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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
418 Reviews
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418 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • People are friendly, pay is decent and they're generally pretty good about work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Great Benefits- Can get great tuition assistance and healthcare benefits (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance options available (in 9 reviews)

  • Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great expectations, mostly fulfilled

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (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.  

    NU

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    Current Employee - Student in Evanston, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Student in Evanston, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    great school, great teacher,good environment

    Cons

    homework is long and lengthy

  3.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    I liked working here because everyone was friendly and I thought the environment was cool and whatnot.

    Cons

    There we rent really any cons I thought te place was very professional and stuff

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  5.  

    Cozy atmosphere that most people enjoy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Evanston is a nice college town with many delicious restaurants, and it's directly next to campus. The train system is really close as well, making trips to Chicago convenient and easy.

    Cons

    Workload can be a lot, especially with the quarter system that makes midterms very frequent. Also, the weather can be hard for some people to adjust to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider updating/remodeling more dorms, specifically Sargent, PARC, and Plex.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I would recommend working at NU

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good office culture, interesting fabrication work, great nanotechnology facility, good colleauges, I have been here only for six months so I am still understanding the ambience of my work

    Cons

    low compensation,long hours sometimes, I have been here only for six months so I am still understanding the ambience of my work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Software developer at the Center for Connected Learning at Northwestern University.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience writing industry-grade educational modeling software.

    Cons

    Internship was unpaid; deadlines were, at times, unclear or vague; office is a bit less active in the summer then it is during the school year (i.e. less people working).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Research Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Norhwestern is an amazing company to work for. Supervisors are friendly, work-life balance is extremely encouraged, and pay is more than fair

    Cons

    It's academia, so some of the politics and challenges associated with that may be present. however, that is largely dependent upon the department you're in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Informative environment

    Former Employee - Postdoctoral
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    very good benefits package, esp. retirement plan, and children daycare compensation; lots of excellent seminars

    Cons

    HR people are slow and not very precise at their job

  10.  

    Talented Colleagues and very collaborative enviroment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people to work with.
    Great Transportation Library.
    Access to one of world best business school: Kellogg.
    Next to Lake Michigan, great view

    Cons

    Cold winter in Chicago
    Limited career fair/opportunities for graduate student

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great cross discipline environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    Many labs and professors in engineering and sciences working in many different fields of studies, all collaborating due to the setup of the buildings.

    Cons

    It is a university, so naturally it is quite different from the classic industry work setting. That being said, the academic work environment is tough to beat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work regarding patents and who owns them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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