Northwestern University
3.8 of 5 335 reviews
www.northwestern.edu Evanston, IL 5000+ Employees

Northwestern University Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.8 335 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro

Morton Schapiro

(124 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The benefits cannot be beat, and work-life balance is outstanding"
    in 21 reviews
  • "Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits"
    in 33 reviews
Cons:
  • "Salaries are lower than comparable corporate positions, but the benefits and work-life balance make up for that"
    in 7 reviews
  • "too cold in winter, too much snow"
    in 4 reviews
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2 years

Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
Delhi

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

Prosmy job was in my home town

Consi feel there is a lot of politics.

Advice to Senior Managementimprove your managemet politics its acedemics so do work properly nn dont interfare in else

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people, great benefits, great location, and happen to love my job

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Northwestern University

ProsOpportunities to be engaged in and build community.
Opportunities to mentor or be mentored.
work is very satisfying, working with students, alumni, faculty and other staff.

Conspay is adequate, could be better. Too much work and need to hire more staff. Faculty seem to get abundant resources.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to start out

Senior Research Coordinator (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

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

ProsWorking at NU, specifically the FSM, allows you many opportunities to work with incredibly driven and brilliant researchers/doctors. There are numerous opportunities to enhance your CV and knowledge base, as well as to network with other departments

ConsMoving up within NU (not so much lateral moves), in my experience, has been difficult. Rather than administration at your individual department approving promotions, your department has to campaign for the promotion with HR executives, if the position does not seem to fit EXACTLY with HR's definition of the duties and qualifications.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour coordinators are your life-line, treat them as such.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to go to graduate school

PhD Candidate (Current Employee)
Evanston, IL (US)

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

ProsGreat education, gorgeous campus, access to state-of-the-art technology, productive department with very intelligent professors, close to Chicago (can live in the city)

ConsIt's graduate school, so it's not easy. Program chairs were not always clear on expectations.

Advice to Senior ManagementTell students about the bonus for securing outside funding right away! It would serve as a great motivational tool .

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Research Project Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL (US)

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

ProsNU is supporting young professionals in getting an opportunity to learn and grow in their professions.

ConsWorkload and work-life balance. Lot of work.

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Good place to be a grad student

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

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

ProsLots of good colleagues and access to extra curricular activities. Great campus, but could use some more options for food. Some buildings are a lot nicer to work in than others. Very flexible hours, but sometimes very long hours.

ConsNot great benefits, but that's being a graduate student. Sometimes very long hours and a lot of self-motivation is required.

Advice to Senior ManagementSome more student life benefits would be nice.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Research Associate (Current Employee)
Evanston, IL (US)

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

ProsGreat academic environment and benefits

ConsCommute between Evanston and the med school is ROUGH.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I will never regret working in this school

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)

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

ProsSchool with an outstanding academic community led by faculty with important international distinctions, fundamental scientific contributions and powerful networks. Facilities close to the best one can expect. Very collaborative atmosphere. Located in a beautiful Chicago suburb with great public transportation, close to downtown and airport and overlooking lake MIchigan. One of the best locations in the US with moderate living costs.

ConsInteractions among graduate students are not very intense. Winters bite.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhile the University produces impressive research, excellence in teaching should be closer to the top in the priority list.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Smart and enthusiastic coworkers.

Research Assistant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Northwestern University full-time for less than a year

ProsEveryone is encouraging and the work is meaningful. Professors give assistants a chance to learn new skills and be involved in complex projects.

ConsNot as much office culture as there could be. People are separated from each other so it can get boring at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Experience- Great People

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

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

ProsGreat Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits.

ConsOften under-staffed and pay is low unless you are in the highest positions

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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