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Abilene Christian University Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Knowledgeable, professional, passionate faculty and staff who truly put teaching as their highest priority (in 3 reviews)

  • Faith-based work environment, daily chapel available, gym on campus, co-workers often become long-time friends (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Below average pay but fair when compared to the cost of living in Abilene (in 3 reviews)

  • Pay is low, very low for technology fields (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Positive environment. Be ready to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Abilene Christian University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Faith-based work environment, daily chapel available, gym on campus, co-workers often become long-time friends. Excellent students, excellent connections both on and off campus.

    Cons

    At times, employer or supervisor will take advantage of Christian work ethic, expecting excessive work hours for salaried employees. As with anywhere, the morals of employees slip and employees are treated disrespectfully.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your employees have families, and that patience is extremely important in leaders, supervisors, teachers, and mentors. Expect excellence, but be an example of it first.


  2. "ACU Staff Employment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Abilene, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University (More than a year)

    Pros

    For me, the biggest pro is knowing that the work I do (helping make student and faculty's lives easier) boils down taking away stress so that everyone can focus on student education, success both intellectually as well as ethically.

    Cons

    You take a substantial pay-cut by working at a Christian university. Rumor is that its around 30%, being a female could be a factor in this though all the Admin. Coordinators here that I know are women so determining the baseline is difficult. Also, no one trusts Phil Schubert anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Its hard to feel valued at times, especially in an educational field where there is degree discrimination. Ed. D. vs. Ph. D., and "They only have a Bachelor's of Science" are common phrases in the office.

    ...and please don't fire me. I like working here.


  3. "A good student job"

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    Former Employee - Mail Room Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Mail Room Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Abilene Christian University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the people are easy to get along with and the job is not boring.

    Cons

    You really do not make any money so do not look at it as long term.


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    "Departmental Cuts"

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Abilene, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abilene Christian University full-time

    Pros

    Loved my direct coworkers and my job.

    Cons

    Cut jobs within the department in a very unprofessional manner.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Abilene, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abilene Christian University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on what department you work under, your co-workers can be fantastic people to work with, this includes your supervisors.

    Cons

    You should keep your personal opinions (political or otherwise) to yourself unless you're likeminded to heavily religious and heavily on the conservative side.


  7. "Desk Manager"

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    Former Employee - Residence Life in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Residence Life in Abilene, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abilene Christian University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was good because it allows students to do their home works while on duty.

    Cons

    Every year, employees like any job applicant starts all over once rehired/hired . No promotion or raise ever to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    You know what you are doing but devote more time to retain the employees.


  8. "Pros Cons Working at ACU"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor, College Or University in Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor, College Or University in Abilene, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your department, it can be a very healthy place to work. Faculty really care about students

    Cons

    Very political on the administration and staff side. Departments are cut on whim. It seems that many decisions are made by administration too quickly without thinking through the consequences of those decisions. Also, upper administration hires seem to be made upon relationship and gender. Very male dominated.

    Advice to Management

    Community building needs to happen with staff.


  9. "Faith, Community, & Performance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Manager in Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Admissions Manager in Addison, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, Leadership, Growth, Career Advancement, Opportunity

    Cons

    It is a non-profit & the salary is competitive, but not top end of the spectrum.


  10. "Best Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Abilene, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Abilene Christian University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented faculty and staff. Love working with the students. I would recommend to anyone looking for a place to fit in and belong.

    Cons

    Not very many opportunities for advancement. Once you are in a position, it pretty much stays that way until you retire or leave. Pay is low.


  11. "Great organization."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Abilene, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    wonderful people that genuinely care about student and other co-workers. Great leadership and communication flow. Compensation isn't amazing, but it is a small nonprofit university. The cost of living in Abilene is awesome, so that makes up for it.

    Cons

    Somewhat difficult to move up. Hard to get a job here unless you know people here.


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