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Georgetown University Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
188 Reviews
3.7
188 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, work-life balance, opportunities for continuing education (in 15 reviews)

  • It's a friendly and relatively easy-going work environment (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • The salary I got was enough, but not really comparable to what I would have made in my midwestern hometown when compared to cost of living (in 4 reviews)

  • Little training, often inexperienced middle-management (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great pay for PHD

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

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very friendly faculty members and high profile research projects

    Cons

    Very limited flexibility to design and conduct your research projects, since the principal investigator as a control freak wants you do everything as she thinks is right, without considering your opinions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being ignorant and arrogant to your fellow graduate students, be more transparent about long term plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worked for the School of Continuing Studies,

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Georgetown University as an intern

    Pros

    Great office culture, developed personal relationships with managers and truly enjoyed my time there. Understanding of working hard while also having fun.

    Cons

    Difficult commute especially if you live outside of the immediate D.C. area. The metro can be a pain and you may also need to take a bus, there is also very minimal parking which is also expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Assistant Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time

    Pros

    Well-balanced workplace with great benefits

    Cons

    Very little growth/ highly bureaucratic organization

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Place

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

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free School for most employees

    Cons

    Stuffy atmosphere and hard work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to teach because of the students more than the culture or the leadership

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible, great students, good colleagues

    Cons

    Administrators have little real regard for education, swayed by trendy issues.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall favorable experience for a visiting professor, but pay could be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgetown University part-time

    Pros

    low pay, some students thing they are overly entitled to things

    Cons

    good motivated students, no micromanagment from from administration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve pay

  8.  

    Do *NOT* work there, unless you are that financially desperate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Georgetown University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent salary (but low compared to other universities in the area) and the possibility of a tuition benefit.

    Cons

    No pension, limited benefits, incompetent management, rampant emotional abuse, and struggling so much financially that I was concerned for my job the entire time I was there. Also, had i had the financial means, I would have filed a law suit for mistreatment and discrimination. I highly recommend to everyone I know to never work there. It simply isn't worth it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    University culture is problematic for staff

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

    I worked at Georgetown University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice location. Pays more than other universities in the area for comparable positions. Tuition benefits. My Kaiser Permanente health insurance was amazing.

    Cons

    Very little consistency between departments. My supervisor had very little regard for my actual job description, and along with needing to chip in with a number of tasks over my pay grade on short notice, I found myself running personal errands for my supervisor, helping with their Doctoral dissertation research and even had to type up their Dissertation cover page and work on citations. I was an Executive assistant for Student Affairs--- not this person's personal assistant. I felt that I could not refuse to work on these tasks without damaging my annual review and position in the office. The University charged much too much for parking (even though they have a garage) and a year of taking Metro was actually cheaper than paying for a year of parking. Problems within the department (when an employee was stealing, for instance) were not dealt with in a consistent way that clearly involved HR because the department wanted to keep the incident quiet from the students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Human Resources should work closer with employees and the different departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Over ten years I've watched the once very special, collegiate quality of working in this community deteriorate.

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    Current Employee - Public Relations, Communications  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Relations, Communications in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good retirement package. And, yes, it still draws really great, gifted, and dedicated people who can be a real joy to work among. Why they seem much less likely to hire these peoople into jobs at the supervisor/administrator level is a puzzle.

    Cons

    Departments that should be keenly focused on providing good systems of service more often are so difficult to work with that it is a huge frustration to work with them--especially those involved with the smooth financial operation of business affairs--something you would expect a model operation at a school trying to promote a leading edge School of Business like McDonough.
    As has been written before, the administrative level makes decisions and policies that most often block rather than facilitate the organization's healthy growth into a 21st century management model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move into the 21st century. Learn how to work cooperatively with your departments/work groups. Don't just 'pan' a listening pose, but listen and implement. Recognize those who contribute to a healthy existence as a thriving organization are working in areas of the university that extend well beyond the classroom and ithis organizaton's continued positive growth requires a focus on stewarding the positive operation of all areas of this organization--a 'systems' thinking approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Didn't love it didn't hate it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Georgetown University

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent, the campus is beautiful and some of the management is great!

    Cons

    It is what you make of it.

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