Georgetown University Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Georgetown University President and Director Jack DeGioia
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Pros
  • Work life balance is great; students are great (in 15 reviews)

  • Supportive work environment, great people (in 19 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. Loved working there and would have stayed longer if I could.

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Georgetown University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People, atmosphere is laid back.

    Cons

    Some supervisors are no qualified for positions go figure so look out for that.

    Advice to Management

    none.


  2. Teacher's Assistant

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    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Georgetown University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours Independence CV booster Good source of references

    Cons

    40+hours of work one week, few the next. Low pay Variable experience depending on who your professor is.

    Advice to Management

    Simple 90 day performance reviews


  3. Good with room to grow

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This is a special place to work where the people make the job. Other staff are committed to working with/for students to the best of their ability and being collaborative along the way. The benefits are really great.

    Cons

    The pay leaves something to be desired. One of the lowest paying colleges/universities in the DC Metro area compared to peer institutions regionally. The opportunity for raises are few and far between and rarely even get cost of living adjustments.


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  5. Not a top-tier experience for a top-tier university

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

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good work-life balance, great colleagues and students, prestigious institution, intellectually invigorating

    Cons

    Salaries are laughable, commute from somewhere one can afford to live on a GU salary is a nightmare, 3-year waitlist for childcare on campus doesn't make things any easier for families


  6. Hoyas Do it Right

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people to work with, infectious environment - Fast-paced jobs offer tremendous growth and development

    Cons

    - Often demanding responsibilities - Rigorous culture on campus can create a low morale around stressful times of year

    Advice to Management

    When it comes to student employees, remember that above all else, they are students. Encourage them to succeed and strive for professional growth, but be cautious not to lose site of their priorities.


  7. Confidential

    Current Employee - Confidential in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Confidential in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tuition Assistance For Degree and Certificate programs

    Cons

    Very low salaries. Associate Director can make only $30,000.


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    Assistant Director

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

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great coworkers, good benefits, flexible work arrangements available.

    Cons

    poor pay, often poor communication


  9. Online Education

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    Current Employee - Director of Executive Education in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director of Executive Education in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, colleagues are brilliant, institutional values generally match my own.

    Cons

    The pay and the nature of Georgetown is that it is very top-heavy.


  10. Lots of very interesting co-workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgetown University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - lots of very interesting co-workers - lots of continuing education opportunities - great staff development training classes

    Cons

    - institution so huge that there is the inevitable bureaucratic "red tape"

    Advice to Management

    - focus more on increasing the efficiency & productivity of the on-campus departments


  11. Helpful (1)

    Friendly Colleagues, Menial Jobs, Beware of "Free Tuition" Pitfalls

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Diverse work environment and ability to attend on-campus events (lectures, classes etc) - Good benefits to go with a modest salary - Free tuition after continuous employment of at least 12 months

    Cons

    - Modest salaries (though compensated by free tuition after a year of working full-time) - Work was not very challenging for someone with advanced skills - Little or no career advancement opportunities (despite being a large organization with numerous open job postings, there's very little effort to have employees switch departments in case of re-orgs or staff layoffs). - The tuition assistance benefit is a great employee benefit on paper. However, there is a lot of fine print, including a one-year waiting period. Worst experience of my tenure was being laid-off right after being accepted into a top-tier graduate program at the university. It meant that I had to pay the tuition out of pocket. - Management handled the layoffs process poorly.

    Advice to Management

    - Reduce the waiting period for employee tuition benefits (a one-year wait is too long) - Increase salaries at lower levels - Manage expectations better during employee turnover, layoffs



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