Pepperdine University

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Pepperdine University Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
54 Reviews

3.9
54 Reviews
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Pepperdine University President Andrew K. Benton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great atmosphere and great people (in 8 reviews)

  • Beautiful campus, wonderful people work here, good mission and values (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay compared to IT industry wide (in 3 reviews)

  • Not much opportunity for growth within the IT department (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    You couldn't ask for a place with better spirit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    The core vision of the University "Freely you have been given, freely give" truly applies from the top to the bottom at the University. The staff, the faculty, the students all CARE. Seriously. These are people who have great heart and want to make a lasting positive impact on people who can then take what they've learned to make a lasting positive impact in the world.

    Cons

    I was only hired as a temporary fill in for a semester...but it set me on a course to better myself and my credentials and opened doors to new possibilities (I guess that's only half a con)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You make great impacts in the business and legal worlds, expand your focus to include areas (like media and computer science), I think you will find they dovetail nicely into your core vision and will help spread the word. Keep the family feeling though...don't get too big...

    Recommends
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  2.  

    $8/hour

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    Current Employee - Student Worker  in  Malibu, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    convenience for students, positive work environment, supportive staff, important mission, flexible schedule, minimal effort, ability to multi task, job stability

    Cons

    Low pay, minimal opportunities for advancement, chaotic administration, constant scandals, limited variety, limited excitement, no benefits available, little skills training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rectify this: low pay, minimal opportunities for advancement, chaotic administration, constant scandals, limited variety, limited excitement, no benefits available, little skills training

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Department at pepperdine

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Malibu, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    Pepperdine is a great place because of the enviornment that they foster. I would have loved to work there longer but I was a student.

    Cons

    The high cost of LA and surrounding communities make it hard to live and work in the same community. :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work and keep to your mission. As with all religious organizations this is important that you do not change from what you started out to do.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Services Coordinator  in  Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Student Services Coordinator in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    The management cares for employees, students, staff, and faculty. You feel like you are part of a family, and people genuinely care to make relationships with you to make a more positive environment. After working here I truly feel that students are extremely lucky to be able to go to this school. It's a fantastic place to study and to work. Plus the view of the ocean is stunning! Pepperdine taught me a lot about how a private university works, and what public universities should aim to be like.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of food options close by the campus. Dining hall closes up early, so if you take a late lunch, you're forced to find something off campus. There are some great restaurants nearby, but they can get old and expensive after some time. Fortunately, Santa Monica is a mere 10 minute drive away, so there's tons of options there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you guys are doing. You guys are the best!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    CFA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    They are willing to work with class schedule and allow days off whenever needed in order to concentrate on academics.

    Cons

    CFA pays alot of overtime although you must check your hours or else they could short change you in some cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the amount we are charged for tuition here, more money needs to go to student workers who make the school tons of money through various sports and smothers theater productions.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Terrible leadership, don't work for IT here.

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst  in  Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    Really good benefits, though that is usually typical for educational institutions. Some good people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor salaries, total incompetence by the management, all the way up to the president. The last president was much better, but since the current president took office, has been going downhill, especially in the IT department. The president does not value the contributions of the IT people working there, and that attitude has led to idiotic decisions and some of the best IT people leaving for other jobs. Attrition is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bad management has led to some of the best people leaving the university, try to get your act together and actually communicate to employees instead of lying outright and treating people like trash.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    great tuition benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    The school offers a great benefits package to faculty and staff of Pepperdine. Most importantly, the discount on tuition available to faculty and staff is amazing. Depending on how many yrs youve given to the university determines your tuition discount. They also offer great medical and dental benefits. Pepperdine also provides a safe environment to work in, as the school is a closed campus. Also, unless you royally screw up, once you're in the Pepperdine family, you are in, and don't have to worry about job security, because even if they get rid of your job they'll find somewhere to put you.

    Cons

    Communication amongst the university's employees could be better. It seems as if information that is relevant to some departments is not always shared with those respective departments.
    It would be nice if the university was able to arrange for suitable living arrangements for staff members, as living in malibu is very expensive. Most commute from far away distances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    What a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst - Imaging Manager  in  Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst - Imaging Manager in Malibu, CA

    Pros

    the university encourages personal growth and offers many lunch time and other time learning options. the work is challenging and there is a great sense of purpose. Great co-workers. The systems and facilities are up-to-date and there is an opportunity to work with best in class systems. The office administrator plans department events to promote collaboration and team work. The network group and server team are some of the most qualified people with whom I have ever worked.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the salary level is below industry; however, the conditions are great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider options for increasing the salaries of administrative workers to be more competitive.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great campus

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

    Pros

    Great work environment with opportunities to travel abroad to teach in the international programs. What better place than a sunny Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific to find inspiration?

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations from students and their parents who pay a lot of money to study at Pepperdine. Pepperdine staff have to manage parents who have a tendency to get in the way a bit too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower tuition and try to get us more donations to support the school.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Smoke and mirrors...not what you would expect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, love the students and many of the staff. Nice perks, over the holidays.

    Cons

    Management. For being a conservative, religious university where you would expect values to be at a HIGH, values and unethical practice runs rampant. If you are part of the "good ol' boys club" you'll do just fine. If you are not......very frustrating and sad. There are layoffs and the university is focused on the bottom line. People suffer because of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be true to your beliefs and treat employees and students as a good Christian should.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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