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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
394 Reviews
3.9
394 Reviews
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Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro
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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)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great expectations, mostly fulfilled

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Why I like working at Northwestern University!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Graduate Student (PhD) Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Norris University Center

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Graduate Student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    A good entry level position with great benefits and okay compensation in an engaged, if siloed community.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Program Assistant II  in  Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Program Assistant II in Evanston, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work environment, low-stress (sometimes). Work is engaging and dynamic, but it often depends on your department. The Silo nature of the university means that each department will have their own management style that makes it hard to insititute top-down changes.

    Cons

    Promotions, slow to enact changes, staffing accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best managers are ones with good managerial experience and skills. The university can be either very welcoming or very distant depending on your co-workers and supervisor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Community Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    It is located in a nice town but also just a half hour to hour from Chicago.

    Cons

    The people at the top don't even pretend to care about your opinion, even if you're the one interacting more closely with students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great entry level position

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Tuition benefits and beautiful campus

    Cons

    Low pay. Decentralized university makes it feel bigger than it needs to be,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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