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Concordia University Chicago Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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  1. "Office Assistant/Student Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Concordia University Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Good management, amazing atmosphere, and hours easily work with class schedule.

    Cons

    It is good for a temporary job, but the pay is too low to live on.


  2. "Extremely Out-Dated School and Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in River Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Faculty in River Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great students, free parking, downtown Oak Park is near by.

    Cons

    The faculty are very out of touch with modern standards and what students need in order to get a job after graduation. Chairperson and faculty in the Arts are very hostile and very hypocritical ... they will come across as nice people, but there's one faculty member that has had a long history of anger issues. Students would remark: 'No one who is good ever stays' - the department does not offer any support or guidance. CLUELESS. Lots of office gossip & intrigue.

    Advice to Management

    The faculty are very out of touch with modern standards and what students need in order to get a job after graduation. Chairperson and faculty in the Arts are very hostile and very hypocritical ... they will come across as nice people, but there's one faculty member that has had a long history of anger issues - which has been enabled for years and yet covered up. Students would remark: 'No one who is good ever stays' - the department does not offer any support or guidance. CLUELESS. I hope the two old crony women in charge retire or step down and allow a more contemporary and realistic approach to educating. NEEDS A TOTAL RE-HAUL, BECAUSE AT THIS POINT, IT'S JUST A PAYCHECK AND NOT A PASSION.

  3. "Call Center Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in River Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in River Forest, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great experience, Diversity, Flexible working shifts.

    Cons

    Seasonal work, Limited data, Rework due to bad telephone connections.


  4. "A growing university with a lot of smart, friendly people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The university is growing and expanding - lots of new programs
    If you have an idea and you have a plan, you can easily run with it
    Students are really smart, friendly
    Many local/Midwestern staff, faculty, students
    Close to the L, downtown, Oak Park
    Easy to get to know people
    Beautiful campus in a beautiful neighborhood!

    Cons

    Smaller university that is quickly growing, so a lot of people wear many hats
    Salaries are a little low
    Not very well known school - but has been around since the 1800s
    Some spaces need some updating, but they're working on it


  5. "Everyone is nice here, very caring."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Sometimes very unorganized in the office


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Support Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in River Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in River Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Co workers can be nice until they realize that you aren't Lutheran/LCMS.
    A few good people in the bunch trying to make things work against all odds.

    Cons

    Buildings out the 1970s/1980's with no rehab and poorly maintained.
    They've turned off the A/C off one day a week during the summer to save money - accept when there are visiting groups (prospective students and parents ) touring campus.
    Management at all levels that lacks direction.
    If you're not LCMS Lutheran - don't even bother applying. They claim to be Christian and open - but look at you cross eyed and as if you're not worth their time if it comes out that you're not Lutheran/LCMS.
    Poor pay and historical lack of raises.
    No retirement match.
    Nepotism runs rampant.
    No new thinking and they are not welcoming of new/creative ideas - people go to school there and get their degree then work at Concordia at a low paying job and never leave.
    Its who you know in the Lutheran network that counts - not what you know or how you can contribute.
    No growth/advancement track
    They are forever cutting budgets. - Bring your own supplies if you want pens or paper.
    A few good people but mostly have risen to their level of incompetence.
    Lacks direction.
    There are much better opportunities out there - even in the non-profit world.

    Advice to Management

    Yes you're here to support the Lutheran faith and you need to keep true to that - but learn some basic business strategies.


  7. "Horrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in River Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in River Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Concordia University Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are really no positives to working here aside from a few good coworkers or if you happen to luck out and work for one of the few good supervisors.

    Cons

    This place is soul sucking. They punish competent employees by dumping the work their incompetent employees can't do on them. They have no regard for employee morale and have recently become increasingly unethical in their treatment of staff. So many lawsuits waiting to happen. Employees are merely line items and will be cut at will if they think they can save a buck, even if it will ultimately cost them long term.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the bigger picture. Your Human Resources are your most valuable but you treat them like garbage.

  8. "Nice Stepping Stone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to get your foot in the door. I learned a lot while I was there and gained great experience. No micromanaging and everyone gave expected contributions. I loved my job there and only left due to relocation. Compensation is okay, however the free education the best benefit to take advantage of.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow unless someone leaves or retires


  9. "Director of Residential Life"

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    Current Employee - Director of Residential Life in River Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Residential Life in River Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Concordia University Chicago (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lutheran, Close to Chicago, Religious Affiliation.

    Cons

    Bad Management, Bad Communication, not interested in keeping good employees.


  10. "Ancient mindsets"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Concordia University Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Great health benefits and retirement matching. Seriously, they're awesome.

    Cons

    Archaic ways of doing business. Too many committees with too many members making too many decisions on trivial things that aren't all that important. Lots of projects are delayed due to this.

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone needs to be a part of every decision.


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