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Brandman University Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work for innovative people."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brandman University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good ideas are always welcomed and often acted upon. The people are positive and believe in the mission. Makes coming to work each day much more pleasant. Great benefits, too. The 403B is exceptional, 3% mandatory university contribution plus matching of up to 6% more. 9% in total from Brandman.

    Cons

    Communication can be a little disjointed when so many projects are moving very quickly. Could benefit from more "big company" processes while maintaining the startup energy and culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "No Accountability or Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brandman University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rank and file employees are great for the most part.
    Retirement savings matching is better than most.
    Online Campus has real leadership.

    Cons

    Senior executives create a political culture of favoritism and lack accountability.
    Department heads are ineffective because of the culture created by execs.
    Huge sums of money are invested poorly in a myopic obsession on "innovation" without due diligence and discussion with those who would actually implement new systems - one disaster after another.
    The spin from the highest execs is so disingenuous as to be ridiculous - they don't realize half of the rank and file can see right through it. They lose all credibility.
    No one can communicate a vision about how we will avoid revenue/enrollment problems in the future, meaning we'll be returning to trouble at some point, probably in the near future. They deflect and blame "the economy" with no awareness of their contributions to the problems.
    Stated/published "values" are ignored at the top; even professors tell students privately we don't practice what we preach.

    Advice to Management

    Businesses (non-profit or otherwise) are operated by people, so leadership requires an understanding of people (and their needs) as much as numbers. With that in mind, the entire slate of "senior staff" from the Chancellor down to Associate Vice Chancellors should be replaced with people who get it. The ONLY such leader at this organization runs the Online campus. The rest should be removed and replaced.


  3. "Professional Tutor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tutor in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Tutor in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and good communication.

    Cons

    Low Pay and lack of promotionl.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Weak leadership"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - good location
    - nice offices
    - BRANDMAN as a university has great benefits (flexible vacation/time off)
    - decent pay for what it is, good work/life balance
    - causal

    Cons

    - exclusive mentality and practices
    - no advancement
    - weak leadership/favoritism
    - poor communication from leadership
    - leadership does not handle criticism very well
    - lack of leadership oversight during sensitive HR matters

    Advice to Management

    - Start actively listening to your employees for feedback about the center and stop hand picking employees to be designated to speak for everyone else.
    - understand that the centers performance is as equally important as the managerial duties required.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Best Non-Profit University for Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctorate Programs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campus Director in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Campus Director in Monterey, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Blended or fully online classes provide opportunities for adult learners to complete their educational goals while balancing family and work.
    Provides the perfect platform for personal and professional development with a university with a stellar reputation.

    Cons

    I have not found any cons as it relates to any facet of the business model, educational delivery, or ethical and professional standards.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "One Stop"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - One Stop Student Service Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - One Stop Student Service Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cultivated a team environment.
    Fun co-workers.
    Professional skill development

    Cons

    No overtime.
    Other departments do not fully understand or respect the position.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give your staff opportunities to shine.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Systems Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Enjoy the people i work with. Has great benefits too.

    Cons

    Nothing, This is a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work caring for your students employees . that is what made you GREAT!!!


  8. Helpful (5)

    "focus on profits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Support Staff in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Student Support Staff in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Staff were good to work with. They and other departments' support staff seemed committed to helping students.

    Cons

    I tried to help the system by pointing out a need I noticed for a new program, that some substantial fees were not divulged yet online or in the student handbook. Administration ignored my letter and phone call. I don't think the oversight was intentional, but it was certainly not ethical to leave it uncorrected. I quit. Don't want to support that. The unresponsive administration responded quite quickly to an online review about the situation. Two years later, I just searched for and can't find that fee noted anywhere online.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long-term strategy of building reputation rather than short-term strategy of focus on quick profit.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "web"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Brandman University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great and nice people. Flexible with schedule and full benefits from day one. Tons of vacation and PTO. Non profit so a good cause.

    Cons

    Little old fashioned and slow moving.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to your shining stars changing your culture. Change is good.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Not A Healthy Work Environment - Do Not Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Brandman University full-time

    Pros

    There are very few pros to working at Brandman and none of them outweigh the cons. The work you do with students is rewarding. It's nice downtown location. The benefits are generous.

    Cons

    It's a toxic work environment. Management has no self-awareness and refuses to change. They play favorites based on connections, and disregard actual experience and talent, so if you are good at your job you will feel completely undervalued. It takes a very, very long time (if ever) for them to deal with problem employees, even when HR is involved, everything is swept under the rug. But this is true of everything that happens at Brandman, problems are either never addressed or committees are setup and "changes" are implemented many months later. Finally, for all this headache, the pay is mediocre. Brandman is totally dysfunctional, for your career and your sanity, stay far away!

    Advice to Management

    The management has had ample opportunities to fix the issues, but they aren't interested in listening.


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