Susquehanna University Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Excellent place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coach in Selinsgrove, PA
    Current Employee - Coach in Selinsgrove, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    --President Lemons is a top-notch leader who believes in his employees' qualifications, gives us the leeway to expand our programs, but is still happy to become involved.
    --The insurance benefits are great, with people making the least paying in the least and people making the most paying in the most.
    --People tend to stay with the university for a long time, so your community is very tight-knit and people try hard to take care of one another.
    --Many employees of different positions qualify to take free classes, and certain workers' children qualify for tuition exchange after working with the university for a certain period of time.

    Cons

    There are very few cons that I can think of... but if I must, then...
    --I think that there is still an old boys club in the athletics department.
    --The university is in a very rural area, so people who crave a lot of culture may not like the location much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep President Lemons on board for as long as possible!


  2. Residential Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Residential Assistant in Selinsgrove, PA
    Former Contractor - Residential Assistant in Selinsgrove, PA

    I worked at Susquehanna University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with great peers, and you can makes some good friends
    Salary was comparable to other small liberal arts schools, and the 18th Street Apartments are nice to live in

    Cons

    - Politics and favoritism are clearly apparent with both the professional and student staff. -
    - While the expectations of the RA position are clearly outlined in the handbook, there is no handbook for the student supervisors.
    - Little to no support from the immediate professional staff supervisors, however the current interim director does show promise.

    Advice to Management

    An HR handbook so we RAs can hold our supervisors accountable would be great. Additionally having better middle management for the professional staff (that actually deal with issues fairly and clearly outline expectations) would be great.


  3. Watch out for hidden agendas

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Affairs Professional in Selinsgrove, PA
    Former Employee - Student Affairs Professional in Selinsgrove, PA

    I worked at Susquehanna University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Small atmosphere where you can know all of your colleagues. The community is safe and overall very friendly. I was lucky to have a very good salary and a very flexible work schedule. I found that most departments were willing to collaborate and help each other out.

    Cons

    I found that some of the administration had their own agendas and would treat others fairly who expressed opposing viewpoints. There seemed to be a "Mean Girls" effect going on where there were some people in Student Life who were part of the "in group," who took care of each other. Meanwhile there was an "out group" that did not get the same access to resources and were eventually pushed out of the university. Employee morale is now low due to the cutting of benefits and pay freezes.
    There wasn't much room to advance in your career because the institution was so small and positions were rarely vacant.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to trends in people leaving the university. Multiple people leaving with the same complaints tells you that there is an administrative problem. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its a duck so get rid of it.


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  5. Okay for a short stay to augment a resume, but no future available here if you're a professional administrator.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Selinsgrove, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Selinsgrove, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People are very friendly if you're white and lead a fairly conventional life. Students are down to earth and mostly middle- or working-class so they sincerely appreciate the guidance and experience you provide. Benefits are great and the university's GO program may even afford you the opportunity to open the world to a great of students in a very impactful way through travel. You can gain a broad range of experiences in different fields. And when you find an administrator who knows what they're doing, there is ample opportunity for mentorship.

    Cons

    Protect yourself - SU has no qualms about taking advantage of their employees in terms of asking you to sacrifice your personal life or work for pay lower than industry standards. And Human Resources is the most user-unfriendly office on campus so there is no one go go to for help. Administrators who know what they are doing usually leave quickly because they can - incompetent directors stay for decades and clog the system, serving as road blocks to any real progress. Working here is a bit like spinning your wheels.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore the incompetent middle managers working under Senior Staff. Great work is possible, but its being stalled by some bad eggs who don't seem to know what they should be doing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good work environment with easy access to information and individual performance.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communicator in Selinsgrove, PA
    Current Employee - Communicator in Selinsgrove, PA

    I have been working at Susquehanna University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Provided me with personal communication skills that I will be able to use for the rest of my life as well as the ability to manage my time around work.

    Cons

    I was unable to work the desired hours a week that would provide me with enough compensation to be able to fulfill my monetary needs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Fun work atmosphere, but school thinks it's better than it is

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Selinsgrove, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Selinsgrove, PA

    I worked at Susquehanna University

    Pros

    Great place to work. Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    many staff/students think entirely too highly of themselves and the school. Average academics, but they pretend to be comparable to Bucknell or Gettysburg...not the case.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend to be someone you're not!



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