Brigham Young University (BYU) Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, great work environment, great people (in 36 reviews)

  • Great people and great atmosphere (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • During the semester you may only work up to 20 hours a week (in 20 reviews)

  • If you work part-time, they will limit the number of hours you can work (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Many great people, some good at what they do and others that are not. This includes the administration.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location: Hawaii. Church environment.

    Cons

    Church environment. While it can be it blessing to work for an organization with the same beliefs, the lines can be blurred between religion and work.

    Advice to Management

    At least pretend to care about the employees and departments.


  2. Trying to pinch pennies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Lä‘ie, HI
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Lä‘ie, HI

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Will work around your classes.

    Cons

    Pay is meager when compared to the living costs of the area. Students are threatened with termination for working more than 19 hours because they will not pay for employee benefits mandated by law in that case.


  3. Working for BYUI is okay at best

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Rexburg, ID
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Rexburg, ID

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The schedule is very flexible for classes. There are many opportunities to learn and make mistakes.

    Cons

    Everything is student run so you can forget about accurate information, training, or reasonable accommodations. There is a lot of information lost from actual policies and the policies students make up to keep from having to look something up or ask someone. Compensation is insulting for the more technical jobs on campus.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a rigid training regiment for all new employees so that students don't get away with working 2 hours a week for a month because they don't know what is going on or who to go to to find work.


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  5. Low pay, great people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Secretary in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Student Secretary in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and great atmosphere

    Cons

    lower pay than you can find other places

    Advice to Management

    Pay to retain!


  6. Frustrating!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people and the benefits

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for women. Attitudes are mid-century towards women working.

    Advice to Management

    Train management in equal opportunity!


  7. It's great.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Publicity Lead in Rexburg, ID
    Current Employee - Publicity Lead in Rexburg, ID

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work in a great environment, and work with some really great people.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, one student who is an area director chooses both the 2 directors and the replacement area director. So, that means that one student controls the distribution of 3 semesters worth of scholarships. Not exactly the best way to distribute money, because students are likely to simply pick their friends because they are their friends or worse, to pass over their friends because they are their friends, rather than pick the best person for the job. And they can say that they are "just following the Spirit" as the reason they made the decision.

    Advice to Management

    I think the collective leaders of all the departments should participate in the selection of the area directors and the directors. Making the decision the conclusion of a group rather than the decision of one.

    Also, I think the director should write a short one page explanation defending their choice logically. The paper would be publicly available by request. I don't think "the Spirit" should be the go to response for such matters (in which the Lord makes us "agents unto ourselves" meaning that he leaves us to chose. And referencing the Spirit becomes a cop out to avoid explaining the real reason.)


  8. BYU Independent Study

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Provo, UT

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were a lot of really fun people to work with. Direct supervisors can be fun if you are around a long time and if you get along with them well. Some of the time there is lots of time for homework.

    Cons

    Major disconnect between policy makers and those who execute the policy. Management seems distant and disinterested in the company culture. It is really easy to not do a lot of work so those who do work carry much more of the load. Training sessions are ineffective and juvenile. They consistently ask for suggestions but make no changes. Recognition is awful, you can do great work but they will give you nothing or just a candy bar or something. They said if you did your job you would get three raises a year but they never can do the raise evaluations required for a raise so you never really get one.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what the people doing the work say. The ones who actually interact with the students/customers know what changes would be good. Do something to show you actually appreciate employees (besides a candy bar) for extra work they do or for being outstanding. Follow the raise protocol that you outlined in the job interview.


  9. Senior Management has no clue what is really going on at their properties.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Leasing in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Property Leasing in Harrisburg, PA

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay better than most housing communities.

    Cons

    Middle management lacks people skills.


  10. Difficult Bureaucracy and Low pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Translator in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Translator in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you enjoy working in a religious environment where you can generally trust others, then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    The pay here is pitiful, and there are few chances for significant growth. The upper level of management places a stranglehold on creativity and flexibility. It is extremely difficult to make any beneficial changes.

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to streamline processes and requests. There is so much control over every single issue that it is difficult to get anything done.



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