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Culver Reviews

Updated April 4, 2018
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  1. "Expected more due to its great reputation as an education facility"

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

    I have been working at Culver full-time

    Pros

    For the area, Culver offers decent wages and benefits. Culver provides free lunches to their staff so long as the cafeteria is open. The salad bar is a wonderful option. Culver provides a healthy and active environment, offering two days a week where you can utilize office hours to use the gym facilities. They foster an environment that makes the students it serves as its top priority.
    Most culver employees are valued driven and are there because they care about Culver’s mission.

    Cons

    Culver has an interesting “class” system. Hourly are treated differently than salaried staff and Faculty are treated even better.
    Culver is set in a very traditional mindset, which has meant that they are extremely slow to change and not motivated by innovations or market change. Many people enjoy this tradition; however, it has clearly led to operations mishaps and poor hiring decisions. Culver believes it to have its own set of rules and even believes this idea to be funny, utilizing their slogan, “It’s a Culver Thing” or “It’s the Culver Way”.
    All salaried faculty and staff are required to partake in “duties”. These include shaperoneing the students, participating in the sporting events by either coaching or doing book or judging, etc. These duties are not given out evenly and some employees have found ways to get out of them entirely. Some employees use duties as a way to not complete their normal job requirements. Coaches are required to drive student filled mini buses with minimal training (one hour), regardless of driving history. Faculty have a much easier time completing their duties due to their schedule more easily aligning with the students schedule. In short, duties are a much larger part of your “day job” then led to believe during the hiring process. -you are not paid for your duties.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change/new innovations and take the time to investigate what our competitors and others in the industry are doing at all levels. There is a lot to be learned from consulting with other academic institutions.
    Pay local community members a small hourly wage to participate in the sporting acivities. Employees have lives outside of Culver. Many are trying to raise families and would appreciate time with them rather than spending countless nights and weekends at Culver. The community surrounding Culver would appreciate earning money while enjoying the local traditions.


  2. "Sailing Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Student in Culver, IN
    Former Employee - Student in Culver, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to work with children, overall enjoyable

    Cons

    Management disorganized, often would get angry

  3. "Only recommend if you are faculty"

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

    I worked at Culver full-time

    Pros

    The faculty make a positive difference in students lives. Josh Pretzer does a fantastic job with them.

    Cons

    Favoritism towards faculty members.


  4. "Recruiter"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Culver full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good career track for the company

    Cons

    Smaller company not as much opportunity


  5. "Former Summer Camp Staffer- Do Not Recommend"

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus! Lake Max wonderful and can allow you to have fun in your limited free time. Also, a few of the workers here are truly wonderful and unique people. The campers usually walk away having had a great experience.

    Cons

    Culver, and those in charge, clearly do not care about their summer employees at all. Basically, you are isolated in the middle of nowhere, 20 min from the nearest hospital, yet they refuse to provide you with any medical services even in an emergency. The pay is an insult and comes out to far less than minimum wage when you divide by the hour. Assistant counselors work upwards of 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. The upper management treats anyone under the age of 30 like they are 12 years old and refuses to listen to them or take them seriously. It seems like the only people who can enjoy their experience working at this camp are former campers who have a strong emotional attachment to the place.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees a fair wage, and treat adults like adults. Also, medical care is a must for anyone trapped in the local area and is a basic human right. The experience of working here could be so much more than it is.


  6. "Manger"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Fountain, CO
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Fountain, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Culvers way if foods amlnd business

    Cons

    $ pay needs to be raised

    Advice to Management

    Professor being kids great customer service good business work skills pay with cash handling skills 2 years Culvers has a good work business skills


  7. "Counselor - Student Life"

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    Former Employee - Senior Counselor in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Counselor in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Culver (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mission-driven, established, fundamentally sound, tradition, purposeful

    Cons

    limited opportunity for advancement, limited geographic area

  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I interned during summer school. It's a beautiful campus and a family environment - you feel welcome there! The grounds are absolutely gorgeous, and you get to walk around on campus and do not have to stay in an office all day.

    Cons

    The summer vibe can differ from the winter vibe. Summer school seems to take over campus. However, they are good people trying to make sure the campers have the best time at camp. The kids really want to be there!

    Advice to Management

    Keep having summer intern programs - it's great for college students who wants to get some job experience, as well as be around other college people working at summer school.


  9. "Culver Summer Camp"

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    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Culver, IN
    Former Employee - Summer Camp Counselor in Culver, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to live on a beautiful campus and interact with campers from all over the world. A truly amazing experience.

    Cons

    It is very time consuming and you rarely get time off. Very long hour days, but still an amazing experience.

    Advice to Management

    They need to stop hiring people solely based off of the fact that they attended the camp, because they don't always take it seriously.


  10. "Hooked by the benefits..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Culver (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culver has excellent benefits. You can work your way up to 5 weeks of vacation within 10 years of employment (if you hire in as hourly staff, salaried employees hire in with 5 weeks). They will match your retirement 403b contribution 2.5% for 5% that you contribute (plus they automatically put in 6-7% without you having to do anything). You have free access to the fitness center, up to 40 minutes per week of paid time to work out. The health/vision/dental insurance is good and low cost compared to most employers. There is a clinic on-site that employees and employee spouses have full access to, free of cost. They also offer many prescriptions, all for free. Full time employees receive a substantial discount on tuition, should they send their kids to boarding school or the summer programs. The department that I'm in is pretty relaxed and flexible, we are like a big extended family. I really enjoy the majority of my coworkers and it's just an overall friendly place to work - campus wide. I've gotten the opportunity to do some traveling and take part in some training sessions that I didn't expect when I started my job, so that has been a fun experience. There is room for movement within the organization once you get your foot in the door, but take note that it usually lateral movement. Even though it is typically lateral, this is still nice because if you hire into a position and it wasn't exactly what you initially thought it was, you can try again in another position if one opens up.

    Cons

    A lot of hires are made based on politics - alumni, connected family members, etc.. The result of this is that there are many employees that don't know a thing about their job so they expect other people to do it for them. When there is an employee that isn't doing what they should be doing, Culver won't fire them - they'll promote them! Somehow, promotions at Culver come with fewer responsibilities and more pay.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management - Please be aware of how hard some your employees are working and recognize them for that hard work. Please also be aware of how little other employees are working and stop rewarding them for it.


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