George Washington University

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George Washington University Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
215 Reviews
3.7
215 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.  

    Very hands on with keeping up with the telecom changes.

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator ( Avaya) in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator ( Avaya) in Washington, DC

    I worked at George Washington University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very tight knit department, that worked very close together on problems an new information dealing with avaya an telecom in general.

    Cons

    I was working as a contractor so I got none of the benifits ( paid time off, or paid while working from home.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great benefits and friendly environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at George Washington University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional development is encouraged across the university.

    Cons

    Favoritism is often shown and generally not based on work performance and can hinder your ability to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at George Washington University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible, convenient hours, healthy pay

    Cons

    Hectic. Can't think of anything else

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very educational and challenging

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at George Washington University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with cooporating colleagues and great office environment.

    Cons

    Pay was on a university scale and when politics got in the way, things went south.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to look at how to grow an IT department for the future, bean counting is not the solutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Satisfied

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    great people and cool community

    Cons

    expensive and outdated research facilities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful experience. Supportive Environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at George Washington University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunities for advancement at such a large organization. Good work-life balance and encouraging and supportive management.

    Cons

    There can be challenges getting approval or "getting things done" in this organization, as in many other roles in higher education because of the many layers of management and approvers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making processes clear across schools and divisions would make things go more smoothly. There is some divide between upper management and junior level staff - more communication would make for a more inclusive environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good working environment but not having high efficiency

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at George Washington University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment and big chance for promotion

    Cons

    A little bit low efficiency for administration processing

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing from Day 1

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Generally they do not require much of employees and so they do plenty of surfing the internet. Working they gives you easy access to all the scholarship goodies as the student employees are the only ones aware of such programs.

    Cons

    Undergrad and grad students are in most of the positions, since they have few job prospects many stay long after graduating. Since they are never trained well, and little incentive the quality of work is poor and improves little over time. Working behind the scenes you see plenty of corruption meanwhile charging exorbitant fees to students who are unaware of how poor quality of education they are receiving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer student positions and more full time staff that actually know what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Alumna and employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at George Washington University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great tuition benefits and collegial culture. Wonderful work life balance. School is in a convenient location for most of DC/VA so transportation and dining options are top notch. Great professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    GW is plagued with group think and people who have "always done it this way" and are resistant to change. If you are younger and bring up an innovative idea, it will get shut down. They do not do enough benchmarking with peer institutions to think of other ways to operate. Many VPs are entitled and incompetent and bring nothing to the table. Their front line staff do all of the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work harder to retain talent. Offer more competitive salaries and opportunities for advancement after employees receive graduate degrees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at George Washington University full-time

    Pros

    Location, salary, smart collegial atmosphere

    Cons

    Bureaucratic at times as compared to other universities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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