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Updated September 21, 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. "Postdoctoral Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

    Pros

    - The campus is easily accessible via public transport and is in the city.
    - The Grants Administrators working at the Office of Research are fantastic!

    Cons

    There is no sense of community among postdoctoral fellows, nor does it seem like the University cares much about professional development for this demographic. Unlike other universities in the Boston-area, there is not office dedicated to postdoctoral affairs.

    Funding for my position ended abruptly, and although this was known among the administrative staff and PI about a month in advance, I was given less than a week's notice. This seemed especially unprofessional given how upset the PI was in the past when employees gave their two weeks notice. Moreover, the staff and PI knew about the change in funding status just before I returned to work from maternity leave. It was really frustrating that they let me come back to work and think that I had job security. The timing coincidence between my return from leave and the change in funding still seem questionable to me. When I contacted HR to schedule an exit interview, the person in charge of handling my case never got back to me. I only managed to get an interview after talking to the Director of Personnel in the department I worked for. Overall, I felt like the University did not care about me as an employee. I do hope that non-postdoctoral employees have better work experiences at Northeastern.


  2. "Review of Northeastern University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time

    Pros

    Awesome pay, Helpful people, Beautiful Campus

    Cons

    Lot of work, hectic schedule

    Advice to Management

    Great work

  3. "Ok Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time

    Pros

    -Working with smart people
    -Room to move within the university

    Cons

    -Pay isn't great
    -Diversity is lacking
    -Benefits are lacking

    Advice to Management

    -Take diversity and employee rights seriously
    -Show your appreciation for hard work monetarily


  4. "Advancement"

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

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time

    Pros

    Many grateful alumni. Very competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Advancement Division is highly political. No growth opportunities are offered to even the top performers - just title changes. Very cliquey- feels like high school with a principal who doesn't like confrontation and ignores managers verbal abuse of employees and icing out of top performers. Very passive aggressive environment.

    Advice to Management

    Advancement needs a refresh at the second and third tier of leadership. Second tier egos are especially getting in the way of the success of the division.


  5. "Disconnect between administration and other staff."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good accrual rate for paid time off - vacation especially.

    Cons

    Seems to be quite a large disconnect between administration and all other employees within the organization..


  6. "Short term work experience"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great university, pleasant atmosphere, being able to help students. Boston is an amazing city to live in, great location.

    Cons

    Disorganized throughout administration - as most universities are. Disconnect between upper management and the rest of the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Organize projects ahead of time, be clear in the demands, and confirm that all levels of employees are on the same page.


  7. "environment"

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

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

    Pros

    good place to learn technical

    Cons

    real state price is high.

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The great research environment and facility.

    Cons

    High living expenses.
    Available study field it not broad.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good Benefits Bad Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Great vacation and Sick Time
    Free Education Programs for Employees

    Cons

    No Work-Life Balance
    Little Diversity Among Staff
    Heavy Top Down Management


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - multicultural
    - well-known projects made by people from this department (DrRacket)
    - variety of interesting courses

    Cons

    - too much theory
    - some of not very usefull research topics
    - too much work (weekends, holidays)


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