Oklahoma City University

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Oklahoma City University Reviews

Updated June 28, 2014
Updated June 28, 2014
11 Reviews

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Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry
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  1.  

    Great place to work for adjuncts!

    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Oklahoma City, OK

    Pros

    Small, private university with overall very motivated students! This university really invests money in providing valuable training opportunities to adjuncts. I am included in many decisions and my opinion is solicited regarding student and course planning issues. At other institutions at which I have taught, adjuncts are all but ignored and not included in events or decisions that impact the department. I feel VERY valued and respected here! Any and all needs I have, whether it be office space, materials, software, computer equipment, etc. are met in a timely manner. Wonderful place to work!

    Cons

    Very few full-time positions available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This university will consistently short-change and break faith with employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Oklahoma City, OK

    Pros

    Good students, mostly a collegial work environment.

    Cons

    No cost of living raises, which means you are basically paid less the longer you stay. If you work hard and grow a program, there are never resources available to scale up, so you just have to work over-time, or watch your work go to waste. Benefits for all employees are sometimes retracted mid-year. The budget is so much in flux that you never know where you will be in a month. Employees will pay a very heavy price for the new downtown law school, which is not adequately financed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The strategic planning process here is deeply flawed. The trustees and administrators approve large capital expenditures for projects that have little relation to growing the university or recruiting students (and do not finance these projects in a sound way). As a result, there are never resources for programs that actually have potential to grow. There needs to be a focus on providing staffing needed for core programs, and providing people with the incentives that would make them want to stay and work hard. Stop blaming outside factors and learn from past mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding and Frustrating at the same time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits are wonderful. Summer hours are great, hope they continue. There is a family-like work environment. It is very caring.

    Cons

    Favoritism, different departments are treated differently. There are different expectations depending on where you work or who you report to. Budget situation has not improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to get to know the support staff. There are a lot of good things to be said.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a very transparent or rewarding employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    In my experience you can get away with things here, leave early. It's a small place, if you work hard you can really develop a program.

    Cons

    The university has a budget problem and continues to make some of the same imbalanced decisions that lead it here. Long term employees are treated very poorly over time. If you go most years without any cost of living raise, you can imagine where you will end up after spending your career here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the university like a place for funding vanity projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    High tolerance for things that need fixing but in the end this place exhausted me.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK

    Pros

    Had a good deal of autonomy to grow a program.

    Cons

    Had to deal with massive inefficiencies and lack of cohesive coordination across affected departments. Serious budget issues are facing the entire institution while they continue to take on debt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to better and honestly communicate with all employees. Remind those in leadership positions that the university is not their personal playground or piggy bank.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great students but terrible work environment

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    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Oklahoma City, OK

    Pros

    The students were amazing and professional. Best students I have ever worked with when I was there.

    Cons

    The faculty is toxic and greedy for power. It consists of male domination making females feel superior. They keep admitting huge amounts of students into programs that can't possibly sustain the growth without hiring adequate faculty to teach them. Also, huge hiring turnover. People leave after a few years due to toxic environment and overloaded classes. Some of the faculty teaches seven to eight classes a semester. It's unheard of at other Universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the students more like adults and not like children, power hungry administrators churning large amounts of students with poor faculty to student ratio, quite a bit of sexism, and needs more faculty to cover overloaded classes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good but difficult to advance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK

    Pros

    Free tuition. Students are fun to work with.

    Cons

    The pay is extremely low hours are long some leadership is cliquish and shows unfair partiailiy to who they hired. Lots of micro management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge a person based on their performance not on what others tell you about them. Get to know the people doing the work. look for new blood!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fine.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice people, easy environment to work in

    Cons

    no real room for growth

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    unless you thrive on dysfunction, stay away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    tuition benefit for dependents and self if you can carve out enough time to take advantage of benefit

    Cons

    ocu tends to turn a blind eye to problems and instead of dealing with issues head-on, employees have to take extreme action to get resolve all the while people creating negative environments end up getting promoted. the current president doesn't seem to have what it takes to motivate a large group to work together and there are questionable things about his handling of the budget and his own expenditures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is a lot of dysfunction at all levels and an elitist attitude that repels instead of attracts a devoted attitude, lots of cronyism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    rewarding, ever changing, interactive, student oriented, and tech friendly

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with wonderful faculty and staff, being able to make a difference in a student's life, this is what it is all about. President Henry leads with integrity, character and a strong work ethic. He does not expect anything that he would not do first.

    Cons

    No upward movement available for my position, low salary, not competitive with other universities regarding the same position and pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward staff members that consistently work hard and create upward mobility options to create professional and personal development for staff members

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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