I have been working at California Lutheran University full-time
Pros – Beautiful campus and weather. Benefits are decent and people are generally friendly. Atmosphere is not too stressful. There are efforts in place to try to improve shortcomings in salaries, HR responsiveness, and other functional areas. They have made a decent effort to improve salaries and make them more competitive.
Cons – 1) They don't get rid of slackers. The number one reason people leave is because they're tired of being overworked and keeping their areas afloat while slackers complain, do little, and get away with it.
2) Preference is giving to the enrollment and marketing department. Ideas that come from enrollment and marketing are must be adopted by the rest of the administration with little to no collaboration.
3) Financial executive management is scruge-like. Everything is judged in dollars and cents with little understanding that not everything that contributes to the value and growth of a University is monetarily quantifiable.
4) The institution is backwards in some ways.
- For example, in some lots, commuting students can park where staff park and so staff need to compete for parking with students.
- Tuition remission discount is the same for an employee whether they've worked for the school for 1 year or 10 years... doesn't matter. This doesn't help loyalty and makes it easy for people to jet in to get a cheap degree and then leave.
- No common sense to which buildings get updated first. Enrollment building, facilities building (which public doesn't see) where both updated years ago while the Administration building (where President's office is), the Business Office (where almost everyone must go), and Public Safety remain almost as they were originally built decades ago. (They are finally updating HR.)
5) Little to no encouragement for new ideas. Many higher-ed institutions value input from employees by either establishing an employee improvement committee, or placing a suggestions box by which employees can offer ideas for improvement. CLU doesn't have that.
Advice to Senior Management – 1) Stop taking the hard working employees for granted and make an effort to recognize them, value them, and promote them.
2) Get rid of slackers and those who whine but do little work.
3) Provide employees with real voice in how the university is run, and listen to and adopt employee ideas.
4) Allow employees to significantly contribute to the strategic plan and provide feedback and transparency for how you are doing that.
5) Stop favoring some areas with plenty of resources while overworking other areas that are desperate need of additional employees.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2013-04-27 10:40 PDT
I worked at California Lutheran University part-time for more than a year
Pros – Beautiful and small campus, very ethical, good programs
Cons – Night students not eager to do the work, they are after the grade, administration supports that to keep enrollment up. Administration tells professors to be easy on students and assignments
Advice to Senior Management – Need to boost the level of learning to make CLU competitive with other campuses
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-07-09 09:16 PDT
I worked at California Lutheran University as an intern for more than 3 years
Pros – There's good communication between student workers and supervisors. Also, being a student, supervisors are very understanding.
Cons – Cant really think of anything important. Sometimes, depending on what job you have, it can get a little mundane... but that can be any job.
Advice to Senior Management – keep it up
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2012-09-24 12:20 PDT
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I have been working at California Lutheran University
Pros – care about people, relaxed atmosphere, enjoyable coworkers, beautiful campus, opportunity to help students directly, variety of type of work keeps things interesting
Cons – unclear policies regarding reviews, promotions, bonuses, etc.; slow process when changing procedures that desperately need changing/updating to reflect current needs; not very responsive to OSHA in regards to ergonomic workspaces
Advice to Senior Management – If the university had an organizational chart available online to staff and faculty, it would make it easier to understand the structure of the university. Many businesses have these, and they help everyone understand how they fit in to the overall picture.
2011-11-16 00:40 PST
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