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Updated January 13, 2018
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Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy
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Pros
  • Great idea of work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, very helpful (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay for the amount of travel and the size of the territory at the time (in 7 reviews)

  • Employees are jumping ship like crazy, or being let go (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Had a great intern experience

    Cons

    There were no cons while working here


  2. "Not a good place anymore"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really good co-workers and pretty good PTO and other benefits.

    Cons

    Employees are not compensated even close to fairly across the board. On top of that, management treats employees as worthless and disposable, and it shows in the employee morale. Since the new president has taken over, this trend has continued at an exclerated rate as the University’s financial woes worsen.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new president and focus on the things that really matter to the university long term.

  3. "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hopefully you like your co-workers, because there's not much to like beyond that.

    Cons

    Employees are treated poorly, not respected for their knowledge and profession. The new administration has really sunk the university to a new low. It's been very sad watching my former co-workers being treated like they don't know anything, being blamed for results they warned against and had nothing to do with the outcomes, and then being let go. BenU has become a demoralizing place to work. If you value your dignity, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  4. "Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's nice walking around the main campus outside during the summer. A few close co-workers were very welcoming and informative.

    Cons

    The University pays their employees very low for the work they're expected to do. Management doesn't treat most of their employees with respect, which makes it a very toxic work environment. I'm glad that I got out of there when I did because they're going downhill fast. It's extremely unfortunate that the students aren't getting the care they deserve.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to live by the Benedictine values.


  5. "Great place to work if you are just entering the work field."

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    Former Employee - N/A in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - N/A in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a whole lot of pros working there

    Cons

    Low pay, employees are treated poorly

    Advice to Management

    Don't even know where to begin.


  6. "Admissions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Individual team relationships were strong, felt like an extended family.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. A more reactive than proactive decision-making strategy. Senior leadership seemed corrupt. Employees are jumping ship like crazy, or being let go.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what it means to be Benedictine.


  7. "Finance and Operations Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Finance and Operations Specialist in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Finance and Operations Specialist in Lisle, IL
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close family community atmosphere. Safe.

    Cons

    Underpaid for amount and type of work performed.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees at lower levels that actually do the work.

  8. "Wish I could give zero stars"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Benedictine University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Vacation time. Because it's a school we have a lot of vacation days and some holy days which is great and rare in the real world.

    Cons

    Everything else. Management and leadership is horrible. There's no plan for most things and it seems that actions are very reactionary. There's nothing but secrets, toxic work environments and zero hospitality. The president is probably a sociopath. My advice is to go somewhere else for a job or education. You're only going to ruin your future here.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  9. "IT Employee"

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

    I worked at Benedictine University full-time

    Pros

    It seems like the only pros left is the time off and 6% matching 403.

    Cons

    The new CIO is awful, might even be the worst CIO known to exist. Ever. The CIO claims he does not micromanage people (LOL), but yet he micromanages almost every single IT employee. The CIO runs the IT department like he is a dictator. He claims to have been in the education field for over 20 years, yet, he cannot spell or word an email he sends to the community correctly. The CIO has unrealistic expectations. He would like everyone to learn everything on their own time, out of pocket. We were told that there was no money in the budget for training, yet there is plenty for him to go to conferences that are not even important. Almost everyone that knows the process and procedures related to IT have left because of the CIO, the rest are looking for a way out. The CIO promotes hostility and a toxic work environment. I could go on about this more. Glassdoor would probably end up taking this review down because they would think it's fake. That is how absurd the CIO is.

    The facilities have been falling apart. The men's bathroom was down to 1 working urinal and 1 or 2 working toilets for many months. They were even broke down during the summer when all of the kids were on campus for camp. Sure made the University look good.

    There have been mold issues. There are IDF closets in Founders that grow mold. There has been known mold in Founders, discovered by the Comcast crew a while back while doing WIFI and IPTV implementation. I'm not sure if this ever really was fully resolved.

    The pay is wwaayyyyy under market value.

    The turnover has been crazy. Many people that have been there 4+ years have left because it is unbearable.

    There is no room for advancement. Almost everyone in the IT department has been in the same role since they started. Job titles may change, but the work and pay stay the same.

    Eliminating positions right before Christmas. It takes a real scrooge to do that. What happened to the Benedictine Values and being a Catholic place?

    There are a lot more cons of working here than pros these days. This used to really be a great place before the new president took over. No one that still works there or has recently left would be surprised if the University shut the doors for good.

    My best advice to anyone interested in working for the IT department here - STAY FAR AWAY! Until the CIO is replaced, the grass will always be greener on the other side of the fence.

    Advice to Management

    President - listen to your community. The CIO was and is a bad choice.


  10. "Great Benefits, Poor Funding"

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

    I worked at Benedictine University full-time

    Pros

    The insurance, 401K and Vacation benefits are incredible. Three weeks of vacation and the week between Christmas and New Years off. 3% Employer contribution to 401K and employer match of any additional employee contribution to 7%.

    Cons

    Poor working environment. Buildings are old and falling apart. They smell of mold and constantly have issues.

    The President says that they are going to invest in fixing all these problems, by building new buildings, but there inso sign of any of this happening. Budgets keep getting cut, and it is difficult to purchase needed items for departments.

    I have heard numerous complaints fro Students that the resident halls are disgusting, due to age. I was told that the bathrooms in the dorms at Nuezil Hall are so bad that students cover the sink vanities with shelving paper, because the tops are falling apart.

    The university went through three rounds of budget cuts last year and reduced budgets for a forth time this year. These operating budgets were ridiculous and do not provide adequate budgets for teaching or facilitating the educational process in any form.

    Advice to Management

    The University cannot continue with their head buried in the sand expecting to have everything okay when they pull there heads out of the hole. They need invest in repairing their facilities, invest in their educators and provide a competitive education that is on par with what is being offered down the road from them. Otherwise they should just close the doors, and no longer pretend to be an institution of higher education.


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