Northwestern University Employee Reviews

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Great working environments
Data Science Scholar (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILJanuary 10, 2019
I am a researcher, and I enjoy my research works at Northwestern! I have flexible working hours and can work remotely depending on my weekly schedule. The research funding and campus resources are also a great support to my work.
Pros
Flexible working hours, good salary
Cons
Not a long-term position
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3.0
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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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4.0
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Productive, nice team members
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILDecember 12, 2018
I only worked part time, so I can't say much about the benefits or the life balance, but other than that you go in, do your job and get out. Its simple, stable.
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5.0
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Excellent work environment.
Adjunct Lecturer (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILNovember 1, 2018
As an adjunct professor I found the staff and support staff extremely reliable and helpful. One of the best teaching gigs I've had.

I highly recommend working there.
Pros
Access to software
Cons
no benefits
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4.0
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Productive
Animal Care Technician (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILNovember 7, 2018
Northwestern University is a good place to work. I loved working in the research department and it was a very friendly atmosphere. Excellent staff on hand.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Short Breaks
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3.0
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Highly competitive
SOP COORDINATOR (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILSeptember 25, 2018
They provide in-house training and work/life counseling. Benefits are varied and affordable. Mentor program available for women. Other after-work activities as well.
Pros
employee recognition
Cons
short lunch breaks
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4.0
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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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5.0
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Good place to study and work
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILSeptember 5, 2018
Working as RA at Northwestern University is perfect. You got enough mentorship from your supervisor and teachers. enough support for job search. Good benefits
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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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2.0
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Culture change for the worse
Web Communications Coordinator (FM) (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILFebruary 1, 2018
Like the new buildings being constructed on Northwestern's campus, the hiring practices are following suit. They have decided to hire shiny, but impractical people. Additionally, the new hires have been instructed to specifically not glean any information from existing staff, causing small catastrophes to occur. One new staff member sent a campus-wide memo instructing staff to send reservations for the motor pool with a form via fax. The staff person did not realize that (1) there was an online form in place and (2) all fax machines had been disconnected campus-wide for over a year.
A job I once loved became unbearable as more inexperienced staff continued to be hired in directorial positions while long-time workers were either fired or overlooked.
Pros
Flexible hours
Cons
No benefits
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5.0
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Wonderful Place to Work
Program Assistant 4 (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILFebruary 6, 2019
Northwestern University is a gem. It is a very special place to work. Their is inclusion on all levels and the collaborative culture runs deep, making everyone immediately feel like a part of the NU community. Some managers aren't the best, while others are wonderful. The faculty were great to work with. The university closes the last week in December and gifts its employees those 5 days off. The only drawback is the pay scale. It is quite low within the lower to mid level positions. If the pay wasn't so low, I would have stayed forever.
Pros
Wonderful place to work/Great company culture
Cons
Low pay
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3.0
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Can be fun and laid back but...
Systems Administrator (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILJanuary 4, 2018
Can be fun, challenging, and laid back all at the same time. It can be a potentially stimulating environment. All the basic organization training is more than adequate. Training support for specific roles is far from adequate. There can be a lack of transparency on behalf of the supervisors and managers and future advancement is often uncertain. Though many of these roles can be a bit more laid back than opportunities in the corporate world, this can lead to a lack of efficiency on multiple levels. You often need to rely on multiple points of contact to get things done and their lack of efficiency can get in the way. There are quite a few seasoned employees that seem to be content doing the least they can get away with, whilst heaping their workloads upon the newer employees.
Pros
Benefits are average or better than average.
Cons
Questionable advancement opportunities.
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4.0
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A Good Place To Work
Technologist (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILMarch 25, 2018
A good mix of fast and slow, challenging and banal. Work life balance is great and you can, in certain positions, leave work at work. Lots of opportunities for professional growth but not salary growth or position advancement. Management structure is pretty static with little turnover.
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5.0
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This is a great institution to work for.
Senior Marketing Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Evanston, ILOctober 17, 2018
Northwestern is a great place to start and continue your career. You are surrounded by many professionals that have drive. The culture is more of a "come to work, get it done, go home." This can depend on the department, but it's overall the same. Some room for advancement.
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1.0
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High Stress Environment
Patient Access Representative (Former Employee) –  Lake Forest, ILDecember 1, 2018
I worked as a contractor for NWM ER as a Registrar/PAS. The management over this team is HORRIBLE. Lack of communication, lack of leadership, over all just lack of skill. Nothing but stress, gossip and confusion working there. I would not recommend anyone to work there as a PSR/PAS or Registrar.
I did enjoy working in the ER. its fast paced and every night it was something different. The 3rd shift ER staff (Doctors and Nurses are great)
Pros
Great ER Staff on 3rd shift
Cons
understaffed and overworked.
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3.0
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Competitive graduate school with poor management
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILDecember 8, 2018
High-caliber research in a cutting-edge laboratory setting is offset by poorly managed administrative departments and reluctant support of its graduate students. Professors receive no training on how to manage people for maximum productivity and skill cultivation, and it shows in many cases.
Pros
Flexible work hours, exciting work, intelligent coworkers
Cons
Long work hours, poor management, high-stress
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3.0
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Must be young and driven, have degrees from "name" schools. Communication is a problem.
Senior Technical Writer (Contract) (Former Employee) –  Evanston, ILNovember 10, 2018
They strive for perfection - yours, not theirs. Contract employees are not included in the information loop. I also learned to not trust embedded management systems nor managers who will not give you the full honest picture: You need to be 25 years of age, a recent PhD graduate with multiple publications, and with outstanding secretarial skills.
Pros
Free coffee.
Cons
SMEs not available when needed.
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3.0
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Working at NU was diffrent
Payroll Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Evanston , ILApril 5, 2018
Typical day is busy, Learn hiring process. Management is ruff, Culture is great. Hardest part of the job is Management. Happy community enjoyable day
Pros
The benefits were not bad
Cons
Some of the employees needs to be compensated better
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5.0
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Good balance, good employer
Research Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILOctober 16, 2017
Days are typically 9-5. There are ample learning opportunities as this is an academic position. Management is excellent, but I am sure that depends on which group you work with. The culture is very liberal as this is a university, but it is still a very professional environment. The most difficult part of the job is advancement. You have to be relatively aggressive and willing to continue your education to move forward, but they do offer a generous tuition reimbursement. The best part of the job is the community. People are generally friendly here.
Pros
educational opportunities and benefits, work/life balance.
Cons
Difficult career advancement.
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4.0
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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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