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Updated March 17, 2017
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  1. "Everyone is nice here, very caring."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Sometimes very unorganized in the office


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Horrible Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in River Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in River Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Co-workers, benefits, location, free events, that's all....

    Cons

    management, HR, schedule, hours, salary, workload

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the high turn over rate. It is not only about the pay but the bad management you have and keep having that is the reason.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Support Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


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  5. "Horrible place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Nice Stepping Stone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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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


  7. "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.


  8. "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.


  9. "Not what it seems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in River Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in River Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work here would be the coworkers in the department as they are very helpful, and nice.

    Cons

    Problems with the job
    1) the management is totally ignorant of DOE policies, workplace behavior that borders on HR inappropriate, disorganization from record keeping to completing simple daily procedures and quick to shift blame upon ..anyone.
    2) Pay is not worth the hours you put in, stress you endure, and the abrupt changes in schedule.
    3)The constant downplaying of major issues that confront the institution.

    Advice to Management

    Advice-You will be able to keep people if you treat them with respect and work place civility.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Financial Aid representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Representative in River Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Representative in River Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Its a job, to put on the resume if you need a stepping stone to get to another, better job, anything imaginable basically. The coworkers are understanding and usually very helpful if they are being chewed out or made of an example of by the director. Nice scenic location on the outside, quiet area.

    Cons

    If you do not want to be exposed to a hostile environment then the Financial Aid department at Concordia University Chicago is not the right place for you. Besides the buildings being from the late 1970's and early 80's with their decor the management here operates with the same mentality. Meaning that they have no regard of structure, procedure, or workplace etiquette, it is nothing but chaos and an in-your-face immature antics 24-7. They want to to figure it out on your own, but then when the situation hits the fan, the management verbally chaste you for not asking questions. Concepts or standard procedures being written down and standardized is frowned upon, and this being Financial aid (dealing with Government/taxpayer money) seems ludicrous but is the norm here. Also you cannot get a straight answer from the management here, either one knows too little and has no idea of the processes or they talk around what needs to be done, then ask you to forget all that you both discussed for those past ten minutes and go in a different direction for a solution.

    Advice to Management

    New management needed


  11. Helpful (2)

    "The school code has three sixes in it (enough said)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Organizational Consultant in River Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Organizational Consultant in River Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The employees work hard to do their jobs with minimum pay, sometimes over 40+ hours a week, in a outdated environment. No really the whole place looks like it is still stuck in the 80s! There is no structure or procedures within the departments that's a plus if you like chaos. The coworkers I worked with were great and easy going and willing to help because they were in the same crappy boat as I was.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay, you go from 40 hours to possibly more without warning to "get the job done..." The Management is very unprofessional and disrespectful, if they are not in your face insulting you causing a hostile work environment they are doing some passive aggressive manipulation to get you to do what they want. The management likes to critique employees about their day to day activities and duties, however cannot do the aforementioned activities themselves and admit that fact! There are no boundaries in their behavior basically bullying employees, and do not bother going to HR they are clueless.
    If anything hits the fans and goes wrong management publicly blame you in front of other coworkers from other departments and your peers. They spout religious beliefs as what is the basis of their leadership at CUC however I think they were keeping their ideas of leadership more in line with the Old testament and slavery with how management acts towards it employees and how HR treats you for reporting such behavior. Do not worry about thinking about the benefits, long term employment or unemployment there is no mobility and you will get tired of their craziness that you will quit before they make you do something stupid..

    Advice to Management

    Quit and give your jobs to people who know how to actually manage!



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