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Emerson College Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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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, no structure, not diverse (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "Student"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Junior Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emerson College part-time

    Pros

    Professional environment and nice people

    Cons

    I was completely satisfied by working at Emerson (as a student)


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A positive exprience, though salary was too low"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Video Editor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Emerson College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with amazing people and had the opportunity to work on very meaningful projects. It might be true that if I stayed for longer my salary would raise.

    Cons

    The wage was too low, and there were no benefits at all. I was given complicated responsibilities, beyond my job description, and while it was good for my resume, it would have been nice to be compensated as well.

    Advice to Management

    Think about creative ways to support your workers, even if not by raising the salary. Extending your benefits (even like lunches, paid vacation, etc.) will go a long way.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Affiliated Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Affiliated Professor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emerson College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff and students, good atmosphere

    Cons

    too many emails, hard to figure out when scheduled requirements need to happen by - you often get an email the day of, or the day before, that there's something going on that you have to attend to. or worse yet, you miss a deadline because no one told you.

    Advice to Management

    use a shared calendar so everyone knows whats happening (e.g. google calendar). and post happenings on a static web page. Don't expect that people can process 5+ actionable emails out of the 20+ we get cheerleading or status updates.


  4. "Arts Emerson: The World on Stage"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Wardrobe Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Freelancer - Wardrobe Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Emerson College (More than a year)

    Pros

    The management at Arts Emerson sincerely cares about the wellbeing and safety of their technicians and performers. They expect hard work and focus, but in return provide a professional yet comfortable work environment. Anytime there is a problem I have always felt safe and completely open talking to my supervisors, who would always come to a conclusion for solving problems. I think they have been the best employers yet to work for.

    Cons

    There have been no cons so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing team work and thanks for being so cool to work for ;D


  5. "Motion Graphic team"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Motion Graphic Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Motion Graphic Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Immersed atmosphere to produce motion graphic contents for videos

    Cons

    lack of communication sometimes and small team


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Enriching because of the strength and friendliness of certain employees."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They hired me into IT Infrastructure after I had been a student employee for 3 years. I had no experience with most of the things in the job description, but they had faith I could learn. I got on-the-job experience that put me on my dream career path.

    Cons

    As with many higher-ed institutions, dead weight tends to stick around. There are some people working at Emerson who are just plain useless, but hey will never be fired because the college is afraid of lawsuits.

    Advice to Management

    Expect hard work of your employees, and TELL THEM if they underperform!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Enriching because of the strength and friendliness of certain employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems and Network Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Systems and Network Technician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emerson College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They hired me into IT Infrastructure after I had been a student employee for 3 years. I had no experience with most of the things in the job description, but they had faith I could learn. I got on-the-job experience that put me on my dream career path.

    Cons

    As with many higher-ed institutions, dead weight tends to stick around. There are some people working at Emerson who are just plain useless, but hey will never be fired because the college is afraid of lawsuits.

    Advice to Management

    Expect hard work of your employees, and TELL THEM if they underperform!


  8. "AMAZING"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Ambassador in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Ambassador in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Emerson College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is friendly and very appreciative.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working at Emerson.


  9. "An abundance of opportunities to learn - more outside than in the classroom"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Student in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    A student will discover interest and skills in an area they had no idea they liked or existed.
    Boston is truly you campus while at Emerson. It's the most amazing experience.
    Students learn from both professors and each other.
    As an alumni people often describe you being so good because "she went to emerson"

    Cons

    So much is learned outside the classroom that grades are sometimes weaker and that doesn't translate well for grad school.

    Advice to Management

    keep cross pollinating departments. Let marketing kids market TV shows and films, and have theatre kids audition for films. Avoid a niche.


  10. "Great place for hands-on faculty"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Emerson College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    High level of professional and career individuals who went on to become faculty afterwards. College is well-equipped with film, video, production, post, studios and audio equipment. Performing Arts program has outstanding performance spaces.

    Cons

    Politics play a role in many things as they do in most of academia. Urban campus limits available space for expansion.

    Advice to Management

    Increase faculty salaries when possible and hire more tenure track lines.


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