Northeastern University Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Good for research at doctoral stage

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

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Boston city, nice work environment

    Cons

    The workplace benefits for research assistants should improve


  2. I'm just working as a Grad Assistant. So far, so good.

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

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Everyone is always so nice and they are very flexible with everything.

    Cons

    I have not found any yet.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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...


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  5. Friendly office environment and great educational benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Research Scientist at NEU

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Beware rapidly shifting expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. 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.


  9. Residential Proctor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Fast-growing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Cons

    lack of real reputation although with relatively high ranking,


  11. Northeastern is a fast-paced work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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