California Lutheran University

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California Lutheran University Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
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    As an intern for the Community Service Center it was a great position to gain work experience while studying.

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

    I worked at California Lutheran University as an intern for 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
  2.  

    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 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 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
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  5.  

    Awesome, close-knit community.

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
  6. 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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