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Union Institute and University Cincinnati, OH

Union Institute & University, a national, not for profit university offering Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degree programs for adult students, is… CareerBuilder


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    To which circle of hell does Union Institute & University belong?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Union Institute & University full-time

    Pros

    -The students are awesome, though it's hard not to feel sorry for them.
    -As they like to point out: Free parking!
    -35 hour workweek. This makes your pathetic salary seem better when looked at by the hour.
    -Does charitable things for the community (even though the employees end up paying for much of it by not getting raises for good work or matched retirement funds).
    -Everyone is in hell with you.

    Cons

    -The president is a blowhard who is afraid of change, logic, and critical thinking.
    -They may not be over-budget on paper, but that's because there are no retirement contributions, raises based on achievement, necessary employees, etc.
    -Everyone operates on a cover-your-ass approach.
    -The company cares more about making the students happy than doing what's actually good for them.
    -If someone can secure financial aid (mostly loans), they can get in to pretty much any program, which means that a lot of poor people are getting loans and paying through the nose for a degree that's about as respected (or less) than a U. of Phoenix degree. In particular, I always felt the university focused on black students, in particular. Union's students tended to be the students who couldn't get in elsewhere but could get loans. It always felt a bit racist to me, in that we saddled a lot of black people with huge loans. I realize that what I'm saying sounds racist, but that is because I'm talking about what I witnessed at this institution.
    -Everyone, even salaried folks, fill out timecards.
    -Everyone is incredibly over-worked, because the place is short-staffed.
    -We used to call HR the vortex of evil. "I'm going down to the vortex of evil." And that's supposed to be the warm-fuzzy department.
    -Employees are redistributed based on management decisions instead of jobs opening and internal applications. Oh, that might happen occasionally, but most of the time, jobs were opened internally by policy. The decision had usually been made.
    -The budget? No one who knows how to budget works at Union.
    -The building was a mess most of the time, except when the board or the national meeting was happening. Then, they cut off our toilets to water the plants and put air freshener everywhere.
    -When folks came in for the national meeting, they catered the meals to the faculty and staff. But staff who worked their asses off year-round were told to go get their food last and not to eat the snacks laid out for the guests (who were faculty, but really just fellow employees). It really made the employees realize how poorly they were treated the rest of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scrap the president. That'd be a good first start. Take the national faculty meeting as an opportunity to reward the year-round, on-site staff. If anything, they should be treated better than the folks coming in for a visit, who aren't guests. They're employees, just like the ones on the front lines.

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