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California Lutheran University Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
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  1.  

    Colleagues are nice and energetic.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at California Lutheran University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You will not feel stressful and colleagues are always helpful.

    Cons

    If your work is about general process, be careful of the entire process might be not complete.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Started out good but ended up lousy

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    Current Contractor - Faculty
    Current Contractor - Faculty

    I have been working at California Lutheran University as a contractor

    Pros

    The pros are that most of the CLU employees are friendly and helpful while there are several employees that need to retire and are lazy.
    Beautiful campus and friendly students.

    Cons

    Where do I start. First of all, CLU is a Division III sports school and they act and operate like they are Division I giving preference to athlete students in classes.
    They are really running a good marketing ploy to attract students showing how "diverse they are, etc, etc".
    In our dept. they have people teaching who haven't been relevant in 30 years and they turn the students out on the streets with $250K in student loans with nothing to show. Most of the graduating seniors are panicked about jobs because they feel prepared for the real which is justified.
    They pass the buck and tell them to go to grad school which is ludicrous in most of the departments they have.
    I foresee schools like this dying out as employment numbers getting worse.
    The Academic system is broken. This is a school masquerading as a prominent school but in reality the departments that are mostly popular aren't worth anything particularly the ridiculously expensive tuition. You're better off at a State College.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting money on sports programs where very few athletes go to any professional sports teams and focus on real education that people can use with RELEVANT faculty.
    Drop the phony marketing slogans all over campus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low Salaries Poor Benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Lutheran University

    Pros

    Relaxed, flexible working environment, friendly staff and faculty, beautiful campus. Cost of living raise almost yearly.

    Cons

    Salaries have always been under par for this institution, but that use to be offset by the stellar benefits package provided to employees. That is no longer the case and the benefits at this employer are steadily eroding away.

    Tuition use to be covered 100% for the first class and that was dropped to 80%.

    PPO insurance use to be included for employees for $0.00, then ~$12, then ~$30 and now its over $400 a month. To add a little insult to that financial injury, the deductibles, co-pays and out of pocket maximums also went up by several hundred percentage points as well. If that wasn't enough of a slap to the face, this was all implemented in the middle of the year (June). In case you are wondering if your previously met deductible would apply to your new 300% increased deductible, the answer from HR was "we don't know."

    This institution does not give merit raises, only cost of living and if you think your cost of living raise is going to reflect the 500% increases your seeing as your benefits evaporate, thank again. You can expect about 1-2%.

    No Promotions. Most of the higher paying positions at this institution are dead end jobs. You will sit at the same desk, in the same position doing the same thing for the duration of your tenure. You will be rewarded with a previously mentioned cost of living raise each year regardless of your performance. Its not that they don't want to hire from within, there just arn't any jobs to get promoted to. If you do managed to get promoted, they usually makeup a new position to promote you too so your job title will change, but your daily activity will not.

    Zero Accountability. I have never seen blame passed or responsibly skirted like I have at this institution. Just blew $100,000 on a project everyone knew was going nowhere? No Problem! We will give you another $100,000 to waste next year. Failed to complete a task assigned to you, no worries, we will just pass it along to the next person until we run out of people at which point we will just contract it out.

    No Project Management. How better to hide the lack of productivity by not tracking what people are doing! There is no way anyone will ever know who is not doing what because no one tracks what is being done or how long it took. There is no billing issue here because there is no client, but it makes you think; How exactly is management suppose to do their job effectively if they have no idea what you or your co-workers are actually doing?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen to their employees and they don't want to change, so this field is useless. If you happen to land a job there, get your free masters and quit ASAP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    CLU Departmental Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Lutheran University

    Pros

    Great teachers to work with, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Low pay and the hours aren't very consistent.

    Recommends
  6.  

    As an intern for the Community Service Center it was a great position to gain work experience while studying.

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    Former Intern - Community Service Center in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Intern - Community Service Center in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at California Lutheran University as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Student Life staff and especially the Community Service staff are creative, driven and passionate students. That environment positively impacted work ethic and quality. Also, hours per week balanced great with class schedule.

    Cons

    As an intern, no chance of promotion or benefits. To be expected as a student of the university as well as having such a small number of staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to ensure intern's awareness of topics and issues that are being handled i.e. fair trade, environmental sustainability, service trips abroad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Beautiful campus

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Faculty in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at California Lutheran University part-time (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 ManagementAdvice

    Need to boost the level of learning to make CLU competitive with other campuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Awesome, close-knit community.

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    Former Intern - Student Marketing Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Intern - Student Marketing Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at California Lutheran University as an intern (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 ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    CLU has been a positive environment to work, and has been open to flexible scheduling.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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