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University of the Rockies Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
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    Inexperienced Management is Bringing this Company Down

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of the Rockies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really admired the staff, faculty and students. I learned a lot and had many opportunities to grow as a professional. I feel like I was able to help the students making their way through the program.

    Cons

    I just couldn't put any faith in the leadership team. They seemed afraid to admit that they didn't know all the answers, and were very hesitant to lean on middle management and benefit from their experience. I observed poor decisions being made time and time again. Money was spent inappropriately. It was appalling that a school teaching Organizational Leadership didn't know how to manage, communicate or problem solve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive Team: Stop worrying about whether you look good or not and focus on how well the company is functioning and what you can do to assist the students and faculty. It would be smart to have an assessment done by an outside entity to see where improvements could be made. Listen to your students and listen to your managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Dishonest Employer

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO

    I worked at University of the Rockies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Peers, training, good entry level position

    Cons

    dishonest company values, monotonous, employees kept in the dark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the goal is to sell students school, but management consistently says it is NOT a sales job. then they turn around and you are written up if you don't sign enough people up. the tactics that are used to 'sell' students school promise them things that the degree may never do for them to put it simply. stop the lies!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Could be a good organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of the Rockies as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Expanding online graduate programs available. Some of the faculty are the best I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Too much focus on making a profit and not enough on getting high quality students or setting the bar high in all courses. More concerned with how students feel about their grade than academic rigor. Student attitudes are often unprofessional and give a sense of entitlement. Compensation for independent projects or full-time work is grossly under what it should be for the level of work required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase academic rigor. Focus on quality of education, not enrollment numbers of profit margins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    My experience has gone down hill over the years. I have been here since the beginning and cannot wait to get out.

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    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Management in Denver, CO

    I have been working at University of the Rockies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have a great team who I enjoy working with and who make coming to work each day worth it.

    Cons

    Management. Leadership. Games and favoritism. Lack of empathy and understanding, and lack of qualified leaders. The favortism is rampant and the "circle" is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You hiring competent, educated people to run their departments - let them do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    great students; Confusing leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of the Rockies full-time

    Pros

    excellent students, living in Colorado

    Cons

    top leadership often attempts to micromanage things and also behaves deceptively

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go to psychotherapy and utilize help from your OL faculty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Lacking major organizational structure in numerous ways, in every level of management.

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    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO

    I have been working at University of the Rockies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The building you work in downtown is very nice, it makes you feel like you have a real job before you enter inside.

    Cons

    Those in leadership roles have no prior experience in management, you are on a very restricted schedule, 9 to 6 pm. You receive two, 15 minute breaks and a 1 hour lunch. These must be taken at the exact time they are scheduled, it resembles a K-12 school schedule, no autonomy in your day. Structure is necessary but this is micro managed to the point you just can't understand how this works in a beneficial way…for anyone. They terminate people very randomly, from what I have seen here and some individuals quit because they cannot take the feeling of being so trapped for a paycheck. It's a job, not a career. The irony here is, the University of the Rockies is a Graduate school for Business Psychology degrees and Organizational Development and Leadership".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp from the Senior leadership down, or it will never change. It may be structured like this purposely? Executive management and floor managers collect large pay checks to perform only a status quo mindset, maybe they feel change would only disrupt their current carpet rides and why work harder than they have too. Classic "Gravy Train Leadership", at best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Appears different than it actually is - lots of flash and little substance.

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    Current Employee - Just Another Grunt in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Just Another Grunt in Denver, CO

    I have been working at University of the Rockies full-time

    Pros

    Have met a few great people. Potential is there if management would get out of the way.

    Cons

    Controlling hierarchical executive leadership, Disorganized initiatives and efforts, Overt non-male favoritism in management, Low quality products. Working here may not translate very well to the real world and similar companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Individually and collectively you are the problem. The employees have the expertise and ideas needed to advance without your constant interference. Many employees talk about the dysfunction and toxic environment we are subject to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but...

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    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO

    I have been working at University of the Rockies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Low pressure, but find that you're on your own. I have experience and know what I'm doing, so it's nice to have a lot of freedom with minimum hassles.

    Cons

    The university is owned by Bridgepoint Education, which is a very aggressive company. When they meddle with university affairs, it's bad news. Now that the sister school - Ashford University - is no longer the problem child with accreditation issues, it seems we're getting more focus from big brother.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your people!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Good for Robots

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    Former Employee - Course Instructor in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Course Instructor in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at University of the Rockies part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can work from home in your own time.

    Cons

    You end up working WAY more than a 40 hour week because there are so many students in the class. They have a course mentor to watch EVERYTHING that you do...every email you write and paper you return. They are punitive and threatening, not supportive. They encourage you to turn a blind eye to underachieving students. It is blatantly clear they are just concerned about making money rather than educating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give autonomy to course instructors. Don't have mentors oversee everything instructors do in a way that is designed to criticize the instructor's performance. Raise the pay given the number of hours that have to be put in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    They over promise, underpay, and under deliver.

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    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at University of the Rockies

    Pros

    They give you a nice cube and chair to make tons and tons of calls to shitty leads for students that have no interest in going to school and have told the last 20 enrollment advisors. If you can survive on $28k per year and endure all of the politics they may increase your lead flow in both quality and quantity, which should allow you to get an increase in your 2nd matrix which ends at the end of your 1st year of employment.

    Cons

    The management only cares about themselves and the enrollments that you bring in. They micro-manage you beyond belief! They tell you in your interview that you can get a HUGE raise after your 6 month review, but the realilty is that I can only think of 2 people that got even a slight raise after a 6 month review, while the other 99% get there pay cut from a measly $40k down to around $28k, Expectations are to make 200 calls per day minimum, and obtain 200+ minutes of talk time.

    If the job market was not so bad they would be screwed becasue everyone would quit because they under pay you. They tell you that you can make $100k, but the reality is that the highest paid person in the enrollment advisor role is $78k and they have been there for 3+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on paying your employee's a fair wage and teach the managers to be leaders versus yes people. and stop wasting your money on Sponsoring the Holiday via our parent company which is Bridgepoint Capital and invest back into your people in the form of higher wages.

    Doesn't Recommend

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