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Duquesne University Reviews

Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
40 Reviews
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Duquesne University President Charles J. Dougherty
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cut you at any point

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duquesne University

    Pros

    Some excellent people in faculty. Overall surface friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Layers upon layers of politics and don't get caught in between your work ethic and your boss -- you will lose. Witnessed some discrimination, job pay scale equity based upon sex and age. Do not expect to age gracefully here and do not, do not cross your manager as they do indeed own you. Worked in an office where 7 out of 11 staff members went to HR to complain about boss -- very dangerous step -- and were either humored or the boss was told about the complaint AND who had made it. Life became hell at Catholic School. So my advice is keep your head down and DU More.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time listening to your employees rather than showing required movies on bosses that bully and office violence. Do more than pay lip service to people who are saying that there is a problem before it becomes a problem. You have lost quite a few very good employees because of it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Pay good but people aren't

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duquesne University

    Pros

    Good pay at decent university. Working for this university should help with career advancement.

    Cons

    75% of the other employees at this university are so stuck up its disgusting. Makes for a terrible work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Perfect job for furthering skill set and education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Duquesne University

    Pros

    Training readily available and encouraged, tuition reimbursement for degree programs, tuition exchange/reimbursement for family members after specified employment period, supportive environment, religious atmosphere.

    Cons

    Salary comparatively lower than other positions outside education but tuition reimbursement more than makes up for what lacks in salary compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to new ideas and supportive of those who think outside the box.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administration needs to focus more on education and less on buildings and basketball

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Duquesne University part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The faculty and staff are supportive and friendly and genuinely interested in learning and education. The students are generally polite and intelligent.

    Cons

    The cons relate largely to the administration. There's too much of an emphasis on the image of the university rather than the substance, and a real disconnect between faculty and the upper administration that makes the decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Adjunct Professor

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Duquesne University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supervisors, support staff, work with students.

    Cons

    Poor pay with zero room for Adjuncts to go full-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing games with Adjuncts. How is it ethical to teach a class at $3,000 as an Adjunct but teach the exact same class as full-time and pay is $6,000? This makes no sense and is the reason Adjuncts are seeking to unionize at Duquesne University. The pay is absolutely pitiful for Adjuncts, especially given the massive amount of money Duquense University is making from tuition. Instead of stripping down Adjunct classes and pay, reduce middle management who do nothing except push papers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Recommend this University as an employer.

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Duquesne University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, nice work environment.

    Cons

    Not much chance for job advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Just Ok.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Duquesne University part-time

    Pros

    Clerical staff is nice to work with.

    Cons

    Managment is stuffy and overly political.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great and friendly place

    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    I obtained my master degree in duquesne university and also worked as a graduate assistant there in over one year. Most people I have worked with are very nice. The working schedule is flexible. I was happy when I worked and studied there.

    Cons

    I don't really see any obvious cons in Duquesne. But I do think Duquesne focuses more on undergrads since it is a small university. For graduate students like us, there maybe less chances to get exposure like undergrads or other students in larger and known universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't really have advice to management at this time. Just keep up good work. thanks!

  10.  

    Working with the writing staff of the Duquesne Duke, I learned efficient methods that made me a better writer.

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    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    The staff was always open to hearing new story ideas and pursing stories that are outside the box.

    Cons

    There was competition among writers to make the weekly budget for the paper and producing a quality paper each week

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice work environment.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pitts, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pitts, PA

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff in general and good benefits.

    Cons

    Limited advancement for staff unless you are faculty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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