Suffolk University Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
37 Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome environment but weak administration

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fellow  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Suffolk University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The office culture is great. It is laid back and there is a lot of flexibility with regards to work. People are collaborative and friendly with regards to programming. There is a lot of room for professional development as well.

    Cons

    Recent changes in administration and policies make it hard for lower level positions to efficiently do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whenever policy changes are in order, make sure that it is studied properly so that implementation is not inefficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mehh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Suffolk University full-time

    Pros

    Good fellow staff support. Connivence location.

    Cons

    University is one of the worst paying in the state, yet located downtown and has some of the highest tuition. Things dont add up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice People; But No Excellence Anywhere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Suffolk University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are friendly; there is a noble mission of educating hard working young people who are practical and want to make something about themselves. Career focused approach to education.

    Cons

    It's in a bad zone: a non selective private nonprofit that cannot compete with the highly selective schools in Boston and cannot compete with public institutions. Nobody's fault. But it is what it is.

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  5.  

    Great experience as a research assistant

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

    I worked at Suffolk University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible timings and friendly supervisor

    Cons

    Same job done twice by two different people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The supervisors should be trained on how to delegate the jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Could be worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Suffolk University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees including tuition benefits that can be extended to your significant other and children. health benefits, although pricey are excellent.

    Cons

    Changes continue to take place and great employee programs that existed in the past have been made obsolete. This includes the Kudos program where an employee could send a kudos to a fellow employee for a job well done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The current leadership is frustrating and unfocused.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Suffolk University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great support staff. Very helpful IT staff. Friendly, dedicated student body who are serious about their education and pro-bono experiences.

    Cons

    Lack of administrative support. No cost of living raises. No performance based raises. Frustrating bureaucracy and leadership decisions. Many buildings need lots of updates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the support staff about actual best business practices before making technology and layoff decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Able to grow but no long-term career growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Suffolk University full-time

    Pros

    - Supported by your direct supervisor and staff
    - Flexible work schedule
    - #1 Pro: education perks (take classes at big discount)

    Cons

    - Salary freezes even cost of living increases frozen this year.
    - Don't feel support by higher administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more transparency especially in times of change and instability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Work experience at Suffolk University

    Current Employee - Lab Coordinator
    Current Employee - Lab Coordinator

    I have been working at Suffolk University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I working at Suffolk University Sawyer Computing Center because i am always in contact with my fellow students helping them to use the new systems.

    Cons

    Some students are very demanding and they don't understand the limits of their rights, but it is a pleasure to work their.

  10.  

    So much potential, yet so much dysfunction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Suffolk University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The stated values are awesome, and there are some really special students here.

    Cons

    The organization, at all levels, is dysfunctional. There is little guiding strategy or accountability. Too much reliance on spending money and making things over reflection, planning, accountability, and results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your subject matter experts. Don't spend your way to success - think your way there. Some kid is working 30 hours a week as a bartender to afford to go here, and that's his paycheck you're throwing at some vendor - is that a smart way to spend his money? Think about it. Don't make a decision or launch some sort of product/service without building in a way to measure its effectiveness and grow iteratively from that point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    In need of positive change

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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 Suffolk University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee Benefits, especially 403B match and Tuition Remission

    Cons

    Communication silos, immature or poorly implemented systems, uncooperative colleagues, no organizational knowledge transfer / documentation for most areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enterprise systems should be inter-connected with a data warehouse. Training programs, definitions, are needed for both new and existing employees. Respectful work environments must be fostered both internally to a unit and across multiple units in order to move forward as a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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