New England Culinary Institute

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I have been working at New England Culinary Institute

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    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

    I worked at New England Culinary Institute

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    The ship is sinking- cue violins

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montpelier, VT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montpelier, VT

    I worked at New England Culinary Institute

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend

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