Northwest University

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Toxic workplace for those who value excellence

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Northwest University

Pros

Very good faculty - mostly good staff - nice location - pockets of excellence (academic success, bookstore...) - overall family friendly for employees with some concession to work/life balance -
 some positive movement in the forced exit of some of the worst VP level people (and at least one of their worst cronies) in 2011-2012

Cons

*VP level Administration is wildly inexperienced in management (there is at least one individual who could jeopardize the institution legally for his repeated toxic mismanagement): strong "group think" problems
*Pay is extremely low for the area for both faculty and staff (VP level however makes good money)
*HR is bad / powerless
*voluntary turnover in the last 2 years is very high
*Finances are shaky enough to cast doubt on long-term institutional viability
*Chronically underfunded in every conceivable area - "do more with less"
*Board is gargantuan (30+ to oversee this small school?), totally reliant on VPs/President for info (and are thus given "mushroom treatment")
*those who care about excellence are seen as "troublemakers" and threats
*Information avoidance as standard practice - will NOT copy best practices from other IHEs

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Cut Board size to a dozen or less - raise faculty and staff salaries to be on par with peers in area - minimize denominational affiliation (instead of emphasizing) - learn from evidence and hold VPs accountable to peer-based standards for their departments

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

6 Other Employee Reviews for Northwest University (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    It was okay experience.

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Northwest University as an intern

    Pros

    Community and professors who really care for you.

    Cons

    School is really small. It is hard to get internship with big companies.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Best Community to work at

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northwest University

    Pros

    Northwest University has a wonderful environment and community to work at. Everyone is very personable and cares about the students. Most of the workers like to see the students succeed and work above and beyond to make sure that it happens.

    Cons

    Some departments are overworked and this causes friction among different departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue working on the structure and communication between departments

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