Capella University Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Reasonable work life balance, at least by corporate America standards (in 9 reviews)

  • Relaxed culture, great location, great pay, bagel Friday (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Call center environment for an Academic Advisor job (in 6 reviews)

  • Benefits are limited and opportunities for full time employment are not often available (in 4 reviews)

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  1. This was a good company with good people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capella University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly people, good environment, very gay-friendly, and a lot of people who've been there a long time or have come back repeatedly.

    Cons

    It's changed a lot over the many years I've been coming and going as a contractor. They may be having some growing pains but I don't have a global enough perspective to say for sure.

  2. Great environment with experienced coworkers and excellent attitudes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capella University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture
    Friendly atmosphere
    Great business strategy
    No drama

    Cons

    Development requires having inside knowledge of the correct decision makers for hiring and career progression.

  3. Good first corporate job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate

    I have been working at Capella University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people are awesome for the most part, and I found the pay to be right in line with market rate.

    Cons

    Typical corporate hierarchy can be headache inducing, plus as a publicly traded company I worry about too much short-term focus for the sake of pleasing investors getting in the way of plans that would be longer term prosperous.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful of managers who see a lot of turnover on their teams. Even if they get results, driving away talented people will hurt the bottom line sooner or later.

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  5. Fantastic company to work for in Minneapolis. The culture is top-notch and Bagel Friday is the best.

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    Former Employee - Chat Support Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Chat Support Representative in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Capella University full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome culture, great people, and Bagel Friday!

    Cons

    As a temporary employee, our training was limited. This made it difficult to perform at a maximum level at all times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and never get rid of Bagel Friday.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great people but not an environment that fosters innovation

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    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Capella University full-time

    Pros

    Capella is dedicated to supporting its learners. The people care about the quality of the degrees they provide. Great work/life balance. Friendly and helpful co-workers.

    Cons

    Although leaders are open to hearing ideas for positive change, the organization is very operationally-driven which makes it hard to innovate.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't want to miss new growth opportunities, give strategic employees the power and resources to try new things.

  7. Being a student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capella University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Helpful, willing to go the extra mile to assist you

    Cons

    Online , you can't setup notifications about certain events

    Advice to Management

    More seminars

  8. Definitely positive!

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Capella University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Love working here! Great culture, challenging, and lots of opportunity for growth. I enjoy going to work every day.

    Cons

    Some challenges in my position include a diversity of responsibilities- I need to stay very organized and prioritize well.

  9. Great culture,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Capella University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture! My coworkers are wonderful. Our group is hard working, but knows how to have fun.
    Good location. Being in the heart of Minneapolis makes this a great location to work no matter what your location due to abundant Public Transportation. The downside..there's no lack of coffee shops and restaurants in the skyways so you may find yourself going out more often than not.
    Flexible schedule. Capella offers the opportunity to work remotely which has been great for our group. Most people do tend to come into the office between 7:30 and 8:30, but they are definitely flexible and you can come in around 9 instead if you work more productively later in the day. It shows they care more about the productivity they'll get out of their employees rather than strict traditional hours.

    Cons

    Not very competitive salaries. In my experience so far, salary negotiation doesn't do much, and average salaries are definitely below the area average.
    Hires and Promotes from within. Typically positions are filled by internal employees. I don't see new people brought in too often.

    Advice to Management

    Work on providing competitive compensation. Even though the culture is great, when people have financial obligations sometimes they have to consider salary more than culture.
    Maintain your great flexible schedule!
    Hire from outside the organization as well. It may bring some new, fresh ideas into the organization.

  10. Financia Aid Administration

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FA Administration in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - FA Administration in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Capella University full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love helping students with adjusting their awards.

    Cons

    None. I like helping students with their awards.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone here is friendly and helpful.

  11. Co-workers are great, but management lacks leadership

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator

    I worked at Capella University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good co-workers
    Good work/life balance
    Work from home options were available
    Nice facilities
    No repercussions when quitting after maternity leave

    Cons

    Low pay when compared to other local employers for same job
    Few Advancement opportunities
    No Management support
    Under performing employees were not managed.
    Raises were low, and were evenly distributed for both high and low performers, so raises are not performance based.
    Micromanagement

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable and reward on performance
    Better top down communication
    Fire, or manage under performing employees

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