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Northeastern University Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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  • No work life balance exists for those acquiring more work along with no foreseeable incentives (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "Poor Civil Eng. department"

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

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

    Pros

    Goods for undergraduate Students only.

    Cons

    There is not much scholarships in civil eng. department. Consider that before starting your degree.


  2. "College of Art, Media + Design needs to get it's act together"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Faculty, Talented Students,

    Cons

    Old dean was a disgrace, new dean is a micromanager, doesn't consult faculty and has no grasp of technology.

    Advice to Management

    The University as whole is amazing, the people that teach and do research really work hard to provide top notch education and opportunities. But I would not advise potential faculty to come to CAMD.

  3. "Faculty Co-op Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Full Time Faculty in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Full Time Faculty in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generous time off (paid holidays - including almost 2 weeks for Christmas, plentiful sick days, almost 5 weeks vacation time); work on a beautiful campus in Boston; easily commutable via MBTA; improving professional development opportunities depending on where you work on campus

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations for job responsibilities (advise overload of students, teaching/grading 1-2 sections of co-op courses, job development plus support existing employers; zero work/life balance; complete lack of leadership and vision from the top, disconnect between university leadership and college directors;

    Advice to Management

    Provide leadership development training for all directors, don't promote directors into the role if they don't have the leadership abilities. Good managers of tasks does not equal effective leadership skills; directors should empower their front line leaders (aka senior-level co-op coordinators) to make decisions on their own; directors also need to be held accountable (360 review process!)


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    "Watch out for university management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits at Northeastern are fantastic and the pay is higher than at most universities in Boston. Most of the people are great and the commute is easy, right on the orange line or green line. I'm sure working in for the schools and colleges is a different story but the closer you get to the president's office, the more difficult and hellish your life will become. be wary of the office you choose to work in. Ask good questions regarding why positions are open in the office you might be taking a position in. Are people happy? How quickly do positions turn over.

    Cons

    Trust your employees to do the work you hired them for. Give them the benefit of their experience.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother, no one listens.


  5. "Northeastern University Research Administration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time

    Pros

    The University setting was a wonderful place to work. For the most part the faculty were wonderful and easy to work with. My colleagues in the Office of Research Administration and Finance were dedicated, knowledgeable professionals. Research is growing and PIs conduct amazing cutting edge work.

    Cons

    Due to retirements and job changes there was a vacuum in research administration management. The new management team has created an oppressive atmosphere. Eight people have left the Office in little over a year.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should take a closer look at the management of the Office of Research Administration and Finance.


  6. "RSO Proctor Station Desk Attendent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work
    Choose your own availability

    Cons

    Not much appreciation for foreign students

    Advice to Management

    Stop calling us o speare before shift


  7. "Northeastern is great, but staff is surly."

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Boston, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart students. Supportive administration. Congenial colleagues.

    Cons

    Support staff can be very unpleasant. More than at most universities.

  8. "High expectations, poor morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northeastern University full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to take free classes

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations with a large work load, little to no work life balance as a manager, poor communication amongst staff. Too many meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with staff, more transparency.


  9. "Global Experience Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ability to be independent and work on individual projects
    thinking outside of the box is encouraged
    worked with some really talented and wonderful people

    Cons

    HEAVY turnover
    poor leadership
    unclear mission
    constant change in policies/procedures
    position/role in this department can change without warning
    unobtainable goals with considerable increases to student fees for international programs

    Advice to Management

    do not bring on interns until this department has become stable
    administration needs to look into why turnover is so high in this department and make serious changes
    stop hiring individuals without a clear understanding of what their position will look like


  10. ""Student Fundraiser""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Made some money while taking classes

    Cons

    Sitting in a basement for hours on end and having to talk to annoyed alumnae


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