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Charleston Southern University Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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  1. "Learning, Leading, and Serving"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Ministry Assistant in North Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Volunteer Ministry Assistant in North Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Charleston Southern University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Charleston Southern has a great Christian environment that will give you the best opportunity to strengthen yourself and help the students as they walk through a period of transition in their life.

    Cons

    The particular department I worked in was limited in various aspects and had more tasks than necessary, but they worked through the challenges in a positive way and the students never heard any complaint about any added stresses.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people for Campus Ministries!


  2. "Won't get fooled again."

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a good environment... at least on the surface. Conducting chapel worship and song each week is the best aspect of CSU. Students are required to attend (albeit, a controversial subject).

    Cons

    I chose CSU over other offers, even though the salary was much less at CSU. I liked the fact that CSU seemed to be a gospel-driven institution. It seemed to me that the administration would be more understanding and enlightened about the greatest problem in higher education... giving the students what they need instead of what they want (continuing to build the bubble that exists in higher education). In fact, CSU thoroughly scrutinizes student evaluations of their instructors and use only the negative comments of the students to determine a professor's merit. In this way, they keep administration on top, wielding supreme executive power, while professors remain rote providers of information keeping classroom entertainment high... and with full expectation that all students will receive A and B grades... regardless of the students' performance.

    Advice to Management

    Place the professors in the position of control... creating and overseeing curriculum, and so on. Allow those "on the front line" (instructors and professors) to create a more honest and meaningful method of evaluating the quality and effectiveness of teaching. Award good teaching with salary increases and bonuses. Establish seminars and other tools of positive change for those professors who may need help (as opposed to the strictly punitive methods that now exist... using only student comments as the means of evaluation).

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Will be great with President leaves"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Professor in North Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I teach good students and I like them.

    Cons

    Not a pay raise in years. We can't live like this.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with respect. We have to pay the bills.


  4. Helpful (1)

    ""We should all be happy to have jobs""

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    Current Employee - Lower Echelon In Higher Ed in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Lower Echelon In Higher Ed in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Clean and hospitable atmosphere
    Great Chapel entertainment
    Close to home
    Great benefits - like tuition!
    Medium-sized nonprofit agency
    Terrific students!

    Cons

    VERY little chance for advancement
    Less chance for pay increase
    Poor communication
    Too political and hypocritical for a Christian environment

    Advice to Management

    I recommend strongly taking some of the advise from the consultants that we pay for...


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Residence Life Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Residence Life Coordinator in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Residence Life Coordinator in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pros: living on campus, Employee Tuition Scholarship

    Cons

    Cons: lack of opportunities to be promoted, lack of salary increases, lack of training.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people at Charleston Southern University through raises, training, and promotions!


  6. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Christian environment, great administration,

    Cons

    student level is not particularly high, low support for research


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Academic advising"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charleston Southern University full-time

    Pros

    Working in a Christian environment

    Cons

    Very low pay, pay increases very low

    Advice to Management

    Pay rate should be close to other schools in the area

  8. "Alumni and Development Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Christian environment, beautiful campus, the people that I interned with where helpful and kind. The internship was very informative and exceeded my already high expectations!

    Cons

    The only thing that comes to mind is the limited career opportunities within my desired field. I would sincerely love to have the opportunity to work there. I also graduated from CSU so I can assure you that I have spent my fair share of time with staff and faculty and I was not dissapointed.

    Advice to Management

    As I said in the 'cons' section, I cannot think of anything at the moment so it would be difficult to have advice to management other than keep up the good work!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Basketball Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charleston Southern University part-time

    Pros

    My former employer and boss did everything that he could to help make me feel part of the program. Everything is on campus and within walking distance. You can really become close with your all of the people in the athletic department because everyone works in the same building.

    Cons

    Charleston Southern is a small conservative Baptist school in Charleston, SC. The athletic department is limited financially so its a take it or leave it kind of mentality for the jobs they offer and the pay.


  10. "Enrollment Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment and people.

    Cons

    low pay and the work/life balance is sometimes challenging.


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