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Davenport University Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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Richard J. Pappas
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, great benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • People, and coworkers are very friendly, job has flexible hours and will work around student class schedules (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The Upper management is all in it for the numbers (in 7 reviews)

  • Low Pay in this particular job they will not raise the pay (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Campus Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campus Assistant in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Campus Assistant in Holland, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davenport University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Office has a very friendly and open environment. Everyone has been great to work with so far. I have been able to grow my network through various coworkers and improve my professional skills both on the computer and in person.

    Cons

    There have not been many downfalls so far. I guess the only con that bothers me is the pay. It is a part time minimum wage position and I wish that with my previous experience that it could be paid more. This is outside of the employer's control though.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe have a more formal lunch area. I feel that most people eat at their desks while working and this leads to less socialization and more isolation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Aid Counselor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Lansing, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, starting PTO is 5 weeks for full time

    Cons

    The policies and the upper management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to lower level


  3. "Professional Tutor (Computer-related subjects)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Professional Tutor in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Professional Tutor in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Remote tutoring is possible using Blackboard, even encouraged; tutoring from home was thus easy, so travel and travel-related expenses were not usually necessary.

    Cons

    Remote access tech wasn't always 100% reliable. I'm sure it's improved by now. There are many campuses, so if you do find a need to be personally present for an appointment, be sure you understand with clarity which campus; Kalamazoo isn't the same as Battle Creek!

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful for tutors to be able to attach private notes about their experiences with a student to a record that the teacher could review. Further, it would be worthwhile to coordinate with other area colleges for tutoring resources.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Not so great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Davenport University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The insurance and vacation time off.

    Cons

    Low starting pay. No raises for 5 years, not even for cost of living. The university seems to be putting all its money toward its athletic program because they cannot sustain themselves. Management is out of touch and greedy. Its sad because this is a business school. You would think that they might do what they teach. If you don't blindly follow their demands you are labeled an outsider and your opinion doesn't count.

    Advice to Management

    You have good people working for you, why not show them some appreciation. Dr. Pappas should probably be replaced. Mr. Davenport would be ashamed of how this school turned out.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Special Project Developer/Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Project Developer/Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Special Project Developer/Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Davenport University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Constructive classroom credit toward my degree program and an opportunity to better my alma mater.

    Cons

    With much experience comes much expectation. The course credit was hard to earn as the work load was double or triple to that of classroom study. However, the impact the internship made was a great payoff for the university giving me a project I can be proud to hang my hat on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the main thing, the main thing and don't get sidetracked into something that does not support what the school's brand is all about. The school began as a private business school 150 years ago. Don't stray from being a business school and becoming an athletic school. Be a business school that has an athletic program!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Financial Aid Counselor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Accountant/Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Accountant/Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Davenport University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are really good verses other companies.

    Cons

    Low Pay in this particular job they will not raise the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Review the pay for Financial Aid Counselors. It's sad that they do more work than other areas and receive the less pay.


  8. "Flexible scheduling"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the staff and the students. Loved the flexible scheduling and online options.

    Cons

    The pay is less than what other universities pay. I love being left alone, but sometimes you want more guidance.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "I Wouldn't Touch Them"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people you work with & PTO

    Cons

    No room to advance, pay, upper management, never knowing when you will lose your job

    Advice to Management

    Quit pandering to only the athletes and upper management. Support all of your students and your front line staff. Remember that Mr. Davenport was a teacher first and foremost.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Instructor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Instructor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends

    I have been working at Davenport University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Open communication and clear expectations make it an enjoyable job. The student basic requirements are clear and you tweek that to make the student learning experience the best that you can make it.

    Cons

    The elctronic tool used for student assignments take a little while to learn. However, the university does provide online and in person learning to master the tools.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great informative orientation session that are provide to new instructors. Make learning courses know to all instructors for the instructional tools as soon as possible.


  11. "excelent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Lab Assistant in Holland, MI
    Current Employee - Technology Lab Assistant in Holland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    learn a lot experience

    Cons

    hard to find a job now

    Advice to Management

    a good opportunity to learn


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