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Argosy University Reviews

Updated November 27, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great Co-workers, good programs offered" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and opportunity to continue your education as well as your family" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Management, high turnover, unreasonable expectations" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Job security constantly threatened" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing People and Organization"

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, training provided, salary is appropriate for work load, positive work environment

    Cons

    still working through transition to new ownership. Needs better communication between management and staff. Promotions depend to much on politics.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and faster. There are no secrets and delaying notifying staff of changes is just creating distrust. Promote using skills and ability and stop using managers opinions as a defining factor. Too many people are getting promoted based on personal connections rather than ability


  2. "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argosy University full-time

    Pros

    The employees truly care and work very hard, despite management making things very difficult. The faculty are extremely talented.

    Cons

    The company has changed ownership and has been drastically restructured, eliminating an extreme amount of positions. Morale has never been lower, and employees are not valued at all. There is very high turnover.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours make it easy to do

    Cons

    Not enough classes as an Adjunct, Not enough money


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Academic Advisor
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive lower and mid-level staff: the company has been going through big turmoil over the past year. I worked in student services and received support from coworkers but hardly any from top management as wave upon wave of layoffs kept happening.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from top management to employees and students regarding key decisions affecting our lives, a problem which came across as unprofessional at best and unethical at worst.

    Advice to Management

    It would be appropriate to stop marketing Argosy as a non-profit university when students' and employees' well being is sacrificed to ensure that at the end of the day what matters is to guarantee top management its ROI.


  5. "Great Place to work"

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

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time

    Pros

    It's a great place to work, the people I work with are amazing

    Cons

    They don't give raises to their employees


  6. "Admissions & Business Development Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Thorough training; student & faculty contact

    Cons

    Compliance fear; volatile parent company


  7. "Be Honest"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management. Lack of communication. Misleading information.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and be honest. Your people care enough to stick by you.

  8. "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Finance in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Current staff is great to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management has slowly destroyed this organization. Prospective employees should consider where this organization will be 5 years from now. My guess is gone.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "I wish I had read reviews before naively believing what I was sold about this position and company"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admission in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admission in Sarasota, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    When I was employed you were provided a fair salary plus free education. I intended to receive my graduate degree while working for them but there was no way it was worth it

    Cons

    The position title “assistant director of admissions” was completely misleading. After arriving I learned that’s what all of the 10 or so admissions sales reps were called.

    We had a very strict set script we had to read to every potential student, forcing them to stay on the phone with us for over an hour for an “interview”.

    High pressure to enroll everyone possible regardless of their qualifications or financial situation with totally unreasonable quotas.

    No regard for students.

    Job security constantly threatened.

    We were pushed to encourage everyone to use federal financial aid/loans if they couldn’t afford the over priced tuition, even if it wasn’t a good fit

    All they cared about were enrollment quotas.

    Every phone call was recorded then analyzed with management. Condescending and constant micro managing from directors.

    This was the worst job I’ve ever had. I expected to love helping people further their education but this was a high pressure, greed driven operation.

    When I had something personal come up, I asked for short term personal leave so I could travel to see family out of state. My director approved the leave, so I left. Then the day after I left she changed her mind and threatened me that if I didn’t return to work that day I would no longer have a job.

    Although I qualified for unemployment and definitely some legal action based on this, I decided to not go back and just move on to find a healthier job environment.

    They couldn’t keep a campus president on staff. High turn over.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Think twice before getting sucked in just because they're non profit"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Argosy University (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is decent and the employees are mostly great people. The director is awesome - so no one is sure why he tolerates managers who are baffoons.

    Cons

    The managers are, indeed, baffoons (except for one - good job, Jess.) Leadership here makes you feel like you're in preschool. Stop talking down to us, stop condescending us, stop setting ludicrous expectations that cannot possibly be met. Put DOWN your damn cell phone and actually listen to your team. Grow the hell up and learn to motivate, not demoralize.

    Advice to Management

    Get some experienced management in there. Candidates should be chosen based on experience and a proven track record, not how much you like them. Stand up to your team and make changes.