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Emerson College Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Emerson College President Lee Pelton
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Pros
  • Good CEO, good location, benefits are good, great mission (in 5 reviews)

  • They expect hard work and focus, but in return provide a professional yet comfortable work environment (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, limitations due to budget restraints (in 3 reviews)

  • Pay raises are stagnant and do not cover cost of living increases (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Surpringly backwards"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Emerson College as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The students, alumni and faculty are great. Very engaging, positive, and helpful people who truly love what they do.

    Cons

    Do a great job with limited tools at your disposal? Be prepared to be the only person suddenly capable of completing that task. Come in as a temp, hoping to convert? Hope you enjoy perma-temping. Even when the job opens up, you'll have to go through the application process and-surprise!-you won't be offered the position, even if you created the job. Lots of clique-style behavior, a smattering of ageism from coworkers, and what should be a positive work environment becomes incredibly depressing. Amazing amounts of cluelessness. No direction and no consequences.

    Advice to Management

    Seems like there are a bunch of SVPs and directors, with very few people reporting to them. Not a lot of personal responsibility or a sense of greater purpose.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Faculty; Lousy Administration"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Because of their tuition remission for full-time employees, getting a degree while working full-time and without going into debt is feasible. The location right next to Boston Common is wonderful. The faculty is amazing and dedicated to the students despite working under an incompetent administration and a union-busting president.

    Cons

    Within the upper administration, there are power struggles that seem to blind the administrators to the fact that they are ultimate serving the students. At the level that is one tier down from the top administrators, there is virtually no oversight whatsoever. Without oversight, support staff are essentially working in a dictatorship with no recourse and under managers who only do enough not to get fired and simply try to justify the existence of their position without actually accomplishing anything.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the mission of each office and reassess whether each office is run by someone who is competent and cares about the students. Also, take a closer look at the distribution of funds and staff. While recruiting is important, it is an abomination the disproportionate amount of funds and manpower given to enrollment-related offices vs. to student-affairs offices and undergraduate offices vs. graduate offices.


  3. "professor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emerson College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    they pay for dental which is good

    Cons

    academics make terrible managers and have way too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    learn how to manage



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