Abilene Christian University

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Abilene Christian University Reviews

Updated June 11, 2014
Updated June 11, 2014
16 Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    ACU is very flexible with schedules and is always looking out for your best interest.
    Excellent leadership - everyone has a positive attitude and are always very understanding

    Cons

    One of the only cons working here is how difficult it is to move up in rank. It's all about connections and who you know. People who aren't very known have a hard time moving past the bottom level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The ability to move up and receive higher wages should not be so hard to achieve if you consistently do great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A special place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The ability to be in a christian environment & part of a mission that I believe in is a blessing. Overall employees, culture, mission, salary & benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Higher ed is in a transition and that is felt here as well. Faculty sometimes can have more of a negative & cynical view and that can be tiresome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have been in a season of change since Phil became President but I think the majority of us believe in the team he has established. We are here because we believe in ACU. Remind us we are on the same team & working for the same mission. Be bold. Lead us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I thank my university is great

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    Current Employee - Student Worker  in  Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Abilene, TX

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

    Pros

    They help you adjust to college life

    Cons

    The school is far from home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need more a schlorship program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolute Nightmare of an Institution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people that I work with are really nice and I do have some flexibility with my schedule. I have decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    I've been with the company for quite some time and with all that has happened here with senior leadership in the last couple of years I can't wait to find a new job and get out of here. The president lacks interpersonal skills and basic leadership skills, staff morale continues to be at an all-time low. HR should be avoided at all costs as they gossip and lack professionalism. The university claims that they are a "diverse" culture but it really isn't. All I can say, is keep your head down low, do your job, look for a job, don't tell anyone what you are doing, smile and fake your way through the day. There is no real "care" here--most people live in fear and in fear of being fired if they disagree with senior leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new HR department. While they may have their fancy certifications, this whole group lacks professionalism on many levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abilene Christian University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work! Very collaborative work environment. Leadership is always mindful that our work is about impacting and developing the lives of young adults.

    Cons

    Work-life balance was not always the best. However, because everyone is so excited about the mission it was never really an issue.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    If unstable is what you want...you will be guaranteed to get it here...

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    Current Employee - Employee  in  Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Employee in Abilene, TX

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are very friendly and want to to the right thing in the long run. The weather is great. This was a great place to work when it was doing the mobile learning initiative under the previous president. Growth happened and the campus environment was encouraging.

    Cons

    A previous commenter got it right: ACU is very inbred especially in the faculty and administration. If you don't go to the right church your voice won't be heard. Appears to not be friendly toward any type of minority group in staffing across campus regardless if faculty, staff, or administration. Concerned that ACU can't find diverse or attract people to come to West Texas. Those invited to campus for key positions tend to withdraw their application once invited to campus and are able to take a closer look. More concerned about Division 1 than about the mission of the university. Absolute burnout will happen here cause you will be worked to the bone. Budget cuts and more budget cuts. The campus environment is one of fear. Really poor communication by upper administration. Limited opportunities for any type of career advancement. Pay is low. Certain departments are very unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start respecting your faculty and staff. Trust the people that you hire to do their job. Appreciation goes a long way. Tell the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work With Great People

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    Former Employee - Student Worker  in  Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Abilene, TX

    I worked at Abilene Christian University as an intern for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Rarely do you work weekends
    Great people to work with

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the workers know how much they are needed and appreciated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the people, but atmosphere is unstable right now.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX

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

    Pros

    Close group of co-workers that value family. Education discount is very appealing as well as the quality of the university.

    Cons

    Due to a lot of changes and consolidating going on right now, the environment at ACU is unstable. In the long run, these changes will help the university, but as it stands right now, job security is shaky. No raises even with increases in workloads due to layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciation of work goes a long way. A LONG way. Show that your employees are valued by encouraging them regularly. The university is going through a transition, so encouraging words to reassure people is a good thing. Especially if money is tight and you can't reward for good work with a raise.

    However, base salary is becoming more and more of a strain. Also, pay attention when an entire department loses almost all of it's very talented employees. If salaries don't increase in staff and you lose employees that have excellent experience, you will be stuck with a lot of green workers and will take years to get back to the level of production you were at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Information Desk

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    Current Employee - Student Worker  in  Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Abilene, TX

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University

    Pros

    This job is fantastic! My boss is great and the work is very reasonable for a student worker position. The pay is phenomenal.

    Cons

    Sometimes the callers are ridiculous. You will get complaints that are not really your department. People will also distract you by coming by to chat.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you go to the right church and like West Texas, you might be okay.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Faculty  in  Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Faculty in Abilene, TX

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University

    Pros

    ACU was innovative for about 4 years beginning in 2007 when it jumped into using mobile/tablets for learning and worked at being leaders in the field of higher education.
    People are friendly and helpful on campus.
    Complete change over of upper administration in the last few years (Provost position has changed twice). Waiting to see if it will be good or bad.

    Cons

    Pay is about 20% below other universities for similar positions (cost of living in Abilene isn't 20% cheaper).
    In three of the last five years junior faculty and staff have been not renewed due to financial problems.
    If you're not part of the in-crowd or go to the right church, your voice will not be heard.
    Abilene is 2 1/2 hours from any other major city. Very isolated in culture and activities.
    Plan to give a yearly summary of your church activities (yes, they want to know what your doing at church. It is part of T&P requirements).
    Brain drain continues (as noted by an earlier post).
    English faculty have an unusual amount of say in campus direction and activities.
    Very inbred faculty. Majority of faculty and administration graduated from ACU.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The burden of years of poor financial planning is being laid on junior faculty and staff; those who can least afford it and are the most vulnerable.
    Stop the inbreeding! Hire more faculty and administrators who never attended ACU.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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