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Chatham University Reviews

Updated September 5, 2018
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  1. "Supportive of grad assistants"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chatham University part-time

    Pros

    I was a graduate assistant while completing two masters degrees. My department was very flexible and supportive of my need to get my school work done and the requirements for office support.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any at this time


  2. "Administration"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good management that maintains communication between departments and has get work done attitude towards problems

    Cons

    They are not E-Verifier

    Advice to Management

    Include International Diversity in career options

  3. "Beautiful Campus, but high-stress work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Genuinely nice people.

    Cons

    No set structure or procedures in place.


  4. "The good things are good, but the bad things are quite bad."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chatham University full-time

    Pros

    *The campus is downright gorgeous.
    *Some of the fringe benefits are really good.
    *Students are generally wonderful.
    *The community, in general, is full of kind and thoughtful people.
    *Some things are clearly getting better. President Finegold seems like a good guy, and he seems to be behind some positive changes.

    Cons

    *As with many non-profits, many staff members do the job of four or five people while getting paid less than an entry level job at a for-profit business.
    *This depends on the department, I think, but there is a fairly toxic vibe here.
    *For many staff, there's not much work/life balance, despite a thin pretense that there is. Staff regularly work through lunch breaks, stay late and come in early just to juggle all of the tasks they have.
    *The "silo effect" is very real here. A few departments work well together, but for the most part, actually getting in touch with another department about something import seems to rarely happen.
    *Burn out is real.
    *Career advancement isn't a real option for many here.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink how the administration is structured. Recognize that if certain centers or departments have a high turnover, there's a reason for this.


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    "Run far far away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The campus is very beautiful.

    Cons

    I feel my anxiety rising just writing about it! The worst place!! You are constantly walking on eggshells because at any moment some crazy ego filled maniac is going to tear you to shreds. No humanity. No fun. Never ending workload. Just wrong all the way around.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out all the current management and start over.


  6. "Sustainability Metrics Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chatham University part-time

    Pros

    Good management and the University is great.

    Cons

    Not any that I can think of.


  7. "risky but interesting work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chatham University full-time

    Pros

    lots of good intentions and low-key but warm Midwestern friendliness;
    charming, picturesque campus;
    increasing vibrancy and innovation

    Cons

    unpredictable and sometimes unfair management tactics
    top-down culture of policy making

    Advice to Management

    keep working to improve reasonableness, transparency, timeliness, and power-sharing; otherwise, growth and innovation will be stymied at the implementation level.

  8. "Administrative"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    nice people, good tuition benefits

    Cons

    extremely low pay, not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Pay scale needs revised


  9. "Student Employee"

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    Current Employee - Communication Department Program Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Communication Department Program Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Working under a professor gives the advantage of knowing your chosen profession more intimately.

    Cons

    pay is only supplementary and hours are set by school

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. "Overall great place to work. Immediate supervisor not a good leader."

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

    I worked at Chatham University full-time

    Pros

    Great staff, encouraging work environment, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Immediate supervisor was a poor leader and didn't communicate well at all. However, upper management was great to work for.


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