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Suffolk University Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  • Low pay, with raise freezes (including no cost of living increases) (in 7 reviews)

  • Little room for advancement, political upheaval, a culture of layoffs, boys club feel at higher levels trickles down (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place To Work"

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

    I have been working at Suffolk University full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, great location in Boston for transportation purposes

    Cons

    lower pay than other colleges/universities


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No raises for 6 years, until we started organizing a union."

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

    I have been working at Suffolk University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Time Off and Tuition benefits. Decent Retirement. Flexible Schedules.

    Cons

    Low pay, even for academia. Decisions come from the top down with no knowledge of how things actually work. There is no longer any institutional memory due to the frequent turnover of upper management. Upper Administration exists in a bubble. They frequently spend lots of money on outside consultants while at the same time telling the staff there is no money for raises and raising students' tuition. They spent a large sum to hire a notorious union busting law firm in response to staff organizing efforts last year, and then hired one member of that firm as In House Counsel. It would cost them less to just pay people fairly. When cuts need to be made, they do NOT come from the top, which is typical everywhere no doubt. There is no room for advancement unless you are somebody's good pal. And forget about being compensated for taking on the additional work of those who have been let go. We don't even have salary ranges anymore. HR invents titles or lets upper administration make up new ones to hand out to those they want to reward. Being good at your job does not mean that you will be appreciated or recognized.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your staff and middle managers since they are tasked with implementing the myopic decisions you make with no input from those who will be most impacted. Try to get out of the habit of letting go of long term female employees that are nearing retirement age. You are setting yourselves up for an age discrimination lawsuit.

  3. "Great Place Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Suffolk University full-time

    Pros

    Truly care about their employees.

    Cons

    none to report, people are genuinely nice.


  4. "it depends on more specifics than the below"

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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 Suffolk University full-time

    Pros

    good students and colleagues

    Cons

    champagne tastes for performance with a beer budget to support that. a good deal of micromanagement and bureaucratic rule making. the management review below really is just a general thing, it really depends on who in the management team you'd be talking about.


  5. "Adjunct"

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

    I have been working at Suffolk University part-time

    Pros

    I have been teaching at Suffolk for more than 8 years. I have really enjoyed most of my classes I have taught

    Cons

    Suffolk does not take care of their own in terms of hiring for FT jobs. Went for 4 jobs that I was 100% qualified for, in fact already doing PT, but they hired from the outside. Not supportive of their adjunct/alumnus at all.

    Advice to Management

    Support your alumnus and PT employees and maybe you would get more donations.


  6. "Economics Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Suffolk University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Apply theory and knowledge to analyze data, make prediction, and write papers
    Learn and work with professor

    Cons

    Mostly research and make prediction base on theory


  7. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends

    I worked at Suffolk University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, varied projects, beautiful office space

    Cons

    Maximum 20 hours per week

  8. "Lab Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Suffolk University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Suffolk located in the heart of Boston

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to list


  9. "Glad to be spending my time here"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Fellow in Boston, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Because I am a student, it is convenient to work at an office within the school so that the schedules coincide (meaning I won't have issues with a summer internship, etc.). It's also a great way to learn about all of the opportunities available to me while I am a student here.

    Cons

    The office I work in as a graduate fellow is not really related to what I am getting my master's in.

    Advice to Management

    A clearer description of goals from the beginning, rather than as we go, would be helpful.


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Suffolk University part-time

    Pros

    Good working environment, Professors are helping

    Cons

    Low pay rate, moderate work pressur


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