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Northeastern University Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Very encouraging work environment (in 32 reviews)

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

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

  • pretty much no work life balance - you live with students and your coworkers (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Need to rethink research group strategies"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    excellent pay, excellent extracurricular activities, facilities,

    Cons

    poor upper management and professionalism to generate the necessary team work and organization to make a research group committed toward success.

    Advice to Management

    leave the ego's at home and it's a group effort if the research in each dept is to be a success.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Highly political"

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    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

  3. Helpful (5)

    "A Husky-Eat-Husky World"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Okay."

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    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.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Culture of greed and nepotism"

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

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

    Pros

    nice location, nice campus, clever advertising to attract students with money

    Cons

    incompetent leadership, culture of greed, it's commonplace for people in leadership positions to bring in their friends for jobs (often these friends are not qualified), sexism in the advancement department, some questionable fundraising tactics, board of directors not really engaged in oversight, mediocre academics, a lot of in-fighting in various academic departments

    Advice to Management

    bring in an organizational development consultant to weed out incompetent and nasty leaders


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worst employer ever."

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator
    Former Employee - Database Administrator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time

    Pros

    Free classes (although there's talk of phasing this benefit out).

    Cons

    Management that fails to lead. Conflicting priorities amongst different constituents (e.g., professors don't want to teach; they want research dollars (which "buys" them out of teaching.). POLITICAL. Mediocre. Maniacal focus on SAT scores for incoming freshmen. Resistance to change. Management is tyrannical and full of themselves. Crazy high salary for senior professors and high-level administrators (deans, provost's office, president and his office). Deans making over $400K/yr and the president makes over 1 million (and that is just his salary, not bonuses or perks, like living in a 3 million plus house.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood. Align your priorities. Teach your employees better.


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Coop Opportunities are very good

    Cons

    nothing to complain about it

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northeastern University full-time

    Pros

    Many colleagues were great to work with as were the students

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Not a good working environment. Very high turn-over.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Absolutely terrible. No respect for people whatsoever."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Leaving or not applying is the best thing you can do.

    Cons

    Treating people as if they were subhuman.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Disorganized"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    If you choose to take advantage of tuition remission

    Cons

    Everyone talks behind one anothers backs
    Total chaos and no sense of organization


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