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Campus Advantage Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
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  1.  

    Great Entry Level Job, But Don't Expect To Go Far After That

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Held Various Positions
    Former Employee - Held Various Positions

    I worked at Campus Advantage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gained a lot of experience
    Given a lot of opportunities to prove my worth
    They are invested in making sure staff is well trained
    Camaraderie is strong with a lot of the employees
    Great benefits package
    Fun environment to work in
    Overall great resume builder for starting your career

    Cons

    Lack of HR
    Complaints are not taken seriously
    Slim chance of advancement unless the Recruiting Manager (for Corporate)/Hiring Manager (for On Site) is your friend
    Major issues i.e. harassment or being short staffed, are swept under the rug while traffic numbers are cause for corporate staff to call
    Overall communication is lackluster and if you do your job well you'll get more responsibilities, but not the advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish that the exec staff could see what was happening in between the site staff and the corporate staff for that is where there appears to be a break down in communication. One of the lines they feed you is, "From CA (Community Assistant) to CEO" yet when there is an opportunity to promote from within they are met by a road block. A lot of great talent ends up leaving CA because it has become a well known fact that you can't grow within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A collection of college graduates playing corporate.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Community Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Campus Advantage part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great part-time gig for college students. Although busy work as a community assistant may result in exponential brain drain over time, the lack of serious personnel management allows you to circumvent their oversight. This means lots of opportunities to work on your homework/projects with ease.

    Cons

    Human resources is non-existant; you can expect your achievements and accolades to be quickly forgotten when Campus Advantage requires a higher level employee. Culture at this company prefers to hire from the outside when management positions open up and maintain their low-level employees happy and cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire up from within. Develop a retention program and improve your employee-employer relationships. Actually use your employee surveys as a tool rather than a chore. Provide your employees with skills. Develop a training regiment that doesn't revolve completely around computer-based learning. Train the trainer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Campus Advantage

    Pros

    The people are awesome and great to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes stressful due to the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More property level one on one training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Campus Advantage property bookkeeper/account manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Campus Advantage

    Pros

    Very fun work environment, lots of young people in and out of the office, you are most likely working in a college town making it ideal for students or recent graduates.

    Cons

    You are in a college town

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Senior Mnanagement!! Stay Away!!1

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - General Manager in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Campus Advantage full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary and you college staff make the office environment a little more entertaining.

    Cons

    Not organized, no confidentiality, HR/senior management shows no support to on-site staff. You cannot trust any of the VP's and corporate management with confidential information,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your on-site managers...you pay them for a reason. Senior management needs to get a clue, they have no idea whats going on at the site level. Also, senior management needs to be honest with owners about the reality of some the properties. VP's and corporate management do not communicate effectively before providing information to the sites, which causes issues for general managers. The only decent thing about this company is your salary but you will work for every last dime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    STAY AWAY!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Campus Advantage full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    compensation is decent for properties that owned, good room for advancement

    Cons

    This is a terrible company to work for. They lose management deals left and right and do nothing to keep their valuable employees. Great that they promote, but they promote incompetent and shady people to regional positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting ghetto, uninformed people to upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere. Consider going food stamps first before applying here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Campus Advantage full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No micromanagement. Fast paced.

    Cons

    Leadership is poor. HR is not on your side and incredibly unprofessional. You'll hear things you should not know during hallway conversations. They keep management roles who have known the senior leadership for years (personally) or the people who have lax moral code and do not question the low standard to which they do business. The staff is superb, but are a conveyor line. They do only what they know to do. Communication within the company is extremely bad.

    The CEO is so far in the dark, I'm surprised he hasn't walked into a wall. The leadership keep vital information from him because they screwed up in some capacity or another and while there are very smart people working in the senior leadership; they are back stabbing, and if you are not part of the boys club, forget it.

    If you are a female professional, you will not make it with this company. They fire all female leaders, from project leads to controller to vice presidents.

    Currently, they are getting rid of at least one person a week. You will last only about a year with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to your standard operating procedures. Matter-a-fact, create some. Senior leadership: You are no longer a start up, stop running the company by the seat of your pants.

    Take an interest in your employees, they are miserable- especially the core of your company- accounting. You are running off all the amazing talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Management in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Campus Advantage full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people work here but eventually they leave the company.

    Cons

    CEO is all about his lifestyle, a world traveler uses the business for that purpose and thinks that employees do not realize what he does, high turnover, backstabbing and CYA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO, we the hundreds of employees, see how you lead the company. CA has not seen any real growth more as presented to sources out there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employee confidentiality is not upheld at the corporate office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Accounting in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Campus Advantage full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Paid time off, Summer Fridays off

    Cons

    Confidential employee information (who is being fired, who is being written up, who is getting a bonus) is being leaked, before it is executed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out who has privy to employee confidential information, and who is gossiping at corporate and making it widely known who is next on the termination list or who is getting what increase or bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great people, Not so great leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at Campus Advantage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of the VPs in the company genuinely care for the people that report to them. The Regionals, are generally smart, helpful, and want to help you meet your goals even if that means you will end up leaving the company.

    The corporate team has some really wonderful and helpful members. You’ll get the sense that you are really on a team with them, as opposed to a property vs. corporate atmosphere. Over my tenure with the company there was amazing improvement in building this culture.

    If you work hard and make a name for yourself you will have plenty of opportunities to learn outside of your specific job description and will work with some of the nicest, most talented student housing professionals there are. Take the opportunities as they are given because what you learn will serve you well even after you leave CA.

    Cons

    The senior leadership is out of touch with both what happens at the properties and the fact that their managers are people with families and lives outside of work. There are multiple (unnecessary) levels of management, which requires double and triple reporting costing the on-site team valuable hours. If there is an organizational flow chart it hasn't been made available to the company, leaving a lot of confusion about who is in charge of what.

    If you want to be considered for advancement you absolutely must be willing to relocate to Austin, TX. Once you've reached the point where you have a partner, a home, potentially children, etc., it isn't as easy to move, especially if you have another person's career to consider. Moreover, many positions that come after on-site manager can be done remotely - and currently are being done remotely by other CA employees. This is an example of how the Senior Leadership has forgotten that the employees are more than just employees.

    As an aside, in the event you do elect to relocate for Campus Advantage it is essential that you get every detail of your relocation package in writing. Do not accept any verbal offers, and commit to nothing until it's in writing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there is going to be continued investment into Mojo/You Rock/morale building programs it is essential that Senior Leadership actually live by these philosophies. Otherwise, just stop doing them and accept the culture that you've created.

    Make it clear what the reporting chain looks like, both to the property level team and to the mid-level corporate management team.

    Your employees will be loyal to you when they feel you will be loyal in return. There has been significant turnover in the last 12-18 months that cannot all be attributed to the managers. At some point the senior leadership has to start asking what you can do to increase your retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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