University of San Francisco

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My experience at the University of San Francisco was good overall.

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Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA

I worked at University of San Francisco part-time (less than a year)

Pros

There was a good work space. The people were very professional and well mannered. The environment is very independent, meaning that everyone takes care and worries about their work.

Cons

If you enjoying knowing the people that you work with, this isn't the right job for you. There is also very minimal team work.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Great Place To Get Valuable Experience

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at University of San Francisco full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of things to learn about running organizations, fundraising, strategies, events, interactions with people and all kinds of interesting interactions
    - Lots of experienced professors and staff who have real-world backgrounds in various disciplines
    - Descent benefits and salaries
    - Great location (although with the great location comes TERRIBLE parking)

    Cons

    - Highly, HIGHLY bureaucratic and hierarchical with limited opportunities to move up the ladder
    - Limited direct communication. Sometimes, its about mind-games, guessing, and finding out about information through gossip

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reward professors and staff who are loved by students but are under-appreciated by management
    - Promote healthy and direct communication in the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    USF becoming too corporate.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at University of San Francisco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits and opportunities to meet great people who believe in the mission of the university and are not bothered by the horrible salaries.

    Cons

    Way too bureaucratic. Management team has been there for years and years and basically runs the place, often to the detriment of the institution. Employee perks are slowly being taken away which, in the past, always made the terrible salaries bearable. Departmental politics and cliques create low morale, especially amongst employees who just want to do their work and not get involved with politics. University panders to international students (especially Chinese), many of whom come from wealthy families; a majority of these students really don't want to learn anything but finance so they can 'make lots of money' (direct quotes), and the only reason they're at USF is because it's easy to get into if you have lots of money, and they really only want the degree/diploma. Very difficult for instructors who put their hearts and souls into lesson plans when students don't care and/or cheat on tests and homework just to get through the course. Rumor is that international students 'pay' for their grades. So much wasteful spending on projects that are not compatible to environment or need, eg., USF's new logo, which looks like Walmart's logo, and which replaced the former, elegant logo of many years. Thousands were spent upgrading everything to reflect the new logo which, I repeat, is cheesy at best. This is a university that claims to change the world from there, with a focus on social justice. That is just laughable, considering it has contracts with Coca Cola (great signing bonus for USF), that also sells Dasani bottled water, the source for which is in India and has been accused of depleting many of its clean water sources. I used to love and support USF - l have been an employee for many years, and have double degrees from the university, as does my son and daughter-in-law - but I'm just sad that USF is slowly losing its collegial atmosphere and is becoming more like a corporation than an institution of higher learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down from your Lone Mountain Ivory Tower and bring more department heads/administrators into the decision making process. The fact that USF arbitrarily eliminated the Intensive English Program (which provided the diversity USF boasts about), because the IEP students were only paying 10k for two semesters rather than the 37k students on the waiting list would pay, is an excellent example. This decision resulted in fewer students and classes in the English department, which then resulted in non-PHP instructors being laid off due to lack of available classes. And, the new logo SUCKS; it's cheap looking and common. How could anyone think that the new logo is better than the former logo, which was so elegant? Stop trying to downplay USF's Jesuit Catholic roots,. which is disgraceful; it's almost as if USF is ashamed of this. If being a Catholic university bothers students and/or faculty or staff, they can certainly find secular jobs that would better fit their values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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