Archdiocese of Louisville

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Archdiocese of Louisville Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
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    Wonderful work when you are young and have few commitments outside of career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Archdiocese of Louisville full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to spend more effort on teaching students instead of disciplining most of time.

    Cons

    The majority of students and parents are good, reasonable people. However, administration is concerned more and more with marketing to get butts in seats. Direction of educational institutions has become much more of a support network for students' various desires for elements previously done in home life. Parents, who are working hard to pay tuition, want schools to handle more of their children's emotional development than educational growth. Biggest drivers of increased tuition are non academic services!!

    THERE ARE THREE BLOATED AREAS BEHIND MAJOR COST INCREASES IN CATHOLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION:

    #1 FACILITIES: Building modern, attractive facilities for student extra curricular life that will keep kids happy enough not to change schools before graduation. Maintenance is essential. However, the bragging / marketing from upgrades is what often makes parents and students settle on one institution over another. Many parents claim it's all about the education. But, the without lovely campus, most families move on to prettier places for their kids to enjoy.

    #2 EVER GROWING STUDENT SERVICES: Many of which are attempting to fill in most of the areas that parents and families previously maintained. From food courts, more and specialized counseling services, medical services, coaching services, etc. -- schools that promise wellness and activities to intervene and / or entertain all of the student body get expensive.

    #3 ADMINISTRATION: Want to know where the bigger salaries are in Catholic Schools? Find administrators with growing numbers and / or sizes of offices and that's where the greatest drivers of cost increase exist. Administrators expand their reach by making promises which others must keep. This leads to the need for more clerical support staff and more costs. Would it not be interesting to have the yearly audits of St. Xavier, Trinity, Sacred Heart, Assumption, Mercy, Presentation and ALL CATHOLIC SCHOOLS be forced to PUBLISH THE ENTIRE SALARY and COMPENSATION PACKAGE OF EVERY SINGLE ADMINISTRATOR IN THE CITY??? Unless (during the average school day) you are strictly a full time teacher, clerical worker, IT staff, or facilities crew--- let the Catholic community of Louisville see what financial resources administrators consume from the pot! "Yes", many work hard for the money. But, doesn't the faculty and staff who have less pay than JCPS, tiny comparative retirement, and ZERO JOB SECURITY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The world is changing and we all must evolve with it. But, the foundations of a Catholic Education seem less and less about Catholicism nor education. There's really quite little reality developing between Catholic Schools and private preparatory schools. You can come up with some nifty bullet points and photo opportunities for your year around marketing. However, KCD and Collegiate are just somewhat more expensive, and perhaps a bit more elitist, "prep" schools. Faculty may keep their mouths shut when parents or administrators can hear (out of fear for reprisal), but they are well aware how resources get allocated and who's actually held responsible for most of student body's education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Losing ground by chasing numbers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Archdiocese of Louisville full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    When I began in the early 90s, a premium was placed on substance over style. Now, it's flipped! While most colleagues stayed very kind and helpful, those who moved into administration lost that virtue in practice. Other teachers and counselors continued to work with mutual support, respect, and fellowship.

    Cons

    Leadership has drawn dangerously close to marketing at all costs. They establish glitzy ad campaigns, constant efforts to be 'customer friendly' have led to a steady, and somewhat ruinous new cultural norm of pandering to the loudest parent or student, while administration positions itself on their side and suspect of the teacher before the facts of a situation are established. Promising an all attentive, constantly upgraded customized approach to address perceived desires of 'clientele'. Institutional trust now extends to allowing students to manipulate with little negative consequence while teachers are forced to spend greater volumes of time and energy trying to oh so diplomatically bring forth the truth. Teachers are imperfect, to be sure. However, the vast majority are dedicated professionals who give immense amounts of their lives to work with students (in and out of classroom). More and more, morale in private schools diminishes as teachers are placed in positions where they are forced to 'dumb down' curriculum, minimize student effort, and extol those same students as scholars. Any teacher who wants to keep their livelihood knows that they have no tenure, no union, no real meaningful job security of any type-- so they roll over ethically, put on a big smile, and spend more effort trying to entertain the masses than educate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promising the moon to parents whose teens have reached high school without learning to do homework would be laughable if it were not the default procedure. Whatever it takes to bring 'em in the door and keep tuition dollars pumping, sports and extra curricular activities as the prime drivers for public support- then, rinse, repeat, and develop even more non teaching roles (with salaries) to perpetuate the system. Marketing is great until it becomes the true master in a Catholic High School. We can't run the places on a corporate model, without corporate compensation, and then demand all plaster on a happy face in order to keep their jobs. Faith, family, and education are the top priorities that must be reinvigorated. A compassionate, sincere, Christian educational environment is not possible if the those pursuits are constantly at the mercy of a Macy's mentality. We're better than that. God help us. We had better be.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Great company but needs more diversity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Archdiocese of Louisville full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package for employees. Provided many opportunities to develop skills and gain experience.

    Cons

    Little diversity within the organziation. The organization as a whole can benefit from diversity sensitivity training. Not much opportunity to advance and annual compensation increases are small. Worked lots of overtime as a salaried employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Maintain facilities all over their properties.

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Assistant in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Maintenance Assistant in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Archdiocese of Louisville full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Environment, people, and fun place to work.

    Cons

    Low pay scale and no respect for their workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more to the important workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    The Archdiocese of Louisville is a disappointing school system.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Teacher in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Archdiocese of Louisville

    Pros

    The best part about working at a school in the Archdiocese of Louisville is having a good community of coworkers. We help each other get through all of the ridiculous situations that arise that the Administration should take care of, but doesn't. We are a team.

    Cons

    The school where I teach has an awful administrative team. The teachers have unrealistic expectations thrust upon them, there is a huge sense of entitlement among families, and the administration puts little or no responsibilities on parents and students, making it very difficult for teachers to do a good job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more teacher input on policies before they are put in place, spend more time in the schools and interacting with students and teachers, and research more current education trends and statistics to keep the school system up to date.

    Doesn't Recommend

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