Santa Clara University Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. Student Assistant

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Clara University

    Pros

    It is so much fun

    Cons

    It gets boring sometimes and confusing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have an awesome boss

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Clara University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -- The best perks for a student: free tuition and getting paid on top of that!
    -- Get to mentor some of the brightest students in the Bay.

    Cons

    -- Not much in the way of overtime but considering the perks, it doesn't really matter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great people, bad pay

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    Current Employee - Student Computer Technician IT Field Support Group in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Student Computer Technician IT Field Support Group in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Clara University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good connections, academic benefit, great work envionment

    Cons

    bad pay, some people disrespect you because you're a student.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Not so great!

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Clara University

    Pros

    You get to meet a lot of new people. The people who work along are smart. They provide you with free meal if you work for 4 hours on a roll.

    Cons

    Lot of politics in choosing the place to work. Your freedom is limited. Communicating with people of higher rank is prohibitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promotions and benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Lovely place to work and teach.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Clara University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Polite students. Supportive faculty. Moderate support of research in terms of funds. Close community. If you are able to do some research, and not dedicate too much time to all of the possible service opportunities, you can have a nice work/life balance. Family friendly university.

    Cons

    No graduate students. The university does not require, or reward, excellence. Many very intelligent faculty have a great deal of time on their hands to be concerned with committees, faculty senate, and student evaluations of teaching. This is fine, but there isn't always the social support to enable strong research because the culture demands a great deal of service. Also, this salaries within the College of Arts and Sciences are low, especially considering the extremely high cost of living in the Silicon Valley right now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Great environment - a true gem in Silicon Valley

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    Former Employee - Info Commons Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Info Commons Assistant in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Santa Clara University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Gorgeous Campus
    Wonderful students
    Excellent faculty

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - slow to chnage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. School of Law - Academic and Professional Development

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Santa Clara University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Post-secondary environment, intellectually advanced company and friendly coworkers and immediate colleagues. Chairs and 3rd floor couches on outside patio of the library make for lovely luncheon nap spots. Gorgeous campus, stimulating events calendars, and flavorful, cheap, and student-free eats at the Adobe Lodge.

    Cons

    The air of mystery and drawn-out tension that upper management employed to mask ongoing early retirement program restructuring options for numerous departmental staff and programs created an atmosphere of tension, suspicion, and resentment among staff, who felt as though they constantly had to defend their jobs and

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stop the hour-lunch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Decent place to gain some experience but not a good place for someone looking to stay somewhere for some time

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    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Santa Clara University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    People are generally very easy to work and are always eager to help others. Very good work/life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Opportunities for upward mobility are generally pretty hard to come by and most managers or directors have generally been there awhile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider keeping mobility channels open and evaluating employeess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Stable career

    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Santa Clara University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    SCU provides staff with a community to call home, rather than just a place to work. People really do care about one another.

    Cons

    Salary and growth potential. Salaries are low compared to those available in Silicon Valley and there is very little growth, if any at all.

  11. A great work place filled with compassionate individuals who care about their jobs.

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    Former Employee - Santa Clara Financial Aid Call Center in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Santa Clara Financial Aid Call Center in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Santa Clara University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The campus is a close-knit community full of friendly individuals. Occasional off campus get togethers for staff to bond and be rewarded for their hard work. Work life based on the core values of the university: competence, conscience, and compassion.

    Cons

    Depending on what department you join upward mobility is limited. Working at Santa Clara University you will realize that the school is mainly focused on revenue, it is a business first and school second. Raises are capped at a standard increase per year based on whether or not specific criteria has been met rather than a review of merit.

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