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Updated May 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Great mentors, good work environment (in 31 reviews)

  • Healthy work environment, Challenging work, Work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no cons to be mentioned (in 16 reviews)

  • For a part time a job time management has to be done meticulously (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "The HR Dept"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Approach with Caution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Potential to work with clinical faculty in community health centers
    Salary & benefits
    Some colleagues are kind people, but unit does not function as a cohesive group

    Cons

    MANY
    - Expectations for the position must be clearly defined, otherwise you will be taken advantage of
    - Three key administrative positions (Bouve College Dean, Dean School of Pharmacy, and Department Chair) have been operating as "Interim" for over 3 years. Make sure you know who your boss will be.
    - Extensive review of job responsibilities every year, without any observation or prior experience.
    - No Administrator has ever held a Federal grant, nor do they know how to obtain one, e.g., don't know the difference between an RO1, K23, R34, yet encourage faculty to pursue such
    - teaching load is tremendously time intensive yet valued less when one is evaluated, Time to prepare lectures, administering assessments and being available for classes of at least 130 students is a nearly impossible
    - straddled between 2 departments (with MPH) is additive, not synergistic. Boundaries need to be clearly established and enforced
    - for unknown reasons, atmosphere is competitive and degrading rather than collegial and collaborative
    - check statistics on how many people in similar positions have successfully achieved tenure (come in with tenure, otherwise the definition and guidance to obtain it are impotent
    - anyone mid-career will need to be self sustaining, a large gap in the number of mid-career faculty because department does not have ability, capacity or knowledge of how to support development of this group, though is is a sorely missing segment of the faculty
    - mid career candidates can risk loosing national or any established credibility
    If mid career, this could ruin plans for further development; there are no systems in place to sustain this rank, nor to help work toward promotion
    - the demands and expectations cannot be fulfilled

    Advice to Management

    - stabilize admin structure (no Interim)
    - support and sustain mid career faculty, junior faculty are in need of good mentors
    - reflect on whether your true mission is self- promotion or support and promotion of students and faculty
    - apoplexy is paralyzing to faculty
    - get control of who enters the program, you need a say
    - give up the 6 year straight through degree; very immature pharmacist are being added into a health care system for which they are not able to survive

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Student"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "culture of fear & corporate greed"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Unprofessional Follow Up"

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

    Pros

    It would seem likely that a University with a focus on graduating students to join the workforce would treat potential employees more professionally.

    Cons

    I had been interviewing with Northeastern for over a year and got to the top tier decision makers. I had lunch with the extended team and had met over 20 people that I was expecting to work with. I spent more time interviewing and writing thank you notes than I ever had in my 20 years of interviewing. I took my candidacy very seriously. I never heard back from them. End of story.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time to let people know that Boston is a small town and stories like these can hurt a university's reputation. Also, try to impart the fact that every encounter with your university is important. For a university that relies on partnerships I find it odd and frustrating that they had such an unprofessional way of handling my candidacy.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Staff and faculty not very nice!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Grant Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Grant Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    free education for myself and my child.

    Cons

    Staff and faculty not very nice, mean.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No one at Northeastern can be bothered to do their job correctly (or at all)."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Northeastern University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is nice (at least from the outside). The location in Boston is good, and it is easy to get to on either the orange or green lines.

    Cons

    Almost no one at Northeastern can be relied on to do their jobs. Secretaries, HR, the registrar all need to be harassed to get anything done. For example, my colleagues and I weren't paid one week because the secretary forgot to submit our time sheets, which is totally unacceptable.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Okay."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Students are enthusiastic, if ill-prepared. Librarians are wonderful.

    Cons

    As adjunct faculty, you have no community and no support in the program I was hired into. Students are not well-prepared for upper level courses.

    Advice to Management

    Treat adjunct and contingent faculty fairly. Offer contracts earlier so people can plan their lives.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "A Husky-Eat-Husky World"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in Boston, exciting up and coming academic environment, fantastic co-workers, good benefits (as is the case with most higher ed employers)

    Cons

    Broken senior leadership, administrative turf wars, constant political wrangling, fear, capricious decision-making, poor work life balance, unnecessarily stressful atmosphere that filters down from top to bottom

    Advice to Management

    The high rate of turnover is due to the stressful work environment. The faculty and staff of Northeastern are capable of doing great things but not as long as these otherwise passionate, motivated people are being driven out by a toxic working environment.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Highly political"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great accesss to adding a degree to your resume

    Cons

    Best and brightest rarely rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the political rewards- promote the best


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