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Abilene Christian University Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Family oriented faculty and staff (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. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Loved working there.

    Cons

    Financial issues have restricted them recently.


  2. "Work in progress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University full-time

    Pros

    Great teammates
    Work on New initiatives

    Cons

    Minimum career advancement opportunities
    Min. Training

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees

  3. "ACU's employees truly "prepare students for Christian leadership throughout the world""

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Abilene, TX
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything about ACU makes it an excellent workplace. I worked at ACU consecutively while in college and got to know many of the employees and quickly became familiar with the working culture. Pros are culture, atmosphere, and the mission of ACU - which drives each employee to do their best. Staff and faculty at ACU are friendlier than other organizations and there truly is a family-feel to the culture. Pros are that ACU REALLY takes the time and effort to help employees advance and train in their careers. Many staff and faculty visited conferences and seminars year-round. Technology is a huge pro at ACU. I have never seen a place as devoted to being as technologically advanced as ACU. The on-campus dining options, rec center, and beautiful campus are a huge plus! If you want to work somewhere that you show up, work, and leave, ACU is not for you. ACU is the place for those who want to become something greater than themselves, truly each employee has the potential to "prepare students for Christian leadership throughout the world"! ACU also gives employees a week of at Christmas and is fairly flexible with work-life balance as compared to other places. The option of attending chapel/building relationships with students is a huge blessing to employees.

    Cons

    Good luck getting a full-time position there without ties to ACU... Also, employees are not all necessarily Church of Christ (many are baptist/non-denom/catholic) but if you are not a Christian of some denomination (and support the mission of Christ) then you will not fit in with the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very intelligent and highly-qualified, but appear a little rigid. ACU is a top-tier university, but I got vibes that the university operated more like a corporation than a college. My advice would be to loosen up and invest in lower-level employees, as well as students, instead of being aloof to campus.


  4. "Student Worker"

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    I have been working at Abilene Christian University part-time

    Pros

    Good place to work for current students: many diverse on campus jobs.

    Cons

    Student worker jobs are frequently menial.


  5. "Graduate Admissions Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University full-time

    Pros

    Company culture is incredible. Communication with upper-level management is open. It feels like a family working for ACU in the Dallas, TX division.

    Cons

    Career advancement is not easy.


  6. "job title"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University part-time

    Pros

    good atmosphere, great team, learn alot

    Cons

    Pay is not great for everyone


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Abilene Christian University part-time

    Pros

    Good Christina environment and great co workers

    Cons

    Very little compensation for student workers

  8. "Great People and Working Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abilene Christian University part-time

    Pros

    The people are great. They want you to succeed and provide you the tools to do so.

    Cons

    Wish it were closer to Dallas / Ft. Worth area.


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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abilene, TX
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    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.


  10. "Great work environment, pay is lackluster"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abilene Christian University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment, generally 40 hours, co-workers care about you and your family. Students are a lot of fun to work with, and partnering with faculty creates a lot of fun opportunities. Sr. Management works to avoid layoffs.

    Cons

    Pay is low, very low for technology fields. Benefits are wanting, slightly better than what you can find on the Health Care Exchange. University has been under a budget crunch for years, cutting personnel.
    Staff come in at the bottom of the food chain. Faculty are almost always listened to before Staff, despite Staff having objectively better solutions at times. (Staff are not always right)
    Job advancement is negligible, especially in tech fields.

    Advice to Management

    Build a fundraiser to raise $150 million for salaries so people can put a bit more in their pockets.
    Work on a stronger partnership between faculty and staff. Have an open forum or a survey about Staff concerns and actively address them.
    Staff are generally laid off first, which wrecks morale. Find a way to avoid this.
    Get down in the trenches. Ask the staff, who are the front line so frequently, their view of things more often.


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