ECPI University

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ECPI University Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
69 Reviews
2.7
69 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work itself was plentiful, fast paced and challenging (in 5 reviews)

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

    Excellent Opportunities.

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    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.

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  5.  

    The experience with mci/ecpi as an employee was terrible.

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    Current Employee - Nursing Faculty in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Nursing Faculty in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    Fellow faculty members were great to work with . When there are enough faculty hours can be flexible.

    Cons

    No personal office. Faculty work in small cubicles in an office of 12 people. The office is the size of a small room. No private area to talk individually with students. Students are very entitled and will not hesitate to go the administrators or president if they do not like an instructor or do not get their way on even small matters. There is no back-up for instructors, whatever the student says is the way it is. Remember, this is a for profit school so the idea is to keep students no matter what for revenue. Even student who clearly need to fail the program are allowed to continue, leaving faculty feeling frustrated and having no control of standards.

      Faculty leave frequently out of frustration, which leaves the remaining members having to cover extra clinical and courses. Faculty are often teaching courses totally out of their specialty at a moments notice. Schedules and student rosters are not given to the instructors often until the first day of the course. The RN faculty may be required to cover clinical for the PN program without prior notice. This leads to continuous over-working conditions and fatigue. Pay is not reflective of the workload. This is a year round program with very limited time of for holidays. Faculty members who are full-time salaried employees are required to clock-in and clock-out as if the are hourly workers and are not paid for any work done at home , which is common due to the workload.

    Nursing administrators have no administration experience . They were moved from faculty positions to DON, ADON positions having no background or preparation for the role causing chaos. Textbooks are changed without warning . A faculty member may not get the new textbook until the day the course begins leading to faculty members being unprepared for their courses. This intern leads to student dissatisfaction with the instructors and poor evaluations for their performance. Because student satisfaction is priority faculty members are put in impossible situations with poor outcomes that are beyond their control. They are then told they must make the students happier as if they are not quality instructors. If it were not for the exceptional quality of the faculty , who care about providing excellent nursing education the pass rates on the NCLEX for MCI would not be as high as it is. But everyone has their limit and most there have reached theirs. I would not recommend employment with any ECPI / MCI nursing program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire administrative personnel who have extensive experience with nursing administration especially programs utilizing 5 week courses. Administrators should not just be student focused but must support faculty and facilitate their being able to provide the education they are providing the students. Do not allow students to dictate how courses are taught or take disgruntled students to have a negative effect on your faculty. Remember, you need both and both must do their part for a program to be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    A great choice for entering the academic arena

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 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
  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.  

    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
  10.  

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

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    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
  11.  

    Refreshing educational setting, welcoming staff, solid & flexible curriculum

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Instructor in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, students are incredible, fellow faculty are very supportive, even outside of my department. The pre-set class structure with regular breaks is great.

    Cons

    Unclear about opportunities for advancement. Unrealistic 'no drinks/food' rule during class, even though many struggle with low blood sugar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ten minute breaks are unrealistic. Please consider adding one longer break in the middle of the class day. My students loose focus/extend their own breaks anyway especially to eat dinner at night.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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