Mercer University Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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  1. Assistant professor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macon, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macon, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great school to work at.

    Cons

    You will spend weekends working with students

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the work on service learning.


  2. Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mercer University

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, lots of freedom for course content, many motivated students

    Cons

    Small universities require large amount of time with students and participation in university activities


  3. Excellent Employer-Very Tight Knit

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    Current Employee - Student Support Specialist in Macon, GA
    Current Employee - Student Support Specialist in Macon, GA

    I have been working at Mercer University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love how eveyone wants to get to know you. Very beautiful people. You feel cared for and a part of a greater goal/bigger picture. I am glad to be a part of this institution.

    Cons

    Finding parking can be a bit difficult.


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  5. Good first job out of college

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Macon, GA
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Macon, GA

    I worked at Mercer University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an admissions counselor you get to travel and talk about the school. You also learn skills such as sales, budget, etc. Had a good time doing this but it is not something to do forever. You also get a lot of freedom in the office.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility
    Low pay
    work weekends
    dealing with 16-18 year old prospective students can get annoying
    lack of professional development

    Advice to Management

    Put in place training and professional development programs for admissions folks. As enrollment management becomes more of a science you should try to get your people up to speed on that.


  6. Pretty good private institution.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macon, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macon, GA

    I have been working at Mercer University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The faculty and staff get along well.

    Cons

    Very limited upward mobility because departments are very small. Moving up probably means moving outside of the institution. Additionally, the salaries are super low. I have a PhD and have been working there 7 years receiving EXCELLENT performance evaluations and I have yet to make $40k but the management has no problem asking you to serve on numerous advisory boards and volunteer for campus-wide events held after 5pm and on weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff!


  7. Assistant Professor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mercer University full-time

    Pros

    Students and faculty care about education.

    Cons

    Negative environment. The administration cares about money more than people and does not treat staff with respect.


  8. It was the best of times...it was the worst of times.

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Macon, GA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Macon, GA

    I worked at Mercer University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on your department and your supervisor, Mercer can be a great place to work. While I was there, the benefits were great including a very low deductible (less than $1000) for health insurance, free bonus vacation days during Christmas when the university as closed, staff appreciation days, free tickets to athletic and arts events, and a beautiful campus. HR is probably one of the best offices I have worked with in my career. Most faculty and staff are warm and easy to work with.

    Cons

    As the new football program emerged and basketball program got better and Mercer's non-academic interests such as Newtown Macon and College Hill programs with the Knight Foundation got bigger, the focus on regular students and academics seemed to diminish. I saw colleagues from other departments fight for funding to keep their programs at the highest level. I saw one dean retire early because he was done fighting for money his program brought in, that was being used by others. Make one wrong move, and the president will make sure you are gone. Too many good people have "retired", "moved on" or "volunteered to leave" while trying to make a positive difference.

    I also observed folks moving on because there was no way for them to really move forward in their careers, no true promotional opportunities, and rise hikes were very limited due to strict budgets.

    Advice to Management

    Give younger staff more opportunities for career growth, encourage them to participate in board positions with community organizations, and allow them to continue their education or experiences even if they are not on Mercer's
    campuses. Don't forget that there are other reasons people attend college besides athletics. Celebrate those departments. Don't make them feel insignificant. They are the real reason why you exist.


  9. Great school.
    Employed my IT and love it. Friendly staff and friendly managers

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    Current Employee - Student IT Worker in Macon, GA
    Current Employee - Student IT Worker in Macon, GA

    I have been working at Mercer University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, friendly, repayment for good work

    Cons

    Being a student worker you are kept out of the loop on current major issues


  10. One of the most underrated Universities in the country to teach at.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Macon, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Macon, GA

    I have been working at Mercer University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong commitment to community, service-learning, with fellow academics at the top of their fields in research.

    Cons

    Technologically, VERY behind. Legacy systems. Site and LMS that won't display on mobile devices.

    Advice to Management

    Worry less about P.R. and more about doing the right thing. Hire more Mercer graduates.


  11. Great Program for Pharmaceutical Sciences

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mercer University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent professors who are experts in their field. Atlanta is a great place for all ethnic backgrounds.

    Cons

    Remuneration could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!



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