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Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. 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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

    not as such. it's a great school.

    Advice to Management

    great going continue !

  2. 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

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

    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 Management

    The work/life balance is your secret sauce.

  3. 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 Management

    Keep up the good work.

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  5. 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 Management

    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.

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Environment is very chill and easy.

    Cons

    The pay is not good. Minimum.

  7. 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Working at an University has its ups and downs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The students have a chance to change the world and they really believe they can. You can make a real difference here.

    Cons

    Politics, 80-20 rule, no way to reward high achievers,

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the high achievers

  9. I have to do this

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University)

    Pros

    small classes, work closely with professors

    Cons

    curriculum is poorly organized but is getting better with time!

  10. Get out of the rat race and enjoy life more!

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Specialist

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    37.5 work week means you can put in extra time and still work less hours than everyone else you know. Lower stress than for-profit environments. Training and professional growth are encouraged in the culture. Compensation is market competitive in IT only, and especially if you leverage the great extended benefit package (free tuition, double retirement matching, gym, etc...).

    Cons

    Religious and high- (as in Highland park) society influences can create political barriers for the unindoctrinated. The culture values surface over depth, image over truth, and niceness over directness, which is a big hindrance in getting business done, particularly in tolerating the lower performing half of the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Ask why the top Universities are in the "Blue states." Adopt a vision of accomplishment rather than embellishment: "World changers shaped here" is perfectly vaguely passive aggressive. Force Directors to deliver direction, rather than maintain the course.

  11. Information Assistant

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

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University) part-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    This was a work-study position at the front desk of the student center. My boss was fair and accommodating to my class schedule and understood my studies came first. I really appreciated that!

    Cons

    There were not any cons.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management.

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