Dallas Baptist University Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. DBU Full-Time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Baptist University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Safe and Christian environment. Overall really good people to work with. Central location.

    Cons

    Overall, the hourly and salaries are low. For some people, this is compensated for with a tuition remission benefit. However, there is no supplement given to compensate for the low salary once you graduate. There is a small raise, but it does not match the benefit of tuition remission.

    Advice to Management

    For some full-time jobs, look outside of the university for people with experience in their field of study.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Student Worker

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Baptist University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Gain experience working on campus, with no commute. Easy to get hours in between classes, etc depending on job type.

    Cons

    Pay is horrendous, essentially minimum wage. For some student worker jobs it's to be expected, while other positions include much more responsibility and benefit the University significantly are not compensated accordingly. Most department heads are not empowered to carry out their mission without micromanagement from the upper leadership of the university. This "dictatorship" model does not yield itself well to excellence or growth as the amount of employee "ownership" is minimal and its all about doing it the way things have always been done.

    Advice to Management

    For positions that are much more important and in some cases replace traditional employees, increase the pay! Some positions require a lot of time and sacrifice on the student's behalf and the "fringe" benefits don't compensate for a lack of decent wages or real benefits. Additionally a more empowered employee structure would free up leadership from making menial decisions and incentivize university employees by giving them actual value in their positions.


  3. Student Worker Report

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Baptist University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Being a student workers allows people to get more experience in a given field to know if it is something they are interested in and make a little extra money on the side. If you stay in the position for long enough, there is an option for 30 hour positions that pay 50% tuition.

    Cons

    For being a religious institution, it was shocking that I met the most morally corrupt people in my life at that university. They cared so much more about image then the general right and wrong. Some of the harassment from management made it really difficult to be a student at times. A lot of the experience depends on the department and job. The Cashier's office, IT department, and Library were all pretty bad places to work. If you land a position in the athletics, sciences, or business office, the people are a lot more respectful to students and try to keep your workload in mind.

    Advice to Management

    Please remember that the tile is STUDENT workers. We are students before you personal minions.


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  5. Building relationships, while serving others

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    Former Employee - Desk Receptionist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Desk Receptionist in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Baptist University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong culture of ethics and personal responsibility.

    Cons

    Hard to move up or switch jobs.


  6. This is an incredible place to work and attend school.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Baptist University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The leadership at DBU is professional and gracious. There is an emphasis placed on Christian values in every aspect of the University.

    Cons

    At times less experienced leaders are put in important roles due to limited funding.

    Advice to Management

    Continue Dr. Cook's legacy of servant leadership and excellent Christian education.


  7. DBU is a great place to start out as a Student.

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Dallas, OR
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Dallas, OR

    I worked at Dallas Baptist University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    DBU's pros consist of: on campus work, easy to split time between work and school, good mentorship and training, good place to start out while finishing education.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides at DBU include: Low salary, no room to advance, sometimes stressful, high expectations for minimum wage. Sometimes irregular hours.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to offer more advancement to student workers, maybe even a program to onboard students to work for the university after they graduate.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good if you're in a sheltered department; bad if you're an external hire or value independent thought

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Baptist University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Beautiful campus; - Educational benefits (free tuition for self and immediate family); - Many of the staff are genuinely nice; - Relatively stable environment; - Pay is generally under industry standards to start, but educational benefit and semi-annual (semester) increases make up for it over a short period of time; - Location is pretty good for commuting (not downtown, etc); - Workout facilities, library, etc on-site - pretty much any resource available to students are available to staff.

    Cons

    - Highest levels of management use intimidation and bullying tactics regularly, often pitting employees/departments against each other and feeding animosity between coworkers; - Student workers are groomed and then hired upon graduation, perpetuating poor managerial styles; - Very clique-ish, if you weren't a student worker-turned-employee then you're often left out of decision making or opportunities (cronyism); - Students are hired in lieu of full time staff for some positions where stability and competency would improve the integrity of the organization; - The "stable environment" means that even really (really, really) bad managers seem to keep their jobs no matter what they do; - Very political - families of donors, etc given preferential treatment; - Good external talent doesn't stay very long due to the management styles and subsequent intra-departmental animosity that is generated; - Raises are great, until you price yourself out of the market and are "asked to leave" because you make too much, or can't land another job without taking a substantial pay cut (assuming you stay long enough for this to become an issue); - Insurance benefits became increasingly expensive and unaffordable - blamed, naturally, on healthcare reform, despite other organizations offering much better options, giving the impression the organization is taking the political opportunity to cut back on benefits; - Conformity is desired, both religious and political (very conservative) - if you develop a reputation as a "free thinker" you'll be ostracized and even further de-valued.

    Advice to Management

    - Collaborate, don't dictate. - Genuinely take the advice of professional employees hired from outside the organization and be open to constructive criticism about the management structure. - Hire more outside professionals for specialized positions, instead of moving "insiders" around between managerial positions. - Weed out particularly caustic employees and management, regardless of their connections or affiliations, and encourage more transparency with less bureaucracy.


  9. Great Place!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Residence Life
    Former Employee - Residence Life

    I worked at Dallas Baptist University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible Hours Warm Staff Great Compensation Awesome Environment Advancement is possible Chapel Services are a great way to rejump your week

    Cons

    Hard to Leave, Because the environment is so great. You invest a lot in the students on campus and this also makes it hard to leave, because you will truly love what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Up the Great Work!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great morals with lackluster leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dallas Baptist University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I was able to work in an institution that aligned with my morals. Furthermore, I have grown in an business environment and learned a lot from my experience here.

    Cons

    Leadership at the University doesn't trust anyone to do their job. Instead of having a competent HR department for recruiting you basically need the blessing of the president and executive vice president before you can be hired. Everyone is a friend of management and trying to break into a job through that circle is difficult and frustrating. Compensation is awful, and time-off policies are a joke as many months of the year you aren't allowed to take off.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust the people beneath you and quit micro-managing everything.


  11. Great company to work for over the summer!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dallas Baptist University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment (while traveling to camps)

    Cons

    Low pay and opportunity for advancement



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