New England Culinary Institute Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Positive Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montpelier, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montpelier, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at New England Culinary Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive management in sometimes adverse employment conditions. The students make all business hiccups worth the extra work.

    Cons

    There is a lack of communication amongst faculty and staff at times that can lead to unnecessary angst and frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Improving communication will lead to a happier working environment.


  2. Assistant Manager

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Montpelier, VT
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Montpelier, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun and energetic environment. Fast past and friendly employees. Get to learn a lot of people in town.

    Cons

    Not the best communication throughout the company. Every now and then you will have a long and tiring day.

    Advice to Management

    Does a great job at what they do.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not sure if this place will even keep it's doors open

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    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Montpelier, VT
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Montpelier, VT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay at NECI is better than almost all of the state colleges in VT and they're really flexible with time off. The employee discount is decent for the outlets (gets bumped up to 50% after the holidays in lieu of a bonus) and the food is obviously really good.

    Cons

    NECI seems to always be at risk of closing - there's never any money for anything and employees live in constant fear for their jobs. Layoffs of people who have been with the company for years are frequent and unsurprising. Change is the name of the game here since senior management changes their staff and strategy all the time in hopes of finding the magic solution to all their problems. Also, some of the more senior staff do not appear to be competent in their roles making many wonder about the fairness of hiring practices (how the hell did these people get past the interview phase and why would they fire good, smart people instead of some of these clowns?). Communication is really poor between management and employees and even between departments. At this point you can smell the desperation on people - the admissions team is willing to accept pretty much any student with a pulse just to get the money. Despite the lack of students financial aid can't seem to keep up with the low work load and students are never packaged until just a few weeks before a term start.

    Advice to Management

    NECI Management needs to evaluate their staff and get rid of the employees who do nothing but whine, complain and throw road blocks into every attempt to move in the right direction - these bad attitudes are dragging the place down. All in all the fiscal problems seem overwhelming and it's doubtful any of the good employees will actually stick around anyway.


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  5. DIfficult students with varying degrees of interest in learning.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Montpelier, VT
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Montpelier, VT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting subjects and you are surrounded by interesting food and information about food. The facilities are nicely housed at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont - another plus.

    Cons

    The students are generally unmotivated to learn and are apathetic at worst. There was a rash of plagiarism and widespread internet use during class.

    Advice to Management

    Support your adjuncts by emphasizing the importance of the core subjects like math and English. Culinary students will mostly listen to the chef instructors and ignore the academic faculty. This needs to change before the education can be truly worthwhile for the students.


  6. The ship is sinking- cue violins

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montpelier, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montpelier, VT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Most people are pleasant to work with Free lunch (even if it's gross) My immediate boss was really great

    Cons

    The financial situation is a mess (Layoffs and campus closures) Communication issues Some people have it easy, others work hard with no reward

    Advice to Management

    I heard it's gotten better with the new director- good luck!



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