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George Washington University Reviews in Ashburn, VA

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
240 Reviews
3.7
240 Reviews
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George Washington University President Steven Knapp
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many departments have a good work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Tuition benefits and substantial financial aid for qualified graduate programs (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Seems to be plenty of "sweeping under the rug" of problems, and problems with middle management (in 5 reviews)

  • upper management are very subjective on promotions (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    pleasant, professional and political

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at George Washington University full-time

    Pros

    very flexible, telework, good people to work with

    Cons

    very hard to move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Executive assistant to the director of high performance computer lab

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at George Washington University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Got my own office, had flexible holiday schedules, most of the time I worked on my own without anyone in the office.

    Cons

    Disconnect to other departments, it is like a government no one wants to take responsibility for a situation. Most times you can not even reach others within the university to resolve an issue which can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More direction for the job and duties would be good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unpleasant Work Environment w/ Micro-Managing DO NOT WORK HERE (Registrar's Office)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Services Representative in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Student Services Representative in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at George Washington University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The employee benefits are great, with very low tuition if you plan to attend school, along with medical, vision, eye, and dental. The only catch is that the degree that you are pursuing must be related to your position, or you will have to cover the costs of taxes, which can add up and are taken out of your check.

    Cons

    The leadership and management in this position want people who take orders and are submissive to the demands of a tyrannical supervisor. Micro managing is a true understatement in this position at GW. Not to mention, important or beneficial information is withheld from employees until after the fact. The lack of communication and treatment of employees under the conditions that I've mentioned are what make this place an absolute NO if you are looking for employment within the Registrar's Office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The actual registrar should highly consider new management. The turn over rate within this office is astronomical! And it is very sad that the same leadership that runs good employees away still remains in their position. Anyone who works in this office or has worked in this office knows the exact person that is causing the negative reviews and feedback of The Office of the Registrar at George Washington University, but does nothing or says nothing about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ashburn in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Ashburn in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at George Washington University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    ok place to work, Stable place to work with no lay offs , Good telecommute options, good training options

    Cons

    Politics are hot and things go very slow, people can be rude too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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