Georgetown University Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
184 Reviews

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Pros
  • Decent benefits, work-life balance, opportunities for continuing education (in 15 reviews)

  • It's a friendly and relatively easy-going work environment (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary I got was enough, but not really comparable to what I would have made in my midwestern hometown when compared to cost of living (in 4 reviews)

  • Little training, often inexperienced middle-management (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Over ten years I've watched the once very special, collegiate quality of working in this community deteriorate.

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    Current Employee - Public Relations, Communications  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Relations, Communications in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good retirement package. And, yes, it still draws really great, gifted, and dedicated people who can be a real joy to work among. Why they seem much less likely to hire these peoople into jobs at the supervisor/administrator level is a puzzle.

    Cons

    Departments that should be keenly focused on providing good systems of service more often are so difficult to work with that it is a huge frustration to work with them--especially those involved with the smooth financial operation of business affairs--something you would expect a model operation at a school trying to promote a leading edge School of Business like McDonough.
    As has been written before, the administrative level makes decisions and policies that most often block rather than facilitate the organization's healthy growth into a 21st century management model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move into the 21st century. Learn how to work cooperatively with your departments/work groups. Don't just 'pan' a listening pose, but listen and implement. Recognize those who contribute to a healthy existence as a thriving organization are working in areas of the university that extend well beyond the classroom and ithis organizaton's continued positive growth requires a focus on stewarding the positive operation of all areas of this organization--a 'systems' thinking approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    hostile people racist long hours

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    Former Employee - Surgical Tech  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Surgical Tech in Washington, DC

    I worked at Georgetown University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    reputation for the institution location

    Cons

    theattitude and morale was low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be understanding

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

    demanding and not supportive to their employees

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    Former Employee - Research Specialist II  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Specialist II in Washington, DC

    I worked at Georgetown University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Like the content of my work.

    Cons

    The manager was micromanagement, very demanding ,taking other people's credit, publishing the paper without the people that really did the job.
    We are severely understaffed and she would trying to push you come on the weekend to do the work.
    Especially, if you are postdoc, weekend is the same as week day.
    The manager had lost more than 5 person in 4 years, with 2 less than 6 month, 2 less than one year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Georgetown Obstacles...

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    Current Employee - Technology Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technology Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is a prestigious institution and it's name carries weight out in the world. You can get a valuable Georgetown degree for free as well.

    Cons

    Benefits are bad. Rank and file employees are not respected and treated poorly. Leadership is arrogant and not strategic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your leadership paradigm. Respect the people that are getting it done on your behalf.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    unless you are tenured faculty, stay away from Georgetown.

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    Current Employee - Accountant III  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Accountant III in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Georgetown has great retirement benefits, they will match up to 7% by just allocating 3% of your salary to the plan. You are also eligible for free tuition after 1 year of work as long as you get into a program

    Cons

    Georgetown has a 2 class system of employees; those that have to follow rules and protocol (staff) and faculty who are allowed to be rude, break rules, and in some instances Georgetown will even cover when the law is broken by faculty members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees equally, publish the rules of the game (reimbursements, travel, professional behavior), and make one set of rules for everyone. Stop making decision on cost basis only and make more decisions based on value added.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I worked at Georgetown University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits. Decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Employees at Georgetown are underpaid, overworked, and the bureaucracy here is one of the worst I have ever experience in higher education. Although the name carries some weight, I did not find my experience here worth much for my career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I did not enjoy the experience with Residence Life at Georgetown.

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Georgetown University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Residence Life is always a good choice - engaging with residents, planning programs for them, being a resource for them, and watching them grow is great. The benefits are also great with Residence Life

    Cons

    The administration is very by-the-books - they do not make exceptions for anything, even when sometimes the exception would be in the best interest of both parties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should listen to their employees more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    typical higher ed organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible hours. This school is well-known in the region. Close to academic env, so very refershing and young.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability and organizational goals. Week management. Lack of professionalism. Personal favors. Bullying at work is a very serious problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more professional, open to outside world, and make it a more competetive place instead of a lame employer with employees who could not go anywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work if you don't mind poor management

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    Current Employee - Staff  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice college atmosphere, great opportunities to hear interesting speakers on campus. There are a lot of opportunities to do innovative work here.

    Cons

    The location in Georgetown is not always convenient. Management as a whole is pretty poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communications with employee's and a focus on training staff would greatly help. Overall management is not very effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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