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Updated December 16, 2017
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  • There is no cons to be mentioned (in 19 reviews)

  • No work life balance exists for those acquiring more work along with no foreseeable incentives (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Research scientist"

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    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    close Access to commuter train

    Cons

    Not funded very much for research


  2. "Cares about rankings, not faculty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This box requires 5 words

    Cons

    The HR department is a terrible machine designed to screw you over at every turn

  3. "University pretends to care about students but never does"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University part-time

    Pros

    Nothing really that I can think of

    Cons

    Treats staff incredibly poorly. This school mostly operates to make money for the board. Student needs are often neglected.


  4. "Get Expectations in Writing"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pharmacy School
    - smart colleagues who are working in community health centers; work is inspiring
    - research colleagues state they are available & want to collaborate; only 1 is a pharmacist

    Cons

    - work culture can be toxic
    - mission & values are not followed
    - upper administration in flux since at least 2008
    - surprisingly many faculty do not display a primary commitment/ passion for launching careers for the next generation; few national leaders originate here
    - legitimate claims of workplace bullying (Bill in MA senate) were documented but no action nor resolution resulted

    Advice to Management

    - need to be 'on the same page'
    - need to at least portray that the students (not your career advancement) is the priority
    - need to participate in more regional and national initiatives; few leaders in the field have come from this field and yet Boston does some groundbreaking research and improvements in care - INSERT YOURSELVES
    - talk to your clinical faculty; they have a lot of great insight that they do not share;
    - amongst clinical faculty, individually and as a group potential is not maximized,
    - check when the last person on the tenure track was given tenure estimate 6 of last 6 tenure track were not awarded tenure


  5. "xxx"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Its a live environment and you have to work with youth

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets intense and hard

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you are doing :)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid Administrative Roles within Certain Departments"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn various aspects of all sorts of positions within higher education.
    Excellent benefit package for full time employees (including tuition).
    Changes in current management seem to be underway and for the better.

    Cons

    Administrative roles within Bouve' College of Health Sciences experience high turn over and riddled in poor management and senior level management.
    Administrative employee's along with the students and faculty of Bouve' are seen as numbers and only hold fiscal relevancy to the college.
    Senior Management charades itself as innovative and inclusive while holding true to a rigid autocratic management style giving way to lots of interoffice gossip behind the scenes ridicule/pecking orders that are in no way constructive or positive work environments.
    Senior Management remains blissfully unaware of the true day to day operations that hold their department or college together. They offer no training or support to administrative staff from the beginning of hire through the duration of employment as they simply do not know how to, nor want to understand the roles of many other than their own.
    No work life balance exists for those acquiring more work along with no foreseeable incentives.
    New ideas or innovative suggestions are often scoffed at behind closed doors.
    Constant failures on behalf of management to move any/all positive changes to full resolution either due to lack of ability/competence in their own roles or for fear of ruffling senior management feathers.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff (administrative & faculty).
    Bouve continues to choose cost cutting instead of investing in it's own people. This has done nothing but prove high turn over rates and churn out disgruntled employees. This inability to foster and develop administration directly effect the students who feel the aftermath of changing names faces and disorganization through the duration of their programs.
    Online or hybrid programs within Bouve' need to be re-vamped. If these programs are good enough for the college to collect tuition from they should also be good enough to place in the hands of proper management who will actually take the time to invest in them.
    Senior management and management in general need to be humbled as they conduct themselves in a highly authoritative and almost grossly immature way. Perhap's an HR related "working well with others" course would greatly benefit those on a clear power trip in the School of Nursing.


  7. "The HR Dept"

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    Former Contractor - Senior HRIS Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Senior HRIS Analyst in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the contract workers were good to me.

    Cons

    The full time workers were some of the nastiest, snakiest people that I have had the misfortune to meet. Everyone walked around on eggshells. It is a toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    HR should lead the way, not be the problem, in and of, itself.

  8. "Stay Very Far Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northeastern University part-time

    Pros

    Hard to think of any except perhaps some coworkers

    Cons

    They will work you to death
    No respect for you whatsoever
    Highly political
    Bad all the way around

    Advice to Management

    Clean house!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Student"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-op program. Actually the Cons overweight any pros. Don't waste your time and money getting a masters degree at this place!

    Cons

    Horrible bioinformatics masters program. Though the program is expensive, the class rooms have around 100 students(mostly from India), professors don't show up for lectures and grades are awarded based on your interaction with the professor rather than how well you do on the course work. Some students who do voluntary work at professor's labs are given better grades, basically the grading system is based on favoritism and favors


  10. Helpful (3)

    "culture of fear & corporate greed"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Academic Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Academic Specialist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    + As others have said, location is good, easily accessible by public transportation.
    + Yes, there are career opportunities, but when there's that much turnover, you have to be suspicious of WHY

    Cons

    -pervasive culture of fear and corporate greed that I believe is keeping many people from writing realistic reviews on here
    -I feared and still fear retribution for speaking out against them
    -my ethics were pushed to the limits until they reached the breaking point

    Advice to Management

    -treat university students as humans instead of dollar signs
    -treat part-time teachers as the real full-time teachers that they really are
    -provide real resources for international students who are paying insane amounts of tuition for NO resources for language help
    -invest in the quality teachers you have instead of the potemkin village you're building
    -promote people with vision, leadership, and ethics instead of rearranging the same corrupt game players


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