New England Research Institutes

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Updated August 6, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Career Longevity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros depends on your area since statisticians are favored. If publishing is important to you, then statisticians have a good potential for obtaining publications here.

    Cons

    In general, employees are not valued by the owners/management. After 20yrs, the company moved to a new site. Upper management isolated themselves on the bottom floor and entitled themselves to convenient parking. All other employees are in cheap cubes on the upper floors and park across a street where there is no security. There is no potential for growth since employees are not valued. The survival of the company is dependent on government contracts with unhappy and controlling leaders that assume that they run the company, thus creating hypercritical attitudes from the staff across all clinical sites for their studies. The attrition rate and employee turnover rate is extremely high. Don't believe the hype they try to sell to you on the interview because lying is part of the culture. If offered employment and you feel like you have no other choices then make sure you add legal language to your employee contract about your employment status or you may suffer as others over many year of having your status changed from full to part time. The company is desperate for new clients business or it may not make it.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are your most important clients. Owners should retire since they are decades past their retirement age.


  2. Helpful (3)

    No longterm future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good location outside Boston

    Cons

    no job security, salary employees are not salary but hourly. If you don't fill your 40 hours/week hourly quota you will be asked to switch to parttime where you lose your benefits or you will need to leave the company. Senior level managers are inconsistent and often not present.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Wake up

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New England Research Institutes full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work with large base of fairly stable government grants. Projects that can make a difference for people with rare conditions.

    Cons

    Execs are old and disengaged. volatile personalities. display no leadership in time of change. paternalistic overlords seem out of touch with staff and no obvious succession plan. too easy for people not to do their jobs and get away with it.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees, let managers make decisions, let go of your controlling tendencies. build a real plan for succession and new operating model not dependent solely on owner decision making.


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  5. Communication between executive staff and management is very weak.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I appreciated the location, research content, and facility.

    Cons

    Culture, communication, atmosphere, review and feedback procedures.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Needs to support junior and mid-level employees

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours and good benefits. Good place to start if your are just out of school and want to experience the health field.

    Cons

    Very low pay compared to other organizations. Very high turnover as people become frustrated with lack of support in developing their career. Employees can feel undervalued here.

    Advice to Management

    Provide support to employees to retain good talent.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Interesting job but difficult management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Watertown, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting people and research projects

    Cons

    The owners are not employee friendly

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate more employee feedback


  8. Mixed bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Watertown, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New England Research Institutes full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Bright, friendly, highly educated employees. Low stress. Flex time. Free parking. Public transportation stops right in front of building. More offices than cubicles.

    Cons

    Mostly NIH funded studies rather than biotech or pharma, so may have a problem moving to industry. Company is now seeking industry studies. Pay may be a little lower than average. No designated room to have lunch with colleagues.


  9. It is a nice working environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New England Research Institutes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Workload is not so much The projects are versatile The work schedule is flexible

    Cons

    Share some of the downsides of working at NERI

    Advice to Management

    NO


  10. nice company with good funding before 2010

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Watertown, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New England Research Institutes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice people, nice work life balance

    Cons

    technology is kinda outdated, rely on Govt researching funding

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  11. Helpful (4)

    NERI senior management have no direction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relax and good place to learn if you are new to research field. Flexible schedule work best for worker with children.

    Cons

    Owners are getting old and have no real directions for grow but rely on people who have no expertise to lead a company. You can't let a blind to lead. Workers don't have much saying in the company anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone with a vision and let she/he run it without the interfere from owners.



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