Columbia Southern University
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www.columbiasouthern.edu Orange Beach, AL

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Updated Jun 28, 2014

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    New Company with a Lot of Potential

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Orange Beach, AL

    Prosfamily culture, friendly environment, open to suggestions from employees, like to promote from within

    Consrelatively young company with some questionable leadership in a few departments

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyable and rewarding experience

    IT Professional (Current Employee)
    Orange Beach, AL

    ProsThe hours, management's willingness to work around your schedule and accommodate your personal life, Encouragement to better yourself, Pay increases for certifications earned and they pay for you to take the tests and give you the training material, advancement opportunities, Family atmosphere

    ConsPay could always be better, mandatory motivational meetings

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the family atmosphere and encouraging your staff. Spend less on extravagant parties

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople in a support staff function are helpful and friendly. Good values are espoused and were there originally when the college started.

    ConsUnder-paid is an under-statement. All adjuncts were converted to part-time exempt, so hours do not count at all; you must do what it takes to get the job done. Pay is per exam grade and discussion board grade. No compensation related to communicating, coaching or redoing assessments with students, following policy and correcting Academic Integrity Violations, video taping introductions to each class, attending monthly, quarterly meetings, setting up classes, providing input into course revisions or errors in courses, just to name a few things done for free. Adjunct professors are the new working poor, being taken advantage of due to their dedication to education and their students. Oh, did I mention no benefits at all, not even Holiday pay?

    Advice to Senior ManagementWeak leadership, superficial motivational programs, staff on campus live in fear of senior management and the good old boy's network. Little personal growth, no paid time off, and no incentive to stay employed. Adjunct or the new part-time have no hope of becoming full-time, no appreciation for the work they are doing daily, except empty words. It's the students that keep us engaged and rewarded, but you cannot take that to the bank.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great School to attend....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat teachers and staff who helps....

    ConsSome of the teachers doesnt respond back to students fast enough when you have a question about school work....

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    Its been a year

    Travel Representative (Former Employee)
    Orange Beach, AL

    Proscant think of any to waste my time

    Consthis month makes one year that i left that terrible place. i look back at it and consider it a blessing because of what they put me though. the travel rep department was not all that and they have very high turn over. i don't understand how they can continue to keep some of the people that call themselves running that department and school. i left there only make very little money but after i left, i got with a company making 3x's as much money. im doing better than them and doing what i like to do. the woman that runs that department is incompetent and very prejudice and she has her little lap dog assistant going along with it. i could care less now what they are doing because i know they are still there doing the same thing and i have moved on, fully! i have advice to anyone that wants or thinks they want to work there, DON'T. its not worth your time, effort, gas to go down there to that place they call a school. all they are going to do is trump up lies on you to get you fired because by then you have figured out what nonsense they have going on. i figured it out the first month i was there and was continuing to look for a better job. its like a real cult there, very clanish and they think you are suppose to think and act like them to get along with the group. guess what people? everyone don't go alone with a group, some people actually think for themselves and have a life! the people that run that department (including hr) put me though so much stuff its ridiculous. they are all kin to one another and of course being an outsider, they would not help me. even when i had proof of wrong doing in that department. i vowed never to put anyone through what they put me though if i am a director of a department. they micromanage too much for them to be a unaccrediated university. the thing is they don't understand why they can't be accrediated... i say look at how you are running your departments!

    Advice to Senior Managementplease do a restructuring of your whole school. if you don't the school won't last another 10 years. stop being cheap and spending your money on nonsense. hire a firm to help you with your strategic planning. because the people that are there are not compable of doing anything like that. also take a look at your high turn over, its not all the employees fault. there is a lot of blame to go around from the top down. i don't know how much money they are bringing in every year but i do know if they continue doing what they are doing they won't be in business long. fortunantly for me, i have another job so i don't care. and the rest of them will have to find work elsewhere with the little skills they do have! (good luck with that) its a cold cruel world out there outside of orange beach-gulf shores,al area!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Listen to your employees, not just senior management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Orange Beach, AL

    ProsSemi-casual, laid back work environment. Tuition discount allows employees to obtain a degree at a significantly reduced cost. I believe the company genuinely wants to improve lives through education, but they need help getting there.

