Pacific Lutheran University Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Student Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The higher-ups are always willing to teach you the necessary skills and provided learning opportunities

    Cons

    Time management, sometimes things get really hectic and other times there is nothing to do


  2. Custodial Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay, People, and the environment

    Cons

    At times the Politics were a lot to handle.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the employee sometime.


  3. Visiting Assistant Professor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Pleasant faculty environment and helpful administrative staff. Intelligent, motivated, respectful students.

    Cons

    Academic departments need to establish stronger distinctives to attract students in the rapidly changing sphere of higher education. What do students and parents truly want?

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of the student-centered mission. Test staffing/organizing decisions with "Is this REALLY the best for students long-term or is this protecting centuries-old academia norms?"


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  5. Great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator
    Current Employee - Administrator

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    PLU is a great place to work, vacation and benefits are generous. Great colleagues who care about the students and the university mission.

    Cons

    New president and leadership along with low enrollment mean a lot is changing at the moment. Also, pay is often less than in comparable positions

    Advice to Management

    Continue finding ways to adhere to cost of living salary increases


  6. Excellent Work Environent

    Current Employee - CS TA in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - CS TA in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good relationship between faculty, staff, and administration.

    Cons

    Located in Parkland, which is a less than desirable neighborhood.


  7. Loved everything and everyone there!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Garden Outreach Coordinator/Manager in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Garden Outreach Coordinator/Manager in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very student oriented. If I needed time off I could get it. If I wanted more hours I could get those as well. I was able to manage myself and get a lot accomplished because of this. I made my own hours and was able to pretty much do as I pleased. This allowed me a ton of growth.

    Cons

    You can get away with too much. Many student employees would come in late or not at all and they would not be reprimanded. Also employees would say they worked so many hours a week while they worked substantially less. Management never came out to see how awesome I was doing.

    Advice to Management

    Make student employees accountable. Spy on them. Make sure they are working when they say they are working.


  8. Work-study life at PLU.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Worker At the Anderson UC in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Student Worker At the Anderson UC in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are really fun cooks and staff members at the AUC! They not only help pass the time, but also teach you some cooking skills and life lessons.

    Cons

    Some students don't take their jobs seriously, and won't follow DOH standards. You need to watch out for them.

    Advice to Management

    Please encourage students to be more careful about changing their gloves and, especially, cross-contamination.


  9. Generally unsupportive of faculty; particularly non-tenured faculty.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University

    Pros

    Students--opportunity to work with bright, creative, and driven students. The students have consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic and are genuinely interested in finding/pursuing their vocation.

    Cons

    Lack of resources and support for faculty research makes developing a thriving program of research difficult--which makes obtaining future positions at other institution much more difficult. Departmental politics are atypically detrimental to professional and personal well being.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate faculty appropriately--at a minimum, ethically!


  10. You matter!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University

    Pros

    The people at Plu are great! The students are engaged. Faculty, staff and administration care and really live the mission.
    Flex time in the summer allows staff 5.5 extra days off which can be taken any time.

    Cons

    The culture is changing under new leadership, but innovation is slow which limits growth.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the change which will help PLU become more sustainable.


  11. Great RD opportunity!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You have the ability to be in charge of your learning and professional development! For an entry level position this is an amazing opportunity.

    Cons

    Learning to manage your time well when you no longer need to balance the grad school load can be a learning curve.



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