Northeastern University

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Northeastern University Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
202 Reviews
3.8
202 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Supportive, Autonomous, great benifit (free tuition/200% retirement match) & Forward Thinking (in 9 reviews)

  • Great work atmosphere surrounded with great people (in 9 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.  

    No one at Northeastern can be bothered to do their job correctly (or at all).

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The campus is nice (at least from the outside). The location in Boston is good, and it is easy to get to on either the orange or green lines.

    Cons

    Almost no one at Northeastern can be relied on to do their jobs. Secretaries, HR, the registrar all need to be harassed to get anything done. For example, my colleagues and I weren't paid one week because the secretary forgot to submit our time sheets, which is totally unacceptable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    If you choose to take advantage of tuition remission

    Cons

    Everyone talks behind one anothers backs
    Total chaos and no sense of organization

  3.  

    Absolutely terrible. No respect for people whatsoever.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Leaving or not applying is the best thing you can do.

    Cons

    Treating people as if they were subhuman.

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  5.  

    Not a good experience

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time

    Pros

    Many colleagues were great to work with as were the students

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Not a good working environment. Very high turn-over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Coop Opportunities are very good

    Cons

    nothing to complain about it

  7.  

    Worst employer ever.

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator
    Former Employee - Database Administrator

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time

    Pros

    Free classes (although there's talk of phasing this benefit out).

    Cons

    Management that fails to lead. Conflicting priorities amongst different constituents (e.g., professors don't want to teach; they want research dollars (which "buys" them out of teaching.). POLITICAL. Mediocre. Maniacal focus on SAT scores for incoming freshmen. Resistance to change. Management is tyrannical and full of themselves. Crazy high salary for senior professors and high-level administrators (deans, provost's office, president and his office). Deans making over $400K/yr and the president makes over 1 million (and that is just his salary, not bonuses or perks, like living in a 3 million plus house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead wood. Align your priorities. Teach your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture of greed and nepotism

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University for more than 5 years

    Pros

    nice location, nice campus, clever advertising to attract students with money

    Cons

    incompetent leadership, culture of greed, it's commonplace for people in leadership positions to bring in their friends for jobs (often these friends are not qualified), sexism in the advancement department, some questionable fundraising tactics, board of directors not really engaged in oversight, mediocre academics, a lot of in-fighting in various academic departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring in an organizational development consultant to weed out incompetent and nasty leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Students are enthusiastic, if ill-prepared. Librarians are wonderful.

    Cons

    As adjunct faculty, you have no community and no support in the program I was hired into. Students are not well-prepared for upper level courses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat adjunct and contingent faculty fairly. Offer contracts earlier so people can plan their lives.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Husky-Eat-Husky World

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Great location in Boston, exciting up and coming academic environment, fantastic co-workers, good benefits (as is the case with most higher ed employers)

    Cons

    Broken senior leadership, administrative turf wars, constant political wrangling, fear, capricious decision-making, poor work life balance, unnecessarily stressful atmosphere that filters down from top to bottom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The high rate of turnover is due to the stressful work environment. The faculty and staff of Northeastern are capable of doing great things but not as long as these otherwise passionate, motivated people are being driven out by a toxic working environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying to move up in ratings, people treat each other poorly

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeastern University

    Pros

    living in Boston and free tuition

    Cons

    People treat each other poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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