North Park University Reviews

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  1. Student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work and go to school. professors are kind, staff is genuine and cares about your problems.

    Cons

    salary isn't the greatest but that is offset by the great community

    Advice to Management

    pay raises


  2. Pros and Cons of North Park

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at North Park University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There is a great working environment, great people to work with and a small community who cares about you. It's in a diverse and friendly neighborhood. They do provide opportunities for you to better your health by offering fitness classes on your lunch hour and partnerships with weight watchers.

    Cons

    There aren't a ton of opporunities for advancement and because it is a non-profit organization, pay rates remain on the lower end.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within or the good people will leave you. Create more opportunity for advancement.


  3. I worked as a COMPASS Mentor, Resident Assistant and Desk Attendant.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Park University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Free housing, great experience,

    Cons

    Long hours, frustrating, basically babysit people, lot of hours for little pay

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better, organize better,


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    Meaningful place to work but incredibly low pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at North Park University full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    North Park University is an excellent work community. The professors are incredibly gifted, and I enjoy working with them. The university also has a clear mission and vision and communicates them to the faculty and staff. The campus is located in a wonderfully diverse neighborhood, and this adds to the experience.

    Cons

    Work definitely gets busy as quads and semesters come to an end. Like many universities, North Park does not have a huge endowment and must therefore rely primarily on tuition for revenue. North Park also pays its adjunct instructors incredibly poorly, even by the already low standards of academia, and essentially makes money off their service.

    Advice to Management

    Pay is low compared to other universities - to the point of being borderline unethical. It certainly is not practical; the low pay means there is considerable staff turnover. Compensation should be increased in order to keep quality professors and staff.


  6. Great Place to Work

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

    I worked at North Park University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The faculty and staff are great people and the atmosphere is a pleasure to be a part of

    Cons

    Compensation could be better, but I think it's more important to enjoy where you work than to make tons of money.


  7. Good By.

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Contractor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at North Park University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    working heard. Friends team work Personal growth leadership.

    Cons

    no Pay wages no holiday time no vacation time no leader ship training bad people.

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Nice campus, good people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Park University

    Pros

    Great, nice people who genuinely care about the students

    Cons

    Somewhat of a slow environment, departments tend to keep to themselves


  9. Working as TA for professor

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    A TA job at North Park is a great fit. Hours were flexible and and task-based so it made it realistic to fit along with studies for class. Work expanded my knowledge at the same time: you have to learn what you're grading! As a University, North Park has a pretty good set of values on justice and peace (even if practically wasn't always there) and good urban setting in the NW side of the city. Newer campus buildings are nice facilities.

    Cons

    North Park had lots of admin problems, and a lot of red tape for a relatively small university. IT stuff failed a lot or was configured poorly and tech services were sometimes annoyed or not knowledgable enough to fix the issue. Not unusual to run into secretaries or administrators that guarded their own little world, and it would take sweet talking-them or pulling in professors to fix things or get things done.


  10. Awesome place to work part-time while a student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Park University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Environment is very warm and friendly. People from all walks of life here. Lots happening on the campus. Looks like growth is ahead for them.

    Cons

    As a student/part-time worker, I have no complaints


  11. Nice experience, nice people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at North Park University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Mission driven employer Friendly environment with work life balance Friendly people to work with (for the most part) Fair benefits

    Cons

    Highly political Very poor pay as compared to other jobs Administration can be slow to act Some faculty can be very difficult

    Advice to Management

    North Park has the potential to be an excellent place to work, but administration needs to get rid of the highly-political environment.



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