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Georgetown University Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
182 Reviews

3.7
182 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Not as great a place as it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    A lot of smart people

    Cons

    HUGE financial constraints that are wearing people down

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

    The Administration at Georgetown University needs help communicating.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    There is alot of job security but vertical promotion isn't likely since no one gets fired. This place provides alot of opportunity for networking. Also if you work long enough Georgetown will help with your tuition at Georgetown.

    Cons

    Promotions are not likely and there is a lot of red tape to achieve anything. Also most people don't stay long because after they're tuition is paid they move on to other opportunities. Which makes progress difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more autonomy they're smart.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great colleagues, excellent boss

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Director in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Working with Georgetown students is a pleasure: intelligent, motivated and enthusiastic.

    Cons

    Subpar benefits and salary freeze are non competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had an excellent experience with my manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, some dysfunction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Many supervisors are supportive and generally good people. People stay a long time. Great benefits. The stress isn't too bad.

    Cons

    Money is tight (maybe because the Medical Center keeps losing money?). Annual salary increases don't even match inflation. They tried to do away with raises completely a little while back, but caved after a big uproar. Some administrative offices are dysfunctional, either because they're understaffed or because their underpaid employees don't care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Tech in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great Culture. Every employee is valued. Excellent work-life balance!

    Cons

    Little training, often inexperienced middle-management. Very low salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be room for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Collegial coworkers, not much room to grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reference Librarian  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reference Librarian in Washington, DC

    Pros

    It's a good place to grow and lean on the Georgetown brand. People are generally very nice and there is a nice community theme throughout the university.

    Cons

    Not that many opportunities to get promoted and there are minimal merit/cost of living increases. You tend to get siloed into your department so it's not a good place if you want variety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more transparently and effectively. Pass on a vision and direction to strengthen middle managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A friendly place to work, but ultimately an isolating experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    IF you like Georgetown, then the location is great. You don't have to travel too far to get to Wisconsin and M St, and Glover Park actually has some good places to grab lunch on your break. The salary is quite competitive, especially for research assistants who are still in grad school. Since the economists who work there are also teaching or doing some research with Georgetown University, they're very open about helping you with your work and are willing to take the time to explain either how to calculate certain things, which software to use, or even how to set up your Excel sheet correctly if you're new.

    Cons

    As a person who enjoys a bit more liveliness, the office can be just a total downer. Everyone stays in their office the entire day and it's so quiet you can hear the air coming out of the vents. Not only that, but research assistants are put into a little nook in the middle of the floor with no windows, natural light, or connectivity. One of the desks just meets in the center where the walls are coming in, and if you suffer from claustrophobia you might freak out. Those who are there put their earbuds in all day and don't have much to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more of a push to create camaraderie among the staff. I know that a lot of them are introverts and it might not be there ideal situation to have to mingle, but it would create a more enjoyable workplace if we had a way to interact more and get out of our offices once in a while.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Assistant Director at Georgetown

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Work life balance is great; students are great

    Cons

    Very little professional development or long term growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees - do not treat them like cogs in a wheel but instead as important components of the university.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid-back atmosphere, nice people, but low salary and the evil, dreaded PTO (e.g., no sick leave)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC

    Pros

    People are nice and it's laid back

    Cons

    Wages are quite low and they offer no paid sick leave (just crappy PTO)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give paid sick leave. Every time my kids get sick or I have a doctor's appt. it's incredibly stressful because I have to choose between forcing my husband to stay home, not getting paid, or missing out on vacation. At another university where I worked I had 3 weeks vacation, all the holidays we have at Georgetown AND like 8 days sick leave/year. PTO is not consistent with an ethic of social justice and the Jesuit tradition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Satisfactory experience working for Georgetown University

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    It's a friendly and relatively easy-going work environment.

    Cons

    Not many long term career paths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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