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Capella University Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
100 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Reasonable work life balance, at least by corporate America standards (in 7 reviews)

  • Some employees are given the opportunity to work from home either full time or one or more days a week (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Role of advising transitioned from being an advisor to working in call center (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Capella University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free education. Supportive and encouraging environment. Great culture with friendly people. Bagel Friday. Company events and perks. Quarterly team building activities.

    Cons

    Top down leadership. Leaders not understanding the actual needs and implementing tedious tracking strategies. Call center environment for an Academic Advisor job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micromanagement through call center tools does not make a better Academic Advisor. Shadow the Academic Advisors and Enrollment Counselors. See, hear and live the end to end process yourself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Capella University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Intelligent people
    Fun atmosphere
    Technology company
    Great location

    Cons

    Compensation was too slow to catch up to market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, relaxed management that trusts you to do your job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Relaxed culture, great location, great pay, bagel Friday

    Cons

    Maybe too relaxed. I am learning a lot and doing work I'm proud of but I have some very boring weeks when I have no work to do. Fairly high turnover, but I guess I also no many people who have been there a decade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I liked the round table meetings Kevin Gilligan did. I think mgmt needs to keep making sure employees understand the strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Part-Time Faculty

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Capella University

    Pros

    Clear communication and online technology.

    Cons

    Being offsite presents new challenges.

  6.  

    It is a FOR PROFIT university degree mill of the worst kind!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty

    I worked at Capella University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Students, mission (if they were honest), writing tutor who was in the School of Education, can finish very quickly, and has residencies to inform you exactly how to write a dissertation. These pros can be viewed as cons for the hard-working student who holds high standards.

    Cons

    Salary is the worst of all online faculty positions. Admission criteria absent yet they do not help the at risk student. Allows students to take too many courses during one session. Standards are low once student is accepted. Expects uncompensated faculty training and that faculty will engage in grade inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Obtain a new, highly qualified dean for the School of Education and a new President. Reported to the School of Education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    WORST SCHOOL EVER!! DO NOT GO TO CAPELLA!!

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    Former Employee - Guidance Counselor in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Guidance Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    You can just copy and Paste others work to turn in for credit.

    Cons

    Takes 7 years + to complete degree. They will not allow you to continue after 7 years and you get withdrawn. Degree is worthless. Costs $80,000 + for a worthless PHD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close your doors and give all students most of their money back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    No longer a good place to work, avoid IT, its a bad department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Capella University part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Capella use to be a good place to work. You were listen to, management was positive and trusted by employees. Capella is no longer what it once was. It is cut throat and negative. Many good people remain but there is simply to many people who are worried about their own political gains that getting the job done.

    Cons

    i would not recommend any one join the IT organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pushing BS and tell the truth. Fire people who need to be fired. Get back to the culture of innovation and community that produce good work and positive revenue of the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Love the culture, and fast moving innovative approach to Education

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great here at Capella

    Cons

    Career advancement can be slow moving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Consultants/Contractors Treated Well

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capella University as a contractor

    Pros

    Really smart people who care a lot. Realistic timelines and expectations. Contractors and consultants are treated as part of the team. Willing to try new things.

    Cons

    Depending on the department it can get pretty stereotypically "corporate". Sometimes slow to act with lots of people needing to be included.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trusting your leaders. Support them in removing unnecessary roadblocks.

  11.  

    Capella University was a great place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enrollment Counselor in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Enrollment Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Capella University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really cares for the Learners/Students.

    Cons

    Supervisors tend to micro-manage their team members.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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