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Chatham University Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Esther L. Barazzone
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  1. "Physician Assistant Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unique problem based learning curriculum

    Cons

    There is a level of secrecy in the program that ends up inhibiting learning

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Worst employment experience ever"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chatham University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers within my office. Liked the faculty. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    One huge dysfunctional family as far as higher administration goes. Chaotic and inconsistent expectations. With the current leader leaving soon, will hopefully be getting better.


  3. "Waste System Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moon, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moon, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Chatham University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. Positive feedback from supervisor.

    Cons

    Occasional poor feedback or communication from upper level management to direct supervisor.


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  5. "Senior Graduate Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Graduate Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Graduate Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - flexible work hours and tasks
    - collaboration with others is an important aspect of the positions
    - off during breaks and holidays

    Cons

    - unorganized University administration
    - student works have very limited access to necessary documents and calendars although important to deliver high-quality results

    Advice to Management

    Empower and trust student workers by giving them more autonomy and access to staff content


  6. "Career Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Career Development Consultant in Landover, MD
    Former Employee - Career Development Consultant in Landover, MD

    I worked at Chatham University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    knowledgeable staff, great work environment

    Cons

    campus terrain and parking was always a nightmare


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Fear, intimidation, and turnover"

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    Former Employee - Administration in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Administration in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent, compassionate faculty focused on student performance and outcomes. Faculty were almost uniformly collegial and and committed to student excellence. This was despite a horrendous managerial structure, the absence of tenure, and the resultant professional vulnerability this caused faculty who might not be renewed for political (rather than performance) reasons.

    Cons

    Turnover is an excellent indicator of terrible leadership and that holds true at Chatham. The president is an excellent crisis manager but this requires constant crises to shine. Faculty hide to avoid attention from the top and administrator turn over is significant. When someone with three years of experience at Chatham is considered to have "historical memory" and is "old-guard," you know you're in trouble.

    Advice to Management

    Happily, Esther is about to retire. This is the best thing that could happen to Chatham. Hopefully, her successor will create a positive work environment, treat faculty and staff with respect, stick to a single, well-thought out strategic plan befitting an institution of Chatham's size, and accept compensation that does not rival universities that are magnitudes of order above Chatham.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Chatham.."

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    Current Employee - IT Help Desk Assistant in Cudahy, WI
    Current Employee - IT Help Desk Assistant in Cudahy, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chatham University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun people to work with.

    Cons

    Monthly Pay. It is terrible waiting till the end of the month to get paid.


  9. "Good On Campus Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Admissions Ambassador in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Admissions Ambassador in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most money of almost all student workers on campus but still only barely over minimum wage. Great work environment and fun girls. Great for charismatic people

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of downtime on the job. I would recommend taking homework with you just so that you have something to do

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend to listen more to the students and to hire male ambassadors as soon as you can to continue the process of going coed


  10. "Graduate Assistant at Chatham University"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chatham University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working environment shaped by great community spirit, trust and freedom; mostly very flexible working hours and tasks, no work during breaks

    Cons

    The payment is low compared to the tuition, some co-workers would benefit from more training, however, that is not an option.

    Advice to Management

    Increase graduate assistant salary, provide trainings to develop necessary skills, better work places with stationary computers


  11. "Cool place to work but upper management is terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and offices are usually in cool historic buildings

    Cons

    Lots of turnover--very difficult to form consistent work relationships when everyone is always transitioning roles. High up management (the President of the school) has no idea what's happening on the ground. She changes focus every semester, making it difficult to build any program.

    Advice to Management

    Offer tenure so professors and deans stay longer and BUILD programs instead of leaving them high and dry when a new interest comes up


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