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National University Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
55 Reviews
2.5
55 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of opportunity for advancement within organization, great benefits, free degree (in 8 reviews)

  • Great co-workers and tuition benefits (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay compared to many other universities and lack of promotional opportunities (in 10 reviews)

  • claims to be a "non-profit" but runs like a for profit (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great School with poor communication

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University

    Pros

    Good benefits, great coworkers and discounted education. Some management encourages growth within the company and the multiple locations allow you to transfer around the state

    Cons

    Severe lack of communication, management overhaul, and lack of available positions limits growth within the company.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good start, but underpaid.

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    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at National University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to get experience.
    Relaxed work place
    Great helpful people
    Sales or numbers aren't emphasized, yet.

    Cons

    Low pay
    Rule changes that are last minute and without warning
    Amateur upper decision makers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise pay to livable wages.
    Organize rule changes to be in proper time frames.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very secure job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Records Evaluator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Records Evaluator in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Job security. If you perform the basic requirements of your job - you'll have steady employment. Low stress work environment. Job training is thorough. Ample vacation time and sick time.

    Cons

    Low pay, small pay increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Low Pay, Great Benefits; Better Than Competition

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    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at National University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment (Los Angeles location); advancement is easy the longer you stay. Since turnover is frequent, the longer you stay, the more you learn and the better you'll do. Having worked for two other schools of this type (Trident University and ITT Technical Institute), I can honestly say this is the best of the bunch. While they also stress enrolling students, it's not the only function of the job, and they do not force a "Glengarry Glen Ross" sales culture on you. Degrees are also regionally accredited, so you can enroll students in good conscience. Their health plan is Cadillac - you will never have to worry about your health if you choose their PPO, and starting work later in the day is a blessing.

    Cons

    WAY overworked and underpaid; leadership is nuts in Los Angeles. Think they know more than they do, form opinions and stick to them - if they like you, it takes a lot for them not to; if they don't, nothing you do will change their mind, and the basis for that is pretty arbitrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge people based on their merits / performance and loyalty, not your personal opinion of their appearance or anything else.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Pay at 25% of the market and no bonus program

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University

    Pros

    Nice People to work with

    Cons

    Can't make a living wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay what people are worth - not what you can get away with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Need to pay bills? Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National University

    Pros

    Supportive and friendly coworkers. Tuition discount. As an admissions advisor, you gain experience with recruiting, enrolling, advising, and outreach. So there is a lot of variety which makes it more interesting.

    Cons

    Horrible pay. Don't let the private non profit status fool you. This school is all about enrolling, enrolling, enrolling. Its about getting the student to complete the application. And from there on out... Well hopefully they end up taking classes which half of them don't. My advice... Work for a for profit university because you will get paid more. Also promotions, well that all depends if you are liked by the AVP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees more. That way they will want to stick around for longer than a year. High turnover only hinders the ability for NU to be a successful school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    No job growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National University

    Pros

    -The coworkers are fun.

    Cons

    -Managers seem to just think about themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Adjunct Professor

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at National University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is an emphasis on the quality of education and the lead faculty cares about its students. They really want students to succeed.

    The hours are easy if your only responsibility is teaching.

    Great access to a community of other professors and interesting people.

    Cons

    The internal process and controls can be cumbersome.

    The adjunct pay is miniscule.

    Pay is not a reason to teach at NU.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased pay might encourage greater involvement by those who are accomplished in their fields.

  10.  

    HIGH TURN OVER! MONTH TO MONTH CONTRACT. POOR MANAGEMENT

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Most students appreciate the effort their teachers give.

    Cons

    High turnover, month to month contracts without any benefits, management doesn't care about the teachers, passing students is a necessity whether or not they complete their work, work 60 hours a week and get paid for 20.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your teachers' backs. Your degree program is a joke!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very high turnover. Need I say more.

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    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Woodland Hills, CA

    I worked at National University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helpful coworkers. Tuition discount for those who want to get a bachelors or masters degree. health benefits. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay. Its very insulting. There is a very high turnover of admissions advisors because of the low pay and no room to advance . The only thing that matters to the school is getting somebody to enroll. There is a lot of pressure to enroll and you will be expected to call leads EVERYDAY. So expect to be a telemarketer/ bug a boo or whatever you want to call it. Don't let the fact that the school is non profit fool you. You will also deal with many uneducated and lazy students because that's what the University attracts because they accept just about anyone.My advice. Save yourself the headache and look elsewhere. This isn't a place for a career. Its a job until you find something that pays what your worth.Let's just say you' d be making more working at McDonalds in Seattle since Seattle increased their minimum wage to $15.00 an hour than working as an admissions advisor at NU.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To pay better. However, they realize the pay us low and continue to do nothing about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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