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Updated January 21, 2018
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Bethel University President James H. Barnes III
James H. Barnes III
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Pros
  • Great work/life balance, with understanding leadership (in 4 reviews)

  • Bethel like mentioned below does have some great people working there (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Where to start, they went to a more corporate work environment and being Christian is in name only (in 5 reviews)

  • Youth and tech skills are promoted to the detriment of ethical and honorable treatment of mid and late career staff and faculty (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Resident Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Resident Assistant
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bethel University part-time

    Pros

    Bethel is a wonderful school and working as a Resident Assistant was a great experience. I grew in my leadership and organization skills, as well as my interpersonal communication skills. I got to build relationships with students and grew during challenging conversations. Overall a wonderful experience.

    Cons

    Not many cons, can be a lot to balance with school


  2. "Chief Development Officer"

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

    I worked at Bethel University full-time

    Pros

    Great people and environment. Working with the objectives of helping students is rewarding. There are many perks in a university environment if you enjoys the arts, work/life balance, education, etc.

    Cons

    Major adjustment to go from the corporate world to a non-profit, higher ed and faith based organization. Be prepared for the changes.

  3. "Good gig"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fun, loving, christian, cool, nice

    Cons

    boring, easy, not challenging, long


  4. "Web Services Student Manager"

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    Former Employee - Student Manager
    Former Employee - Student Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bethel University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great coworkers, always work to do, but nothing overwhelming.

    Cons

    Nothing worth mentioning. Working there was great.


  5. "Faculty"

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

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

    Pros

    Pockets of faculty are professional.

    Cons

    Deans and VPs lack the skills and knowledge needed to perform with competence. Their incompetence continues to lead to devastating decisions and impact on people and programs.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul top management


  6. "Adapting to changes: Bethel is different than it used to be."

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fairly flexible work environment and good benefits. Some room for advancement for high performers. Great professors and access to courses and degrees as an employee. Bethel gave me space to grow as an employee and a leader.

    Athletics are amazing at Bethel. Bob Bjorklund is a great leader who continues to improve what Bethel is doing with athletics. Without the huge rosters athletics now has, Bethel's enrollment would be in big trouble.

    Cons

    In 2008, Jay Barnes took over Bethel University in a time of transition. He replaced George Brushaber who lead the school for two decades. Jay inherited a looming financial crisis and a non-sustainable budget. Jay had a lot of good ideas coming in, and has implemented many of them while negotiating a huge financial crisis. (The gap between average household income and the cost of a college education)

    Jay has relied on a few Senior Vice Presidents, and over the years only one is left from the beginning - Joe LaLuzerne. Joe wields incredible influence over all things Bethel, and it is interesting that the highest degree he holds is a Bachelor's degree. I think this has always rubbed the PhD faculty the wrong way and limits Joe's influence over that faculty. Joe is smart and has lots of good ideas, but things seem to take forever to get implemented.

    Take the Seminary part of Bethel for example. Jay wanted to work on the seminary since he took over in 2008. Instead of making bold changes and combining the seminary with the other schools, the seminary has been gutted slowly over time - dying the death of 1,000 cuts. Now, in 2017, they are still debating combining the seminary with the other schools, why has it taken so long? The seminary is half of what it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring consultants when you have issues. How much have you spent on consultants over the past 10 years? You have talented people, you don't need more consultants telling you what to prioritize on.


  7. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bethel University full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, with understanding leadership.

    Cons

    Not competitive, and few opportunities to grow.

  8. "Snow Crew Student Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bethel University part-time

    Pros

    Good team building.
    Nice workout in the morning.

    Cons

    Early mornings can be tough.


  9. "All of Bethel's departments are excellent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bethel University part-time

    Pros

    The atmosphere, many connections, and secure jobs

    Cons

    Not much room to move up in the heirarchy.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you are doing and stick to your roots.


  10. "Great Work Environment, Low Compensation"

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    Current Employee - Mid-Level Management
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Management
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The community, coworkers, and students are amazing. In a small to mid-sized institution there is a lot of room for your professional growth. There have been some good changes at Bethel in the last couple years.

    The faith environment at Bethel seems to be a mix of balancing biblical truths with critical questions.

    The tuition benefit is excellent. Insurance is good.

    Overall the great work environment seems to make up for the lower compensation. Staff and faculty support each other and care well for students. It's a great community to be a part of.

    Cons

    Compensation at Bethel is lower than industry standards. Retirement benefits could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Employee benefits and tuition needs to be reviewed - it's a significant reason why many staff don't persist.


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