Northwestern University
3.8 of 5 338 reviews
www.northwestern.edu Evanston, IL 5000+ Employees

Northwestern University Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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3.8 338 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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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 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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Great expectations, mostly fulfilled

Assistant Professor (Current Employee)

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 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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Graduate student at Northwestern

Graduate Research Fellow (Former Employee)
Evanston, IL (US)

I worked at Northwestern University full-time for more than 5 years

ProsA great deal of support from other members in the field I was working in at Northwestern. Great access to necessary instrumentation for the most part. Fantastic opportunities for outside lab activities. The Evanston campus is far enough away from Chicago to be pretty relaxed and safe, while students have the option to ride the L into the city for fun. Frequent events for graduate students to get out of lab.

ConsThe school always seems to be competing with UofC and coming up a bit short. The health insurance offered graduate students could be improved. Greater monetary compensation would make living in Chicago more reasonable.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the focus on events for graduate students to get free food, mingle etc. Up the stipend levels.

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

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Northwestern University

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

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

ProsPrestigious university with stable fundings throughout my PhD career.

ConsApartments near campus are expensive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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 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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Recent Organizational Change

Community Assistant (Current Employee)
Evanston, IL (US)

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

ProsThe current organizational change allows you to be a part of a big vision. Also, working in a department for a University is a unique and meaningful opportunity.

ConsCommunication between sub-departments is often ineffective and inefficient. Work that can and should get done faster seems to take a long time.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore engagement between sub-groups would create greater unity and collaboration between employees.

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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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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