Pacific Lutheran University

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Pacific Lutheran University Reviews

Updated July 5, 2014
Updated July 5, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Embrace the change which will help PLU become more sustainable.

  2.  

    Great RD opportunity!

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

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University full-time for more than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Tutor
    Current Employee - Tutor

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful bosses and coworkers, working with other students and helping them reinforced by own learning.

    Cons

    Certain times there would be no one that needed help and then there would be rushes where everyone needed help, at those times it felt understaffed.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great position for a student

    Former Employee - Peer Tutor  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Peer Tutor in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working as a peer tutor for the Academic Assistance Center at Pacific Lutheran University was a great student job. The hours are flexible and the bosses are kind. I found that tutoring others helped in my own studies.

    Cons

    Sometimes it could be very quiet in the office, especially when no students were signed up for tutoring hours. In this case, tutors were supposed to help with administrative tasks, but if you worked outside normal office hours this wasn't entirely applicable, leading to a lot of down time.

  6.  

    Great Place for People in the Majority

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    Former Employee - Resident Director
    Former Employee - Resident Director

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved some of the colleagues I got to work with. The students were also phenomenal.

    Cons

    HR is there to protect the employer, not the employee. There is no commitment on HR's part to assist staff in progressing either in position, or financially. In addition, some of the institutional leadership exercises their privilege and power in terrible ways, allowing for good people to leave the university regularly. This is not a place that I would recommend working because unless you are in the "in crowd" it is a living hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support entry-level staff in seeking out professional development opportunities. Listen to entry-level staff when they tell you something isn't working. Time put in at the institution does not necessarily equal value to the organization,and in fact, the demographic of people the institution naturally supports is not the diverse, equality-minded base you seek.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Cafe and Market Barista

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    Former Employee - Barista  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Barista in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of hours and great barista experience that can be used later in life. Free coffee is also a huge plus! Also you get to meet quite a few people you may have never interacted before with on campus.

    Cons

    Management sometimes expects too much from employees when it comes to scheduling. They consider working there as an exclusive club and are resistant to hiring more workers to aid scheduling burdens.
    There are also some workers who do not take their job seriously, thus increasing the burden on those who do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more sensitive to your workers' need when it comes to scheduling.
    In addition, work on recognizing the those who consistently work hard and be mindful of those who are taking the position for granted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to work with caring colleagues

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    Current Employee - Administrator
    Current Employee - Administrator

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, great benefits, beautiful campus, great students, and all around nice place to be. There are multiple ways for staff to connect and feel appreciated.

    Cons

    The salaries are low for a school of this caliber. Some departments make significantly more than similarly titled colleagues creating a great inequity in the institution. If you don't adapt to the culture then you will not enjoy PLU.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create fair pay scales that are used universally versus the current structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    PLU is a fantastic place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very supportive community with lots of professional development opportunities. Able to complete projects with little or no supervision - trusted to do my job

    Cons

    Pay was very low; upper management did a bad job communicating with everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to lower/middle level workers and make changes they recommend - they know what they are talking about. Have departments/offices work together or share how they do things so everyone can learn from each other

    Recommends
  10.  

    Many employees were great to work with but upper management decisions were inconsistent with stated values.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many students and colleagues were very rewarding to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management did not act in a way consistent with PLU's published values. Although their policies look very good on paper, in practice they were not implemented consistently with the written policy. Instead, they were implemented in fairly political and detrimental ways to some employees. These are major reasons why contingent faculty have been working for a union (the ELCA supports the right of workers to organize, but PLU does not (despite the fact it is a member of the ELCA)).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Uphold the values you claim to subscribe to. Far too often, what happened in practice was far from the ideal that was written on paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Fantastic place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and work/life balance are great

    Cons

    Salaries could use some help

    Recommends

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