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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Orange Beach, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Orange Beach, AL

    I have been working at Columbia Southern University full-time (Less than a year)

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    It's always a joy to come to work and interact with such knowledgeable people and great staff.


    It takes a year to accumulate vacation time.

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    Act on issues quickly and don't let them be overlooked.

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    Anonymous Employee in Orange Beach, AL
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    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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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Additional Info

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, organizational... More

Mission: The mission of Columbia Southern University is to change lives through education by offering affordable, flexible, quality academic opportunities and extraordinary... More

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