Brigham Young University (BYU)

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Brigham Young University (BYU) Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
457 Reviews
4.4
457 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is very LDS, and so very nice and everyone wants to help everyone (in 38 reviews)

  • great people to work with, great institution that is getting better each year (in 28 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.  

    Friendly, Comfortable Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Applications Architect in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Lead Applications Architect in Provo, UT

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable, rarely is anyone fired and the entire company knows it. The benefits are pretty good. The work environment is very LDS, and so very nice and everyone wants to help everyone. Some people work really hard to make the products or experience better. Management is very liberal, and allows you to work on what you want to work on, and grow in areas that you dictate.

    Cons

    Comfortable, rarely is anyone fired. Some people are just along for the ride. The compensation is terrible, and the prospects of moving upward are pretty slim. No bonuses, or performance based raises. Everyone dictates what IT does and so it's all over the place. Very Bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Flexible, yet underpaid and sometimes frustrating

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laborer in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Laborer in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    You can come in and work as it fits to your class schedule. As good as it gets for a flexible student job.

    Cons

    There is virtually no HR. It is very frustrating to try and get a pay raise. Most employees (and foremen) are somewhat incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the level of competition within employees. This will create much greater productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My overall experience has been a negative one but should not be inferred and transferred to other departments or areas.

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

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

    Pros

    Reasonable time off for family. Ample sick time accrual. Can be an an exciting place to work if you work for a department that is fun.

    Cons

    Limited availability to advance. Management not very helpful and can be extremely rude. Discipline is non existent or is very one sided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees fairly. Include lower level employees in decisions that directly affect them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overworked new faculty member of the Spanish Department, which was required the highest standards with no help.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Full-Time Faculty in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Full-Time Faculty in Provo, UT

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I loved the teaching, because the students were the best I had out of the 4 universities I taught.

    Great opportunity to excel in teaching, because as a general rule students came prepared for class, which in turn made the learning meaningful and rewarding for the students and me.

    Great use and availability of top-of-the line technology in the classroom. Great technology classes for faculty, to use in the classroom.

    Motivated students.

    Cons

    Politics dominated and made it very difficult for cooperation among faculty members. If you were new in the department (not new in the profession), you were out of luck. No help whatsoever from colleagues. On the contrary, they did not want to share anything, to make it easier to transition into the new environment. Consequently, the few meetings to talk about improving were useless. The lack of collaboration increased misunderstandings and misconceptions.

    Too much work for the pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training as it is, is useless, unless there is opened genuine collaboration between faculty members.

    The more experienced faculty members should be giving, not only advice, but also solutions to common problems.

    Sharing specific ways of teaching with concrete examples on a regular basis (weekly), will greatly help in promoting humility, understanding, and the spirit of cooperation among faculty members, which in turn will ease the load of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A, not surprisingly, uneasy place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU)

    Pros

    If you want to work for a religious university you probably already know what to expect. Lots of very friendly people, and a very well thought out organization.

    Cons

    Culture gets stale quickly.
    Pressure to not stand out is an issue.
    Constant concern of damaging the universities reputation.
    Loads of somewhat silly rules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just relax a little and people will be their best selves all on their own.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Good environment, people are patient, and lots of freedom in how things are done.

    Cons

    Some departments are staffed too low, resulting in a lot of responsibility being placed on too few people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Graduate Student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    People shared your beliefs if you're Mormon. If you aren't, things are difficult and awkward. People are generally friendly.

    Cons

    Awkward place to be if you ever want to express differing opinions. Not an environment conducive to all types of learning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great co-workers, but upper management is irresponsible and prone to tantrums

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fire Alarm Technician in Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Fire Alarm Technician in Provo, UT

    I have been working at Brigham Young University (BYU) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with clean-cut people with generally high morals. Opportunity for self and spouse to take classes for free.

    Cons

    Upper management individuals push their personal agendas and play favorites. Hard to see such waste and misappropriation of funds. Upper management often behaves childishly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forget about yourself and think about what is best for your employees, the students, and the university as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I worked in public relations.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Provo, UT

    I worked at Brigham Young University (BYU) part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really liked that there was a lot of flexibility. I basically made my own hours and no one cared as long as I got the work done. This was a very attractive trait to me of this workplace. I also thought I was paid well for what my work entailed. Since I am Mormon, I appreciated the general understanding BYU had of my religious beliefs and respect of my personal religious standards of behavior.

    Cons

    The worst thing about working for BYU is the very conservative work and religious policies. Sometimes these policies are just plain annoying and hard to work with. I am a practicing Mormon and believe in my religion, but I still felt very frustrated at times with the policies because I felt like they were somewhat intrusive into my daily life and decisions. Mainly, it was fear of Honor Code repercussions when I knew I had done nothing wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce the Honor Code in a reasonable manner: if it honestly doesn't matter, be chill about it. If it does matter, enforce! Main problem working here is the stress of the Honor Code and BYU's inconsistencies in enforcement of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Accountant in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    good people, learning experience, great people, diversity

    Cons

    low salary, personally don't like the weather, many meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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