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Concordia University Wisconsin Reviews

Updated September 25, 2018
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  1. "Great place on a great lake"

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

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

    Pros

    Concordia is a special place. People care here. Of course we care about the students, but coworkers also care for each other and the school community. It is a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    Pay is below normal but benefits are way above standard so it equals out.


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    "Culture has dramatically changed in the 10+ years I've worked here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Concordia University Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Pros:
    - Christian based atmosphere where sharing your faith is encouraged
    - 70% of the people I work closely with are great, dedicated people
    -Benefits are fantastic; something almost unheard of in today's business world
    - Some flexibility given for family needs/work from home
    -Tuition discount for employees
    -A wonderful university President who has his heart in the right place

    Cons

    Cons (which have increased greatly since I started at CUW):
    - Salary is pitiful. My position has over the years turned into the work of 3 people and I barely got compensated for the extra work.
    -Entering a time of firings, lay offs, and general upheaval and most people are not offered any kind of severance package to speak of. This is horrifying for a Christian institution.
    -"Good 'ol boys" club where people have been allowed to stay at Concordia FAR longer than they should have been allowed.
    -Appalling lack of diversity
    -Sports, sports, and more sports. First and foremost, a university should exist for ACADEMICS and not a race for more sports fields and to offer more sports than any other Div. 3 school.
    - While sports are gloried, Fine Arts have been shunned for years and not seen as worthy of the same respect in regard to buildings, resources, etc. One renowned traveling music group with a long tradition of history at Concordia meets in a BASEMENT room and has for decades. Shameful.
    - Parking. It's horrendous.
    - Barely ADA compliant, especially in the older parts of the building.
    - Secretive and a rumor mill
    -CUAA - pulled the university down as was predicted by so many
    -Retention of GOOD employees; it's a revolving door usually often because of salary and micromanagement

    Advice to Management

    While many employees are being let go, be warned that many long-suffering employees who have remained may not be around much longer as the writing on the wall is apparent. Where once Concordia was a bright shining start amongst private colleges in Wisconsin and the Synod, the missteps of man of brought it to where it is today. While a shake up is underway, the cruelty and swiftness of the "concern...not crisis" is alarming. It IS a crisis. How in the world was it allowed to get this way? I believe the finances need an external reviewer because something smells fishy.....

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    "Great People, Crappy Culture"

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

    I worked at Concordia University Wisconsin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I met some of the sweetest people while working for Concordia, and, many of them became great friends that I continued my friendships with after I left the university. You won't find that many nice people in the same workplace anywhere else.

    Cons

    If you're not a VP or Senior VP...good luck. Many members in upper level management are making six figures while those that are doing the grit and grime of the day-to-day are struggling financially. But, don't ask for more money when you're first hired, or even down the line if you're not upper level management, because HR will tell you there isn't any room to move you up the pay scale.

    I also agree with others when they say upper management is a boy's club. There is a strong lack of females and people of color and other ethnic backgrounds making larger decisions. The men at the top seem to be very well protected and compensated...even if they aren't doing the work to deserve the salaries they have.

    Favoritism is strong. Get on your bosses good side and stay there. Keep your head down, and you'll do just fine.

    Advice to Management

    Make everyone salaried. Those in administrative assistant roles are working their butts off but are hired on as hourly employees with fewer vacation days and more restrictive schedules and benefits.

    Stop acting like women can't make big decisions in your organization. It's 2018. Hire more qualified, goal orientated women.

    Dr. Ferry is wonderful, but he should be more involved in the decisions that the VPs make with their staff. Many people are leaving because of the changes in senior leadership. They're making it worse for those at the bottom, not better.


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    "Great People"

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

    I worked at Concordia University Wisconsin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Truly mission-minded and conservative. Beautiful campus. All indoors.

    Cons

    Seems male-dominated and rigid in their beliefs. Rarely see women or people of color at the top.


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    "Decent work environment but not very diverse"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Former Employee - Student Worker
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, Minimal difficulty, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    can seem discriminatory at times
    opportunities for growth lacking


  6. "Environment"

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

    I have been working at Concordia University Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Community, connected to other employees, bring your whole self to work

    Cons

    lower pay than many other universities


  7. "15 years higher ed administrator and educator"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Mequon, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Mequon, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Concordia University Wisconsin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere and committed colleagues , student centric environment, allow for professional growth at all levels: teaching, service, and research, high moral/ethics for mission and service work to underserved communities. Pro-veteran

    Cons

    Adhere to Lutheran ideas that may be outdated with younger generation of students

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way forward for total inclusivity

  8. "Kind place to work at"

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

    I have been working at Concordia University Wisconsin full-time

    Pros

    Kind people, always a friendly face in the hallway
    Good vacation time
    Beautiful campus to work at

    Cons

    Pay isn't the greatest
    Sometimes lost in old-school ways
    Leadership titles can sometimes go to people's heads and can affect working relationships

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees


  9. "A\V Student Worker"

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

    I have been working at Concordia University Wisconsin part-time

    Pros

    Faculty are kind and understanding

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of


  10. "Front desk student worker"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Student Worker in Mequon, WI
    Former Employee - Front Desk Student Worker in Mequon, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy, meet new people, fun and entertaining

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours

    Advice to Management

    More hours availbe


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