anonymous (Former Employee) – Evanston, IL – September 2, 2015
There is no typical day at work. What I learned is to try to understand how to work around the office politics. Each manager is different. Co-workers are great. The hardest part was not being allowed to do more than what was asked. The most enjoyable part was researching information for co-workers and outside customers.
Office Politics, Benefits are Expensive, would have like to take classes that weren't part of my job description, parking is expensive
Higher education fundraising--great colleagues, not enough room for creativity
Writer (Current Employee) – Evanston, IL – August 11, 2015
I spend about 60% of my day writing and editing and 40% on project management, strategy, and coordinating between our many communications and micro-campaigns. I've njoyed working at Northwestern for a number of reasons: I have learned a lot about marketing and social media, I have wonderful colleagues who are not only hard-working but very intelligent and creative, and I have some opportunity to be creative.
Unfortunately, there isn't enough room for me to be creative--I thrive in an atmosphere where off-the-wall ideas aren't immediately shut down, where testing new things isn't something to be scared of. There is a lot of bureaucracy and politics in higher ed institutions which makes it impossible to progress further in my role.
great colleagues, good location, reputable organization
too much red tape and politics, too much hierarchical oversight
Pleasant academic culture, plenty of common equipment and core facilities.
Postdoctoral Affiliate (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – July 31, 2015
Pleasant academic culture and great location. Research needs are met through a vast variety of common equipment and core facilities. Great benefits, but poor pay for the high cost of living if you are a postdoc. Job security and advancement is dependent on available funding, and the funding environment is grim at the moment.
Lenient work schedule, great health benefits and retirement plan, great location, nice atmosphere.
Low salary, high cost of living, work/life balance undefined
Ph.D. Student and research assistant (Former Employee) – Evanston, IL – July 9, 2015
It's a very challenging university. Forget having a life. At the end though, it was the best experience ever!! You are encouraged to think big, take risks, try new things, and you have extremely intelligent people helping you do this.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) – Evanston, IL – July 6, 2015
The campus is very nice: located on the lakefront, with the views of Chicago skyline. There is plenty of parking with affordable monthly rates for faculty/staff, an it is free after hours and on weekends. Very friendly atmosphere. Collaborative research opportunities. Excellent analytical capabilities.
Always keep a positive attitude toward the students as well as the staff.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) – Evanston, IL – June 24, 2015
Start the day with soft music. (jazz). The music is get the students in a positive mind set. They will get into their General studies with a great attitude.They will remain in that mind set which will allow them to do their best in their arts With that frame of mind it Will pass along through the entire school. Have the attitude IT WILL WORK IF YOU. WORK IT.
the staff has a great attitude toward them.
The students don't have enough time to show their entire potetial