University of Northwestern: Your Top Workplace

There’s a constant source of energy, and I
think employees feed off that. It makes you want to get up in the morning. It creates passion in your heart to want to
be here. There’s a unique energy here because of the school year, because of students. The people come over here and say this must be a great place to work, it’s a lot of fun. It is. We have a lot of fun here. Lots of fresh ideas. Everyone here is so passionate. It’s something that I love being around. I’m in awe every morning when I drive onto campus. I love being able to take a step away from
my desk to just take a quick walk to the lake. The trees. It’s a beautiful campus. It’s just a feeling of contentment when your here. There’s a lot of opportunities we have at
Northwestern as employees that are truly unique. The educational benefits here are incredible. I actually just finished the Ministries program last year. As a father of three kids, I’m looking forward to being able to help them out with their education. At Northwestern we’re able to get free admission to events, concerts, plays. I love to go to athletic games. It’s a neat opportunity for my family to get
involved here at Northwestern as well. I also really appreciated the fact that the
gymnasium at the Erickson Center is available for us to use for our own exercise. There’s just numerous resources here at Northwestern that an employee can take advantage of Northwestern Cares, PrayerWorks. Northwestern has great retirement benefits too. They have a generous employee match. Where if we give just 2% of our income, they’ll match it at an even higher level. I think that is pretty incredible. I’ve been here at Northwestern for 27 years. This is like a second home to me. We’re really a tight family unit. If a family or staff became in need the entire campus does really come together to support this one family. Not only are they your coworkers, but someone that’s got your back. There is a comeradery that I think we all
feel. Everybody values what everybody else does. You become close friends with your coworkers right from the get go. There’s a lot of opportunities for personal development, for personal growth. We are constantly saying how do we better train those that work for us, but then those that we work for are doing the same for us. They continue to train us. They continue to give us the tools that we need to be the best that we can be. I will be eternally grateful for the way they’ve helped me to grow and develop in my profession. I feel very valued as a Northwestern employee. I definitely feel valued here. I feel like I’m valued by those that are around me, but especially by those that I work for. They focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses, and they’re just always there to support you. The work environment here is drastically different from the other places I’ve worked. Being names again one of the top workplaces, I think says a lot about our campus. It’s also a place where we can take risks when we need to. It’s a safe place to do that. I think we all feel a sense that we’re part of something bigger. We’re all in it together. We all share the same vision, and that’s what makes it so unique. This is a very special group of people who are very committed toward fulfilling our mission. We are here to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and we do that by serving one another and our students. It’s the pursuit of living out our faiths as well as being excellent in our chosen careers. I see God working here at Northwestern in many ways. Some of the most intimate ways that I see God on campus is through the relationships. I experience grace here on a regular basis. You can look at God’s fingerprints over time in this place and you just have that sense that the people who are here are here for a reason. I am so thankful for the support that I receive here and the way God has worked through this community. I love that we get to pray with each other. That doesn’t happen every place. It’s just a great place to be, and I can’t imagine myself working anywhere else. It’s the power of this institution. It’s not just about us, it’s about everyone.

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