Stetson University Reviews

Updated July 12, 2015
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  1. Management

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    Current Employee - Manager in Deland, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Deland, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stetson University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great momentum. A lot of vibrancy around improvements in quality and expansion and modernizing old sytems

    Cons

    Location limits talent pool and institution needs to acknowledge it will take greater effort to find talent. Old guard not allowing this.

    Advice to Management

    Hang tough.


  2. Stetson Administation

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Deland, FL
    Current Employee - Administrator in Deland, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very supportive and collaborative community

    Cons

    Low salaries, significant turn over


  3. Graduate Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Deland, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Deland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stetson University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have learned a lot in my position and this has been a great way for me to become acclimated to working in a professional environment without taking a full-time position. The tuition benefit is the only reason to stay in one of these positions.

    Cons

    The pay is atrocious. The GA package underwent a pay scale change recently and is definitely improved, but not substantially better. Many of the GA positions on campus are inflexible in their scheduling: we have one week of vacation to be used in the summer. There is no time to visit friends or family in the fall or spring unless campus is closed. Many GA's report being treated as if they were full time faculty, being given projects and responsibilities that are far beyond their pay scale. It is a delicate balance between a GA position and being a grad student, especially when it's the end of the semester and your office is slammed and you have finals, but you can't take off any time from work because you're mandated to fill 20-25 hours per week. A lot of this boils down to what department you're in-- pay close attention to who your bosses' boss will be/is. That should clue you in.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the GA package to a reasonable, and commensurate way; Pay a fair, hourly wage. Look at other University's packages for guidance as they are substantially better. Some award full tuition, housing, and a partial meal plan to their GA's along with a decent hourly wage.


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  5. It was a job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deland, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stetson University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent potential for advancement, provided you fit the bourgeois and elitist aesthetic the college hopes to achieve.

    Cons

    Pay is not commiserate with that of other institutions. Supervisors tend to treat employees as though there is some large experiential or educational gap between the two, when often the employees are more educated than their superiors.

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on aesthetic and worry about quality. Spend more time focusing on the decreasing quality of students attending the university and less on whether the grass looks pristine.


  6. Adjunct Professor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deland, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deland, FL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stetson has a great work environment and beautiful campuses. Feels like excellence is expected but without the ivory tower attitude. I had wonderful colleagues who wanted to see me succeed. I worked with master's students, and the were motivated. Many of them had such a great undergraduate experience that they only wanted to continue their masters work at Stetson.

    Cons

    Poor pay for adjunct professors. No benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the contributions of your adjunct professors with better pay, benefits, and more inclusion in the academic community.


  7. Great working environment

    Former Employee - Student Worker in Deland, FL
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Deland, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Stetson University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, exciting environment, sense of purpose.

    Cons

    Sometimes quiet and uneventful during lulls.


  8. dept of computer information systems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Talented Staff, fair pay, good benefits, educational opportunities.

    Cons

    They force you to give them a con.... really cannot think of one... no assigned parking spots. There.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Director educational support

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deland, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Stetson University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you have the right political backing, you can accomplish some amazing things

    Cons

    If you have the wrong political entities that don't like you, your life will be made miserable; it's an extremely dysfunctional place, that doesn't like to talk about elephants under rugs, with people who conveniently forget what they say.

    Advice to Management

    Changes in top level leadership are needed. Smoke and mirrors may fool the trustees for a while, and football may please other trustees, but isn't it time to retire, to someplace where you'll do less damage?


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work if you're looking for a stepping stone in your career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deland, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stetson University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Time-off is generous compared to other companies. The campus is beautiful and the location is within walking distance to many downtown restaurants.

    Cons

    Expect to be paid at least 20% less than what an average salary in Florida is for a comparable position. Cost of health insurance and dental plan is expensive. I opted to just pay cash at the dentist because it was more affordable than a plan. The areas surrounding the campus are undesirable and extra precautions should be taken for personal safety when off campus. The staff employment has a high turn-over rate. Technology and business practices are outdated. A lot of departments operate like it is still the 90's. If you're not at the top of the food chain, don't expect to be a valued employee.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Ol' Boys' Network

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    Former Employee - Athletics in Deland, FL
    Former Employee - Athletics in Deland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    location; historic campus; "brand recognition" (well-known name)

    Cons

    The school is incestuous in that they seek to hire alumni, even if these are not the most qualified people for the job. If you are not an alumni, you are treated as a second-class employee. The culture is crass and there is no employee loyalty - management will turn on you in a heartbeat to save themselves, even if you are right. This is a fine "stop gap" job or to build a resume, but not someplace to remain for more than one or two years.

    Advice to Management

    stop giving special treatment to alumni workers, listen to worker feedback for improvement, instead of a rigid "this is how we've always done it" mentality



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