I have been working at Culver full-time
For the area, Culver offers decent wages and benefits. Culver provides free lunches to their staff so long as the cafeteria is open. The salad bar is a wonderful option. Culver provides a healthy and active environment, offering two days a week where you can utilize office hours to use the gym facilities. They foster an environment that makes the students it serves as its top priority.
Most culver employees are valued driven and are there because they care about Culver’s mission.
Culver has an interesting “class” system. Hourly are treated differently than salaried staff and Faculty are treated even better.
Culver is set in a very traditional mindset, which has meant that they are extremely slow to change and not motivated by innovations or market change. Many people enjoy this tradition; however, it has clearly led to operations mishaps and poor hiring decisions. Culver believes it to have its own set of rules and even believes this idea to be funny, utilizing their slogan, “It’s a Culver Thing” or “It’s the Culver Way”.
All salaried faculty and staff are required to partake in “duties”. These include shaperoneing the students, participating in the sporting events by either coaching or doing book or judging, etc. These duties are not given out evenly and some employees have found ways to get out of them entirely. Some employees use duties as a way to not complete their normal job requirements. Coaches are required to drive student filled mini buses with minimal training (one hour), regardless of driving history. Faculty have a much easier time completing their duties due to their schedule more easily aligning with the students schedule. In short, duties are a much larger part of your “day job” then led to believe during the hiring process. -you are not paid for your duties.
Advice to Management
Embrace change/new innovations and take the time to investigate what our competitors and others in the industry are doing at all levels. There is a lot to be learned from consulting with other academic institutions.
Pay local community members a small hourly wage to participate in the sporting acivities. Employees have lives outside of Culver. Many are trying to raise families and would appreciate time with them rather than spending countless nights and weekends at Culver. The community surrounding Culver would appreciate earning money while enjoying the local traditions.
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Culver (Milwaukee, WI) in November 2016.
Very relaxed and easy, I felt like I did not have to be as nervous as I had been. The interviewer was very nice and made me comfortable and relaxed and eased my tension.