Aurora University Reviews

Updated Sep 3, 2020

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2.6
44%
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Aurora University President Rebecca L. Sherrick
Rebecca L. Sherrick
15 Ratings
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  • "You're frozen at minimum wage, regardless of the number of years or hours you put in(in 3 reviews)

  • "room for growth(in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work as a student"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Aurora, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Aurora University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours with class schedule, caring, good pay

    Cons

    Employment as a student worker ends with graduation

  2. "Great people"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Terrific colleagues, beautiful campus, ok work/life balance.

    Cons

    Top down management. Micromanaging president.

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  3. "Disaster"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Administrative in Batavia, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Really, only the close colleagues.

    Cons

    This institution is rotting from the head, the president, who can’t keep incompetent hands out of everything. Herself incompetent, she hires only incompetent loyal, frightened candidates. No one is freed to make decisions not hers. She is also incredibly viciousto people. She has fired people who she even suspects are looking for a n ew job. She has trapped the university in perpetual crisis of her annual making. Doesn’t the Board wonder why the U is always in such dire straits? She micromanaged everything and at a whim. It’s a dangerous place to call home and don’t hope to retire from here

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "You will not grow professionally here."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I can't think of any.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth. Diversity, inclusion, and equity do not exist here. Its a favoritism and cliquish culture.

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  5. "Adjunct Clinical Faculty Aurora University"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Aurora University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very Organized Support Staff. Friendly and Professional. Treated as an Equal. Pay is Competitive

    Cons

    No insurance benefits for clinical adjunct.

  6. "Layoffs"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Lecturer 

    I worked at Aurora University full-time

    Pros

    Taught various courses at school.

    Cons

    Laid off during budget crisis.

  7. "Faculty"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Aurora University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is descent. Loyalty to students is evident, sometimes to a fault. Faculty are some of the best and highly dedicated. Staff and faculty develop positive working relationships and often lean on each other for support.

    Cons

    Highly political, dramatic leadership results in incivility towards faculty and staff. Decision are driven by the president on a whim and changed frequently; reactive instead of proactive. Very unpredictable. Faculty and mid-level administrators are fearful of losing their jobs if anything they say or do is contrary to the president’s agenda. Agreement with head nods and a smile are expected. Any other nonverbal reaction is noted and sometimes even pointed out in front of an entire group of faculty and/or staff. This type of leadership trickles down to departments and schools and instills fear in others. Senior leaders are afraid to make decisions. It’s a guessing game. If you’re wrong, someone’s going to pay for that mistake. Senior leaders who work under the president are literally told their opinion doesn’t matter despite hiring competent leaders. Instead their role is to serve the president. In turn, they manage faculty and staff the same way. Favoritism is prominent and isolates other employees. Senior leaders often lie to cover their tracks. Faculty moral is low.

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  8. "Inconsistent"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor 

    I worked at Aurora University full-time

    Pros

    I loved the students at AU

    Cons

    Lack of job security; administrators constantly cutting

  9. Helpful (5)

    "Every negative review here is 100% accurate."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The students are mostly genuine and caring, and really enjoy working with professors in the smaller university environment.

    Cons

    Every negative review here is 100% accurate. I read these review before working at AU and I didn’t realize just how accurate they were until I had put in some time at AU and could reflect on their truth. Even the seemingly ridiculous or negatively biased reviews are true. The leadership is toxic and uncaring of faculty. The president is volatile and the senior staff are all under her thumb. There is rarely any reward or even acknowledgement for contributing extra, and leadership is quick to intimidate and punish any faculty they see as out of line, which is anyone who doesn’t blindly follow the leadership’s haphazard ideas. There is inequality by some chairs and the administration when judging faculty performance between departments and even within departments, and there is no mechanism for faculty to provide constructive feedback to their supervisors or to the administration.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Incompetent amateurs"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Administrator in Sugar Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Aurora University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    None. Really, it is a place to start and leave asap before being hurt while there or by its reputation as you try to leave

    Cons

    Incompetent amateurs with a mean-spirited, untalented, shortsighted president at the helm

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