Claremont Graduate University

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Claremont Graduate University Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
19 Reviews
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    Great Graduate University

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Claremont, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Claremont, CA

    I worked at Claremont Graduate University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    small class, friendly employers, learn a lot

    Cons

    less salary and small campus

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    Negative experience

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Claremont, CA

    I have been working at Claremont Graduate University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A few great professors and laid back environment

    Cons

    long process to get funding and then when funds come in, they are poorly managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit, listen, and take action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Solid place to work, great benefits and W/L balance, sort of isolated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Claremont Graduate University

    Pros

    CGU is a solid place to work. Pay is competitive and benefits are generous, and the "university atmosphere" is nice. Claremont's also beautiful.

    Cons

    The university could be better managed. Promotions don't always seem to be tied to performance. And while the university is a very nice place to work, it sometimes feels like an island unto itself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Doctoral student researcher in the School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Claremont, CA

    I have been working at Claremont Graduate University as an intern for more than 5 years

    Pros

    My advisor is supportive, thoughtful, and really does everything in her power to support my professional development as a researcher. She goes above and beyond what is expected of her, and I know that after I graduate I will continue to have a great professional and personal relationship with her.

    Cons

    There is a lot of dense course work to get through the first year, which makes many students not want to take the additional responsibility of joining a research lab- DO IT anyways.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Fulfilling, engaged work as a graduate student researcher

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Claremont, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Claremont, CA

    I worked at Claremont Graduate University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amiable connections with professors (which is fantastic for really learning how life as a researcher/practitioner works), good way to build one's career while in school,

    Cons

    Pay is limited by grant funding and academic budgets, so you might get decently lucky or you might be harshly underpaid considering the high cost of tuition and the fact that most of the researchers effectively have Master-level degrees in the relevant field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top-tier management at the school is extremely (entirely) disconnected from the typical student. Considering how small the school is, this is pretty sad. I would really love to see the senior management actually spending time to get to know students and hear their concerns

    Recommends
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    A great place to work as a full-time student!

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    Current Employee - Student Worker  in  Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Claremont, CA

    I have been working at Claremont Graduate University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    As a student, management is very flexible on how and when my work get's done. They really want to see you advance in your career or academic field.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to balance being both a student and an employee at the same time. There is often no separation of roles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    CGU is a great as you want to be, with a few caveats

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    Current Employee - Administrator
    Current Employee - Administrator

    I have been working at Claremont Graduate University full-time

    Pros

    Pleasant campus and working environment. Faculty and staff are committed and hard working. Opportunities for professional growth and advancement seem to be available to those who want to progress in their careers. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Financial model is not working. Constrained budgets foster interdepartmental competition for resources resulting in a lack of university-wide cohesion. Like anyplace, there are a few obstructive individuals in powerful positions. Job placement for new grads is a problem. The university lacks a strategic vision and compelling story, thereby reducing fundraising and student recruitment results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten up the strategic vision and focus on what CGU does well. Cut academic programs that are not performing. Identify goals and keep us marching toward them together. We need a positive story to tell. Balance the budget!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great place to study, but limited work and internship opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Claremont, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Claremont, CA

    I worked at Claremont Graduate University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small, intimate, respectful work and professional environment.

    Cons

    Location is not great (Inland Empire), and the resources for optimizing systems and talent seem limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better use of the professional expertise on the faculty in actually managing the institution.

    Recommends
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    Educationally Fulfilling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Claremont Graduate University

    Pros

    Great culture, great staff, great students

    Cons

    Administrators and upper management treat students well, but staff poorly. Superiority complex apparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more benefits to staff employees and do something (take a pay cut) to address the obscene wage gap between staff and administrators

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  11.  

    A very good university with untapped human capital

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Claremont, CA

    I have been working at Claremont Graduate University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This school attracts and admits many strong applicants ready to be challenged by great professors who have strong research credentials and high student performance expectations. The environment is academic and collegial.

    Cons

    Some administrative departments have ongoing problems that have lasted too long and need to change. This can be frustrating for employees who want to improve both the student (client) experience and the efficient management of limited financial resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be beneficial if management could improve the communication between administrators, professors, and students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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