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Villanova University Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
51 Reviews
3.9
51 Reviews
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Villanova University President Rev Peter M. Donohue
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (although they have been reduced systematically over the past few years) (in 4 reviews)

  • The results were rewarding, and I was later able to create my own web page in my spare time on weekends (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • At the law school there is a clear division between faculty and staff (in 2 reviews)

  • very expensive, give out very little financial aid (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good experience, great people, very laid back

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Villanova, PA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Villanova, PA

    I have been working at Villanova University

    Pros

    I was able to work where I go to school

    Cons

    Very low rate of payment

  2.  

    Villanova is full of opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Villanova University

    Pros

    Positive outlets for all types of interest and personality types;Tons of autonomy; accepting culture amongst staff and faculty; solid pay.

    Cons

    I guess one could always use more financial compensation for their work, but Villanova has exceeded my expectations thus far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great fellow employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Villanova University

    Pros

    high quality people as co-workers, great holidays, 35 hour work week is standard, beautiful working environment

    Cons

    compensation seems to factor in a benefit available to people with children who could attend villanova and take advantage of the reduced tuition offered to children of employees--if you do not have children that attend or might attend villanova, you cannot take advantage of this benefit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensate people who cannott take advantage of the benefit of reduced tuition for the value of this benefit that they cannot take advantage of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Villanova University

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Villanova University

    Pros

    Strong Community presence, very charitable, great learning environment

    Cons

    The school is small in terms of population.

  6.  

    Great institution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Villanova University

    Pros

    Colleagues are wonderful and supportive
    Students are great to work with
    Good number of vacation days
    Overall benefits package
    Team atmosphere

    Cons

    Overall Villanova University is a great place to work. All cons are similar to working at any large institution and not exclusive to Villanova.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Graduate Student Research Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Villanova, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Villanova, PA

    I have been working at Villanova University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I like the work ethics and the environment.
    The work assigned to me is more practical and I really liked it.

    Cons

    So far I didn't experience any Cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to allot some grad room so that we can work at flexible hours.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a good experience, but humanities are not a priority

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Villanova, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Villanova, PA

    I have been working at Villanova University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Professors in my department were great. I have very few complaints. I had a ton of access to them, felt like I was really helping their overall mission to educate. I was treated like an adult, which goes a long way in academia.

    Cons

    The Catholic culture was a little oppressive, but never in the classroom. But it was a bummer to have students citing Bible verses as actual evidence in serious essays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place for graduate thermal engineers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Villanova, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Villanova, PA

    I have been working at Villanova University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Compensated for tuition as well as a stipend. Experienced and knowledgeable professors. Great program for thermal management with leading edge research.

    Cons

    Some of the graduate courses aren't taught very well or just don't hold much purpose. Overall they were good but a couple weren't satisfying.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Student

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student

    I have been working at Villanova University

    Pros

    great community, great people, great opportunities

    Cons

    administration doesn't have clear vision of student life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more realistic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Graduate Students Deserve More

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student
    Former Employee - Graduate Student

    I worked at Villanova University

    Pros

    Villanova reputation
    Opportunity to gain teaching experience

    Cons

    Lack of workspace
    Disrespectful, tyrannical bosses
    No accountability
    HR completely hands-off
    Hostile work environment
    Full-time students must also work 40+ hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Graduate students are completely taken advantage of. Staff Directors are very insecure about their standing with the school and take it out on students.

    Please consider HR practices which protect your graduate students and educate staff offices on how to appropriately manage students without exploiting them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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