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Davenport University Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Minimum wage but healthy environment on campus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davenport University

    Pros

    People, and coworkers are very friendly, job has flexible hours and will work around student class schedules. A nice little job to have for students who are living on campus and are going to school full time.

    Cons

    Minimum wage pay, you will be moved to certain positions where they feel you are needed and you really have no choice deciding what particular job you'd like to do. Occasional catering events can send a lot of traffic your way which can be hectic for new people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Make sure you choose the right cup!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Davenport University part-time

    Pros

    Great people that work here. Everyone normally has positive disposition.
    Benefits are great, even PT- employees get some kind of benefits.
    Location is nice highway adjacent.
    Tuition benefits
    Parking is Free

    Cons

    No raise in 2 years executive leadership is awarded a raise before the grounds.
    Lower level employees work seems to be undervalued.
    You're asked to do more, but never compensated for it. Supervisors are normally quick to say thank you, but thank you's don't pay the bills.
    Depending on your department you're notified about university changes at the last minute and sometimes not at all.
    No real opportunity to advance. I was told there would be a chance to advance, but never happened. The 'favorites' seem to move a head easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop allowing employees to transition to different positions without interviewing.
    Playing favorites is never a good thing.

    I wouldn't recommend a position in higher ed because the bubble has burst, and it's evident more now than ever. It's okay to work here temporarily, but if you're not moving up within 2 years. Look else where because whats exciting will become the mundane quickly and don't expect your salary to grow with your level of education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    i liked my location, upper management was unprofessional and unorganized

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Warren, MI

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

    Pros

    benefits were good to make up for bad salary. My supervisor was the reason i resigned.

    Cons

    salary was awful and raises were never more than .25 cents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get new management and evaluate by numbers not who sucks up better..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Atmosphere!

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Saginaw, MI
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Saginaw, MI

    I worked at Davenport University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly and understanding when anyone would need help, time off, etc. It is a very professional environment.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Humiliating pay for education required

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davenport University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great PTO. Co-workers are friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    Students are lackluster morons. Upper management is full of good ol' boys who make more than Barry Obama.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The experience of learning and teaching that keeps going.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Davenport University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment and opportunities to teach.

    Cons

    Juggling class due dates and faculty meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing and allowing faculty to grow with the opportunities you give us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    No room for growth, Management out of touch.

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    Current Employee - Security Officer
    Current Employee - Security Officer

    I have been working at Davenport University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid time off, tuition benefits. The people I work with are great. The surrounding community is a nice place to work.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible for the education and responsibilities required. There was an impression when I was hired that there would be room to grow but this is not the case. Almost everything is a dead end job unless you are someone's favorite then you will get put into a higher level position regardless of your education and experience. Most of the managers do not meet the educational requirements for their position. Several managers and even a director do not even have college degrees when the job description requires at least a bachelors degree. So most of the regular workers have more education and experience than their supervisors and managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees and not how much you are going to get paid. The top management have been getting bonuses and raises for years while everyone else received nothing. Not even a cost of living adjustment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The leadership is egotistical, disengaged, and will be the university's downfall

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Davenport University full-time

    Pros

    Incredible staff and faculty who truly care about students and their success. Despite no raises in two years, and people leaving in droves, the employees keep on fighting the good fight.

    Cons

    Leadership claims to be "open" and willing to engage. It's a joke. The president makes over $600,000 a year and yet they are eliminating positions/not refilling essential roles for people who barely make $30,000.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for a new president. Get rid of the top heavy, budget-sucking good old boy club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    GREAT People, Poor Senior Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Relatively relaxed environment but with major caveats
    People are great, Teams are great, supervisors are great (So good, the cons can ALMOST be overlooked)
    Great career opportunities
    Lots of time off, but this will likely get cut based on trend
    Values are good if they were followed by senior management

    Cons

    University hires 1 person to do the job of 3-5 people with the salary of <1
    Work-life balance is not there due to above
    Senior Management preaches values but doesn't follow any of them
    Compensation doesn't come close to industry levels for anyone but senior management (which are WAY WAY overpaid)
    Benefit costs go up 5% or more every year and we don't get pay increases so we've actually been getting pay cuts every year for at least 3 years
    New this year, benefits get cut AND prices go up
    Other low reviews refer to the previous president which were not inaccurate, right now, it's worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    University is in need of leadership change, find a new President that didn't leave his previous employer in ruins
    Don't preach transparency then lie to employees or hide critical facts
    Don't cut pay/benefits and lay employees off then celebrate "success" by giving raises/bonuses to senior management, that is not leadership, that is extortion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good People, Poor Management, and Pay

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Davenport University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    My boss, Associate dept. chair and dept chair were great people. Got to do a lot of neat things and earned a ton.

    Cons

    Upper management was very stiff, especially in the college of Arts and Science. Unwilling to try new teaching styles. Asinine push for online learning, which in my opinion does not work well at the undergraduate level. Great for Grad class but very poor for undergrad. I had to leave because I was not making a livable wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible with experiential learning and quit pushing online. We all know the financial side of online is wonderful for the school but its going to bite you soon. Be nice to your employees. I loved my boss but I couldn't afford to do anything with my family. Pay was my reason for leaving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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