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  • Bad upper management at the time, 2011 (in 3 reviews)

  • They're on their 3rd provost in 2 years and each semester more and more higher ups resign (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Human Resources needs major improvement."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The time off benefit, for exempt staff, is great. Tuition benefit for employee and dependents is excellent, the retirement is excellent.

    Cons

    The HR staff needs major improvements in all areas, benefits, recruitment, and compensation. There are many good employees in these units but they are over worked and underpaid. The hard work they do goes unrewarded. Management in HR is consistently negative, giving very little support to employees. The atmosphere is extremely unprofessional and there is a very visible in-group and out-group. Managers and faculty take advantage of the the dysfunction in HR by going straight to the Provost or to the AVP of Finance to get what they want. This leave HR in a position of being very ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up HR, identify the worker bees that take on additional responsibilities but get little to no reward. Give career opportunities to current staff.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked expendable employees, top-heavy administration"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great coworkers who genuinely care about their work, students and faculty.

    Cons

    Seriously underpaid (especially for DC), leaving many low-end employees to live paycheck to paycheck. Top-heavy administration. Recent layoffs has killed any joy for the job (especially for the future) which was followed by several new vice-provost position hires. Makes you wonder how many admins had to get sacked to pay their salaries...
    Seriously bad people in charge. Shadow council that runs the university which makes decisions without any input from faculty nor staff.
    University waits for union contracts to expire before sacking everyone the union previously protected then outsources. Very un-Catholic.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate salaries. Stop chopping at the bottom to subsidize the higher-ups. Stop alienating employees and students who don't exactly match your Catholic way of life.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A sinking ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people for the most part are very welcoming and friendly. Many faculty have great university pride. The students, while not academically strong, are very friendly and easily managed.

    Cons

    CUA considers itself a research university, but lacks the infrastructure needed for large-scale research. Junior faculty trained at R1s may struggle to identify research mentors, and may find few opportunities for partnerships with similarly trained colleagues. The university is in dire financial straits, threatening to close programs and dissolve departments. Already huge cuts have been made to staff, leaving the faculty with additional administrative responsibilities. I found that over 50% of my total time was spent dealing with administrative tasks that could've been done by work study students, administrative assistants, or graduate assistants. With a 3-3 load, advising, and departmental committee work, little time was left for research. Tenure expectations are akin to what my colleagues at R1 universities are facing, with 1-1 course loads. This past year (14-15) The university asked the faculty to donate back a portion of their (meager) salaries to the university, and yearly tuition is over $50,000/student. The administration is also in flux. They're on their 3rd provost in 2 years and each semester more and more higher ups resign. There is so much turn over, there can be no progress toward initiatives or improvements.

    Advice to Management

    You're always new. Some stability is needed to make progress, although some of you who have been at CUA forever are so proud and out of touch, you don't recognize how bad it is and how many improvements are needed to be competitive.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "They are terrible - no sense of loyalty to their employees"

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

    Pros

    Professors and lower level staff share a passion for the students.

    Cons

    I've seen co workers who've worked at CUA for 25 years get fired with the current management. No job is safe.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring six figure vice presidents and focus on improving the foundation


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of leadership in a small community"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So many days off with pay. Half day Fridays during the summer. DC location. Beautiful campus.nice retirement package.

    Cons

    Pay. No raises for the past two years. Directors that don't know how to manage, saying things like "I don't need to know what you do to manage you.". NO checks and balances within the leadership and their spending, meanwhile jobs are being cut and a president who is not in-touch with reality. High employment turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the current regime. Have directors that know how to be directors. Don't just talk about the "Catholic Identity" and "Community", LIVE it.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Glass Door is Wasting My Time"

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work at the Catholic university of America is because they pay you money for the work that you do.

    Cons

    The worst part about working at the Catholic university of America is that the work you do is worth more than the amount of money that they pay you.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better, have a better plan for growing the university.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "If you're upright and have integrity, don't work here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Catholic University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a beautiful campus filled with lush trees, gardens, and rolling green spaces, but it's a "whited sepulcher."

    Cons

    The administration is based on elitism, hypocrisy, and a "good 'ol boy" mentality. Never mind that it's Catholic; some of the worst hypocrites grace this place and give the Catholic Church a bad name. The HR department operates on nepotism and who-you-know, and if you don't look like what they want, no matter how qualified you are, you will not be considered. Liars and cheats, most of them! And the good ones get out fast.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out the current regime and fill it with truly compassionate, give-a-damn people who live up to the Golden Rule, and aren't peopled with priests trying to claw their way to the top of the ladder. Add some diversity and humility, then maybe your numbers will improve.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "bad working environment, incompetent administration"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the campus is really nice

    Cons

    no one takes responsibility or ownership of anything. no one knows what's going on.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize everyone! I would start by firing all the staff at payroll and accounts payable. they don't want to be there so get them out. then i would do an extensive review of each college and teachers. most teachers give good grades so that the students give them good reviews. in reality, the teachers are not teaching and the students are not learning.


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