Chatham University

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Chatham University Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good work for students, expect lots of down time

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    Former Employee - Admissions Ambassador in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Admissions Ambassador in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Chatham University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of free time comes with working as an Ambassador. There'd be entire weeks where we went without giving a tour because there were always many more tour guides on each shift than there were people coming in for a tour. You get lots of respect and Chatham swag as an ambassador too!

    Cons

    Very, VERY low amount of hours. Expect 4-5 a week if you're lucky. While any work is good, other student workers had much more full schedules

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage student ambassadors more. While it's a great job to have, many people who were actually a part of the program just felt bored

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Cool place to work but upper management is terrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Chatham University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and offices are usually in cool historic buildings

    Cons

    Lots of turnover--very difficult to form consistent work relationships when everyone is always transitioning roles. High up management (the President of the school) has no idea what's happening on the ground. She changes focus every semester, making it difficult to build any program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer tenure so professors and deans stay longer and BUILD programs instead of leaving them high and dry when a new interest comes up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Faculty and other current employees are not high priority

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor

    I worked at Chatham University full-time

    Pros

    Other faculty members are generally great colleagues. The health benefits are unmatched. The campus itself is gorgeous.

    Cons

    Students are often given too much say in the learning process. The pay is barely competitive. The university does not invest in its faculty and gives strict limits on research funding (if given at all). The high rate of turnover in administration is frightening. Some of the facilities on the main campus are aging and need updating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking to the stars and start looking to your faculty and employees as the foundation for future growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not able to adapt to new ideas

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    Former Employee - Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Student in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Chatham University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's convenient to work here if you work in the city. It's generally very easy work and doesn't have a lot of stress associated with the work.

    Cons

    Management is overall poor. There is a poor business plan in action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work by example, if you want the student employees and staff to work hard and do their job well than so should the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great faculty and students, poor leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chatham University full-time

    Pros

    The campus community is warm and inviting; many staff and faculty care deeply about their students and the work they do.

    Cons

    Many of the most effective academic programs do not have the resources they need; staff turnover is very high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    student worker

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    Former Employee - Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Student in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Chatham University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it was chill with my direct supervisor. you're working at chatham, so it wasn't exactly stressful

    Cons

    but lots of headaches with paperwork and getting funded for work study

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great school for work and study

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chatham University

    Pros

    There are incredible professors, students and colleagues
    Plus, the campus is absolutely breathtaking, and is increasingly environmental

    Cons

    The financial situation is not the best, but it is a private institution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure opportunity and promotion decisions are consistent and based on experience

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Graduate admissions ambassador

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    Former Employee - Graduate Admissions Ambassador in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Graduate Admissions Ambassador in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Chatham University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, flexible hours, great learning experience.

    Cons

    Can only work 10-hour weeks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great school, horrible administration

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Chatham University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved my co-workers and I loved my job. I got to do what I loved steadily for a few years and it felt fulfilling.

    Cons

    The upper administration could not care less about the school's well-being, other than its financial status. They rarely, if ever, showed support to the everyday goings on at the school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empathy is an invaluable tool. Use it. We are people, not machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for student workers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HelpDesk Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - HelpDesk Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Chatham University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Great pay for student work
    - Very flexible with class schedules
    - Friendly environment

    Cons

    - Management is unorganized
    - Work can be dull and slow-moving at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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