Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
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  1. SBTS is a great place to work while a grad student because of it accessibility to institutional resources and network.

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    Current Employee - Director of Admissions in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Director of Admissions in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Pros

    The faculty at SBTS is second to none. President Mohler has done an amazing job of recruiting some of the most sought out conservative evangelical scholars in the world. The opportunity to work among in and among a faculty of such a high caliber is awesome! At least in my position, although I worked hard, was always able to cut out of the office for class or for personal reasons when necessary.

    Cons

    Compensation is very low, and opportunity for advancement is almost non-existent. The institutional culture of SBTS employees is that they hire very talented individuals and drive them hard for as long as they have them as students, and then the students move on. This creates very low levels of consistency and the need to have to reinvent the wheel every couple of years in almost all middle management roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would encourage senior leadership to continue to look for ways to reward employees who are working hard and have a long-term approach to employment where possible.

  2. Go for the Education, but think twice about Employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    SBTS has managed to assemble a world class faculty and has led in Evangelical theological and ministerial education/training for the past 10+ years. There are many great institutions, Southern is unique in it's mission and academic standing in the evangelical and SBC world. Any employment found on campus makes the institution accessible and that is the real perk of working at SBTS. You are where everything is happening.

    Cons

    It is well known that SBTS has a natural and institutional division between faculty and administration. Most students and their families will only know professors and the classroom - faculty. Far fewer will ever experience or understand what it is like to work behind the green curtain under the administration. Senior administration is the true inner circle of SBTS. A fortunate few might just do enough to garner favor with the "inner circle" and be on the fast track to a career in administration. This is highly unlikely as the talent pool and competition is high. The administration often operates with little external oversight (despite appearances) and veiled intent that breeds fear and false flattery in the internal work culture. Middle-managers are often concerned about losing their job and many have abruptly left their post with little warning. Some former employees have taken severance pay in exchange for signing a gag order concerning their termination. Nothing scandalous had happened, but certainly SBTS wants to avoid any public scrutiny or negativity. The employee compensation level is lower than average, especially when you consider the amount of hours salaried employees are working - more than 50. Administration prides itself in getting quality work done for a whole lot less the price. Senior administration, however, live comfortably and are well insulated from many of those worries or concerns. Several members of the senior administration have no terminal degrees or investment in higher education. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but certainly worth noting. There is very little room for internal feedback or constructive criticism - no real open door policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Poor pay. Doesn't care for employees. Poor benefits.

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    Former Employee - Manager of Advancement Data in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Manager of Advancement Data in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Full time employees get to take one class a semester.

    Cons

    Benefits too expensive. Run like a business not a ministry. Too much work for too little pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a heart and care for your employees. Pay them what they deserve and give them enough to support their family. Ministry doesn't mean slave labor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Terrible place to work - the worst place I've ever worked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Pros

    The only good reason to work at SBTS is because you believe in the mission and doctrinal stand of the school, which I do. But beware, after that, it's a terrible place to work.

    Cons

    Very low pay, high employee turnover in many positions, dysfunctional internal communication, significant integrity problems with senior management, non-existent strategic planning, and terrible benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to what you profess, particularly when it comes to integrity in the workplace. Demonstrate that you genuinely care about employees. Stop treating them like a commodity.

    Doesn't Recommend

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