ECPI University Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
68 Reviews
2.8
68 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great dedication to helping students gain real skills that will get them real jobs (in 5 reviews)

  • Opportunities for work life balance, experienced industry leadership, faculty and staff who genuinely care for the students and their colleagues (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • faculty) have to punch a time clock, and it is closely monitored by upper management (in 8 reviews)

  • It is easier for a student to meet with the Campus President than it is for an instructor to do so (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A work environment that was supportive, stable and provided growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    My coworkers here were second to none. They ensured a working environment that I wanted to return to everyday. The work itself was plentiful, fast paced and challenging. As far as "for profit" educational institutions are concerned, ECPI is definitely admirable. They genuinely care about student success and work hard to find jobs for their graduates. The faculty are knowledgeable and though fast paced, the classes are well taught. This is the reason the University continues to grow.

    Cons

    Though I was told often that I was doing well, I never received a formal review. A pay increase was put in which included back pay- but still no review. I would have appreciated feedback. Compensation was in line with industry standards but benefits were very expensive in comparison with other companies I have worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More employee engagement and training opportunities would serve this company well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ECPI University is a GREAT place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time

    Pros

    If you enjoy a challenging environment that is fast paced, technology based and requires both independent and team work ability, you will LOVE this place! ECPI University is truly ALL about the students. I can see a career here for sure!

    Cons

    Pace can be overwhelming at times. Sheer volume of work is more than a typical work place, but the rewards and satisfaction of a job well done are also greater than a typical work place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great choice for entering the academic arena

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Newport News, VA

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

    Pros

    Encouraging staff to deliver what the students need. Heavy reliance on Adjunct Faculty.

    Cons

    Tools are not the best. Lack of innovation in computer information systems curriculum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent Opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student: Web Developer in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Student: Web Developer in Hampton, VA

    I have been working at ECPI University (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relevant. Real. Great atmosphere. Customer focused.

    Cons

    Flexible schedules. Fast paced. Keep students motivated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good career stop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at ECPI University

    Pros

    This institution has more integrity than many in the for-profit sector. There is opportunity for advancement and service. I was always paid fairly. Student welfare is prioritized. The institution contributes to its communities. Colleagues tend to be hard-working and dedicated to helping students. I made many life-long friends there.

    Cons

    Exempt salaried workers (including Ph.D. faculty) have to punch a time clock, and it is closely monitored by upper management. Health benefits are not good at all. The faculty non-compete clause is brutal - an adjunct's day job may violate it! The contract contains an arbitration clause. Work hours are not for the squeamish (may be required to teach until 10:30 on Monday night and be back in the classroom at 7:45 Tuesday morning.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the punch clock for exempt salaried employees. It's degrading and is killing morale twice a day for each employee. They are not union blue-collar workers who get OT based on their clock time. They will work longer for you if they know you trust them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The laboratory pace was inadequate for a chemistry teaching lab.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Manassas, VA

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

    Pros

    Position provided regular hours with plenty of interaction with the students. Most of the students were motivate to learn chemistry and realized chemistry would be useful for nurses.

    Cons

    The 5-week accelerated course in chemistry did not provide adequate time for the students to learn college chemistry. A variety of topics were covered at a superficial level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chemistry lab did not Bunsen burners, and fume hoods to deal with noxious chemicals. Supplies and chemical storeroom was inadequate. Ordered supplies did not arrive in a timely matter. Many useful laboratory experiments could not be conducted because of the inadequacies.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My advice would be to stick to a community college.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ECPI University

    Pros

    It is faster than most schools, the instructors are fantastic.

    Cons

    They are going to E-books.

  9.  

    Innovative Institution of Higher Education with student-focused faculty and supportive staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at ECPI University

    Pros

    Opportunities for work life balance, experienced industry leadership, faculty and staff who genuinely care for the students and their colleagues.

    Cons

    It is difficult to stay on top of today’s technology with advancements being made every day. It is more of an industry challenge that every institution most likely works to deliver on. It shows that ECPI works to make sure students receive current course content for in-demand degrees such as Tech/Health Sciences.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible place to work!

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    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros to list here.

    Cons

    low pay, mean owner, scam of a school. You will feel guilty enrolling people into this school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shut down the company. This is not a legit school

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    If you enjoy being treated like an insignificant nobody and just a number then ECPI University is the place for you.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    It is a job that offers a decent pay scale. If you are looking to go back to school they will help you pay for college. It can be very rewarding when you see your students start and finish their program and see how they have grown through the process and are able to celebrate their successes.

    Cons

    The schedule does not allow you to have an outside life and management could care less. They feel like they own you and make it known that you are very replaceable and that you should be grateful to have a job. You are treated like a child, everything you do or say is scrutinized. There is very little consistency in the policies between campuses. It all depends on who the leadership is at your campus as to how things are run so you can never get any backing from upper management because the campus president has the final word.The training is very lacking at ECPI. I had been with the company for 3 1/2 years before I was ever sent to New Advisor training. No room for advancement unless you are at the main campuses in VA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to be more approachable to their employees. Unless you have a director's title they will not even acknowledge you when they visit the campus. I was an employee for over 4 years and had many campus visits by the University President/owner and his right hand people and in that time was never spoken to by them and not only that they try to avoid even making eye contact with you. Human Resources is horrible and needs to realize that picking up the phone and returning your call is part of their job and not the imposition they make it seem to be. You need to realize that people do have lives outside of ECPI and offer some flexibility in the constant schedule changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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