Creighton University Reviews

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  1. A crapshoot with respect to satisfaction; not up to image

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Creighton University full-time

    Pros

    Being a part of a university that gives a great education to students
    Interaction with students is usually positive
    Beautiful physical environment, i.e., campus
    Opportunities to advance one's own education
    Free tuition for sons & daughters of CU employees
    When your supervisor and coworkers have good people skills, working there is great

    Cons

    The oft-used phrase "Creighton Family" reminds me of John Bradshaw's books, especially "Family Secrets: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You"
    Small departments (few subordinates per supervisor) means people may be afraid to speak up even with constructive suggestions
    Some supervisory intimidation leads office staff to stress out
    Complaining about your boss (for legitimate reasons) yields only retaliation
    Authoritarian management gets carried away sometimes, such as onerous performance evaluation system that is a distraction from rather than a stimulant to doing one's job
    You're likelier to be happier working in an academic (except professional schools) than administrative department, especially as a faculty member - they're treated better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since you are a Christian university, read and heed Matthew Chapter 7 and use it as the basis to revise your workplace policies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great benefits. ...different environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Creighton University

    Pros

    There are truly good people that work here. They do give some great benefits, like the Christmas break and free tuition for Creighton.

    Cons

    Work life balance, at least for my area, is not there. Expectations and demands don't meet the pay. Seems that people get put in positions based on degrees and not ability. A lot of people in positions they cannot do but due to a degree they just are able to delegate what they can't do. ..which is most of their work. Creighton continuously reminds you of every thing at they give you and that you won't find a better work place. They also try and make you feel guilty for being paid because they apparently are always worried about money. You spend a lot of time reviewing your responsibilities and documenting how you spend your day, but nobody can tell you why they always want to know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Human resources is a tool not your management. Stop trying to inflict fear of the university needing to save money and then send a message that another high level person was hired. Hire more middle and lower level staff so the work can be equally distributed. I understand degrees are important but work and life experience is also valuable. You have people doing jobs that people with beautiful titles and higher pay are supposed to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Has its Pros and Cons

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creighton University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. Most people are caring and great to work with. Able to move around and find a good fit for a job/career. Ability to attend school at Creighton for free-limited degrees available for F/T working staff though

    Cons

    Most management is managers only because of educational degrees...they are mostly unable to understand what their staff does. HR is very powerful and makes some very irrational decisions. Most areas are understaffed and they remind you continuously that they are financially struggling-when it doesn't appear to be an issue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look more at job knowledge and performance and less for masters degrees. Staff areas appropriately. Balance out work loads and do a true audit of what areas are overstaffed and understaffed and why. Make HR what it should be-Human relations-take care of things in best interest of the University. Less committees and town halls and more fixing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Good mission, positive impact on society through higher education, aims high, value-wise. Catholic but not stuffy.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creighton University

    Pros

    There are some excellent people here. Helpful to a fault, devoted to the Univrrsity's mission. Many are alums, the children of alums, and are parents to alums, and donate to Creighton, too.

    Cons

    Managerial variety, and not in the positive sense. Some managers do not understand the managerial task of working through others; rather they see themselves as working managers, but end up not working or managing well. This is preventable though.

    Silo mentality, replete with information hiding and chicanery (sic) with the org chart and budget. Nothing illegal, just no explanation for behavior. Sad.

    To much independence at the corner office level without consideration for fiscal, budgetary or organizational impact of unilateral decisions. Mistaken for "leadership" when what's needed is a CEO with her/his head in the game.

    Vacuum leads to meddling by some Board of Trustees members outside of their professional or personal competence. External evaluation, oversight, appointment and replacement of board members is needed.

    A joint meeting of the Board of Trustees and the Faculty Senate to review faculty grievances would do a lot to clear the air.

    Faculty, however, would do well to remember that students' familys, and alumni, pay a great deal for higher education. The issue is not so much intellectual freedom as use of money. There are ample internal controls, but no ability to say "No" to the grandiose projects of some Deans. Those resources could be better used elsewhere.

    In 2014 there was $38 million in accumulated, deferred maintenance, typical for a 136 year old campus. Many new, wonderful facilities have been built for students. Faculty and especially staff are relegated to available space without rhyme or reason. Space planning and use are secretive processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please read the above and respond with something other than a scripted Town Hall meeting. Listen with Jesus' ears and speak with Jesus' voice, an eminently Ignatian sentiment for all at a historically Catholic, Jesuit college.

  6. Important Work but not Always Valued

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere with plenty of activities and events on campus.
    Tuition discount is excellent if not a little tight.
    I was able to get my start in the professional world and slowly gained more responsibilities as I earned the trust of my boss.

    Cons

    The pay is not fantastic.
    The benefits are mediocre which is a shame since there is a hospital, clinic, and dental school all on campus.
    Work we do is important and has potential for strong impact but is often seen as an afterthought to the current moment/life situation of employee or boss. I wish that professionalism was stressed more than it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that every department at the University has the potential to have a huge impact - and hold them accountable for the decisions they make.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great students; extremely disorganized.

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    Former Contractor - Instructor in Omaha, NE
    Former Contractor - Instructor in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Creighton University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the overall feel of the university; students and faculty were friendly and welcoming. The campus itself is beautiful in any season.

    Cons

    The office I worked in was extremely disorganized. It took over a week to get some sort of ID, and until that time, I had asked every day about someone helping me get my issue resolved. No one in my office seemed remotely aware of the fact that for my first two weeks of work, none of my forms were being pushed through and I wasn't given any extra help despite this. My entire experienced would be represented by those first two weeks. Constant disorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people the resources they actually need when starting a new job in a timely manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Worthless Department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Creighton University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    No micromanagement, large personal office, quiet environment, ability to work independently, interaction with medical students, ok health insurance

    Cons

    no direction, the department is costing the univeristy tons of money and the university refuses to do anything about it, low pay, horrible management, invisible administrator

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the upper management in the university needs to open their eyes to the money sucking department that they are keeping a float

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Creighton University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love working with students and staff; most faculty are great too. Depending on department you are in hours can be flexible which is another perk.

    Cons

    NO communication between management & staff; very top heavy, too many chefs making the soup. Raises are non-existent or so small (1-2%) that if you work here for more than a couple of years you are paid less than the new person just hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES!! Quit paying millions of dollars for an 'expert opinion'; take advantage of the talent you have on campus and those that are invested in seeing CU be successful. And for Pete's sake give someone besides upper management a raise!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Good in spite of itself

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Creighton University part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People can be great, depending on what department, school, college or division you work in.

    Cons

    Too much variation in management style from place to place. Top-heavy - there are at least 100 kinds of provost, vice-presidents and executive directors. Ego is unavoidable, evidenced by a private bathroom for a VP, an executive director who claims to need three offices, deans who want Macs for clerical staff when Windows boxes would be have the cost, and so-called revenue producers who use corporate credit cards to get around policy. To be clear, nothing at all sketchy in a criminal sense. Just human nature running to petty excess, like leaks you decide to live with rather than fix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't give money to Creighton because I won't see it wasted by under managed, competing, scheming, upper academic & business managers. Best advice: study how George C. Marshall managed his generals in WW2. Go and do likewise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. It wasn't what i thought it would be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creighton University (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At least the benefits are decent.

    Cons

    People with children get out of work a lot. People without are stuck with the load.

    No opinion of CEO

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