Ashford University

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Ashford University Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
Ashford University – US – “Cubicle life”

Ashford University – US – “Cubicle life”
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.4 271 reviews

40% Approve of the CEO

Ashford University President Richard L. Pattenaude

Richard L. Pattenaude

(95 ratings)

31% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company offers relatively good benefits (in 26 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits-good enough to sustain you while you actively seek different employment (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • It is a sales job regardless of how they spin verbiage (in 15 reviews)

  • Of those, more than 100 were Admissions Counselors (in 14 reviews)

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    Great online classroom capability.

    Online Adjunct Instructor (Current Employee)

    ProsConstant stream of courses. Well thought out curriculum. Great online classroom. Easy access and application of tools like similarity reports.

    ConsStudents lack what should be minimal requirements for entering core courses such as writing, plagiarism, composing a thought, using academic sources, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdd a qualification entry course to minimize admission of students with little or no intent to learn (those looking for a degree factory).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Student Services

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA lot of opportunity for professional development and growth. Decent pay and benefits. There is also opportunity to effect change and senior leadership listens in general

    ConsThere is a lot of change and inconsistency. We are always trying something new, which can be exhausting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work but some non-team oriented Management hidden within the culture

    Business Development (Former Employee)

    ProsAshford started out with great intentions of being an organization with solid company values, but as the firm prepared to enter the public market, top management began to lay those core values to side. Ashford is currently working hard to regain employees belief in the corporate culture that once existed.

    ConsGreat pay with, and benefits to match. in certain divisions there were good perks. Ashford offers a great work-life balance with weekends off and all holidays.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement in the financial departments have created an elusive corporate culture that evades the top management. This results in across the board breakdowns that affect both students and employees beyond top managements understanding. Ashford need to become student centered and work from there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I am a proud Faculty member!

    Associate Faculty (Online) (Current Employee)

    ProsLead faculty care about adjuncts. Continuing education and access to resources is top-notch.

    ConsRaises are minimal even though enrollment and responsibility increases.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe need more opportunities for seasoned faculty (like myself) to mentor new adjuncts. Salary increases are needed to retain talent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good entry level job

    Financial Services Advisor (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsI was able to grow with the company. I actually started in 2008 and left in 2009. This was my first job out of college.

    ConsLarge work load and very monotonous. Not much room for growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best for-profit school I've worked for- I've been treated well.

    Associate Faculty (Online) (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsPay is good. Support is available for online instructors. Class sizes are reasonable. University is trying to secure proper accreditation to stay viable.

    ConsFor-profit colleges/universities are under scrutiny for high federal aid given/low repay rates. Legislation in the works that might put my job in jeopardy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue keeping class sizes manageable and meet requirements to keep federal aid coming to students (without which school will go under).

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Good place to start career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat schedule, excellent coworkers, good benefits, excellent opportunity to grow with leadership skills.

    ConsCompany grew too fast and had to make severe organizational changes with personnel. Some of upper management have lost touch with putting the student first, rather than operational goals. I feel that by putting the student first the operational goals will follow.

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    Challenging and gratifying.

    Student Services Coordinator (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat community, solid education, fast paced, student driven

    ConsManagement culture, constant tuition increases,

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more willing to give credit where credit is due, better salaries

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Student Worker

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat for current students that want to manage a small job with education.

    ConsThe good student worker jobs are very competitive.

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    Stepping Stone...

    Student Advisor (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    Prosgreat benefits, and great community

    Consbad structuring, unstable environment, always worried to lose your job/place

    Advice to Senior Managementhire better managers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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