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Lehigh University Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
78 Reviews
4.4
78 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Beautiful campus and great team to work with (in 7 reviews)

  • Great benefits and great people (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • the students, faculty and staff are great and most of middle management is great, but there is a very top down approach to decision making (in 2 reviews)

  • South Bethlehem is not the best place to live (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Graduate student at Lehigh University

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lehigh University full-time

    Pros

    Great place to study. Professor here are professional, staff here are willing to help you, and students here are very nice and friendly.

    Cons

    you need lots of time on your course work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more practical things are needed

  2.  

    beautiful campus

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bethlehem, PA

    I have been working at Lehigh University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    beautiful campus and very convenient for living

    Cons

    limited resources for doing experiment in electrical engineering.
    lab equipment are out of date

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve lab environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Student Consultant in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Student Consultant in Bethlehem, PA

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

    Pros

    As a student, it was great to work on projects with the ESC. Lots of support, definitely would do again.

    Cons

    Work sometimes got in the way of personal life, a couple of all-nighters prior to big meetings and deadlines, etc. But that's mostly just managing time as a student.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not for upper management but for immediate management, make certain that students are seen as students, not low-paid lackeys or something.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Good employer

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Lehigh University full-time

    Pros

    Nice people ,nice place, good pay

    Cons

    The town is too quiet

  6.  

    Great people all around. The people made the place.

    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Bethlehem, PA

    I have been working at Lehigh University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people were wonderful. Everyone in my office was nice and supportive.

    Cons

    I outgrew the job quickly

  7.  

    Great place to work in terms of benefits, not so easy to get long-term position in research or teaching.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethlehem, PA

    I worked at Lehigh University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, such as health insurance coverage (not completely covered, but a great portion, several plan options), and pension benefits (they put the equivalent 10% of my salary into a retirement fund every month, no contribution on my part required!).

    Cons

    I don't think it is easy to advance in this environment. They seem to want their grad students and postdocs to continue their careers at a different University. I guess that's the case in many places anyway.

    Recommends
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    Lehigh is on a beautiful campus, and as big as the university is, there is a close family feeling among its employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lehigh University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lehigh has very generous benefits; professional and personal development opportunities; room for growth within most departments.

    Cons

    • Since it is a non profit organization, the pay is lower than for profit companies, but the benefits more than make up for the difference...if you take advantage of them!
    • Morale is struggling at the moment for various reasons, but I don't believe this is unique to Lehigh.
    • Lehigh's pay structure leaves a bit to be desired when moving up from within. There are set increase limits to what an internal candidate for a job can earn and it can be significantly lower than what an external candidate can earn for the same position. This makes little sense to me, because a candidate being already familiar with the university, its policies and tools (software, etc.), would have much less of a learning curve over someone who has not worked for the university and therefore be of more value to the organization. If the organization is willing to pay more for an outsider, then it should be willing to offer an internal candidate the same, given the time and effort that will be saved in trainings, orientations and new employee hiring expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent...if something is in error one day, don't look the other way on another day. If something (i.e. overtime) is required of one employee, don't make it not required of others on the same grade level.
    Be clear...if you are not able to explain procedures properly, don't hold errors against the staff that received your unclear direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Community environment

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Bethlehem, PA

    I have been working at Lehigh University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great exchange of academic research paired with student focused learning. The individual departments do a great job of setting up professors for success and the caliber of student is much higher then that of some other institutions.

    Cons

    Change happens very slowly as characteristic of most higher learning establishments. There is a polarization that happens with departments so transferring sometimes is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add a bit more focus to application of knowlege

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Startling inverse of standards Between Academic or Research-related jobs and Staff positions, professional level or not.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lehigh University

    Pros

    Interesting academic environment at a prestigious university, decent benefits, great job if you have a good supervisor. You can see by the reviews already here that if you are in research or in the academic side of things, you are generally happy. If you are staff, not so much.

    Cons

    Salaries are uneven, with little prospect of advancement, unless you happen to work out regularly with a Director. If you are placed with a poor supervisor, you are out of luck. HR does not side with employees -- they are all for management. The environment lately has been becoming more and more corporate...its a shame -- it was a great place to work with a lot of people dedicated to what they do. However, that is not enough anymore. Moreover, professional staff are not given the same considerations as faculty -- so even if you are research oriented, you can't get a sabbatical. Not true at other institutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not let management be abusive to their staff. Do not let this great academic environment become corporate at the cost of dedicated people who love their jobs. Give professional staff their due amount of respect and opportunity. Happy staff are more productive and dedicated to their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Center for Academic Success

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Tutor in Bethlehem, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, wonderful experience of teaching. You are not asked a lot, and you are given your opportunity with enough guidance.

    Cons

    Some fellow tutors slacking off discourages you from working harder. The system of timing in/out needs some reconsideration to fix the problem.

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