Georgetown University Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
183 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.  

    Good Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    hostile people racist long hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Surgical Tech  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Surgical Tech in Washington, DC

    I worked at Georgetown University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    reputation for the institution location

    Cons

    theattitude and morale was low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be understanding

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not as great a place as it used to be

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people

    Cons

    HUGE financial constraints that are wearing people down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    University culture is problematic for staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    The Administration at Georgetown University needs help communicating.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Georgetown University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is alot of job security but vertical promotion isn't likely since no one gets fired. This place provides alot of opportunity for networking. Also if you work long enough Georgetown will help with your tuition at Georgetown.

    Cons

    Promotions are not likely and there is a lot of red tape to achieve anything. Also most people don't stay long because after they're tuition is paid they move on to other opportunities. Which makes progress difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more autonomy they're smart.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great colleagues, excellent boss

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Director  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Director in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with Georgetown students is a pleasure: intelligent, motivated and enthusiastic.

    Cons

    Subpar benefits and salary freeze are non competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had an excellent experience with my manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good people, some dysfunction

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

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time

    Pros

    Many supervisors are supportive and generally good people. People stay a long time. Great benefits. The stress isn't too bad.

    Cons

    Money is tight (maybe because the Medical Center keeps losing money?). Annual salary increases don't even match inflation. They tried to do away with raises completely a little while back, but caved after a big uproar. Some administrative offices are dysfunctional, either because they're understaffed or because their underpaid employees don't care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Great Culture. Every employee is valued. Excellent work-life balance!

    Cons

    Little training, often inexperienced middle-management. Very low salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be room for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Respectful coworkers, realistic expectations for job performance, opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Location is less than ideal, tight budget

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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