Rockhurst University Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Great Place to work if you aren't motivated by money.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Rockhurst University full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    In general, the management is fantastic, very supportive and collaborative. The benefits are quite good as well with better 403b matching than many other companies.

    Cons

    It's a non-profit, so the salaries are well below industry standard for the work you're doing in most cases. While you are being underpaid you can also expect to be charged for parking, and constantly hassled to donate part of your meager earnings back to the school.

    Tight budgets make it extremely difficult to work effectively. You are always pressured to find a 'free' solution to any problem.

    Advice to Management

    I get that money is tight. The least you could do is stop charging staff to park and begging them for a handout. They are just as broke as the school I assure you.


  2. Tense, strained, and unhappy atmosphere at the library

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Compensation for a part time job was above average.
    Most of the staff members were friendly and kind.

    Cons

    One employee in particular created a hostile, tense, and uncomfortable atmosphere that prevented collaboration and collegiality. The library worked in an extremely hierarchical way due to the demands of one staff member who regularly bullied other staff members at and below her level. This was felt by myself even as a part time employee. The atmosphere always felt tense during my day shifts and there was an aura of fear.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the atmosphere and do not allow a single staff member to create an uncomfortable and often hostile environment for other staff.


  3. Tense and unpleasant in a library that seemed not to know in which direction to move.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockhurst University (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Most of the support staff are friendly and work hard to please. The hours are also very nice.

    Cons

    The people who hold the higher positions, i.e. library director and unit heads are poor mentors and create a bullying atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Train the people you hire properly and thoroughly. Leaving new hires to guess what they are supposed to do is a recipe for failure.


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  5. Very Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Director of Music in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Director of Music in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Rockhurst University full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great faculty colleagues, a lot of good support and energy at the faculty level. Pleasant campus.

    Cons

    Bullying atmosphere from Arts & Sciences admin, lack of concern and responsiveness to faculty needs, confused priorities for the college moving forward, poor salary, will not hire with tenure, unwillingness to accommodate, or even attempt to understand, "hidden" disabilities.

    Advice to Management

    The College of Arts and Sciences is in big trouble. Someone in administration there is unable to let go of their old faculty post, and it is impossible for any successor of his to work under those conditions. Micromanagement is not a good practice. That person needs to be the administrator he is supposed to be and relinquish all involvement in music, or reclaim his old post and just forget admin. The for-credit ensembles must take precedent over his personal projects; in fact, the college should eliminate all funding and support for that project, as it is impossible for the music program to compete with it. Also, the college in general must be responsive to disabilities of employees to a much greater extent than they currently are.


  6. Tension among the staff and poor organization and mentoring by the supervisors

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    Former Employee - Librarian in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Librarian in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Rockhurst University full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The hours are standard for the profession.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by the library administration. Unlike most academic libraries, the atmosphere is non-collegial. Supervisors are either unable or unwilling to mentor staff and other librarians. Suggestions or innovative ideas by staff and other librarians are not welcome.

    Advice to Management

    encourage and support those librarians and staff your supervise, rather than intimidating them and scapegoating them for your own shortcomings.


  7. High turnover rate doesn't alarm management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockhurst University

    Pros

    Employees receive tuition remission if they take classes. The campus landscaping is very pretty. The students are smart and friendly and hard working.

    Cons

    University leadership is not progressive and lacks diversity. Talented smart people leave because of lack of management support, low morale, no advancement opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Replace managers and replace HR to keep talent that serves students.


  8. I loved working here.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Rockhurst University part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Support, the President is an amazing man, and the culture on campus is so warm and inviting.

    Cons

    Pay and parking was often expensive and hard to find.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you!


  9. Full of opportunities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Ambassador in Kansas City, MO
    Former Intern - Ambassador in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Rockhurst University as an intern (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    People at Rockhurst are absolutely fantastic, and always willing to lend a helping hand. Father Curran is most likely the best person you will ever meet, and always spends time with the students throughout the day.

    Cons

    None that I can think of - was great to work there for the time that I did.



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