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University of San Diego Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
50 Reviews
3.5
50 Reviews
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University of San Diego President and Trustee Mary E. Lyons
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28 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fun, beautiful campus, happy employees, diverse group of people, variety of objectives to keep things interesting (in 7 reviews)

  • Tuition remission (for non-impacted programs) after one year (i (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • No room for growth, movement, or promotions (in 3 reviews)

  • Too much work, Not much growth opportunities (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fabulous

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of San Diego

    Pros

    The work environment was really inviting and the culture was fun and exciting. There was always work to be done which made the work day go by quickly.

    Cons

    I would say that the only con would be that there really wasn't much room for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Unacceptable Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of San Diego full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pretty flowers, trees and overall landscape.

    Cons

    No respect for employees. Toxic work environment. No quantifiable measurement of goals. No vision or strategic direction by management. Technical and Managerial Incompetence at all levels. Excessive favoritism and cronyism.

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

    Wonderful years until a change of leadership.

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant
    Former Employee - Program Assistant

    I worked at University of San Diego

    Pros

    Great benefits but they are chipping away at those.

    Cons

    USD was a great place to work for many years but has changed greatly with change of leadership. The last straw was when my department had a change in leadership. Changes were expected but it has become a hostile environment. You are micro-managed and there is no trust or respect. It has become a revolving door with so many people leaving. HR has been informed by many people but has done nothing. They are not there to support the employees. It is sad to see this place become so toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the blinders off and pay attention to what is going on and try to improve the conditions for the employees who have to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    New organizational structure is bad! C-suite not focused on what's best for staff or patients.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of San Diego

    Pros

    Great staff, beautiful facilities.

    Cons

    Executive team just doesn't get it. New CEO Bob Hemker is bad news. No respect for nursing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need strong nursing leaders to keep nursing' voice strong to continue to deliver safe patient care. Magnet is what you need to be focused on! Moving nursing down on the org chart was a mistake. Fix your error before patients suffer.

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

    Great Place to Start A Career

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    Former Employee - Network Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in San Diego, CA

    I worked at University of San Diego full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time at USD, it was a great place to come in and learn the fundamentals of my career field (computer networking). The environment was relaxed and positive, and I got to work with some really great people. Benefits were fantastic, including a 12% retirement contribution and fantastic health plans with no annual deductible and coinsurance along with very maximum out of pocket expenses. Exempt employees started with 24 days vacation out of the gate.

    Cons

    On the other hand, compensation in the form of salary was very low, though this is typical of universities. Those of us in network and infrastructure support were paid less than our peers in other IT groups (especially the Enterprise applications team). Projects at times were very slow to get implemented, and at times the environment was possible too laid back. IT budget seemed to be shrinking each and every year, as professional development opportunities kept shrinking each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management for the most part was great. Only advice is to provide more opportunities for career growth and professional development as a counterbalance to the low salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Tutor: Great gig during college

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of San Diego

    Pros

    Tutoring for the math department was a great way to earn a bit of cash during the evenings. When we didn't have students, the tutors were able to do their own work. Also, tutoring was a great way to stay fresh on the basics from earlier classes.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't great and it was hard to get more than 10 or 15 hours a week. You could definitely make more money as a private tutor, but this didn't require any scheduling with individual students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

  8.  

    Great Faculty

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of San Diego

    Pros

    I was a nurse practitioner student here, and really enjoyed the faculty. They work in clinical practice along with teaching the curriculum, so they are up to date on the most current NP practice.

    Cons

    Th pharmacology course was weak.

  9.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of San Diego part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The university is like a small village. I felt a strong sense of community while employed and made life long friends during my time working there.

    Cons

    The Catholic values were, at times, contrary to my personal values. It is a Catholic institution so this is not a fault, necessarily, just something to consider before choosing to work there. Maybe this has changed since the latest pope?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any advice to give. Especially after having been gone for so many years.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Loved it

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    Current Employee - Resident Advisor/Mentor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor/Mentor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at University of San Diego as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Really good sense of community. There is something always something to do around campus and people are really welcoming

    Cons

    long training- for an RA position we do at least 4 weeks of training throughout the entire year, and if you want to be an RA again you go through it again

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Quick Engagement with a Bonus

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    Former Employee - Note Taker in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Note Taker in San Diego, CA

    I worked at University of San Diego part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Being a note taker pushes you to pay more attention in class, and then, there is the added bonus of payment at the end of the semester.

    Cons

    The paycheck does take some time to arrive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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