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Former Employee - Finance Assistant  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Finance Assistant in Washington, DC

I worked at Georgetown University full-time for more than a year

Pros

good starting ground job to gain experience.

Cons

pay was low for master degree

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some of us are more equal than others.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgetown University

    Pros

    120 credits for education at a top-ranked school after one year of employment.
    403b with 100% matching up to 3%
    Excellent network of discounts on goods and services
    Access to free campus shuttle system
    Looks great on a resume

    Cons

    Overwhelming favoritism, as a result the office is teeming with upper-middle class young adults in their first office job whose only real commitment is to the graduate degree the benefits provide. Strangely enough, those that came to the position due to dedication to their career fall into a de-facto second class.
    Pay is not competitive enough to retain employees for long if they are not interested in continuing education. High turnover.
    Insular staff factions duplicating effort.
    Decision by committee and ageism stifle then later recycle fresh ideas.
    Trapped in 20th century paradigm of squeezing blood from a turnip in a gray box for 8 hours straight.
    As employees leave due to lack of flexibility, management consolidates their workload onto remaining employees with no intent to rehire. Creating a feedback loop of ever-faster dissolution.
    Raises are periodically frozen as a response to economic distress. When raises aren't frozen, there are no cost of living increases, only "merit" to which the maximum is 2.5% and rarely earned. Your pay is determined in order to conform to a pay schedule that doesn't keep pace with the market. Your grade will undermine your potential for promotion. You will earn less over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Goal-oriented work is only a good experience when the goal isn't a larger pile of work.
    Stop making the favoritism so obvious and predictable.
    Make this job more than just a stepping stone for everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Opportunities abound if you're willing to wait.

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    Former Employee - Advancement Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Advancement Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Georgetown University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Free tuition to a top university after working for a year (pending acceptance of course), including certification courses.
    -Perks and discounts to local businesses available for university employees.
    -Historic neighborhood.

    Cons

    -Pay is low compared to what you could get from similar universities or non-profit organizations and management doesn't give raises liberally.
    -Favoritism and preference is always given to alumni or current students. Experienced candidates are frequently passed over in favor of new GU grads to help drive up the school's placement statistics.
    -It takes an awful lot to get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Start hiring and promoting qualified people, even if they're not GU grads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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