Catholic University Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Catholic University President John Garvey
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Pros
  • Beautiful campus/landscaping, managers and staff members are pleasant to work with (in 3 reviews)

  • friendly community, great location, good benefits, (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Bad upper management at the time, 2011 (in 2 reviews)

  • Could use better health insurance (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Academic community

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catholic University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful students and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Budget cuts make it difficult to sustain programs and build faculty.


  2. Receiver/Utility

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receiver/Utility in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Receiver/Utility in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Staffing, busy but good atmusphere

    Cons

    Does not match 401k input

    Advice to Management

    Start to match 401k input


  3. Good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant News Editor in Bloomfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant News Editor in Bloomfield, NJ

    I worked at Catholic University (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The professional staff in the Office of Housing Services is amazing! They are flexible, understanding, and conscious of the fact that your are a student worker, meaning school comes first. The office environment is always interesting with people walking in and out.

    Cons

    The location for office assistants is in the lobby of a residence hall and can get rather chilly in the winter.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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  5. Misguided Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director
    Former Employee - Associate Director

    I worked at Catholic University full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Vacation and sick time; holidays; double matching retirement plan; friendly people; flexible work environment

    Cons

    The University is losing endowment funds, failing to fund raise, and hiking tuition, yet somehow funds poorly guided projects; complete lack of facility upkeep and management (there are condemned buildings on campus); poor leadership and vision from upper leaders; hiring and promotion decisions tend to be based on someones likability versus competence; programs are rarely reviewed for effectiveness or ROI; salaries are grossly low; failed hiring searches left and right

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking along business lines and conduct ROI investigations and evaluate programs critically, and then cut, cut, cut. Beyond position cuts, look at entire schools, departments, and programs that do not bring in money. Work on developing a common vision and face of the university.


  6. A University in transition

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

    I have been working at Catholic University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits cannot be beat. 21 days vacation for all employees from day 1. Generous time off at Christmas, Easter and all Federal Holidays. Great sick time policy, tuition reimbursement, and Tiaa_Creff contributions

    Cons

    The University is currently in transition. Budget cuts are affecting most departments negativity. A new Provost has just been appointed, so change will hopefully be coming.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions in a shorter span of time. Too long with no communication


  7. Part-Time Employee Review

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

    I worked at Catholic University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management and administration is attentive and fair. You get to know everyone you work with very well.

    Cons

    The resources (food options, etc.) could be better.


  8. Laboratory Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant to the Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant to the Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Catholic University (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Quiet work environment, good for working and studying.

    Cons

    Non-updated equipment in the laboratories


  9. Public affairs

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, convenient Metro access, mission-driven university staffed with talented and collegial professionals. In most respects, a lovely place to work, but it can be a misfit if you are not at least respectful of the Catholic faith, whether you practice it or not.

    Cons

    Pay not competitive with other DC area academic institutions. Struggling with maintaining healthy enrollment.


  10. Event Manager - Athletics

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Event Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Event Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University part-time

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, the people are amazing. Passion and love of the school are qualities every employee holds.

    Cons

    Athletic facilities are dated - lack of monetary resources.


  11. Good place to start

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

    I have been working at Catholic University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with, lots of time off, and a very good retirement program. Good place to get started in an administrative career.

    Cons

    There are few opportunities for growth so it is easy to get stuck professionally. Byzantine administrative structure and practice.

    Advice to Management

    Devote the entire university to alumni and advancement outreach.



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