Bethel University Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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  1. Admissions Counselor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor - CAS in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor - CAS in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Bethel University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Bethel is an amazing place to work. Christian environment with great people all around. We work for a big and important mission of educating maturing adults to impact God's kingdom.

    Cons

    Sometimes working in a faith environment can make you complacent in your faith. Also, the academic setting is extremely slow to make change for the better.


  2. 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


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    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. 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


  6. Admissions Counselor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Bethel University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Bethel is very good to their employees. Within the admissions office there were countless individuals who were positive, kind, encouraging, and hard working. I always felt appreciated and valued within the admissions team.

    Cons

    My main concern with Bethel, both in the admissions office and the University at large, was the mild ignorance and naivety. I feel like it was usually by default and not in a vindictive manner, rather, they are just that way because it is all they have ever known. I would have liked them to be more open minded.

    Advice to Management

    I think the office needs to diversify a bit, not necessarily in ethnicity, but in world views.


  7. I do not recommend working for Bethel University.

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Faculty in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Bethel University full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Some great faculty, mission driven (mostly), good football team.

    Cons

    As a faculty (and most likely a staff member as well), you won't be hired by Bethel unless you meet their Christian faith requirements (which are very conservative). Very complicated (potentially impossible) place to work, especially if you are perceived as skeptical of leadership decisions. If you are a person of color, then this is a much, much more complicated (and potentially unfriendly) place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Not worth the effort.


  8. Big Problems with Diversity and Race Relations

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Relations in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Community Relations in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Bethel University holds true to their conservative, Christian, Evangelical core values. The St. Paul campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    The culture of the administrators and faculty is catered to Whites. Bethel has an office of diversity matters only to appease the minorities they attract through job solicitation. Once there, support and connections are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Be sincere in your engagement and stop using the legal system and $$$$ to shove the problem under the carpet. You are not ready for true diversity or accepting differences. Get rid of Vincent Peters.


  9. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Bethel University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great Work-Life Balance Great People Not too much bureaucracy

    Cons

    Low Compensation Not Much Room For Career Growth


  10. Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Bethel University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The community is unbeatable - working at Bethel has provided me with a sense of belonging and life-long friendships. Working in an institution where Christian beliefs are incorporated into higher education has been beneficial to me on many levels.

    Cons

    In comparison to other academic institutions, the salary is much lower.

    Advice to Management

    I have enjoyed working here!



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