Pros: week off at christmas; days off for all major holidays (including patriots’ day and columbus day)
Cons: low morale, dysfunctional, deceitful environment, bullying, lack of growth opportunities, poor leadership
The culture of distrust, coercion, and management by bullying is dysfunctional, demotivating, and demoralizing. They areis focused on the bottom line, not on educating students. When you’re working there, it’s all about figuring out how to “develop) read: make up” “graduate” classes to drive revenue.
The current president is focused on making NEU one – more... of the “top 50” universities. To do this, there is a maniacal focus on test scores (e.g., SATs, SATs); there is internal competition amongst the different colleges to get the most students (the city sets a cap on the number of undergrads).
If someone doesn’t like you, you’ll be forced out (even if others love you); don’t cross the wrong person. Management lies and bullies people to leave – or fires them under bogus claims. The environment is coercive and manipulative to staff and professors; management flat out lies. And as one person said before – they watch your comings and goings, not just in advancement, but throughout.
While it’s nice to have free classes, I’ve been told that that benefit is going away. Salaries assume that you’ll (have the time to) take advantage of that “benefit.” Insurance benefits are decent, but the retirement matching program is horrible; you are nickel and dimed for everything – for example, parking is $1100 per year – and if you leave or no longer need it, you’re paying anyway.
I did like working with the work/study undergrads. Also, our office was very strict about working at least 8-5, and someone was watching when you came and went (it was OK to work until 7pm, but you don't leave at 4pm!) – less