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Villanova University Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
33 Reviews

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  1.  

    Avg pay for student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    part time
    nice prof
    a lot of learning

    Cons

    part time
    nice prof
    a lot of learning

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    a good work place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Very flexible, very good work life balance. if you have college bound kids who are interested in going to VU, it will be well worth it

    Cons

    If you kids want to go to elite schools, chances are the school will not on the tuition exchange list and it won't be beneficial.

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    IT Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic college atomosphere. Tons of vacation and flex days during summer

    Cons

    IT Department does not support change. PMO is in name only. Students are not getting their dollar value when it comes to IT support. Compensation is 40K less than corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    University deserves better CIO

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  5.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Villanova is an excellent employer through a supportive, engaging community with many opportunities to become involved in the life of the campus.

    Cons

    The rapid growth the University is experiences has created a more demanding work environment for certain areas of campus administration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Not bad, but could be a lot better.

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    Former Employee - MBA Research Fellow  in  Villanova, PA
    Former Employee - MBA Research Fellow in Villanova, PA

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Many 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 ManagementAdvice

    As 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.

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    relaxing and nice coworkers

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  Villanova, PA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Villanova, PA

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Peaceful environment
    Nice coworkers
    Some administrative experience
    Meet Deans

    Cons

    Repetitive work
    Place got noisy sometime
    No promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Okay place to work

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    Current Employee - Admissions  in  Villanova, PA
    Current Employee - Admissions in Villanova, PA

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great community atmosphere.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  9.  

    Nice place to work, but lots of deadweight

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Have 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10.  

    Great place to be

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Villanova, PA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Villanova, PA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    On site dining is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good food is the most basic way to improve morale and admissions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ethical Professional Environment

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    Current Employee - Admissions  in  Villanova, PA
    Current Employee - Admissions in Villanova, PA

    Pros

    The title of my review says it all.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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