Concordia University St. Paul

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Concordia University St. Paul Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great learning evironment for students and professors.

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor

    I have been working at Concordia University St. Paul full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working from home, leadership works with professors and listens to suggestions for changes with implentation. Provides continuous learning opportunities for staff.

    Cons

    At this time Adjunct Professors can only teach up to 9 credits per session, would like to see that increased to 12. As times it is challenging working from home. I do miss opportunities for additional internal education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This position has many perks, such as working from home, work-life balance. Keep up the great opportunties to teach students using my experience and skills.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    While there are many great people who work at CSP, it is a complex organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Professor in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Professor in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Concordia University St. Paul full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employees (mostly), mission driven, unpretentious, interesting students, great women's volleyball, free parking, great location (midway between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul).

    Cons

    Very conservative theologically, low pay/heavy work load, very tight financially, mysterious to poor HR and at least some (not all) of the faculty leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My experience was watching and experiencing CSP get increasingly lean and mean.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Adjunct

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Concordia University St. Paul part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Faculty and staff committed to proving quality education

    Cons

    Adjunct pay is considerably lower than that which a graduate student would receive for teaching the same class.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As long as you pay adjunct a low wage, you devalue education.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are immobile and really want to teach this can be a place for you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Faculty in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Faculty in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Concordia University St. Paul full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible time,teaching can be fun, good colleagues. Benefits aren't bad but are getting worse. Lots of time off if you are not an administrator.

    Cons

    Very paternalistic. Decisions are made without input. They don't always follow policies or procedures and violate Matthew 18 regularly. Don't cross anyone. they stab in the back with impunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and transparent. Employees do care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult place to work with very low morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Concordia University St. Paul

    Pros

    Fantastic volleyball games and free parking
    LCMS community and benefits

    Cons

    Shrinking operating budget
    No clear vision for the future
    Dysfunctional leadership and decision making process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the competitive marketplace of higher education you may have lost the battle and the war.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for LCMS men to advance

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Good Ole Boys Club
    Current Employee - Good Ole Boys Club

    I have been working at Concordia University St. Paul

    Pros

    Caring people
    Good programs that people believe in
    Hardworking staff/faculty
    Good programs offered
    Christian environment can be supportive (but see cons)

    Cons

    Administration (VP level) is out of touch
    High turnover for female faculty/staff/administrators
    Nepotism/too much promotion from within
    Low level faculty/staff not allowed to communicate freely
    Changes shrouded in secrecy
    Christian environment can be judgmental

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some of the management classes that are offered at the University.
    Communicate change directly rather than through the grapevine/rumor mill
    Trust front-line faculty and staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Working at Concordia is very stable yet competitive!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Concordia University St. Paul

    Pros

    Great environment which promotes balance between work and family life.
    Job security and excellent benefit packages.
    Good pension plan.

    Cons

    Due to a huge number of employees, Internal competition for advancement is very much present.
    If a new idea is presented to management, it may take longer than expected to be approved due to the many levels of management (more chiefs than indians).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should have the possibility to contact senior management with issues that cannot be resolved with their immediate supervisor(s).

    Recommends

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