Catholic University Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. I was the Editorial Assistant in the Public Affairs Office at Catholic University. I learned a lot about writing as a j

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    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot, and was given many hands on projects of my own to do. Very good if looking into a journalism career in the future! This position was part time and also paid which was great for being able to work multiple jobs to not only earn experience within a field, but also earn money over the summer.

    Cons

    A lot of writing involved, most of which was not incredibly exciting. I enjoyed the program a lot, however realized journalism was not my thing. The job could sometimes get redundant a bit boring.

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    Great job on the intern position, I really did enjoy it! I learned a lot, and also felt like I made connections with the people within the office. They provided great opportunities for the future regarding another internship, yet also very helpful in moving to a different job in providing references. Thank you!

    Recommends
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  2. A wonderful school to work for.

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University

    Pros

    Rewarding work. Great benefits. Time off.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the school is in DC.

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    n/a

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  3. If you're upright and have integrity, don't work here!

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    It's a beautiful campus filled with lush trees, gardens, and rolling green spaces, but it's a "whited sepulcher."

    Cons

    The administration is based on elitism, hypocrisy, and a "good 'ol boy" mentality. Never mind that it's Catholic; some of the worst hypocrites grace this place and give the Catholic Church a bad name. The HR department operates on nepotism and who-you-know, and if you don't look like what they want, no matter how qualified you are, you will not be considered. Liars and cheats, most of them! And the good ones get out fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out the current regime and fill it with truly compassionate, give-a-damn people who live up to the Golden Rule, and aren't peopled with priests trying to claw their way to the top of the ladder. Add some diversity and humility, then maybe your numbers will improve.

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    Great place to not work

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    CUA has a terrific tuition benefit for employees and dependents. They have generous paid time off, and a holiday schedule that includes a long Christmas break, and half day Fridays in the summer. The campus is nice and everything is relatively close together. Most of the staff are very friendly.

    Cons

    The location is terrible. The pay is embarrassing and most if not all of the administrative staff is paid poorly. The majority of managers and incompetent. Manager either fall into that role because they have been there forever, they all lack development, and leadership. Or, a manager is technically good but lacks leadership ability and they treat their employees poorly with zero consequences. Senior leadership looks the other way and does not want to address the issue. There is zero opportunity for professional growth and development unless you take a class on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust salaries for your hard working staff! Deal with the managers that behave badly and treat employees poorly. Listen to what employees want and need by conducting an employee survey. Management must deal with poor managers instead they look the other way. It's demoralizing to employees. Its no wonder staff turnover is high. Provide employee some professional development.

  6. four years of experience and have worked in three different departments

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catholic University

    Pros

    There are great opportunities to grow and have access to resources. Most people are very pleasant and for the most part, supervisors take an interest on improving programs.

    Cons

    could improve on training and communication

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. The School of Business and Economics is growing and is hiring new people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Catholic University

    Pros

    It's located in Washington DC so there are lots of opportunities outside CUA.

    Cons

    There's a lot of politics in the school and people are not as competitive

  8. I worked at Catholic University

    Pros

    Catholic University is a wonderful school. Teachers are very helpful and concern with the success of your future. I would recommend this school to everyone.

    Cons

    Catholic University is a wonderful school. Teachers are very helpful and concern with the success of your future. They are not many challenges other than commute.

  9. Unsatisfying

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    friendly community, great location, good benefits,

    Cons

    questionable supervisors, no maternity leave????, no set professional development budget

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, don't just hire for fit but for competency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. science departments

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Catholic University as an intern

    Pros

    people are nice and helpful

    Cons

    salary is low and there is not enough room for growth

  11. Professors are nice but you don't learn too much.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catholic University

    Pros

    Good university, beautiful church, open culture, and lot of scholarship opportunities.

    Cons

    The management is kind of confusing and lax.

    Recommends

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