Pepperdine University Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Great place to be a business professor--Graziadio School of Business & Management!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer of Strategy & Entrepreneurship in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer of Strategy & Entrepreneurship in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small classes with top notches students. Very supportive staff and administration. Nice campuses, especially in Malibu, which is beautiful. Self-directed course development and an entrepreneurial spirit for an university. Awesome benefits and colleagues. Plenty of opportunity for ongoing self development.

    Cons

    Be prepared to drive extensively to classes at different campuses. Not a lot of extra professor support, so be willing to do stuff yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Need to connect faculty across disciplines more so students have a more comprehensive view of business throughout the program.

  2. This place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malibu, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malibu, CA

    I have been working at Pepperdine University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, overall good people to work with, locations is nice, all the exciting things that come with a college like the athletics or other events. Also, the ability to do projects that work with all aspects of the community.

    Cons

    Management seems to be narrow and not like conflict. Also, they look out for their friends more then the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be managers and not from books.

  3. Don't work for the IT department

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pepperdine University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location, nice people, non-IT departments are good, students are friendly

    Cons

    Management in IT - a few don't enough experience to know even the simplest best practices, and they are only out for themselves and cannot deal with conflicts that arise. What's worse, they fancy themselves good at their jobs. Terrible combo. Be careful, if you complain about them they may retaliate. They can be unethical as well. That said, there are like two who are good at their jobs.

    IT is a police state - The information security group has overriding power to shut down your project on grounds of "security" instead of being an advisory group and helping you out.

    Too political - it's a good ol' boys club, and you're either in it or you're not. Questioning or having a disagreement with management is a death sentence for your career. You can't trust anyone, and you can't even really be friends with anyone. They will try to intimidate you to get you to toe the line.

    Don't keep up with upgrades - your pertinent skills will atrophy and it will be hard to find a job elsewhere.

    Pay is WAY below industry averages (unless you're high up) - They'll try to tell you that you're well paid though

    Advice to Management

    Funny how all of the marginal to negative reviews on here are about the IT department. Funny also, how I can't disagree. Don't work for IT. My advice to management in IT is to learn how to manage. You get paid over twice what most your underlings make, earn your keep.

    And beware of nepotism, you shouldn't allow it here.

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  5. Wonderful environment, great coworkers, meaningful work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Malibu, CA

    I worked at Pepperdine University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Great people
    High caliber employees who are both professional and personable
    Competitive salaries
    Upper-level management is authentic, enthusiastic about their work, and set a great example
    Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Commute can be tricky-- it's not easy to get to the campus if there are any road closures.
    Salary is probably a bit lower than it would be in the corporate sector, but I still felt well-compensated, and the benefits were great.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your alumni; they are a huge asset!

  6. Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Malibu, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Malibu, CA

    I have been working at Pepperdine University full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing University that values it's employees and cultivates a family oriented culture

    Cons

    Tight budgets for promotions and growth

  7. Great Work and Personal Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web and Multimedia Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Web and Multimedia Developer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Pepperdine University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Management cares for the personality development of their employees, encourages workers to respect each other minimizing conflicts. Beneftis comparable to most Universities. Nice support in terms of hardware they encourage you to change your computers or devices every four years.

    Cons

    Not a lot of promotion,

    I do not see a lot of cons working for the university that is why I still work for them.

    Advice to Management

    They should look at employees who has been there at least 5 years and never got a title change or promotion. Base decision not only from what they hear from the immediate supervisor but overall service to the company. Ones deliverable and execution.

  8. Great Benefits and Work/Life Balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package is really great. There is a tuition discount if you work for the University. All of the schools within the University are highly ranked, so you will get a great education with a discount. There are 12 given holiday days, including a full week off during Christmas time.

    Cons

    In my current department, there is very little growth. In order to climb the ranks, you would have to move between the schools or departments. The tuition discount is great, but you have to be careful with the tax implications.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should be more open to the suggestions and advice of lower ranking employees. Although many may be young, they interact with students and have a better understanding of the reality of what occurs within the university.

  9. Community-centered environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Malibu, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Malibu, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, everyone is super friendly and wants to get to know you, lots of community activities

    Cons

    The pay is not that great, and not a lot of room for advancement since it's a small organization.

  10. Wonderful People with a Higher Purpose

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Malibu, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Malibu, CA

    I have been working at Pepperdine University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are incredible. You will be treated with warmth unlike any place else -- almost to the point of it being odd. But you get used to it and ultimately it is a good thing.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con but if you are not religious, it is important to know that the University is very committed to their Christian mission. It is part and parcel who they are and involved in every aspect of your daily work.

  11. If you're looking for a "warm," "caring," & safe organization, this may not be for you!

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

    I have been working at Pepperdine University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're very, very, conservative, this may be the place for you.

    Cons

    Where I work pepperdine university has no osha approved injury prevention programs and as a result employees get hurt. Shorty after my employment began at pepperdine university I became a victim of identity theft. Pepperdine university was the only new business contact I had during the period in question. Also, the job I interviewed for was not the job I got?

    Advice to Management

    Over-zealous cost cutting is wrong when employees safety is compromised?? Please protect the personal information of your employees.

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