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Chapman University Reviews

Updated October 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place for work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Beautiful campus, free education, great reputation, many opportunities to be a self starter (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Jobs appear to be few and far between for student seeking work-study jobs (in 5 reviews)

  • Low and mid-level positions have a very high turnover rate, it's rare to find people that keep one position for longer than a year (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Freedom to teach students without backseat interference."

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    Current Employee - Professor in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Professor in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The students are remarkably respectful, hardworking and grounded. Teaching them is the reward, and only made better by their post-graduate success.

    Cons

    University penalizes the successful, money-generating colleges that prop it up. The University is determined to spend the money brought in by The Arts on its fledgling Science program.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge Dodge with the equatable treatment (financial and otherwise) that it deserves.


  2. "Great Part-Time Environment"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resources available to adjunct faculty... take advantage of them!

    Cons

    The school is growing, and it may be hard to find places for your office hours, but be creative and persistent!

    Advice to Management

    I understand why you have to have limits that define full and part-time faculty, as full-time are much more expensive administratively with benefits and long-term expectations. However, the "6 unit" maximum for adjunct faculty should be adjusted... this limits teachers who teach 4 unit classes to only teach one class, and 3 units to teach only two. My student load is nearly 70, which would be better served in 3 20-25 student classes. For just a few thousand dollars, each student would have a much better experience.

  3. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chapman University full-time

    Pros

    This is an amazing university that looks to be growing very quickly.

    Cons

    Their after school life is very strict.


  4. "Part Time Rockwall Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Rockwall Assistant in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Rockwall Assistant in Orange, CA

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

    Pros

    Great community and staff
    Management is normally good about communication

    Cons

    Small facilities
    Lots of hoops to jump through if you want to make any progress or changes. Necessary to have lots of communication with management.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline process to gain better access to resources (equipment, gear, excursion funding)


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Management"

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    Former Employee - Special Projects Manager in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Special Projects Manager in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of good benefits including free or very discounted tuition

    Work environment is pleasant

    They only want the bare minimum from employees so it's perfect for those who just want come in, do very little and collect a paycheck until it's time to retire

    You will never work long hours since overtime is NOT an option. Ever.

    It takes something very serious to get fired from there and there's never any layoffs so you leave when YOU are ready to leave

    You get an automatic Merritt increase every year without putting any effort into it.

    Cons

    Pay is awful. They try to get away with the least amount possible and don't plan on "proving your wotth" after the one year mark because...

    .... You get an automatic Merritt increase that will never be more than 1%-3% no matter how hard you work, how much you accomplish or how much you've help the company succeed. Your raise will be exactly the same as the guy who did nothing but show up every day and answer emails

    You receive "promotions" without any change in pay, just more responsibility every time someone quits

    They are too focused on petty things that have no importance and care little about what should be #1 top priority. That can lead to a lot of frustration.

    Everyone passes the buck and there's not much "team" work. It's pretty much everyone for themselves unfortunately

    Good chance you will have more experience and knowledge than the people you report to.

    Advice to Management

    When you're fortunate enough to hire a great employee, TAKE CARE OF THEM the same way they take care of you. It's too often that the good ones leave and the lazy ones stay year after year bringing down your reputation.


  6. "Great university to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chapman University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus, Great Community, Great location, Good hours, Encouragement to pursue higher education

    Cons

    Ran out of room to grow


  7. "A great place to start your career journey"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chapman University full-time

    Pros

    Amazing health care and benefits package. Beautiful campus, free education, great reputation, many opportunities to be a self starter. This is the place to be to grow experience and then move on.

    Cons

    Almost zero career growth in the department, incredibly high turnover (almost yearly), little professional development, a lot of department moving, very poor pay rate.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, take the time to recognize achievement and worth of staff.

  8. "Chapman is a good place to start if you get your foot in the door because they really take care of their own."

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    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant

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

    Pros

    The location is gorgeous. The payment is pretty prompt. Most people are super nice and there are cool events on campus open to all.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape to get through, no matter which department you're in. Try and play the game and don't say a thing.

    Advice to Management

    Staff could do more to promote the team aspect of the job.


  9. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, and amazing benefits. High energy campus and great students/faculty/staff/administration. Would highly recommend working here.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic, but always encouraging new ideas and opportunities for collaboration.


  10. "Not Bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chapman University full-time

    Pros

    Location is great, small campus, can learn a lot, work/life balance is good

    Cons

    Pay and raises each year are borderline sad, no growth in certain depts


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