Northeastern University

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Northeastern University Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
223 Reviews
3.9
223 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance; the university is typically on a 830-430 schedule (in 7 reviews)

  • Supportive, Autonomous, great benifit (free tuition/200% retirement match) & Forward Thinking (in 11 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.  

    Lots of experience, but very political

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

    I have been working at Northeastern University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    You gain a ton of technical and professional skills, particularly helpful for a new grad.

    Cons

    very political environment, it takes a WHILE to get approval for projects. It can be frustrating and reduce efficiency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    new academic university

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    everything is improving to become a real high quality university

    Cons

    too much construction every to revise old lab.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Get your benefits and get out

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    there are great benefits (free tuition for employee and spouse/dependents, a 10% 403b match from NU, good vacation time, lots of paid holidays - like the whole week from Christmas Eve until New Year's Day), good location in the city right at a commuter rail stop as well as the Orange and Green lines of the MBTA system

    Cons

    There's no job training, so good looking trying to figure anything out! As for getting stuff done with other offices, try and find good workers and butter them up so they'll help you, because good help is hard to find. You will come across plenty of un-motivated employees who only work until their kids graduate on free tuition from the university. The staff also dictate to management how work is split up, in that some staff just flat-out refuse to do tasks within their job description, so either the jobs don't get done, or are piled by management on staff members who have a work ethic. I was shocked when I saw a clerical staff tell her manager, "No, I'm not doing it. I already did a report this morning" when asked to do an urgent report in the afternoon. She was also shopping online when she said this. Not only was the work then given to someone else, but the employee was not even spoken to about this attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop holding meetings to discuss what was discussed in prior meetings! this university refers to itself as fast-paced all the time, but it moves like molasses compared to anything in the business world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Crazy managers

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

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Free tuition, nice location, easy commute

    Cons

    crazy managers, lack of support,

  6.  

    I've Enjoyed Working Here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Residence Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Residence Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive, Autonomous, great benifit (free tuition/200% retirement match) & Forward Thinking

    Cons

    Gossip, negativity among co-workers, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update your technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere surrounded with great people.

    Cons

    Being a smaller athletic program makes it difficult to raise money.

  8.  

    A place with a modicum of bureaucracy, but not overwhelming

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

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

    Pros

    safe, well-established, friendly faculty and staff, great vacation and benefits

    Cons

    relatively boring, slow compared to private industry, relatively low pay compared to industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on getting things done and consider taking the provost out of the loop for every small decision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Swallow your pride, get a degree, enjoy the perks

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits and free tuition are why you stay. They are very supportive of developing their staff. If you have a good manager who supports you, then you feel like anything is possible. The students are both frustrating and wonderful in the manners in which they surprise you.

    Cons

    Faculty egos and attitudes especially towards support staff are unbelievably demoralizing. It is part of the culture and will never change. Do not attempt to treat them as humans or peers. Not all people are like this, but the ones that are make it very well known that you are the servant and not an equal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modify your faculty expectations and treatment of staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great institution with encouraging co-workers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Student Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I worked at Northeastern University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked in the Co-op department for 8 months as a student coordinator. Pros were that everyone was welcoming and willing to help with day-to-day experiences and future career development. I worked with everyone form fellow graduate students to the associate dean of the college. It definitely gave me great insight into the world of higher education.

    Cons

    The one big con I noticed was that internship opportunities rarely, if ever, translated into full time positions. Even when they needed another full time employee they stuck with the part-time intern. I'm not sure if it is budget constraints, bureaucracy, or a combination of both.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    So-So

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The campus is gorgeous and there are some wonderful people to work with across all divisions. The institution is innovative which is a cool experience to be a part of as well.

    Cons

    The salaries are low compared to the area. Depending on your office, there are some really bad politics that weigh on you. If you cannot play the game it is not the place to be, especially since schmoozers get ahead here. The spend a lot as well so it seems frivolous, especially if you yourself went to college here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to reports from lower levels, the supervisors are not always as great as they seem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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