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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
457 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 26 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Ability to have work life balance most likely depends on the department with some departments being very high stress (in 10 reviews)

  • Not enough compensation for graduate students, some students take competition very negatively (in 12 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.  

    Overall good

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Lots of resources.
    Exposure to education and folks from all sectors.

    Cons

    Siloed like any big company.
    Was hard to move around the company due to HR policies, but this is workable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Physics PhD student studying high energy physics

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

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

    Pros

    flexible work environment, high quality faculty, decent compensation

    Cons

    funding decreased while in attendance, work environment not always professional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest about low likelihood of finding jobs in academia for most students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is an overall good university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Good education environment and location

    Cons

    Scientific instrument is out of time, in some case

  6.  

    Nice place to work but typical university atomosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I think they care about their employees and try to treat them well.

    Cons

    It's easy to get lost working for a huge university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Postdoctoral Researcher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Lots of potential world class collaborators and equipment.

    Cons

    As a postdoc we all get low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on professor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great people to work for

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    My experience at Northwestern was one of the best. I was able to learn valuable skills to continue in my career. Coworkers are amazing and the team I worked with was very supportive. My advice: apply there you will love it!

    Cons

    I have no Cons for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager was the best manager I ever had so keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Northwestern provides a very good working environment and great benefits (as far as I know). Beware of the cold though!

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    If you work and live in the downtown Chicago campus you cannot have a better location during the summer. You are in the center of the city with plenty of amenities and the lake front is just next door. If you are an foreign postdoc the international office is quite active (not that I have much to compare to though) and there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and do fun activities.
    The winter however, is long and cold. But I guess it is similar to other cities like Boston or New York.
    I would say Northwestern has a very collaborative mindset but of course your specific work environment will depend upon the group you go work with.

    Cons

    The stupidly long and freezing cold winter of Chicago

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to please them as best as you can but be very strong about points you think are nonsense or that can improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Graduate student, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance
    Fantastic location, with access to suburbs of Chicagoland and Chicago's downtown
    Collaborative environment

    Cons

    Low salary compared to other departments at similar top-tier schools
    Higher value of business school than any other department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice research environment and Chicago is a nice place to live.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northwestern University

    Pros

    Competitive environment and abundant resources.

    Cons

    Teaching is not strong. Student can hardly learn solid knowledge in some lessons. (Chicago campus)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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