Northeastern University Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Friendly office environment and great educational benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Educational benefits, opportunity for growth within the organization

    Cons

    The responsibilities of the position were unclear at times

    Advice to Management

    Delagate and define responsibilities of position

  2. I've been working as an research assistant at northeastern university for one and half year.

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    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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facilities and logistics, excellent location. Good source of funding and some really nice professors.

    Cons

    The reputation of the school seems not so well established. It's still regarded as an second tier school...

  3. Research Scientist at NEU

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great HR personnel and support.

    Cons

    It is a general rule that if you have difficulty with a manager the school is hesitant to consider looking into the problem.

    Advice to Management

    It will be good to promote academic morals via direct and indirect methods. Being able to absorb plenty of external funding is obviously very important for any university but this should not in general override true academic morals.

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  5. Beware rapidly shifting expectations

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People I worked with were fantastic, university provided faculty raises every year during a time when many others were not, university is in a strong position moving forward (large number of applicants, co-op program, etc).

    Cons

    This university is undergoing a sometimes painful shift in culture from what was historically a private, teaching oriented, regional university to what they want to become: an internationally recognized, extremely competitive, research driven institution.

    This creates problems with tenure and promotion, that is, expectations at the upper levels of the university (provost) are a moving target. You begin with an understanding of what is expected but by the time you go up it is totally different. There are people here who have been granted tenure in the last 3-4 years who believe that if they went up today they would be denied, and they are probably right.

    Caveat lector: Scholarship is the ONLY thing that will matter. No matter how much you get told they expect excellent teaching, at the end of the day make sure that your scholarship is way, way above average.

  6. Excellent Engineering program

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Teaching here is challenging with talented students. very good workplace. flexible work hours.

    Cons

    hard to get an assistant-ship. very expensive. some of the department' s lacks faculty and resources for research.

  7. Residential Proctor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Residential Proctor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Residential Proctor in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, Leisure and minimal work

    Cons

    Stringent rules and some moderate penalties

  8. Fast-growing

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    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

    excellent career development service, enough funding sources, comfortable environment, nice staff and faculty

    Cons

    lack of real reputation although with relatively high ranking,

  9. Northeastern is a fast-paced work environment

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to learn new skills and launch a career related to higher ed.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is far from transparent and decisions are always made top-down.
    Constant hype about the "up-and-coming" university to secure employee buy-in.
    Fairly formal and rigid culture.
    High turnover rate in administrative offices.
    No employer matching contribution to retirement plan for the first 2-3 years.

  10. Great experience for Student Affairs Professionals interested in study abroad/international education

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Site Director/Assistant Site Director
    Former Contractor - Site Director/Assistant Site Director

    I worked at Northeastern University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Travel Benefits - you get to live abroad and work in an international setting
    Experience in several areas of Student Affairs including residence life, service learning, programming, study abroad, conduct, and crises management
    Great "team" environment at site location as well as in Boston
    Opportunities to teach and supervise
    The position allows you to attend fun excursions and cultural activities alongside the students

    Cons

    Can be difficult to establish work/life balance
    Taking vacation days can be challenging due to workload and schedule conflicts
    Position is for a fixed period of time

    Advice to Management

    Increase vacation days for employees at site locations

  11. network engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeastern University

    Pros

    people here are really professional and kind. The job is interesting and gave me the good opportunity to learn more advanced skills in networking. Besides, benefits here is good.

    Cons

    This job require a high sense of responsibility. And sometimes it needs work at night or emergency. The last one, the task here is some kind of trivial and calls a lot for patience.

    Advice to Management

    the personal growth is great, and they values critical thinking and creativity.

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