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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.8 368 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro

Morton Schapiro

(135 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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 36 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)

368 Employee Reviews
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    Great expectations, mostly fulfilled

    Assistant Professor (Current Employee)

    Pros-Great resources
    -supportive peers
    -freedom and encouragement to pursue goals

    Cons-hierarchical leadership
    -lack of faculty-staff communication
    -poor directional leadership at the school level

    Advice to Senior ManagementTop level and mid level goals do not seem to align creating uncertainty. Academics do not like uncertainty and may even resent it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    grad student at NU (mech engineering)

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

    ProsCollaborative environment, lots of good equipment, easy access to the city

    ConsOffice culture varies widely between departments and labs (be careful to pick a good one).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    well-resourced research institute

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

    Prosopen-minded, rich resources, good people

    Consturnover time seems too short

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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

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    Enjoyable work place

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

    ProsBeautiful campus.
    Great benefits.
    Growth is supported.
    Smart co-workers.
    Doing something that makes the world a better place.
    Financially stable.

    ConsLeadership is male dominated.
    Hard to move to other positions.
    Slower environment.
    Difficult to move things forward.
    Projects often die on the vine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide opportunities that promote women and minorities into senior positions.
    Expand tuition reimbursement so staff don't have to pay for advanced degrees.
    Provide funding for team building events that support positive morale.

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

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    Entertaining

    Administrative Assistant III (Former Employee) Evanston, IL (US)

    ProsPay was solid, people were flexible, and schedule was great! I loved the location, the cafeteria, and the attitude of the folks I worked with. I was able to expand my mind to a degree.

    ConsNo room to grow. They rely on fancy degrees rather than hard work for advancement. The method of payment is annoying. I'd rather have direct deposit than a debit card I have to manually transfer funds from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep an open mind to those who are eager to learn, and work hard. Give people the opportunity to grow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    NU

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOn campus, convenient, people are helpful, sense of community

    ConsCompensation is generally on the lower end

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    Smooth transition from PhD student to Research Staff

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

    ProsComfortable working environment and vibrant campus atmosphere; world-class research facilities and research groups; extensive interdisciplinary collaborations; abundant opportunities for self-improvement.

    ConsDecentralized management across the campus usually leads to low efficiency of processing. Average pay. Average health insurance options.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Admissions Counselor (Current Employee) Evanston, IL (US)

    ProsWork with passionate people who are very diverse. Form a tight knit community where people actually care

    ConsCan be limiting to an extent with no forward advancement

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    Wonderful opportunity to learn a lot

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou can practice your knowledge and work with some modern instruments that probably you don't have still used outside. The personnel is ok. It is a great thing for your resume.

    ConsYou have to have a deep specific knowledge of the things and the target to reach is the "Professor" figure that is really hard to reach. You can go on and on with contracts year by year while the time passes. If you don't become a full professor .. probably you have failed your career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are doing great. I'd improve the relations with third party/external companies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people to work with!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDedicated co-workiers and a friendly work environment.

    ConsI don't have any cons at this time.

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

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