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    Current Employee - A Long-time Employee in Orange Beach, AL
    Current Employee - A Long-time Employee in Orange Beach, AL
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    I have been working at Columbia Southern University full-time (More than 8 years)


    Exceptionally clean work environment - buildings and grounds are well-maintained; Staff are provided better-than-average computer equipment, including dual monitors and up-to-date software to perform job functions; assigned individual cubicles (not shared with other employees); free unlimited coffee and filtered water; five fully-equipped break rooms including an expansive vending machine/convenience store option for breaks/lunchtime; generous vacation, personal time, paid birthday off and paid holidays, as well as additional paid days during Thanksgiving and Christmas.


    Nothing against the company itself but some staff (including members of the management team) are not appreciative of the benefits that CSU provides because they are from what I call the "entitlement age". They often feel that they are entitled to be treated like Kings and Queens, even though they have only been in the workforce for a short period of time. This causes strife within departments and it's difficult to maintain a positive attitude with all the complaining going on over unimportant issues. People should be happy they have a job that pays decent wages and if they are not happy, they should move on to another company.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out those who are spending more time complaining than working, instead of moving them to another department to continue their pattern of childish behavior. Stop rewarding hourly staff for perfect attendance - which should be expected of them anyway - and instead provide additional compensation for those of us who are going over and above our position expectations.

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    Corporate Outreach Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Orange Beach, AL
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Columbia Southern University (Orange Beach, AL) in December 2014.


    I applied for the position in November 2014. I was contacted in early December for an interview. The interview went very well (or so I thought). It was an interview with three individuals, including an HR recruiter, the Corporate Outreach supervisor, and a Corporate Outreach representative. The interview was about an hour long. I was told that the position would not start until January because of the upcoming holidays, and that I would hear back sometime then. I immediately sent out my thank you letters and a week after my interview I received an email saying the position had been closed. I contacted the HR recruiter that was present at my interview, since she advised me to contact her with any questions I may have. When I asked her if the position was permanently closed or they had decided to hire someone else, she simply responded, "The position has been closed," with no detailed information. Fine. First week of February, I notice the position had opened up again. I was still very interested in the position so I went ahead and sent an email to the HR Recruiter, asking if I should resubmit an application or if my previous application would be considered. After two days of not hearing back, I decided on my own to resubmit my application. Early March I was sent one of those generic emails thanking me for my application, but they were pursuing other candidates, etc. This really soured my entire experience with Columbia Southern. I had such a pleasant interview and genuinely liked everyone but it was so unprofessional for the HR Recruiter to not have the common courtesy to return my email. All she had to say was that I was not what they were looking for. I found it so ironic that I applied to a position where communication was key, and yet, there was a complete lack of communication when it came to my application. I hope others have a better experience than I did.

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Headquarters Orange Beach, AL
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1993
Type Company - Private
Industry Education
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

One of the nation’s first completely online universities, Columbia Southern University was established to meet the demand for alternatives to the traditional university experience. All degree programs are offered completely online. Associate, bachelor's and master's programs are available in a variety of fields including fire science, criminal justice ... More

Mission: The mission of Columbia Southern University is to change lives through education by offering affordable, flexible, quality academic opportunities and extraordinary service enabling adults to maximize their professional and personal potential, and serve the communities in which they live and work.

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