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Argosy University Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  • No job security towards the end (in 6 reviews)

  • high stress around the beginning and end of the semesters (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Success Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argosy University full-time

    Pros

    In my experience the pay was good, my office was in a great location, I was given a good amount of vacation time, and they offer tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Monotonous- In my second interview which was an in-person interview, I asked what I would be doing on a typical day at Argosy, I was lead to believe that every day was different and exciting. NOT THE CASE every single miserable day I would sit at my desk, with my headset on making phone calls for 8.5 hours or I was in a training session about making phone calls. Nothing exciting about it in the slightest.

    Lack of job security- In my location, new groups of Success Advisors were being hired every single month, but the pool of students who were willing and able to go to school wasn't getting any bigger. This put a lot of pressure on SAs to stay on top of their game because it was very obvious that everyone was replaceable, layoffs were constant.

    Sales- I took this position because I was excited to help students, unfortunately, that's a very tiny part of this job. Management is OBSESSED with numbers! I spent most of my day calling through a random pool of numbers and reading a script. Hardly anyone you speak to is actually interested in school, that doesn't matter to management, though. You are supposed to get these people into a program whether they're interested or not. Many times while talking to a potential student I would come to the realization that school wasn't the best option for them financially, that doesn't matter to management either because they think nothing of having a student take out all sorts of loans. Many times I would gracefully end the call without signing them up for school, because in good conscience I just couldn't. This would always get me in trouble as all of the calls are recorded and letting someone go without getting them enrolled is a big no no.

    Lack of Recognition- No matter what you do it's never enough at this place. You can reach all your goals or even surpass them but management will always be there to remind you that you should be doing more.

    Work Life Balance- During the interview process, it was made to seem as if the position had a set schedule and if you were willing and able to stay late or come in on weekends to "help" students you were more than welcome to. However, once I was in the position I was constantly pressured to stay after normal business hours and come in on weekends. I was made to feel like the work I accomplished during my 8.5 hour day meant nothing if I wasn't staying late. It didn't matter that I had children to pick up from daycare at the end of the day. I did come in one Saturday and learned that by "helping" students they meant making more obnoxious telemarketing calls to uninterested people.

    Management- I believe that many of the SAs care about the well being of the students but management couldn't care less. Argosy is a for-profit company and they see each new enrollment as a big check and each employee as totally disposable.

    Advice to Management

    Make more room for advancement, respect the students, respect your employees, be human


  2. "Supportive Community"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Faculty and Staff are responsive and helpful. Students are motivated and hard working. Argosy is definitely a supportive community. Class schedules are flexible with various learning styles.

    Cons

    Sometimes students are registered to the wrong class.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Admissions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Helping people reach their potential is the most rewarding.

    Cons

    It is difficult for working people to keep to their programs because life introduce scheduling challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the "top down" management model. It works against creativity and leads to ego driven decision making, circular reasoning, and loss of customer focus.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Writing is on the Walls"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Met some great people and the graduate level programs have fantastic instructors

    Cons

    The Chicago campus is extremely corrupt, racist place to work. Management works for the advancement of themselves and the business and not the employees or the students. Following the EDMC $95.5million settlement things have just gotten worse.

    Advice to Management

    hire a third party consulting firm to clean out the garbage and start over while there's still a school to save.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Admissions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Faculty are amazing. The majority of the student body are amazing. These two factors and the renewed focus on graduate psychology are why I have stuck around this long.

    Cons

    Argosy is owned by the for-profit company EDMC. Nothing good has happened for Argosy since that happened. Hopefully this will be ending soon before they bring the downfall of the university.

    Advice to Management

    Stay student focused, they are the priority at all times. Please take care of your faculty and staff. Provide solid communication


  7. "Fraudulent Train Wreck - Destroying Education"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Argosy University full-time

    Pros

    Here and there, there are a few good people. A small minority of students were prepared for graduate school. Most students were ill-suited (other than having access to Federal Student loans) for school

    Cons

    Most everything. Constant turnover. Ill-thoughtout knee-jerk programming. To call it a degree mill would be a compliment. Only criteria for acceptance is a pulse, access to Federal student loans, or a credit card (pulse, optional). No strategic direction. Horrible execution. Run by for-profit (vulture capital) management. Education is an occasional by-product. Continual lawsuits from shareholders, students, and federal government. Most recently resulting in a $95.5-million legal payout to the Federal government for fraudulent recruitment. In the end, the degree means nothing. Many employers would read no further than that an applicant got a degree at Argosy and move on to the next application in the pile. On top of all of this, the new Chancellor is a demon-driven tyrant. There are two kinds of faculty and staff, those looking for another job or those unable to be hired anywhere else. There is one kind of student, a victim in line for a degree of negative value and huge debt. Tic-tock. It is only a matter of time.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for forgiveness for what you have done and continue to do. Like Corinthian, this needs to be shut down.


  8. "All awesome but the sudden ending!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work with incredible co-workers everyday; the programs and resulting degrees are legit/excellent; best/most fulfilling job I ever had.

    Cons

    Third-party call monitoring can end in your termination based on THEIR interpretation of what was said. I had no infractions before getting my first; no chance to correct or defend what was actually said-just terminated.

    Advice to Management

    There has to be more accountability in the decision to terminate productive, hard-working ARs. I was told I said things that I know I didn't say, but was never given a chance to improve or even defend the bogus allegations against me. Too easy for management to let someone go knowing the person being let go won't have any say.


  9. "Adjunct Nursing Faculty"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Classes are prepared and uniform across all campus locations.

    Cons

    New program, has some management glitches that need to be ironed out.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to faculty input as well as students.


  10. "Argosy University/SFBA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Meet and assist lots of great students. Ditto for co-workers.

    Cons

    The commute from Richmond to Alameda.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't wait for someone to make a mistake before teaching them the correct way to do a task.


  11. "Special place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Present Adjunct Faculty in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Present Adjunct Faculty in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Location and people are both wonderful!

    Cons

    Student admission is a bit lower this year.


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