Villanova University
3.9 of 5 29 reviews
www.villanova.edu Villanova, PA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Villanova University Reviews

Updated Jun 25, 2014
Villanova University – US – “Villanova University”

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3.9 29 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Villanova University President Rev Peter M. Donohue

Rev Peter M. Donohue

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79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    relaxing and nice coworkers

    Office Assistant (Former Employee)
    Villanova, PA

    ProsFlexible schedule
    Peaceful environment
    Nice coworkers
    Some administrative experience
    Meet Deans

    ConsRepetitive work
    Place got noisy sometime
    No promotion

    Advice to Senior ManagementExcellent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not bad, but could be a lot better.

    MBA Research Fellow (Former Employee)
    Villanova, PA

    ProsIf you're fortune enough to be assigned the right professor, your MBA Fellowship will give you the opportunity to do challenging work with professors whose interests (theoretically) align with your own. Free tuition is included with Fellowship as well, which is a huge plus if you're already saddled with undergrad student debts.

    ConsMany MBA fellows supplement their income in some way, whether directly through additional student loans or part-time employment (technically PT jobs are not allowed), or indirectly through living with parents, leaning on a supportive partner, etc. In other words, the modest stipend they give you is impossible to live on, especially on the Main Line. I'd also point out the process whereby Fellows are assigned to professors isn't terribly transparent or feedback rich - which leaves many Fellows struggling to understand why they were (or continue to be) assigned to specific professors. Fellow-specific professional development opportunities are also non-exist.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs its currently set up, the MBA Fellow program is patterned after the kinds of grad assistantship programs you'll find in most full-time PhD programs. This is perplexing, since the MBA program is overwhelmingly made of up early-to-mid career professionals who attend Villanova part time, and the handful of full-time MBAs eligible for fellowships frequently lack substantive academic research experience. At best, this means that professors and students are struggling on a semester-by-semester basis to work their way up a steep learning curve. At worst, it means that professors and graduate assistants are mutually exasperated with one another. I would suggest re-branding this program as a two-tiered Rotational Research Fellowship program. In the first two semesters of their Fellowship, junior fellows would rotate across professors and departments on a task-by-task basis. Research support functions at this level would be as standardized as possible (e.g. Excel data entry, Excel model building, preliminary lit review sourcing), and the focus would be on developing Fellows' understanding of the academic research process. Prior to their third semester, administrators and professors would review the work of individual junior fellows and recommend whether or not they be promoted to the rank of senior fellow. Senior fellows would then be assigned to professors on the basis of their shared interests and willingness to work together. The final two semesters of the program should be given over entirely to a single and substantive research project - perhaps the collection and preliminary analysis of a large data set, theory building, or a probing review of recent scholarship on one or more hot topics. Professors should be empowered to award spot bonuses to junior fellows whose work exceeds expectations. Senior fellows should be awarded a slightly higher stipend than junior fellows, and should have access to Fellow-specific career development and mentoring opportunities throughout their last year of study.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work, but lots of deadweight

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery supportive management, good benefit package, generous vacation allotment.

    ConsIf you have to work with other departments, it can be complicated as there are many complacent employees here who somehow are able to coast by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave better oversight to get rid of some of the deadbeats and replace them with hard workers. It's a lovely campus and the vacation package is second to none so attracting talent shouldn't be hard.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Okay place to work

    Admissions (Current Employee)
    Villanova, PA

    ProsGood benefits. Great community atmosphere.

    ConsLow pay, hard to obtain role internally. I would not recommend.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Admissions (Current Employee)
    Villanova, PA

    ProsThe title of my review says it all.

    ConsI think the pay should be higher considering all the traveling.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to be

    Research Associate (Former Employee)
    Villanova, PA

    ProsGreat campus life, fantastic support staff, good departments, and interaction with smart students.

    ConsOn site dining is terrible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood food is the most basic way to improve morale and admissions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Villanova University went from a 5-star employer when I first started 25 years ago, to a 1 or 2-star workplace.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits (although they have been reduced systematically over the past few years). A few departments are "staff" friendly and have decent managers.

    ConsExecutive management have a guarded and authoritarian management style (“my way or the highway”). The ROI or bottom line has become more important than loyalty to exemplary and commendable employees. The university president has become more concerned with securing donations than fostering a true spirit and environment of camaraderie and family (as there once was), and not just paying it lip-service. Over the past few years, I've seen a growing number of long-term, dedicated, hardworking and talented staff discarded strictly for budgetary reasons. Then younger, less experienced staff are hired at much lower salaries. This has a demoralizing affect campus-wide.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllegiance is a two-way street. Nurture your best employees, don't dampen their spirits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall positive experience working here

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proscampus is beautiful, nice people

    Conspay wasn't great, felt like i was still at school

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    Work Study is Okay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are great. On campus work means that you do not need a car or other transportation. Flexible hours. Get to meet other professors and networking contacts.

    ConsSalary is basically minimum wage. Sometimes there is not a lot of things to do so work can become boring.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience for a part-time position

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAcademically great: I had the chance to work with other smart students
    Supportive environment: the management is very nice since this is a Catholic university
    Everyone appreciates the work of the IT staff

    ConsTight budget: budget for IT is not big, so the IT infrastructure wasn't very good. There are complaints at times from students and staffs from the school about the Internet.

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