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Bethel University Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Tuition benefit (100% free tuition for employees, large tuition discounts for family members) (in 4 reviews)

  • One of the best perks is the free tuition for full time, benefits-eligible employees and the tuition discount for their dependents (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work but pay is inadequate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great working culture, benefits, etc. One of the best perks is the free tuition for full time, benefits-eligible employees and the tuition discount for their dependents.

    Cons

    Unless you're using the free tuition benefit, the pay is really too low, and there are not enough career advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    While job satisfaction is not solely linked to salary, that is more true once an acceptable salary has been reached. Employees should be paid more in general, and then given appropriate raises to reward high performance.


  2. "Mid- level director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bethel University full-time

    Pros

    Working with adult students is fulfilling.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy of senior leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites. Think things through before making final decisions.


  3. "Student Worker"

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    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Arlington Heights, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bethel University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff were kind and helpful in training me and getting me used to the job. There were some training opportunities for professional development. There was a $0.30 pay raise for every year working on the job. I was able to be a little flexible with my hours if work interfered with studies. I felt like I was a part of the institution and took pride in doing my best at my work.

    Cons

    Work load wasn't always consistent. Sometimes there were projects and tests to grade and other times there was hardly anything to do.


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  5. "Inconsistency"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bethel University part-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Many talented faculty and staff.

    Cons

    Treatment of adjuncts and some salaried employees conflicts with stated value of social justice.

    Advice to Management

    Work on consistency.


  6. "Adjunct Professor"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic community with excellence in everything they do.

    Cons

    Nearly impossible to leave the ranks of adjunct to full time.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Part Time Worker"

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    Current Employee - Ticket Sales Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Ticket Sales Representative in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    The environment was very friendly and helpful in learning my tasks. My supervisor came alongside me and helped me until she was sure that I knew how to do everything and was confident in working independently.

    Cons

    Because I was just a part-time worker, there was really no room to move up.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to simply continue what they are doing. The work atmosphere there is awesome, so there isn't really anything to change.


  8. "Support (Non-Faculty) Role at University"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bethel University full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic people work at Bethel - by far the best part of working here is the quality of colleagues. Also, great benefits (health, retirement, vacation/time off).

    Cons

    Unable to match market levels for salary/compensation and somewhat hard to follow a linear career progression - each department has limited positions, and low turnover makes finding new opportunities and/or promotions difficult to find within a certain team/discipline.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to develop internal talent and provide appealing compensation and opportunities to harness and retain existing ability.


  9. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bethel University (More than a year)

    Pros

    there are that many pros

    Cons

    bad management, nepotism galore, reckless

    Advice to Management

    replace them all


  10. "Poor morale, low pay, and no room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bethel University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    In my role I have very little supervision and my current boss is very trusting for me to just do the job and do it well. There are great friends for life and love the student energy and working for them.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Literally every person in my department freelances or has a second job. One lady has three jobs! I've personally been in meetings with executives who when told about low employee morale respond by saying, "everyone is free to leave at any time." The Cabinet and ELT do not care about people. It has become very "corporate" and less Christian workplace -- which is why they suddenly stopped earning the "Best Christian Workplace" award for the last 6 years.

    Advice to Management

    The president is so nice but the people around him can't be trusted. His leadership team is lame. Except the Campus Pastor -- she rocks but is given little influence on employees which needs to change.


  11. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Bethel University full-time

    Pros

    Great community. Flexibility. Leadership believe strongly in the mission. Plenty of vacation, retirement contributions with no match. Tuition benefit (100% free tuition for employees, large tuition discounts for family members).

    Cons

    The salaries are maybe in line with other non-profit universities, but are definitely low for comparable skills in other industries. Difficulty moving away from silos in business processes to unified solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make some pretty sweeping adjustments to stay ahead of the curve in higher education. Currently, costs of education keep going up, while the number of alternative options continues to increase



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