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Northwestern University Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
435 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.  

    PhD Programs

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding faculty
    Ability to collaborate across the department and university
    Funding for conferences and travel

    Cons

    Stipends depend on programs, some better than others

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent benefits.

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

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding at this institution. Highly intellectual environment with the opportunity to collaborate on forward thinking projects.

    Cons

    Very political environment. Advances depend on who you know. Ability to have work life balance most likely depends on the department with some departments being very high stress. Compensation was average, but offset by benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider hosting required workshops covering race/gender/size differences and what is appropriate versus inappropriate conversations within the office. Consider hosting required stress reduction workshops for faculty.

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  5.  

    Beautiful campus, smart people and awesome technology

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    I work in a interdisciplinary program as a research assistant. it was quite good to collaborate with people from various departments.

    Cons

    Too many smart people, so not easy to stand out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Research Assistant

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    quite great place to work. Everyone is really nice

    Cons

    Chicago is freezing during winter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    so far so good

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great place if you are on the faculty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom; able to set your own agenda;

    Cons

    Students are sometimes difficult to deal with --huge egos used to succeeding at everything they do;
    Spending cuts are made in wrong places

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture varies from department to department -- norms should be established and adhered to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I had a great department director and I've found that many director and above positions are filled by smart hardworking people.
    There is a great work life balance and an understanding that people do have to put their families first some times.
    Nice to a part of such a great community.

    Cons

    The salary structure is rigid, there aren't many opportunities to creatively advance people through past the midpoint salary. Often times you will have to accept lesser pay to work in higher education.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    academic research at nu

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwestern University

    Pros

    good benefits and time off, sick days start all at once. there are lot of opportunities to move around and grow. salary increase every year

    Cons

    it's a big organization so there's lot of beaurocracy to deal with. IT all depends on your boss and who you work with.

  10.  

    Very interesting work experience in a very niche field of work.

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    Former Employee - Center for Forced Migration Studies in Evanston, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Center for Forced Migration Studies in Evanston, IL (US)

    I worked at Northwestern University as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours were generally flexible, my supervisor was an expert in her field and really helped me understand the area of asylum law and refugee resettlement better. I loved being able to help a few people directly but also able to amass a large amount of information for others in the field to consume. This job was also great for networking, as we constantly met other professionals in the field.

    Cons

    Could have been more organization of how interns communicated their projects to one another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Conservative administration, but Research Freedom

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

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

    Pros

    Northwestern has a very bright undergraduate and graduate population, and the faculty are very involved in their research careers, providing a fantastic academic research environment. The campuses in Evanston and Chicago provide a nice contrast and multiple options for the types of lifestyle someone might want.

    Cons

    As a graduate student, the general benefits and salary are fairly competitive with lower tier universities, but somewhat lacking behind the universities Northwestern would like to compare itself to. Overall, while much of the research being conducted is top-tier, there is still a general conservative air about the administration that might inhibit more daring research to be conducted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If graduate students had benefits and salaries that were a bit more 'mature,' particularly during their later years, then I think it would produce a more competitive research environment where the graduate students felt more like active researchers rather than students. It can be difficult to transition to an independent researcher when you're perpetually stuck being treated as a student or research assistant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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