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George Washington University Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
194 Reviews

3.7
194 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For the most part, the work/life balance is decent (in 16 reviews)

  • Tuition benefits and substantial financial aid for qualified graduate programs (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Compensation, Management, Cost of living (in 3 reviews)

  • Although some clients could prove to be difficult, there were no serious cons in working for GW Housing over the summer (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great benefits and supportive community

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  2.  

    Pleasant environment, boring tasks

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

    Pros

    The office provided flexible scheduling and a light, enjoyable environment. I really enjoyed going to work to see my co-workers and my boss was very understanding when any issues came up. Relatively stress free!

    Cons

    The student position assistant in the Office for Study Abroad is rather dull and mundane. You are constantly working, but not gaining too many new skills that you couldn't get at another department on campus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of students' willingness to be a part of more challenging projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    research associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    people there are nice and work style is flexible,can learn a lot during the work and people are always very helpful

    Cons

    sometimes the working environment is too peaceful to push yourself to be better

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  5.  

    Neutral

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    Current Employee - Deputy  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Deputy in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Tuition benefits are great.

    Cons

    Depending on who you are working with, you can be really happy or frustrated with your job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Has a lot of unrealized potential

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Lots of funding, good locations

    Cons

    Not very selective in admissions/hiring, run like a business not a school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Humanize your thinking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Managers operate in silos

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

    Pros

    Telecommuting options and flexible work hours.
    Great tuition benefits.

    Cons

    Some Managers are rude and very difficult to work with.
    Employees work hard but are not appreciated or awarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees (surveys, exit interviews) and take action on bad Managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Tuition Assistance Programs were great for employees

    Cons

    Overall Infrastructure and Management needed more streamlined transitions

  9.  

    You get out what yo put in.

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    Former Employee - MPO  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - MPO in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Community was great. the students falculty and staff are viberant and collabrative

    Cons

    upper management are very subjective on promotions. they will promote someone with that reflects the majority comminuity that is less qualified and trained. dont respect seniority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote people that are loyal and dedicated and stop alienating them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent first job out of college

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    It's a job that is a good transition from college to being a young-professional. I started working for GW as a work-study student and made the change to full-time employee immediately after graduation. Since it's a research university there are many opportunities to attend events and expand ones network. Take advantage of the opportunity to obtain your Masters degree for a huge discount.

    Cons

    Bureacracy
    Favoritism
    Lacked diversity

    I generally enjoyed my time working for GW but there was so much bureacracy, red tape, and office politics that it didn't seem like much was ever accomplished. There are great employees and subpar employees, from my observation if you're not one of the "popular" employees then you will have limited upward mobility. Even though GW is the second largest employer in DC (besides the federal government) there is not enough diversity in the administrative offices/management positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and try to keep the ego trips to a minimum. Don't oversee a university unless you are committed to the success of the students/faculty. Faculty, students, and at times employees are kept on a tight leash which inhibits growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good benefits, poor HR

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    Former Employee - IT Professional  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Washington, DC

    Pros

    great tuition benefits, vacation, and work life balance.
    -pay is competitive at higher profile positions

    Cons

    -real problem with hazing and bullying by certain directors.
    -greivance process is not transparent or effective by HR.
    -offenders in management were simply moved to another department.
    -a significant portion of a department within IT resigned due to unprofessional behavior of management.

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