Northeastern University Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance; the university is typically on a 830-430 schedule (in 7 reviews)

  • Supportive, Autonomous, great benifit (free tuition/200% retirement match) & Forward Thinking (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay is lower given industry, terrible performance management (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management no longer wants employees to think independently (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Graduate student research assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on high end research in addition to course work.

    Cons

    high work load, long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Replacement of basement offices with better spaces

  2. Supportive management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    My managers were very supportive, the training was very comprehensive, good benefits.

    Cons

    Expectations could be a bit unreasonable.

  3. Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I am doing my PhD at Northeastern, it gives a lot of opportunity to gain many experiences, also it is a neighbor of Harvard and MIT so I could collaborate with these outstanding schools.

    Cons

    It is a good school but it is close to two of the best school in the world (Harvard and MIT) and sometimes it might compare with those schools.

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  5. Good company centrally located

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits,
    Large variety of technologies to get familiar with
    Good control processes for scheduling and prioritizing work

    Cons

    Small IT staff responsible for lots of projects

  6. Communications Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Higher Ed, so you get very similar breaks to the students

    Cons

    Pay wage is pretty low

  7. Assistant Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Love my office and the people I work with. Many have been here for a long time.

    Cons

    They're turning more corporate and taking away benefits that are generally affiliated with higher education.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the staff as much as you appreciate the faculty.

  8. One of the best research facilities in Boston

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exploring new technologies , good pay , guidance of technical leadership

    Cons

    Do not have any cons as of yet

  9. Wonderful place for grad school to do solid work without super high stress

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I really enjoy it here, very nice culture, no tight schedules to follow, reasonable deadlines, select your own advisor type deal

    Cons

    No sense of community or real connection made for me as a graduate student. It's easy to lock yourself away from everyone.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great, very attentive, keep it up. It might be good to put more resources available for graduate students and improve/increase graduate housing as well.

  10. Research Assisant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling. Nice work environment.

    Cons

    Not enough work given. Too long between assignments

  11. NU graduate on-line nursing program - students beware.

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeastern University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very rigorous program in nursing. At NU in general there is lots of cross pollination between Bouve College of Health Sciences and other departments particularly Engineering. Lots of focus on innovative research and entrepreneurship. Great clinical placements in Boston area hospitals.

    Cons

    The 2nd bachelors (ie hybrid program) in Nursing run out of the Burlington campus leaves you feeling left out of the NU community. It is very confusing for students as well as the NU staff that you are a graduate student but taking undergraduate classes and only earning a BS. Also you need to be prepared for on-line learning and dedicated to making yourself learn. There is no class to motivate you. Also, you will need to make your own real-life contacts with other classmates and find nurse mentors because there are no ready made opportunities like there are in a normal classroom.

    Advice to Management

    Online instructors need to be more engaging with the class. I know it is hard, but please make a better effort to help us learn the material and feel connected.

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