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Stratford University Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
21 Reviews
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Stratford University President & CEO Dr. Richard R. Shurtz
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  1.  

    Great experience

    Current Employee - Entry Level Java Web Developer  in  Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Entry Level Java Web Developer in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Stratford University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good organization cultures and more to learn

    Cons

    not a bad experience at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Team

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is where you learn to play politics and it's not pretty.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stratford University

    Pros

    A decent benefits package and fun coworkers are worth the stay.

    Cons

    Leadership leadership leadership. There is none. Managers don't know how to communicate or do their job. Some of them don't even know what exactly is part of their job. There is so much belittling here the hr office doesn't even know whats going on, or at least, refuses to acknowledge it. They will only make their presence known when it's time to get rid of the next batch of people. They definitely have favorites and they definitely play mind games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced and competent managers so they can stop depending on their underpaid employees. Pay your employees right and have some respect for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetence

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Stratford University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits aren't bad. Probably the best thing the University offers. Getting to try some of culinary students work was nice.

    Cons

    Management has no idea of education. They are strictly all about enrollments and getting money for each head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate the kids on what they are paying for. Offer more flexibility to the staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful

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    Current Employee - Dean  in  Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Dean in Falls Church, VA

    I have been working at Stratford University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Campus staff and faculty are very nice to work with.

    Cons

    Leadership at UA is horrendous: Very negative, have hidden agenda, very political, and completely unethical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect yourself, staff and faculty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    If this place were an egg, it would be rotten.

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    Former Employee - Production Staff  in  Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Production Staff in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Stratford University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the people who work here seem genuine and it's hard to reconcile how those individuals could work for such a sham school.

    Cons

    Asked to do a LOT of work for a part-time employee, then after it's done, you're told you won't be paid for the hours you worked, THEN treated badly when you won't work for free. Also, Stratford "sells" students on the benefits of their school but fails to account for two serious drawbacks about attending this school:

    • Stratford credits are NOT accepted in transfer if you later attend a regionally accredited college
    • Coursework and degrees NOT accepted for professions that require licensing after degree attainment, which might affect those in licensed careers such as healthcare, a degree program which this "university" offers

    If you want to attend a school with a solid academic reputation, and be assured that ALL your credits will transfer with the widest possible acceptance by other universities, go to NOVA then transfer to a regionally accredited school like George Mason. In the end, when you're actually able to get a JOB in your chosen career field, you'll be glad you did NOT attend Stratford.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - they wouldn't listen anyway so why waste my time?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor management and bad culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stratford University full-time

    Pros

    The majority of the employees are easy to work with and are good people. The benefits are not terrible and you get decent PTO earnings.

    Cons

    Top leadership manages by intimidation and does not stand by the values the company claims to uphold. If you are friends with the owners you can pretty much treat anyone the way you want and get away with it. Certain executives berate employees in front of peers, intimidate them, and verbally attack them but nothing is done about it because the executives are friends with the owners.

    They are fast to tell people what the culture of the University is but in reality they don’t stand by what they say. They actually act the opposite.

    There is also not very good job security as you will be fired for not meeting numbers or standing up against the toxic management for what is right.
    Unless you don’t mind witnessing unethical behavior or being managed by bullies– don’t work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach and treat your employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic environment; Brings the worst out in people; Good chance you will be miserable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stratford University full-time

    Pros

    With any organization, there are definitely some pros even at a place as poorly run as this. If you are able to block out all the negative aspects of this workplace, you will gain something.

    First and foremost, you will get a paycheck, average health benefits, and decent 401k matching. Note that you will only start to get 401k matching if you stay longer than 1 year.

    Just like any other workplace, you should be able to gain experience and learn a few things. Because of this, it might be a good stepping stone for you. I have seen Stratford being a good stepping for some as they move on to better things.

    The employees here for the most part are good people and this is probably one of the best pros about Stratford.

    This place will be a good test of your attitude and emotional endurance. If you can stay positive and adapt, these are skillsets that will be helpful for you for the rest of your life.

    Students who come here to get a degree do gain from it.

    Judging by how things have improved slightly in the last year or so, it is very possible things will continue to improve in the future but progress will be very slow.

    Cons

    A wise man once told me that when you join a new company, there's a 50/50 chance that you will like it or not. This place fell on the latter and I expect it to be the case for the majority of employees who join this company. This place is a mess for a host of reasons and there will be a good chance that you be frustrated and/or very miserable.

    Experiencing a flock of employees resigning at a time is an occurrence that you will experience if you stay long enough. It is very disruptive to the employees. The owners lack the ability to understand the impact this has on employees and the company. He fails to retain people and are too slow to hire.

    If you have to deal with the owner, there's a good chance you will be yelled at with his outbursts sooner or later. You will also be very uncomfortable experiencing your colleagues being treated unprofessionally by some of the managers and owner. Use of threat, yelling, and inappropriate eccentric behavior is a common theme you will hear to make you uncomfortable and quite possibly experience firsthand.

    What Stratford says about its culture does not reflect the reality of the actual culture which is a workplace of disregard for what employee thinks and employee happiness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The owner need to step back and stop micromanaging everyone. Stop dictating and start leading. Hire an experienced CEO to lead the university. Your employees spend more than half their waking moment giving to the school and in return, employees are treated poorly and are unhappy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Baltimore campus...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Stratford University full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers; very friendly. It seems as if those who are GREAT at what they do, tend to leave very quickly.

    Cons

    For what you work and what they pay is a joke. They literally accept anyone...even random people from the street. The Baltimore campus has low standards, but is the money maker for the VA campuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise your standards and you wil have better students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, I feel Stratford is a great place to teach as an adjunct professor.

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty  in  Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Stratford University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    You are not bothered and you're rarely interrupted by administration when your classes are in session. I love that.
    There are opportunities to get promoted but they may take a long time to actually come about. If you see a higher position you want, I recommend you be persistent in pursuing it.
    You have a lot of flexibility to teach in your own style. You're not forced to be a cookie-cutter professor.
    Most of the students are very appreciative of the efforts you put into your lessons and your desire to help them learn.
    Your personal growth is encouraged and the faculty, as a whole, will be given a few suggestions.
    The core belief that professors are there for the students is fully applied and supported by academics.
    Nice, clean classrooms with working technology (computer, Internet, LCD and push-button operation big screen.)
    Though they're not guaranteed, you get early notice if they want you to teach in upcoming terms.

    Cons

    If you are not a full-time professor, you don't receive regular communication from the administration other than general messages. Some adjunct may prefer it that way, but I like to stay aware of important matters that concern the campus.
    Some students are incredibly unmotivated or totally unable to keep up with very basic assignments. It is important to understand that some of these students probably just made it out of high school and may have serious problems they're dealing with outside the classroom.
    If you thrive on getting pats on the back for a job well done, this isn't the place for you. You'll get far more positive feedback from your students, which means the world to me. It's not like you wont' get complimented by administration, it's just that it will probably only occur if you are talking about another matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to keep adjunct professors aware of important matters that take place at the campus and corporate level other than the short e-newsletter.
    Have some type of special recognition or reward given to adjunct professors who teaching and work greatly benefits the students and the campus. Notify them by email or letter so other adjuncts won't feel left out.
    Have your administration team visit each classroom at least every other term. Even if the visit is just for five minutes, I believe students and professors would really appreciate getting face-to-face live introductions from those who are running the show at the campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The Best

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    Former Employee - IT Help Desk Student Worker and Alumni  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - IT Help Desk Student Worker and Alumni in McLean, VA

    I worked at Stratford University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and good guidance

    Cons

    Make you work more than necessary

    Recommends

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