George Washington University

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George Washington University Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
212 Reviews
3.8
212 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.  

    Awesome

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Alumna and employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Great opportunities for students

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

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

    Pros

    My immediate supervisors were very supportive of my work within my department; always laid back, but professional.

    Cons

    Overall values of the school seemed to be changing when I graduated in 2013, and that made working there difficult as we had to change our mentality and the way that we did things. Seemed to be a disconnect between what the students wanted and the new direction of the administration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    As Director of EMBA I am responsible for the oversight of all operations, admissions, marketing, student services

    Current Employee - Director, Executive Education in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director, Executive Education in Washington, DC

    I have been working at George Washington University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work here are the people. The atmosphere is very open and collegiate. The vacation and sick leave benefits are very high.

    Cons

    My challenge of working here is the position I am in, and the opportunity for growth. I've been with GW for 7 years, I've learned a lot but I want to move to another space where I can continue to grow and provide my skills and experience to make a positive impact on another institution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to foster an office culture that is more appreciative. Provide staff with the acknowledgment of good work so staff are incintived to come in everyday and give their 110%. Building trust is important for leaders, as it is is impossible for staff to follow a leader they do not trust.

  7.  

    Great benefits and supportive community

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

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

    Pros

    Great community, great benefits (including tuition reimbursement), supportive management, training

    Cons

    Encouraged to provide ideas to improve community, but implementation is very, very slow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Research Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Research Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at George Washington University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great place to work. As a French I had a very great research experience at the CISR. My colleague were available and the work efficient.

    Cons

    The office is far from foggy bottom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at George Washington University

    Pros

    Good work life balance, personal growth, tuition benefits, etc.

    Cons

    slow-moving, unfriendly culture, lots of politics

  10.  

    Great working environment to work and learn!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Admissions Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    As an Admissions Assistant, the Undergraduate Admissions Office was very flexible with scheduling my time between classes. The office has seen some big changes in the past few years, but all with the intent to make a better experience for university visitors and staff. The Admissions team is friendly and helpful. As a student, I loved the work environment. Definitely a great place to work.

    Cons

    The training program could be more comprehensive, but every employee learns what they need to after a few weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at George Washington University full-time

    Pros

    Small class, does not take much time

    Cons

    need to take time if the class is big

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