George Washington University
3.7 of 5 179 reviews
www.gwu.edu Washington, DC 1000 to 5000 Employees

George Washington University Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2014
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3.7 179 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

George Washington University President Steven Knapp

Steven Knapp

(61 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "For the most part, the work/life balance is decent"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Tuition benefits and substantial financial aid for qualified graduate programs"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Compensation, Management, Cost of living"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Middle management afraid to make decisions"
    in 4 reviews
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    Great people, unwieldy bureaucracy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat benefits, casual workplace (this varies - some areas are certainly more formal/structured than others), positive energy, dynamic work.

    ConsMassive, massive, massive bureaucracy. Poor salaries, and often little room for upward mobility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate career tracks for the junior personnel you hire and want to retain. You lose a lot of good people because they simply have nowhere to go up at GW.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    got job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosquick response time for hiring

    Consi have no cons while working there

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    Treats lecturers fairly, but the pay is low

    Adjunct Professor (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGWU has a fair policy for adjunct professors to allows them great latitude in their approach. The students are interested and motivated. And it is in the heart of the city so there are extensive opportunities for real-life examples and experiences to incorporate in lectures and to motivate students.

    ConsThe pay is too low to ensure quality and stability in its teaching staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want better scores on your instruction ratings, pay more and cultivate your adjunct teaching staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    There's a lot of red tape, but if you find the right people, you can navigate it.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGenerous leave policy. Fantastic tuition policy: 95+% discount on academic programs if you're full time; 50% off for spouses and children. Location - if you're in Foggy Bottom.

    ConsGW has a culture of indifference. There's not much cooperation between the various business units, and there's a serious disconnect between them, so getting any real, meaningful cooperation can be a challenge. There are some groups that are great to work with, but they're few and far between. It's a generally dysfunctional place. Pay is not competitive with private sector. Everything moves very slowly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead. Get involved. There are other teams at GW besides your own, and they probably rely on yours for something - try getting to know them, or at least understand that decisions that you make (or don't make) have actual consequences for others in the University.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A means to an end

    Assistant Director (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIt used to be tuition assistance benefit, though I have heard that this program has been gutted to be somewhat effective. If your passion is higher education it is worth a look.

    ConsEmployees are not treated well, nor are they developed or utilized to hone in new talent. Senior management has interest in preserving individual kingdoms more than creating a successful environment for students and employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Run, Don't Walk

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance, tuition benefit, job security

    ConsStaff are disrespected continually, treated like children (I feel as though I have to raise my hand to pee), used as whipping boys for supervisors and micro-managed to an obscene degree, performance evaluations are entirely subjective, workload overwhelming and unfairly distributed, morale is low, little continuity of staff due to everyone leaving after 1-2 years, resistance to change, retaliation for speaking up, sexual harassment, inaccurate terminology for job titles (stop labeling female-dominated roles as "assistants" when they are in fact coordinators, specialists, etc...although this can be said of a lot of positions in a lot of organizations, I'd expect more from a university), stingy time-off

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep in mind these experiences are very office-to-office. Set up objective metric indicators for every staff position, do more to educate ALL supervisors in EVERY department about sexual harassment, create ethical checks-and-balances, develop training

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OTS a great place

    Student Assistant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGW's tech support for the liberal arts school (OTS) is a great place to work as a student. Friendly yet professional bosses, generally real work, and pretty solid networking/post-graduate employment opportunities. Wage is pretty generous for part-time student work.

    ConsCCAS management often has its head in the Phillips-Rome basement. 'Direction' from other departments sometimes comes in with no real purpose.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLocation, university culture and people around you

    ConsThe work load sometimes in high depending on the professor

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good university, excellent location with lots of opportunities

    Lecturer (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsExcellent location. Excellent professional development. Good place for networking, fundraising.

    ConsAs the university is large, it has terrible bureaucracy, redundant procedures, unfriendly work environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great compensation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe salary and work/life balance were great. Progressive in some ways. Opportunities for tuition remission. Lots of opportunities for students to gain great work experience.

    ConsThe environment can be very stressful. Very paper-driven in some ways, which was very surprising. Could feel very punitive, as opposed to developmental and supportive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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