Northeastern University

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Northeastern University Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
203 Reviews
3.7
203 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interview

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Boston, MA

    I worked at Northeastern University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Its good as there are lot of opportunities post your education. It is a clean city. It has many international students.

    Cons

    The weather is disappointment. The seats in good courses are limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mediocre

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

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    22 sick days and 15 vacation days in the first year of employment plus 13 paid holidays and 1 floating holiday and Friday after Thanksgiving is a paid holiday again and the university is closed or "on a break" between Christmas and New Year's for 1 week! Plenty of paid time off!

    Cons

    No professional advancement
    Their HR team sucks BIG TIME!
    Horrible maternity leave policy
    Very inconsistent application of university policies, not much respect or care for employees
    Too many incompetent people getting away with unacceptable behavior and still keeping their jobs!
    Not a thriving environment to improve even though it is a "university"
    Too many senior level people with poor management or soft skills
    Very clunky workflow, poor work structure, waste of a lot of tuition money (especially on landscaping!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more career advancement opportunities for non-faculty staff
    Consider having a more generous fully paid maternity leave policy
    Provide a more mom-friendly, flexible work schedule for returning moms and be an exemplary employer
    Provide more management training and make it a requirement before promoting employees to senior positions
    Be consistent when executing organizational policies and hold your HR team more accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance
    Tuition and classes are free

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get decisions made
    Some people have been there too long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need training on several areas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Disorganized Internal Structure

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Strong students, great faculty colleagues

    Cons

    University is poorly structured internally. Not enough collaboration and communication between different departments and campus groups. Can make for a very frustrating work experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication to faculty and admin across the board, better structure and more support with overwhelmed / understaffed departments. Hire more staff please if you need them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It is actually amazing!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work time, very nice work environment,

    Cons

    there is not so much opportunities to grow

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    My position as the Lead Athletic Facilities Coordinator for twenty years at Northeastern University, was very rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Athletic Facilities Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Athletic Facilities Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very satisfying and rewarding work, leading a group of men every day and organizing work schedules.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons.

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    International Student Experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Appealing campus and environment.
    Diversified culture and can make new friends.
    Excellent on-campus jobs, assistantships and co-op/internships.
    A way to experience professional world.
    Involvement with the community and service.

    Cons

    Needs to be patient and wait for the right time to grab the opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Research assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    its good
    learn a lot
    good faculty and great research prospects

    Cons

    nothing i can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up! you are doing a good job

  11.  

    Excellent Graduate Research Assistant Experience

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. Big MIE department with built reputation;
    2. Nice-temper advisor;
    3. Consistent supporting funding;
    4. Rich research resources including international conferences available in Boston, efficient networking system, complete library system in greater Boston.

    Cons

    Enlarged pathway students group ruined the students future and leave them no opportunities in the job market but to enter the graduate school or go back to their own countries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit more renowned and famous professors and talented students and take less money from professors' funding, for our BRIGHT future!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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