SMU (Southern Methodist University) Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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SMU (Southern Methodist University) President R. Gerald Turner
R. Gerald Turner
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Pros
  • SMU has a very beautiful campus and environment (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. Good

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Herndon, VA

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University) (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good for International Students to earn money

    Cons

    No downsides when working part time as an international student.


  2. Rewarding work, too political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Work wise the most rewarding experience of my life being part of the future generation success.

    Cons

    Way too political. People on the board with big check books drive decisions they know nothing about in the culture of Higher Ed creating unnecessary chaos.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to what made you great by empowering strong Dean's with a vision for their schools and stop trying to turn this into an Enterprise. You are a collection of colleges, not a central business.


  3. Director, EMBA program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    university setting, easy hours, low supervision

    Cons

    university mentality, lack of planning and strategy


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  5. great environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University) (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    there are lots of high quality researches, and work that is going at SMU. the well-knowledge faculty who have defined some fundamental research work and employed talened students.

    Cons

    Southern Methodist University is a private school cause limited sources for supoorting the projects and funding the students. The student insurance is very expensive and it is mandatory for students to get it from the school.

    Advice to Management

    It is good to work to expand the school for more graduate students, working with the public agencies for getting some more projects for research. It is good also to give some more benefit to the students such as a good health insurance


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University)

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

    Pros

    The school is fast-paced and rising in the rankings.

    Cons

    SMU recently downsized staff and there are fewer opportunities for upward job movement.


  7. Student Work Study - Office of Information Technology

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University) part-time

    Pros

    The work was very easy and in practice there is alot of downtime, although your managers don't want it that way. You are able to learn a lot on the job because of training videos. The hours are great because they work with your schedule.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty low considering how much you're paying to attend school there. Also the managers don't want you working on homework during work hours even if you've finished any projects you've been assigned (which for a work-study, is counter-intuitive).

    Advice to Management

    Let us do homework!


  8. Working At SMU In Dallas

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University)

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

    Pros

    Excellent and esteemed university. Beautiful campus with a great educational reputation. Though not all employees are satisfied, you are surrounded by students and faculty who want to be there to teach and learn.

    Cons

    Not every department functions well. It's clear which areas have larger budgets. Not everyone realizes the limitations of each area and so the efforts are compared as if the resources are the same when they are not.

    Advice to Management

    Communication, efficiency and structure within departments (and when working with other departments) can be improved.


  9. Assistant Director of Admissions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, invigorating college campus atmosphere

    Cons

    Entrenched structure that hinders innovation


  10. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment and beautiful campus. For full time employees, SMU offers educational benefits to achieve advanced degrees. Many enrichment programs offered, ie. lectures, visual and performing arts programs, seminars.

    Cons

    Salaries in higher education staff positions seem lower than those in corporate organizations, but the education benefits may compensate for that.


  11. Work Student Library Assisstant

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduling, Good environment, Job security, Opportunities to learn new skills

    Cons

    Boring, Slow, Can be disorganized,



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