Cardinal Stritch University

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Cardinal Stritch University Reviews

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent Values Based Workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardinal Stritch University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stritch truly lives its values and provides educational opportunities in an open and accessible fashion.

    Cons

    Due to the amount change required to maintain relevance in the highly competitive Milwaukee higher education market, the workload is quite high across the board. However, this work is paying off as improved operations and performance are evident.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve the operations of the institution through the implementation of the strategic plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Awesome until leadership change in CBM, Enrollment and student services

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Stritch University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Staff and many faculty mission driven and student focused. Presence and involvement of priests and religious positive impact.

    Cons

    Long term administrators have self serving agendas that sabotage every President hired in last six years and have added unnecessary cost and waste of resources. Recent hire at senior administrative level will add to the dysfunction of leadership given history of events at prior institutions the individual worked. If you like drama at the leadership level this will be the place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    The times they are a changing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Stritch University for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The professors are caring people who really value ensuring that students receive a quality education.

    Cons

    The university seems to have lost the focus of their mission. They are cutting funding to programs yet increasing costs to the students. Moving into a system that is all adjunct and little tenured faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the mission statement and realign current realities to it. The input of faculty seems lost as well as the belief system, and rather than focussing on instruction your are focussed on accreditation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Fulfilling but frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Stritch University

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, small class sizes, great co-workers

    Cons

    Extreme budgetary issues, absurd choices by management in setting goals and directions, poor choices in choosing management and supervision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start by reading the management textbooks that you claim to teach; management by fiat doesn't work well in an academic atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Good environment to work and good people

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Stritch University full-time

    Pros

    The best reasons to work here is to be around the future business people etc. Having constant access to them to help them succeed is very rewarding. Most of the staff are caring and patient.

    They really care about your family life and want to see you happy. Many understand happy worker means happy students.

    Cons

    There are other staffers that can be rude. There are some areas where you have no way of advancing. You have no way of getting more out of a position. With that you will be stonewalled for new ideas because of your lower position.

    Compensation wasn't always the best. Changes were always done that hurt employees.

    They literally laid off several employees only to months later hire new Management positions. The people laid off were lower end employees. Guess they knew where to stick it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all areas have ways for employees to advance or get training. Make sure to invest in your staff as well student They (staff) are the ones that mold and teach the kids.

    Make sure change is fair and what is needed. Not all change is good. Make sure there real line of open communication. Its often said but not really practiced.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Lost its way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Stritch University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There were really decent, hardworking, caring, staff. When Franciscan Sisters ran the University it had integrity and lived is mission. There was generous time off.

    Cons

    Very poor upper management, particularly at the Dean level, creating a fearful, unhappy, culture with limited growth opportunity. The University has tried to move outside the Milwaukee campus to other markets where they don't have the resources to compete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new leadership and concentrate on the main campus. Do one thing well and be proud of it instead of offering subpar education in many areas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    The leadership is not very respectful to employees and is not congruent to its values

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardinal Stritch University

    Pros

    My colleagues - most are very friendly and hard working

    Cons

    Some individuals continue to get written up but there are no consequences. The University does not understand the state of Minnesota competition and should not realistically continue to be promoted in the Twin Cities area because there aren't enough students to fill classes and get true benefit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the doors on Minnesota - recruiting is abysmal and it isn't fair to those students to believe they are getting the complete education they should be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    The Theatre Dept. is an island of positive work environment amidst a sea of insanity.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cardinal Stritch University

    Pros

    This is just a review for the Theatre Dept. as a student worker, not Cardinal Stritch as a whole. I always felt appreciated and respected while working there and the work environment was fun. The pay is naturally low as a student worker but I loved every minute of it. But again, don't assume the rest of the University is like that.

    Cons

    Not much for the Theatre Dept., except for maybe the time leading directly up to a performance during which the work load really ramps up. If you are sensitive to solvents or paint fumes know that you will have to deal with that regularly.

  10.  

    On-Campus Work

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    Former Employee - Crew Member  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Cardinal Stritch University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meet new people from all over the world
    Fun atmosphere
    Flexible with work hours

    Cons

    Not many hours
    Have to be a student living in the dorms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open it up to the public. Really fun place to work and learn.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    I have worked at Cardinal Stritch University for over 8 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cardinal Stritch University

    Pros

    Small, caring university where you are a person and not a number.

    Cons

    Tough financial times,lots of change in senior leadership in last 6 years (President, VPs, Deans). Lack of effective university policies and enforcement of policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on implementing cost effective change that will streamline operations. Set and enforce University policies and efficient processes. Hire bright and enthusiastic people from the outside that will bring in creative ideas that will focus on promoting a valued and reputable education while incorportaing the core Franciscan values.

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