Chatham University Reviews

Updated May 22, 2020

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3.4
41%
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Chatham University President Esther L. Barazzone (no image)
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26 Ratings
Pros
  • "As the Graduate Media Assistant, I had very flexible hours, a low-stress work environment, and competitive pay for an entry level position(in 6 reviews)

  • " beautiful campus (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "IT Helpdesk is a great place for students to work part time!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Consultora De Cobros De Hipotecas 

    I have been working at Chatham University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really friendly and hardworking staff. The supervisor and coworkers are determined to be engaged and helpful.

    Cons

    No opportunity to increase wage.

  2. "There's no place like Chatham"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chatham University full-time

    Pros

    The benefits package was decent.

    Cons

    The most disorganized workplace you will ever know. Corners are cut in every which way, unethical actions take place weekly, and politicking is everything.

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  3. "Decent but disorganized"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Real Estate, Executive in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chatham University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The campuses are mostly gorgeous. IT’s small structure means that project visibility to management is more likely. If you’re dedicated and add value, it gets noticed. Benefits were pretty good.

    Cons

    Absolutely terrible communication between divisions of IT. At the time of leaving, no SLAs or meaningful documented procedure. Blame culture is heavy. Frequent moving of goalposts.

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  4. "Horrible Leadership"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chatham University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Truly wonderful people who care about the students. Staff are constantly working well beyond the forty hour work week to make sure each person is heard and valued and supported.

    Cons

    The leadership is truly horrific. People are constantly crying at the desks out of frustration and fear. The rumors that spread throughout campus between departments is disgraceful. HR is fully aware and refuses to do anything. You will be promises mentorship and receive nothing short of manipulation and abuse. There is no room for growth here, only distress.

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  5. "Great Place to Work!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Office Assistant 

    I have been working at Chatham University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Helpful staff, low amount of hours

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about at this time!

  6. "Mid management good..."

    3.0
    Former Employee - Coordinator of Residence Life 

    I worked at Chatham University full-time

    Pros

    Cool environment Small Community Progressive mission Good food

    Cons

    Lack of growth encouragement Low pay

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Downward pressure bloats job and leads to burn-out"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Programs Assistant 

    I have been working at Chatham University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus; great location in Pittsburgh; excellent medical and retirement (matching) benefits; (mostly) great people to work with

    Cons

    High pressure work culture and no opportunity to advance for support staff positions. There is tremendous pressure from president's and VPAA offices on Deans and PDs/Chairs to produce scholarship, teach, do outreach, perform innumerable administrative tasks, staff Admissions events, etc. Chairs off-load what they can resulting in support staff performing higher-level functions than what they are compensated for. It's great for skill development, but there is no mechanism for promoting, providing bonuses or stipends for the work that falls way outside job descriptions.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Relaxed environment, friendly co-workers"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Landscaper in Gibsonia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chatham University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Understanding about personal issues, relaxed and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    They put up a front to make the school look better than it actually is. Chatham is not as sustainable as it seems, etc.

  9. "Beautiful Campus"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chatham University full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, vacation, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Low salaries, whining coworkers, no upward mobility for administrative positions. Hiring approach is scattershot, many employees seem ill-suited for their jobs.

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  10. "Positive work environment"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chatham University part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Helpful faculty and staff. Great job training. Beautiful campus and buildings. Diverse and inspiring students. Competitive salary.

    Cons

    Not guaranteed classes to teach each semester

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