University of La Verne Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Student

    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Corona, CA

    I worked at University of La Verne (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience as a student and very flexible with schedule.

    Cons

    Work can be overwhelming as a new student and you end up learning to much information.


  2. office

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covina, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covina, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of La Verne full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with are great.

    Cons

    You work a lot of weekends and overtime.


  3. sadly not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in La Verne, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional in La Verne, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of La Verne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    So the real up-side to ULV is the tuition discount. It takes 3 years to kick in fully, and for the employee you can only get a degree at ULV (so it has very limited value) but for kids it is in a program that pays tuition at a huge range of really good universities, That is why quite a large percentage of the staff stay.

    Cons

    There are so, so many problems: Quality- overall the largest issue. The quality of the students (below CSU level, way below) and generally the faculty is not great either. Adjuncts range in quality hugely- as recruitment is based on who you are friends with. Most of the full time faculty couldn't get a job anywhere else, they like to pretend they are there as they really want to support first gen students, but that is BS, they are really just not up to the measure to work elsewhere. The professional staff tend to be better- but it is really hard to get fired so who knows. Cult of personality- so the entire place is small and run via personality driven decision making. There is no accountability (literally no process for a yearly review and faculty have no review after tenure) so it is really irrelevant how well you do your job. You are surrounded by people who are working as they have a friend of relative who got them the job, they are related to a manager, or they graduated from ULV. Staffing- so most complain about understaffing, and that is part of the problem, but it is more that there are not enough competent people to do the work. There are areas that are thinly staffed, but for the most part there are just people who need to be fired so someone who can do the job can be hired. It is not really capacity as much as capability. Pay- low, lower than other places, but if you aren't doing any work then maybe you are being overpaid? There has also historically been issues with people brought on at different salary levels, literally with no consistency so there are people who are grossly overpaid and others who are hugely underpaid. The biggest issue was people being paid as "receptionists" when they were really doing coordination work- to save about $7,000 a year. Lack of management- so there are two forms of management. Over-promoted internal staff- who actually care about ULV but probably don't know what they are doing or External recruits who are supposed to be bringing best practice (highly questionable if that is happening) and are there just long enough to get the promotion on the resume, get on the conference circuit and get another job. Neither is good, I am not sure which is worse. The later has been a real issue as of late due to attempts to get big projects for a media splash- rather than quality and consistent education. Internal policies- not followed if they exist at all. Jobs don't even float internally, you just find out about a promotion/new role for someone's favorite later. Really unprofessional and no training for these newly promoted managers.

    Advice to Management

    Real soul searching is needed. I question if ULV is fulfilling its educational mission. Due to the high cost of education (so large student loan debts) and low salaries earned by graduates ULV is probably not a worthwhile choice for students in its current form. That is the base calculation that students are doing and they are voting with their feet. Until that can be rationalized I don't think the university has a long term future, and I don't think people should really consider working there. You work in higher education as you think you are helping students, supporting learning etc. but at ULV. I don't think that is actually happening


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  5. Administrative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of La Verne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Value their employees. Great Benefits. Value Education and encourage employees to pursue higher education. Vacation time is amazing. Their tuition reimbursement is excellent.

    Cons

    It's higher ed and they don't pay as much as other institutions.


  6. Fantastic!

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in La Verne, CA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in La Verne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for 4 years in the Department of Photography a student worker during the school year, and a regular employee during the summer. I had such an enriching experience! I gained and improved office skills, became the department archivist, gallery assistant, dark room assistant, and computer lab assistant. Great artistic work environment, friendly and reasonable bosses-all at the school I was attending. The university as a whole was pleasant to work for, and everyone was friendly and helpful. Learned many skills in many areas.

    Cons

    Department didn't have the budget to hire me on after graduation, despite their desires to do so. Can't really complain, as it was a job to have while attending.


  7. Good core values, poor pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tuition remission, people, culture, personal growth opportunities are available and offered freely, time off policies are generous, but you often can't use them as you are too busy

    Cons

    Too few people, too much work, very cheap, poor work life balance, there is an expectation of being available for all managers, regardless of level to be available and answering emails (even stupid ones) 24 hours per day

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people right, improve your retention and reward of good employees. Stop letting them walk out of the door.


  8. good place to work while in school

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in La Verne, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in La Verne, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of La Verne part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great option for working flexible hours while still in school. Ability to flex schedule and to get homework done when things are slow. Students are treated very well.

    Cons

    Not always the most interesting work, but that's to be expected with this kind of position.


  9. Student Works Taken Advantage Of.

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    Current Employee - University of La Verne Student Worker in La Verne, CA
    Current Employee - University of La Verne Student Worker in La Verne, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of La Verne part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They work around your schedule. Easy going to work right after or between classes.

    Cons

    You end up doing the majority of your bosses work. No higher pay than $10, you start at $8 and only go up $0.25 each year unless promoted to manager. Won't be hired unless you are under federal work study majority of the time.

    Advice to Management

    You make enough money off tuition; instead of wasting millions on the presidents new house, start hiring students based off skill not if they are on federal work study.


  10. Great University, Great People!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment ! Beautiful private school!

    Cons

    Long drive if you live in west LA!


  11. Good for an adjunct professor

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in La Verne, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in La Verne, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of La Verne part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leadership is great, flexible scheduling, good students

    Cons

    Compensation, lack of office space

    Advice to Management

    The pay for adjunct professors leaves something to be desired. However, the department chair is great and extremely amenable to change.



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