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Drake University Reviews

Updated Aug 29, 2019

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  1. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Drake University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers and environment to grow and gain leadership opportunities!

    Cons

    Some internal decision making was done from personal experiences and not in a professional matter

    Drake University2018-11-30
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    "Used to be a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Drake University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Co-workers and students are nice

    Cons

    Low wages. No pay increases for next three years. Everyone gets same raise when they are given; normally between 1-2 %, and those are also the years they increase insurance premiums. Parking rates increase yearly. My take home pay goes down yearly. Morale is extremely low. Job titles don’t match job description so they can pay less. Feel extremely undervalued.

    Advice to Management

    No one wants to work for free. Please make changes before you lose more good employees.

    Drake University2019-08-30
  3. "Good Benefits, bad pay and leadership"

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    Current Employee - Campus Technician 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Drake University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation, sick, and 403b contribution is all very good.

    Cons

    Poor pay, no raises, and incompetent leadership

    Advice to Management

    Pay the staff a good wage, and you will have staff for life. Otherwise, the staff will leave you and you will pay teenagers 17 bucks an hour and get the level of work kids will produce.

    Drake University2019-07-21
  4. "Many great people, Good benefits, very expensive parking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Drake University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    many great people who love what they do! benefits are great, tuition reimbursement for Drake classes is a huge perk.

    Cons

    You have to pay student prices for parking which keep going up dramatically each year. pay is not as competitive as other companies in DSM

    Advice to Management

    Free/discounted parking for employees. with more parking lots going away due to new development, it is less acceptable to force employees to purchase expensive parking passes when they have less chance of finding a parking place within a reasonable distance of where they work.

    Drake University2019-04-19
  5. "working part time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Drake University part-time

    Pros

    flexible and easy to get hired.

    Cons

    sometimes it doesn't worth it depends on the work.

    Drake University2018-08-16
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Security Officer"

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    Former Employee - ** Prefer Not to Say ** in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Drake University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This position was rewarding and a good start for someone pursuing a career in law enforcement. I gained a vast array of experience and training. Had the ability to work with students and provide a safe learning environment. Over time the department made some minor improvements with equipment and vehicles. This position has low supervision with a high level of responsibility.

    Cons

    This University does not know how to manage money properly and is ran by socialist left swinging liberals. Every year the non-exempt employees are given budget excuses on why the pay won't increase. The rare occasions it did improve it was no more than 2%. Meanwhile, the university continues to build new buildings and invest in pointless landscaping projects. The health benefits are, and there is no incentive to... stay for an extended period other than your children can go to college for free. This particular department also has experienced massive turnover over the years. The burden on the other employees to cover the shifts with minimum staffing is burning staff out quickly. It is common practice forcing employees into 12 hours shifts and overtime. The department suffers from low morale and most likely will never improve.

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    Advice to Management

    The management and administration should take a hard look at themselves as they're the problem of wasteful spending. A few years back, Drake administrators hired an outside agency to tell them they waste money. This is a primary example of the leadership lacking the ability to manage the university. INCREASE non-exempt pay and employees will stay longer than 2 weeks.

    Drake University2018-08-05
  7. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Drake University full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment that works toward the best interest of students

    Cons

    Challenging advancement pathways within the Staff sector.

    Drake University2018-07-03
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    I have been working at Drake University

    Pros

    Very good benefits, nice break around the holidays, and loved interactions with students.

    Cons

    Staff is treated way differently than faculty. Jobs change by adding more work with little to no compensation or change in job title.

    Drake University2018-06-08
  9. "Stuck in the 70's. Too bad the enrollment numbers aren't as good as those of the 70's."

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

    I worked at Drake University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some good students, a few pockets of excellence (e.g. Cowles Library) that keep pace with technology and try to be a 21st century university.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership in the CBPA for the past four years IMHO. More broadly speaking, many campus facilities are out of date and due to deferred maintenance, in a state of disrepair. Future viability in question given the super-expensive tuition + room and board. sticker price of roughly $50,000 per year, and corresponding decline in enrollments over several years. Look at Drake enrollments from 30 years ago and... compare them to now. Heck, look at enrollments from 10 years ago and compare them to now.

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    Advice to Management

    Y'all need some cash flow, pronto.

    Drake University2018-06-01
  10. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Drake University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The culture, education benefits, work life balance.

    Cons

    No clear path for advancement, must have a master's for any position over admin assistant but the pay doesn't justify the expense.

    Advice to Management

    Build on the culture, with budget cuts stay incentives are easy to cut, but those are one of the only reason to stay.

    Drake University2018-03-11
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