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Franklin University Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work as a developer

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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Franklin University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You will get to work with very skilled peers and the managers directly above the dev teams are great. I have read the reviews here about senior management and that sounds like axe grinding. None of that affects me at all. No middle management.

    Cons

    No clear path for contractor to be converted to employees yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contractors are more motivated and bought-in when they have hope to become employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Challenging Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Franklin University full-time

    Pros

    The employees here are some of the most hard-working, loyal, and friendly people that you will ever meet. You can expect to make strong and lasting friendships here. The health insurance and retirement benefits are wonderful and the time off that you receive (including a long winter break) is hard to find anywhere else.

    Cons

    It has become a very difficult place to work. Morale is at an all-time low. Employees are being asked to take on more and more work (without additional compensation) and stress levels are very high across campus. The working environment is very negative and the outlook for the near future is not positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better value the contributions of all of your employees. Listen to all of your employees because they often have excellent suggestions for making improvements. Decisions are always made at the top and management is not open to new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Decent, but flawed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Franklin University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the people (usually non-management) are very good. Management holds periodic large scale meetings to keep employees informed about the institution. Employes are recognized for doing a good job. Nice benefits.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Compensation not very competitive with other institutions. While there are some opportunities for improvement, management seems to prefer outside candidates over promoting and training internal employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on the micromanagement and let your people do their jobs. Reward the good ones by offering advancement opportunity and better compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Opportunities and morale vary greatly by department.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Franklin University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, get to work with truly nice, talented individuals that care about students.

    Cons

    Questionable promotions from within, not based on merit. There is no real internal job posting system, and people are just promoted mysteriously. They are overly tolerant of bad management, and many people who fail at their jobs just get reassigned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Do real candidate searches instead of hiring from within. Revise performance reviews so they have meaning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Fear Based Leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Franklin University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Franklin University does offer some advantages to the employee. Some of those advantages include tuition free education and an adequate benefits package.

    Cons

    The challenges of working at Franklin University are great. Beginning with a tiring regime of senior leadership that seems to "lead" by decisions made by consensus rather than confidence in ones own ability to execute a decision efficiently and confidently. Paralysis by analysis. This seems to promote a trickle down affect into a weak middle management that rarely can make a confident decision without the cliche catch phrase of a "buy-in". Impossible to succeed professionally unless you sit in the front row during university assembly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions within are not always the best choice. If the goal is to grow and think outside of the academic box then possibly attracting new talent that is successful in the academic world would be key-more so on the executive/management level. Walk the talk. It seems unclear on whether leadership wants to run a university or a corporation. Most do not believe you can do both effectively and successfully. Please make a decision. But then again the ability to make a decision is what needs to improve greatly.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Lovely

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Franklin University full-time

    Pros

    I love this school! I have had the opportunity to both attend this University and work at this University.
    They genuinely care about their students. Of course they cannot please everyone, with that said, make sure you take EVERYTHING into consideration when making your decision on a University.

    Cons

    The pay is a bit low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay for advisers... Especially if they have a MA.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Senior Management thinks they know it all

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    Current Employee - Staff  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Staff in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Franklin University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    We have nice offices and some of the people are fun to work with. The breakfast is nice but getting less so - they no longer provide plates.

    Cons

    If you have an idea and are not in senior management, forget about it. They only listen to themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some people on campus know something too. Why don't you ask them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Outstanding for Adjunct Faculty

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Franklin University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Committed to Adjunct Faculty. Office of Teaching Effectiveness does great job onboarding and mentoring. The provide outstanding recognition and professional development. Free courses for family members based on course hours taught. Excellent learning management system.

    Cons

    Each program is managed by program chair. Not much departmental crossover. Some students are very challenged. Curriculum changes are very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the support for your Adjunct team. Continue to strategically grow the University.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Excellent place to learn and work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Franklin University part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Forward-thinking leadership and curriculum. Compensation and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Distance continuing education for adjuncts and staff is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the changes in technology, just making sure the remote adjuncts and staff are properly kept in the loop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Academic Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Franklin University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful staff and colleagues. Free breakfast, not too much work

    Cons

    Too little work, Budget affects everything

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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