Northwestern University Employee Reviews

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Music Performance Faculty Support
Music Performance Faculty Support (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILAugust 14, 2018
Duties include but are not limited to: Under direct supervision, following established Center and departmental policy, performing a wide variety of duties to assist in the smooth functioning of the school and students. Preparing course materials and exams, grading assignments and exams, proctoring exams, preparing and posting grades, holding regularly scheduled office hours and providing individual and/or group assistance to students/faculty, and performing other admin related duties as needed.
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Interesting Work Environment
Web Editor (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILAugust 3, 2018
• Responsible for the layout, visual appearance and brand hierarchy of websites on the Kellogg domain
• Present design solution to clients for websites and online communications
• Design and build websites from the ground up in HTML with CSS and JavaScript
• Managing web design projects and working closely with clients to manage expectations, team roles and the status of the project
• Provide technical guidance and solution options during the planning and development stage of new websites
• Design and support administrative staff with creation of HTML email campaigns and email newsletters while maintaining a consistent school-wide look and feel
• Closely liaison with Marketing and Communications graphic design team to ensure online projects are created in concert with printed materials and advertising campaigns
• Working closely with clients on information architecture, usability and best practices in web design
Pros
monthly staff lunches and monthly staff breakfasts
Cons
millennial co-workers with bad work ethics
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Great Place to Advance
Financial Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 1, 2018
Cutting edge university, mission driven, great benefits, great environment, friendly staff, great long term benefits, stability, awesome work/life balance program.
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Great Temp Positions
Librarian Assistant (Former Employee) –  Waukegan, ILJuly 29, 2018
Great temp positions with great pay, casual work environment, mostly friendly staff, faculty and co-workers, beautiful campuses, and lots of holidays and school days off.
Pros
Pay, location, work environment
Cons
If you're a temp, there's no guarantee you'll be picked up for your job permanently. It may go to someone else.
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Big Ten Athletic Program
Assistant Athletic Director, Academic Services (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILJuly 29, 2018
Very challenging academic school; outstanding national reputation; multiple campuses, improving athletic program that has improved in the way it supports its students and student-athletes
Pros
Great placement rates for jobs and graduate schools
Cons
none
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ok to work
Sr. Research Study Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 23, 2018
need more employees to do the job, more work not enough staff. Overworked staff tend to get tired and call in sick and are not motivated. If were fully staffed the employees are not so stressed out so they can be motivated to do their best.
Pros
great benafits
Cons
over worked
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Ample supportive academic environment
DOCTORAL RESEARCHER (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILJuly 10, 2018
There is ample support for students who are treated like employees. The university focuses on academic as well as non-academic career options for doctoral students, which is very helpful. The administrators are approachable and always there to listen to employee concerns.
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Mind blowing experience
Teacher/Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILJuly 8, 2018
Working at Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University was a totally new experience on its own. I taught Chemistry and Logic to 5 years old kids.
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Graduate
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILJuly 5, 2018
Typical day of work was doing research and going to class.

Hardest part of the job was doing some of the technical writing.

Most enjoyable part of the job was finishing the degree.
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Advanced healthcare technology
Program Assistant III (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 1, 2018
A typical day at work is always dedicated to patient care first! I have learned to interact with patients and visitors from all backgrounds. Management is constantly changing at Northwestern, which makes is uncomfortable for job security. The hardest part of the job is the unavailability of Human Resources to discuss open opportunities. The most enjoyable part of the job is the facility itself, and the Gold Coast location.
Pros
Overturn in management
Cons
Conveniently located
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Darkest corner at Northwestern University
Technician (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILJune 30, 2018
Management does not care about your career development. Staff turnover is fast, many positions are not able to be filled for months because the lab has a very bad reputation.
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Great
Group Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILJune 29, 2018
Great emphasis on skills training, leadership oriented, great flexibility, personal training development, attentive to clients, training of workers, few opportunities to improve
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culture shock
Financial Assistant (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILJune 28, 2018
Unless you are a bored middle aged married woman from the suburbs who is working for fun it's hard to find a place in the culture of the university. It wasn't fun.
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Productive and great workplace
Financial Manager - Robert R. McCormick School (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILJune 19, 2018
Great place to work! I would encourage candidates to look into working for Northwestern University. Very friendly and respectful environment. very professional environment.
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Lots of work - talented people - decent management
Employee (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILJune 19, 2018
With most universities you will find that you are working with talented people who have been in 'N' field for many years and are very talented.

Work is steady and sometimes demanding, there is always something to keep you busy with.

Managers are good at what they do and they utilize the talents of their staff effectively.

Biggest issue are the layers and layers of bureaucracy to get changes done. This is not very uncommon in University settings, but more so with Old well established Universities.
Pros
Emplopyer Match on Retirement, Discounts on University Degree Programs, Nice campuses.
Cons
No path to Promotion, Poor perfomance with 403B retirment programs, benifits could be better
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Horrible HR Leadership
Benefits Counselor (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 31, 2018
While working at NU I loved the work and my peers but the leadership in the HR department was TERRIBLE. They openly showed bias, prevented some people from advancing their careers and really created a negative work environment. Benefits were amazing and NU would be a great place to work with better leadership
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Benefits
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Leadership
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over all northwestern is a great place to put your name out there based the school name
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 9, 2018
Northwestern gave me an opportunity to really learn about animal care and research co workers researcher was great to learn from, great experience.heavy work load based on your experience really strick about animal care which is standard operation procedure.northwestern can really be a great place to work if they had better managers that had more experience.
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Very good
Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILApril 26, 2018
Had a great learning experience, learned several skills and developed the knowledge in various different fields. Now striving for more experience using same principals.
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good atmosphere in higher ed
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILApril 25, 2018
Great working with faculty, staff, and students. Working environment is better than corporate world. Overloaded with job duties and unable to keep up.
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Over an enjoyable place to work
Accounting Specialist (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILApril 23, 2018
I enjoyed the staff and my job responsibilities. I enjoyed helping others and learning Northwestern's financial system. Working with our various vendors at times was difficult but also quite rewarding when we were able to get them paid. There was never a dull moment and I truly enjoyed that. The work environment will definitely be missed.
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