Argosy University Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Craig Swenson
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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits as compared to other schools (in 3 reviews)

  • Great people and everyone is always helpful (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Awful payroll practices at the campus level - borderline incompetent (in 4 reviews)

  • Constant change of policy and procedure (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Financial Aid Officer

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    Former Employee - FAO in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - FAO in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Argosy University (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Previous Manger was great to work for.

    Cons

    No room for advancement or opportunities

  2. High Pressure Sales

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The air conditioning worked well. There were benefits. And coffee. Sometimes people brought snacks. Not a lot I liked about this place, honeslty.

    Cons

    Pressured to sign people up for classes who are unlikely to succeed. Phones were on auto-dial. Graudation rate was very low, and yet sales pressure very high. I felt like I was making the world a worse place.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking advantage of students. Invest more in better instructors and curriculum and spend less on marketing. Lower the price of tuition so students aren't going hopelessly in debt for a useless degree.

  3. Adjunct experience

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Alameda, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Argosy University as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of my students were engaging and bright, and the staff I interacted with were all very pleasant. The campus itself is lovely.

    Cons

    Communication was not always clear and at times it seemed really quite disorganized. Not a great rate of compensation but that seems par for the course these days for adjuncts.

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  5. Admissions Rep

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. The leadership has changed over the years. We now have Levi, Tyler, Matt, and Travis. These guys are young, smart, and driven to make it a better place for everyone to work and students to succeed.

    Cons

    Some of the middle managers are still caught between the new way and the old way

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on what is important and never stop putting the students first. I can see a shift on the horizon and I like what I am seeing.

  6. Not what you Expect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance. You aren't required to come in on weekends.

    Cons

    You live in fear that you could be fired at any moment. Stressful environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible if someone makes a mistake because one slip up doesn't mean a person does it everytime.

  7. School

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Online Classroom has good programs

    Cons

    The representative called excessively five time in one day.

  8. Good launching pad into something else

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with for the most part - kind of a cliquey environment. Rate at which PTO is earned is nice, 25 days at 8 years.

    Cons

    No communication. It kind of feels like if the lights went out they still wouldn't tell you that they are out - totally vague.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate - get your employees more involved decision making process. Or at the very least tell them what's going on.

  9. Admissions Representative

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing Bennefits as well as amazing co-workers. Yep- that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    telemarketing job. Managers are always on a power trip. Everything but an admissions representative, sales job (selling school). Repeatedly calling individuals who told another AR to put them on the do not call list. Almost all of the people you talk to just want job so they can pay bills, NOT take out student loans they will never be able to pay back. The practicality of half of the students getting a degree is horrible. I'm not sure how this "institution" is accreted. Classes are so simple and such a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Assist AR's a lot more. Get off your power trips. Upper management should do an observation of lower management and see how unpraductive they are. Micromanagement at its finest.

  10. Not at all positive

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Argosy University part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly staff and decent benefits. Hours were fairly predictable (i.e., no extra hours, or weekends) and therefore allowed for life outside of work.

    Cons

    High stress and burnout. Some days better than others.A times it appeared that there were conflicting directives to employees, which lead to a sense of fear and insecurity. We were expected to "sell" prospective students on the benefits of attending Argosy, DC (which is actually located in Arlington, VA) at "any cost". Thus, if our recruitment numbers did not meet our sales goals, we were lectured about potential consequences. The position very quickly became one of fear of reprisal, job insecurity, high stress, and burnout. To say that our recruitment tactics to prospective students was disingenuous is an understatement. I feel a tremendous amount of guilt about the students that I helped recruit.

    Advice to Management

    It is important to value your staff and students and treat all with the respect they deserve. It is also a good idea not to frequently change rules, procedures, etc, without advanced notification and proper training. Thus, this type of organizational management - inconsistent - leads to poor morale, loss of a sense of security, fear of reprisal, and burnout and a feeling that it is time to leave.

  11. Instructor

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    Current Contractor - Instructor
    Current Contractor - Instructor

    I have been working at Argosy University as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Range of work and experience is good.

    Cons

    Marketing Structure in process, could get better.

    Advice to Management

    Marketing Structure

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