Northeastern University Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance; the university is typically on a 830-430 schedule (in 7 reviews)

  • Great benefits including free tuition (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Part time opportunities are'nt much, and are pretty hard to find initially (in 4 reviews)

  • Other colleges and universities in the Boston area attempt to reassign soon to be displaced staff (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Research at Northeastern

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Northeastern provides great resources for its employees.
    - School offers many programs and events to learn new technical skills such as Comsol or Hadoop
    - Interesting and important research projects
    - Great location and fun people

    Cons

    - Post-doc experience highly depends on partnered professor.
    - Administration can be disorganized with official paperwork


  2. Great students & good benefits; bureaucratic & hierarchical institution

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good medical/dental/other benefits offered, including free grad school (part time / night classes), and a very motivated and inspiring student population that was great to work with.

    Cons

    Has many of the downsides of working for a large, bureaucratic, hierarchical institution, including inflexibility, slow progress on change, higher level adminstrators who are somewhat disconnected from the realities of staff who actually work with students.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and incentivize staff to focus on the students as their #1 customer, and evolve the institution to be more agile/flexible in order to facilitate this.


  3. good for now

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University

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

    Pros

    flexibility
    high visibility, prestigious university
    opportunities within organization

    Cons

    recognition of faculty work
    low salary increases
    leadership lacking day-to-day understanding
    leadership does not connect well with faculty

    Advice to Management

    get to know your people


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  5. Professor of the Practice

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    Current Employee - Professor of the Practice in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Professor of the Practice in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Dynamic and inspiring environment, engaged students

    Cons

    International students' language capabilities sometimes too low; no cross-pollination between part-timers encouraged which strongly reduces their ability to do research.

    Advice to Management

    Create a common working space beyond large-scale orientation events on modern teaching/universities


  6. Temporary Researcher

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment, well organized, clean. I worked with a great team of super-smart mates.
    Living in Boston, despite the wheather, is a plus to this position.

    Cons

    I didn't find really any problem there so...I have nothing to write here...


  7. Proud to be a Husky!

    Current Employee - Director, Recruitment & Operations in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director, Recruitment & Operations in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Northeastern is an innovative and progressive institution with focus on experiential learning in all levels.

    Cons

    It is a complex organization.


  8. Good industry focus

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Focused on industry/company partnerships
    Focused on getting jobs for students after graduation
    Large recent focus on quality research

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy: can be hard to get administrative things done


  9. Unprofessional Follow Up

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    Former Employee - Potential Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Potential Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Northeastern University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It would seem likely that a University with a focus on graduating students to join the workforce would treat potential employees more professionally.

    Cons

    I had been interviewing with Northeastern for over a year and got to the top tier decision makers. I had lunch with the extended team and had met over 20 people that I was expecting to work with. I spent more time interviewing and writing thank you notes than I ever had in my 20 years of interviewing. I took my candidacy very seriously. I never heard back from them. End of story.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time to let people know that Boston is a small town and stories like these can hurt a university's reputation. Also, try to impart the fact that every encounter with your university is important. For a university that relies on partnerships I find it odd and frustrating that they had such an unprofessional way of handling my candidacy.


  10. Program Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University

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

    Pros

    The mindset is in innovative. The other employees are nice. The bosses take up a mentor-like kind of relationship with their employees. The campus is easily accessable with public transportation. There are good benefits. You get some Fridays off.

    Cons

    The culture can sometimes be too intense.


  11. Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Really nice and smart people for co workers, and hours are really good.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of



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