Georgetown University
3.6 of 5 152 reviews
www.georgetown.edu Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

Georgetown University Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Mar 16, 2014
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3.7 97 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

Georgetown University President and Director Jack DeGioia

Jack DeGioia

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A friendly place to work, but ultimately an isolating experience

Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Georgetown University part-time for less than a year

ProsIF 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.

ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Assistant Director (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsWork life balance is great; students are great

ConsVery little professional development or long term growth opportunities

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Satisfactory experience working for Georgetown University

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

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

ConsNot many long term career paths.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Program Coordinator (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Georgetown University part-time for more than a year

ProsPeople are nice and it's laid back

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

Advice to Senior ManagementGive 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I had some of my very best work experience and career opportunities at Georgetown University.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Georgetown University full-time for more than 8 years

Prosexcellent academic and scholarly atmosphere.
lots of diversity in workforce
great dining and entertainment facilities in close proximity (neighborhood)
prestige and international reputation of the institution

Consrush-hour traffic of daily commute: no metro accessibility!
not sufficiently cutting edge in the IT technology
lots of crowded office space on-campus
high employment turnover rate in mid to upper management

Advice to Senior Managementkeep lobbying for better public transporation
no more new building construction on campus
more professional development opportunities for mid-level management

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

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Totally adequate early career position

Assistant Director (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for more than a year

ProsReasonable hours
Fantastic Benefits - especially tuition
Some unique access to interesting speakers and events

ConsComplex, slow moving bureaucracy
Intensely political intra and inter-office relationships
Poorly defined career tracks and limited opportunities for advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop the quality and responsiveness of "support functions" especially in finance and human resources.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work, but could be better

Associate Director (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

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

ProsLower stress than private sector, flexible schedules

ConsHighly bureaucratic, staff are not as valued as faculty, compensation is very low relative to other orgs.

Advice to Senior ManagementValue your staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Development Assistant (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for less than a year

Pros- pay is relatively high for an entry level job

- lots of opportunity for advancement

- good benefits (health insurance, retirement, tuition)

Cons- very old school

- hierarchical organization

- cubical farm

- on on the actual campus - felt very removed from the college setting

Advice to Senior Managementbecome more progressive

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Opportunities abound if you're willing to wait.

Advancement Employee (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

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

Pros-Free tuition to a top university after working for a year (pending acceptance of course), including certification courses.
-Perks and discounts to local businesses available for university employees.
-Historic neighborhood.

Cons-Pay is low compared to what you could get from similar universities or non-profit organizations and management doesn't give raises liberally.
-Favoritism and preference is always given to alumni or current students. Experienced candidates are frequently passed over in favor of new GU grads to help drive up the school's placement statistics.
-It takes an awful lot to get fired.

Advice to Senior Management-Start hiring and promoting qualified people, even if they're not GU grads.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Accountant (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Georgetown University part-time for less than a year

ProsRelaxed environment , nice people to work with

ConsSalary is below average , not learning new things

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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