SMU (Southern Methodist University)

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SMU (Southern Methodist University) Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
111 Reviews
4.0
111 Reviews
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SMU (Southern Methodist University) President R. Gerald Turner
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65 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work environment and beautiful campus (in 12 reviews)

  • Managers are so nice and work environment is really great (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Higher ed rewards credentials above competency and doesn't like innovation - people who get upper level jobs tend to stay and the culture allows this (in 3 reviews)

  • The limited number of active faculty members that resulted in the very limited courses offered for graduate student every semester (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Pleased for the most part

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Dallas, TX

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wealthy school with many resources

    Cons

    Unreasonable demands on faculty, but benefits are good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This is a good place to work where the staff is friendly and helpful. There is wonderful support for teaching.

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    Current Employee - Professor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Professor in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a lot going on. There are always opportunities to attend lectures, cultural and sporting events.

    Cons

    Parking is very restrictive and it is difficult to live close to campus because the park cities are very expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invite employees to suggest ways to improve management and policies to be more effective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Learned a lot during my time at SMU

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and access to lectures/exhibits/performances. There was ample opportunity for professional training. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    The pay is not what it should be, very little room for advancement (depending on your role), parking on campus can be difficult at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Its has been a very good experince

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University)

    Pros

    Helpful for students, support education

    Cons

    Could get better planed in hiring

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good work life balance, ineffective management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance great. Lots of nice employees.

    Cons

    Many in management are old school or ineffective and need to move on. Rare opportunities to advance in many places. Could face challenges due to lots of new buildings and programs while higher ed landscape is changing. Pay is below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work/life balance is your secret sauce.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Student Worker

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University) (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Environment is very chill and easy.

    Cons

    The pay is not good. Minimum.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It's a part time student job so it's average.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University)

    Pros

    The best reason is the people I work with. They are pretty laid back but get stuff done. There's no negativity or yelling.

    Cons

    As an interlibrary loan student assistant the only con is getting the books. Sometimes it's tiring because there's several floors. Elevators help a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

  9.  

    Learned a lot, earned a little.

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University) part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I learned so much working as an RA at SMU. I was very prepared for the work force and employers loved seeing the experience on my resume.

    Cons

    The compensation is definitely less than other institutions. We received free room and board while other schools offer free room and board plus $1,000.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you are doing for the most part. Consider increasing compensation or at least appreciation. Some little perks and freebies go a LONG way when you are working with over-worked, ambitious, and giving college students.

  10.  

    Univ

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    it's a small school, so low student/teacher ratio.

    Cons

    not as such. it's a great school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great going continue !

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great for a graduate student

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small classes and intimate relationships with professors

    Cons

    Lack of recruiting at this small school

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