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Excellent Company to work for. The people are friendly, the working environment is pleasant, and management believed in pushing employees to advance
Loan Document Specialist (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 18, 2018
Great Company! Great People! Excellent Benefits, Management and working environment. Always flexible and encouraging workers to advance or apply for advancement
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Great place to work that embodies a distinct culture of pride
VP/ Business Specialist/Product Owner (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 14, 2018
The workplace culture is one full of loyalty, dedication and pride. The QC club is impressive - employees with 25+ years. The management and employees are friendly, supportive, and customer oriented.
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4.0
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Busy environment, but relaxed atmosphere.
Personal Trust Associate (Former Employee) –  Miami, FLSeptember 12, 2018
Overall the company is great to work for; offering a stable work environment (no need to worry about mergers & acquisitions), fair benefits and good vacation time.
Pros
Paid Time Off, Fair Salary, Team Collaboration.
Cons
Long hours, systems don't quite fit needs of employees.
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2018 Northern Trust review
A high ranking employee (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 12, 2018
Cultural environment is spectacular, but is merely a facade hiding the result of NT reaping the benefits of the low pay scale that certain demographics are willing to accept. Unfortunately I am one of them (but not for much longer). Negotiate your salary as high as you can on the way in because that's as good as it will ever get at NT.
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Difficult company
Second Vice President, Senior analyst (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZSeptember 10, 2018
Top heavy management structure in what can be a hostile work environment with no recourse, and plenty of mean spirited, tantrum prone managers.

Overall the company is probably typical of a financial institution, with rigid schedules, a low glass ceiling for upward mobility. Very difficult to get promoted.

Many technology positions were eliminated entirely in favor of outsourcing.
Pros
None.
Cons
Frightening HR Department, almost military policy enforcement. Zero flexibility when employees need it.
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5.0
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Great place to work
Sr Client Service Representative, Wealth Mgmt (Current Employee) –  Century City, CASeptember 6, 2018
Great place to work with great benefits. Salary is competitive, but a great work environment. Would recommend to a friend and would gladly refer a friend.
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3.0
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Slow Progress
Officer, Senior Internal Auditor II (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 1, 2018
Lots of changes have occurred without much transparency from the top. No to low promotion within and jobs are being sent to Manila. Career paths are not clear and success is determined by who likes you.
Pros
Respected name on resume
Cons
Technology is lacking, career progression is slow
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Jr people given lots of responsibilty
Senior Analyst (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 31, 2018
Was able to move my career to the next level because management encouraged their junior or newer professionals to assume large rolls. With the belief that given guidance, each of us can achieve great things.
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4.0
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Valuable experience with some of the most sophisticated clients in the industry
Client Service Manager (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 27, 2018
High pressure and challenging role which makes the job very rewarding. Highly recommend for individuals who want to be challenged on daily basis and develop their personal skills and professional career. You have the flexibility to work from home when necessary, work with high networth clients and gain valuable experience
Pros
One of the best in the industry, flexible schedule (when necessary)
Cons
could get stressful during annual season
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3.0
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fun place to work if you're an full time employee
Lead Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 27, 2018
Good place to work, you learn a lot and are exposed to of different things. A few full time employees didn't treat some of the contractors as their peers. I might go back, not sure.
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Great Place to work, Excellent atmosphere with coworkers
Print Services Administrator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 27, 2018
I was employed by Northern Trust for 18 years. My first civilian Job after separating from the Air force. I truly enjoyed my time at Northern Trust. I met and shared my working hours with so many excellent coworkers and i had great opportunities to advance my career. I am truly grateful to the company.
Pros
Great Work and Life Balance opportunities
Cons
none
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4.0
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Great Financial Services Organization
Second Vice President - Controller Department (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 24, 2018
I enjoyed working at Northern Trust because of the executive leadership, the quest for excellence and the way they embraced diversity in both their employment and business strategies.
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3.0
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good company
Associate Auditor (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 21, 2018
Great company to work for. The company is stuck in the olden days, but overall good company. They pride itself on family and their values, which helps promote work life balance.
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Senior Analyst, Securities (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 21, 2018
Northern Trust overall is a great company to work for but they moved a lot of positions from Chicago to Tempe, Arizona. They tend to under pay and over work the employees but they do offer great benefits and time off
Pros
great benefits and time off
Cons
Bonus and raise does not get distributed to the worker bees fairly
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Worst Career Decision I Ever Made
Vice President (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 16, 2018
When I was offered a position at Northern my gut told me to say no, but I said yes. Big mistake. Those were the unhappiest days of my life. Boring work, unpleasant offices, out of touch management, no meaningful education and little to no advancement. My manager stayed out of sight, rarely spoke to the team and was hard to respect because of it. The only people who like working at Northern are the few remaining employees who’ve been there forever, and the sons and daughters of employees. Northern is a cold-blooded dinosaur.
Pros
Benefits are good
Cons
Terrible management. Stingy executives. The only motivator for executives is money.
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3.0
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Unstable-But Great Benefits
Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Tempe, AZAugust 16, 2018
3 stars only because the main offices in Chicago are substantially better than Tempe as far as overall culture, relationships and management.

Pros-Overall great place to get in just to learn the business, make good mentor and contacts. Great benefits and decent pay. Bonus at the end of the year-max 10% for management, 5% for staff. Business Resource Councils are great! EAP, STD, ltd benefits are great as well. Tuition Reimbursement.

Cons-Tempe is a new sight for the organization and has had a very rocky first few years. Over promised and Under Delivered. Management dangles carrots of opportunities that will never happen. Claim they want to build a new culture of innovative thinking, employee engagement and development, but stifle ever idea you have to make things better. All growth and opportunities that were promised are not available. They tend to hire for one position/job description and then when you start it's a totally different job. Management in Tempe is too busy competing with management in Chicago that there is no cohesiveness or structure. Stay on your toes because everyday a plan changes based on who decides to step in and throw their weight around. Have had 7 org changes in less than 3 years. Lots of Executives stepping down and moving on. No job security, every week the message is do more with less, be grateful you have a job, cut cost and try to send work to offices abroad rather than hiring in the states to save money. Prepare to be a viewed as a widget producing number and nothing else.
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The Northern Way
Account Manager, Officer (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 15, 2018
Northern Trust is a company that allows employees to grow and expand. There were many opportunities to take on new challenges and projects which assisted in building and strengthening skills helping me to maximize my previous and current role.
Pros
Unlimited classes to build skill set
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good
Marketing (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 12, 2018
professional, respectable working experience, very formal, traditional corporate culture. people are friendly, but in a polite sort of way. definitely need to mind your p's and q's and know how to communicate and operate in that sort of personality culture to enjoy it. otherwise, very possible that it could feel stuffy and a little phony.
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I love Northern Trust
Banker (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 11, 2018
It's a awesome place to work. They are very professional. They take care of there employees. They have great training. They make sure that you have the tools to get ahead.
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Great Company to Work for
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 9, 2018
Northern Trust is a great company to work for if you are prepared to be entrepreneurial and accept tasks outside of your listed job requirements. They look to promote from within and if you show that you are willing to volunteer and pitch in they will take care of you.
Cons
terrible maternity leave, not friendly for working moms
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