SMU (Southern Methodist University) Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. 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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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the high achievers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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!

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  5. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    No advice to management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. In such a diverse setting, work experiences vary greatly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Tuition benefits for full-time staff and family! How can you pass up the opportunity to further develop yourself? And the opportunity to work in an academic environment around students. Knowing that you contribute to their growth and development feels good.

    Cons

    Everyone's experience is different. There are so many jobs and so many different settings that there is no one definitive office culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more in-touch with the culture created by individuals and professors who hire and manage their own staff. The variance in office culture across campus is astounding! It can vary from a supportive encouraging culture to a stifling and oppressive culture.

    Recommends
  8. Great place to work when first starting career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and beautiful campus
    very flexible hours and able to work around your schedule
    students from many different places

    Cons

    salary can be low at times and not much room for a raise
    not very diverse and socioeconomic diversity is lacking
    small campus and student body

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. One of the better high-ed places to work

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

    I worked at SMU (Southern Methodist University) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Compared to a lot of higher ed places, this is one of the better ones if you get into the right school (business) and the right jobs (development or marketing. If you do well and make the right connections there is room to move up and make decent money.

    Cons

    As in all higher ed the upper management is ineffectual to downright awful. 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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to open and reply to email yourself. Having a "secretary" do this in this day and age should be grounds for dismissal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. awesome

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    Current Contractor - Lecturer in Dallas, TX
    Current Contractor - Lecturer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at SMU (Southern Methodist University) as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great crowd, great students, awesome campus, love it!

    Cons

    Everything has been great so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great retirement and insurance benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    Great connections within the community.

    Cons

    Wants prestige of an Ivy League or a conservatory but is unwilling to raise its standards. We lose a LOT of great students to many other schools every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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