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Don't work for the IT department

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Location, nice people, non-IT departments are good, students are friendly

Cons

Management in IT - a few don't enough experience to know even the simplest best practices, and they are only out for themselves and cannot deal with conflicts that arise. What's worse, they fancy themselves good at their jobs. Terrible combo. Be careful, if you complain about them they may retaliate. They can be unethical as well. That said, there are like two who are good at their jobs.

IT is a police state - The information security group has overriding power to shut down your project on grounds of "security" instead of being an advisory group and helping you out.

Too political - it's a good ol' boys club, and you're either in it or you're not. Questioning or having a disagreement with management is a death sentence for your career. You can't trust anyone, and you can't even really be friends with anyone. They will try to intimidate you to get you to toe the line.

Don't keep up with upgrades - your pertinent skills will atrophy and it will be hard to find a job elsewhere.

Pay is WAY below industry averages (unless you're high up) - They'll try to tell you that you're well paid though

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Funny how all of the marginal to negative reviews on here are about the IT department. Funny also, how I can't disagree. Don't work for IT. My advice to management in IT is to learn how to manage. You get paid over twice what most your underlings make, earn your keep.

And beware of nepotism, you shouldn't allow it here.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Pepperdine University

  1.  

    Wonderful environment, great coworkers, meaningful work

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Great people
    High caliber employees who are both professional and personable
    Competitive salaries
    Upper-level management is authentic, enthusiastic about their work, and set a great example
    Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Commute can be tricky-- it's not easy to get to the campus if there are any road closures.
    Salary is probably a bit lower than it would be in the corporate sector, but I still felt well-compensated, and the benefits were great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your alumni; they are a huge asset!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Malibu, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    Amazing University that values it's employees and cultivates a family oriented culture

    Cons

    Tight budgets for promotions and growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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