    ConsMany members of senior management are not qualified for the positions they hold; many other members of management do not have a degree. This makes it hard to respect the leaders in an educational environment without a degree. CSU does not provide relevant training to its employees. The training provided is provided by individuals not qualified to train on the topics. There is no follow through on initiatives and priorities change too often. Lots of politics. Senior management does not listen to employees. Often, the employees know the problem, and have a solution to the problem, but senior management either ignores the solution or presents the solution as his or her own and takes credit. Compensation was low, and many times way below industry standards. Many divisions employ staff members with a master's degree in their field, yet these individuals make very little (average 34-36,000). The HR department is a joke and keeps nothing confidential. Senior leaders often tell the story of coming from nothing, and then follow it up with information and details of their new, extravagant lives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to all your employees, not just the management employees. If you implement a process or procedure-follow through. Give it time to work before changing directions. Re-vamp the training department, hire staff qualified for their positions and realign individuals in positions where they are not a good fit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They can't keep anybody in the Corporate Development Department

    Corporate Outreach (Former Employee)
    Orange Beach, AL

    ProsI can't think of any!

    ConsTake heed to what the others have said about this company. They can't keep anyone in the travel rep department. 2 other people have been released from the same department under the same person since 2013. It is not worth the hassle of moving there and then they fire you over something stupid! (that's what happened to me,I moved there) I understand that Alabama is a right to work state but they just can't keep quality people over there that has common sense. Management don't ever seem to want to take responsibility for their actions and they think that you are suppose to take blame for everything not them. They will accuse you of things that are not true and fire you without a real reason! If you are asked to come in for an interview do not go! From the VP down to the supervisors and even some of the employees are all uneducated idiots that call themselves running a department and don't know how to train, support, or lead their employees. The problem is management and unfortunately, the owners don't want to "clean house" and get rid of the bad eggs and get a new educated crew with experience running a real school. Instead they just want to get rid of the hard working people trying their best.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCatch a clue! if you can't keep people in the department apparently there is something wrong with management. Not the people that work for you!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    CSU was rich with rewards helping veterans, quality of if after retirement, difficult to tolerate a lack of leadership

    Military Outreach Representative (Former Employee)
    Columbia, SC

    ProsRewarding, Assisting Veterans, Flexible Work Schedule, Travel, Quality of Life, Home Office, Meeting new people daily, education awareness

    ConsSupervisors leadership ability, lowest paid college reps in circuit, political atmosphere in house, hostile work environment created and unaddressed when presented, no vision realistic of future cutbacks, too many supervisors not qualified for positions or inability to perform

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress issues when presented verses firing quality employees, Learn a variety of leadership styles one shoe does not fit all, Stop playing the political game and be yourself taking care of your employees earning their trust, Keep employees informed not in the dark, explain why changes are happening, understand 1 complaint is a personality issues for 1 person, 7 complaints from 7 people is a problem with leadership. Military needs to lead military, Fire lead fire, and police lead police. To many unqualified leaders and employees to maintain the status of past years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work as an online instructor

    Adjunct Instructor (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible working arrangement, excellent and caring staff, great communication. The pay is good, considering the expectations. You get paid at one time, in the middle of the term, which is good. You used to get paid monthly, which became confusing, because it was also based on the number of assignments you graded before the end of the month. The new system is much better, in my opinion.

    ConsAdjunct faculty cannot predict their course load, which is very common and expected. Still, it is hard to plan around. For example, sometimes I have had several classes going, and other times it has been slow.

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Columbia Southern University offers a unique experience that blends corporate business and education.

    Department Manager (Current Employee)
    Orange Beach, AL

    ProsColumbia Southern University has been on the forefront of online education for a decade. Their business models offers value in the form of online education, which promotes career advancement for the working adult. The University continues to grow in a flat market. Seemingly, there are endless opportunities for the company and individuals seeking employment. The environment and culture of the company are in the mid-high range. The President seeks to offer a family oriented, enjoyable working environment.

    ConsColumbia Southern University has experienced growth beyond expectation. This factor caused a level of irrational decision making, resulting in continuous crisis mode as the rule and not the exception. This produces a stressful work environment that's not sustainable for most people. In addition, management is not as mature as they could be due to accelerated growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDecision making and strategic planning cycles should involve all levels of staff. Generally, there's information that's pertinent to decision making missed. This will strengthen the company holistically, employee morale and sound business decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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