school and its faculty.

    Cons

    The pay is lower than what you can get in industry for the same time involvement and effort. There are politics at every workplace, and Northwestern is not immune to them, but overall they are not affecting most professors much. There is a lack of effort from the administration to realize policies that would greatly help their employees personal and professional life (e.g., most respectable universities have childcare facilities on campus, but Northwestern has repeatedly rejected proposals to establish one, although there is great demand for it). There is a lot of red tape (maybe more than most places) and micromanagement of finances, which unnecessarily complicates things. Some entities do not seem to offer anything to the organization but they consume financial resources, and I wonder why they still exist (e.g., TGS).

    Advice to Management

    Overall you do a good job, but you should listen to your faculty more. They are the lifeline of the university. Small acts that can keep them happy will go a long way in improving productivity and morale.

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  5. Phonathon Caller

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training in the basics of donor services and front line fundraising.

    Cons

    If you are disinterested in a career in non-profit development, some of the rigidity of the position can seem difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for all your support and training.

  6. TA

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Northwestern University as an intern

    Pros

    have not too much pressure

    Cons

    the payment per hour is low

  7. Depends on the department, the core branches pay you the least as a grader while the EECS department pays a lot.

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    Current Employee - Grader
    Current Employee - Grader

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, interesting and adventurous work. As a grader you double as a TA sometimes which is good.

    Cons

    You do more work for 1/3rd the salary and twice the number of unaccounted hours.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay your graders equally.

  8. Research Assistant

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place, great people to work with. You can know so many great people, which is a great advantage.

    Cons

    The living cost is little bit high and the typical salary for the students here is not so competitive with other places.

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve the benefits for the students and their family members will help them a lot to survive.

  9. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great boss. Flexible schedule. Temp agency really helps you explore your passions.

    Cons

    No real cons except for freezing Chicago weather.

  10. Great benefits, frustrating HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits including health, Lynda.com access, travel benefits

    Cons

    HR in Chicago location is inept and constantly botching documentation and processes

    Advice to Management

    Train HR staff in Chicago

  11. It's a great place, but there are pitfalls for lower-level staff.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Professional development and networking opportunities; culturally rich atmosphere; great locations.

    Cons

    No required training or accountability of managers. Snobby atmosphere.

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