Bethel University Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Doesn't give employees any reason to stay if they're not pursuing a degree

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    Current Employee - Security in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Security in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Bethel University full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Free tuition after 9 months of working there full time.

    Cons

    Low pay. Poor Benefits. Impossible to go anywhere unless you know somebody or have a PhD

  2. Helpful (1)

    Very tough experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bethel University full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Some people were nice but they were also judgmental

    Cons

    The administration didn't care one bit about me. They expected me to live on a near poverty level.

    Advice to Management

    Understand what it is like to make less than the new graduates

  3. Helpful (1)

    Bad Comedy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Bethel University full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Bethel like mentioned below does have some great people working there. The dining center is one of the best I have ever been at. The benefits are great here.

    Cons

    Lack of pay. Most people work at Bethel not for the pay but for a great work environment. Unfortunately that has changed and a ton of people have left Bethel. They are replaced with cheap and inefficient labor. The values of Bethel have gone downhill and hopefully they can right the ship. The department I work in is like a bad episode of seinfeld and I cannot wait to get out of Bethel like all of the others. The stuff that happens here is mind blowing.

    Advice to Management

    Like mentioned on another review senior management is clueless when it comes to what is happening under them. The covenant is not being followed and personally I think the work environment is pretty toxic. I saw a Bethel Employee drinking hard cider during a job one day. Very political place to work where favorites and nepotism reigns.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Disorganized Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bethel University full-time

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

    Pros

    There are some wonderful people here that would give you the shirt off there back to help you. The benefits here are wonderful.

    Cons

    This is not a organized place to work. So many people have left in the past year either by layoff, forced out, or decided the place is not worth working for and left. A lot of long term people even in senior management have left. If the people on top are leaving what does that say to those under them. It has gone from a family environment to one that I think is not covered under the covenant which not everyone follows at all

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be work on the environment of the organization and stick to the covenant you make everyone sign. If you walk away from the faith, Bethel has nothing to offer

  6. Helpful (1)

    great opportunities

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    Current Employee - Chef in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Chef in Arden Hills, MN

    I have been working at Bethel University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    leadership is experienced abd caring

    Cons

    stuck in a rut and need a fresh look

    Advice to Management

    use strengths not emotional attachments

  7. Bethel is a great University that sharpens students skills to be the most effective leaders of our day.

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    Former Employee - Delegate Team Member in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Delegate Team Member in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Bethel University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Christian environmnet, values, career connections, awesome faculty

    Cons

    Not everyone wants to abide by the covenant

  8. Great support, benefits, and work-life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Student Writer in Arden Hills, MN
    Former Intern - Student Writer in Arden Hills, MN

    I worked at Bethel University as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I was well-supported by my manager, there was a great work-life balance, and I held similar values as my fellow employees.

    Cons

    The salaries aren't great and there seems to be a lack of communication throughout several departments.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more focus on efficiency and task.

  9. Plus

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bethel University

    Pros

    Good faculty. This is a very supportive environment to students. They seek to allow students to flourish.

    Cons

    It was extremely expensive. However, I had over half of my tuition and housing covered by scholarships and minimal loans.

  10. Was a true joy to work with the Professor's, staff, and Faculty at BU. I raised close to 4 million for them in 4 years.

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Officer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Development Officer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Bethel University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The impact BU has on the training up men and Women is priceless.

    Cons

    Sadly they ran into financial problems and had to eliminate 55 job, very sad.

    Advice to Management

    I'm praying that they can pull out of the hardship they are now in.

  11. Helpful (1)

    An average provider of higher education with major fiscal challenges

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    Current Employee - Professor in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Professor in Arden Hills, MN

    I have been working at Bethel University full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The mix of academic employees includes some true visionaries capable of advancing teaching and scholarship in ways that could benefit students. The atmosphere is friendly and feels mostly safe for students.

    Cons

    The institutional culture is such that, in response to major financial challenges, Bethel has shown in recent years that it prefers to cut academic teachers while leaving secondary campus services untouched. Students will increasingly realize that they are paying for an inordinate amount of fluff and that the institution is moving in the direction of for-profit education.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some advisers who understand education and listen to them.

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