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Drexel University Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
149 Reviews
3.7
149 Reviews
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Drexel University President John A. Fry
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice work environment, pretty straightforward organization and great benefits (in 14 reviews)

  • Tuition remission for most of the excellent programs offered is another good reason to work here (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay, secretive salary information (in 7 reviews)

  • Room for advancement is limited (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Example of Employment in Higher Ed

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, casual atmosphere, generous benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for advancement. Not much encouragement for improvement/training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have management make training/skill improvement opportunities easier to request and reward employees for seeking improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Graduate student: Pharmacology

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Drexel University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, latest equipment, room for a lot of collaborations

    Cons

    Nothing bad as such. It was a pretty pleasant experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Drexel has been very good to me.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Professor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teaching Professor in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    I've worked at a number of universities and the students here are quite good. I've also worked for Fortune 500 companies and would say that the compensation and benefits are very generous for higher education. It's exciting to work somewhere that is growing and improving academically and physically.

    Cons

    Drexel is experiencing dynamic growth - and growth is disruptive. Long neglected facilities are being upgraded, but unevenly. This can be irritating for some, but patience is required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In 1995, Drexel University was financially and academically in trouble. Under President Papadakis, the tide was turned. President Fry is building on the work of his predecessor and taking the institution to the next level. In Higher Education today, it's "Go big or go home."

    Stay the course. Turning a battleship takes time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Drexel University

    Pros

    Friendly people. Work hours are flexible.

    Cons

    There are No cons except that management can be made more better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Drexel University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The amount of paper work you have to do depends on who you work for but in general they strike a good balance between teaching, personal class load, and research.

    Cons

    If you're not working under a good professor it can be frustrating, poor organization, poor communication, neither you nor the students your teaching understand the requirements of the class. But again. This is very much dependent on who you work for.

  7.  

    Grad student life is hard but rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Ph D Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Ph D Student in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Work with great people, very smart and diverse group. Good work environment, very independent by nature of work.

    Cons

    work-life balance is lacking. Often encouraged to put in lengthy hours (100 hr work week not atypical). Pay is bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    What is happening to Drexel since Papadakis passed?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The amount of new initiatives, buildings, departments, and positions keep the campus buzzing. There seem to be lots of opportunity here, but in reality, you need to have a close long-term connection (as in family friend or bed buddy) to get to any of them.

    Cons

    I've seen at least a half dozen times where positions were posted, and only one person was interviewed and ushered seamlessly into the position - no matter how many qualified candidates applied. Positions that require a terminal degree are filled with those with Bachelors or graduate degrees, and Drexel even just laid off a number of their alumni over the past year. What does this say about the value of the degree if the institution itself doesn't value them?

    Also, if internal complaints are filed anonymously, they are always ignored - no matter how monumental the claim is. Tuition is astronomical, and the politics and favoritism at Drexel are at the core of why it had such a significant slip in rankings from 2012-2013. I would look at other schools like Penn or Temple - there's a lot more stability, and fair practice. Everyone at Drexel is only out to help themselves or their posse - there's no breaking in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a position is posted for applicants, at least interview the qualified candidates. Lining up who you want for a role limits any objectivity in the hiring process, and it is minimizing your talent pool. Pay attention to the complaints - especially the ones submitted multiple times about the same leaders, and lay them off instead (they are your problem). And you can't charge so high for tuition + make students take 25% more credits on the quarter system. Please take a hard look at the value your education offers - it's not worth nearly as much as you charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    research scholar

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    Current Employee - Research Scholar in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Scholar in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Drexel University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    academic environment, get touch with students and professors

    Cons

    more pressure to work on the research and publish the paper

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase more promotion and stimulation projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Co-op Program Misleading

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Drexel University

    Pros

    Not a bad school if you are one of the lucky few who get all the opportunities.

    Cons

    I recently learned from a hiring manager of Drexel Co-ops and a Drexel alum that Drexel is the largest employer of Drexel Co-ops. So essentially they use their students to do the work the students are paying tuition for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Drexel University

    Pros

    Benefits, Flexibility, Autonomy, Growth, Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Salary, Workload, Political, Budget Cutting

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