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Drew University Reviews

Updated November 6, 2017
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  1. "Support staff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Drew University full-time

    Pros

    Small but supportive department feeling. A real team feeling within department. Little contact/conflict with other departments bc of spread out layout on campus and upper people didn't interfere with day to day running of academic departments. Autonomy and trust given, at least in my department..no micromanaging and unnecessary/ unhealthy politics and favoritism behind bare minimum. Room to grow with low pressure, supportive co-workers, really makes it a pleasure to get to work every morning, not a dread. A hidden gem and you can make good money and they still have a defined pension not 401k at least while I was there. 2010-2015. Good health insurance too. Don't overlook bc it's a low profile school, there are major opportunities here from entry- level to highest administrator. Hiring is quick, little red tape and rigid procedure. Best place I've worked.

    Cons

    Not sure if it's a definite disadvantage, but many systems, especially software, and just internal procedure in general. Can seem antiquated... departments don't really talk well to each other unless in the same building and that can cause frustration and inefficiency. Technology roll-outs have generally been problematic to desiasterous concerning new software for signing up for classes, procurement, budgeting, u name it. It is s weakness can b embarrassing when kids can make third schedule with new program wen last year it was sple or when $1000's of dollars inexplicably appear and disappear in the department budget accounts after an elaborate rollout of new accounting software. Still upper management claims nothing is wrong? Stuff like that:)

    Advice to Management

    Get a handle on your new software budgeting issue and stop pretending. Nothing is amiss. Make maintenance generally more responsive to complaints, both promptly and with correct info regarding the prob.
    One time, the second floor above us wanted thier keypad locks rekeyed, and instead they rekeyed both the second floor and first floor as well, causing a major hassle on the first floor due to poor communication.


  2. "Lifegaurd"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, easy enough work

    Cons

    No organization, lack of structure

  3. "I have an idea how Bob Cratchit must have felt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty campus, really enjoyable work.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between levels of administration, and between administration and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Invite and attend to feedback before the exit interview.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Substandard"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are lucky, you'll meet some good, smart, hard-working people. There is a small network of angels at Drew quietly keeping the place running with no reward other than being able to pat themselves and each other on the back.
    You can feel good about working somewhere that ultimately is providing an important service by educating people. Many professors and administrators are truly doing right by their students.

    Cons

    Good, smart, hard-working people eventually leave because Drew does not value them. This turnover leads to a lot of instability and difficulty to get simple tasks done.
    No work-life balance and no financial compensation or appreciation for it.
    The no work-life balance also means that many workers are underperforming. This is not because of lack of effort, but because they are rushed and have impossible workloads.
    Lack of professional decorum among many people in high positions.

    Advice to Management

    People in the highest positions should lead by example, working hard and showing professional behavior.


  5. "Absolutely HORRIBLE"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Madison, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant in Madison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family friendly for the most part thanks to nearby child care on campus and flexible university work days and hours

    Cons

    No raises, support, procedures, or controls. This place is a mess! One of the most dysfunctional environments I have ever had the misfortune of working. New employees immediately have buyers remorse, old employees are tragically undervalued. At Drew you'll only spin your wheels then get stuck in the rut. Avoid at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    Better financial controls. Good lord.


  6. "Part-time in the admissions office"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Helper in Madison, NJ
    Former Employee - Admissions Helper in Madison, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Drew University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and easy commute to start work.

    Cons

    None. Training and assistance were always available.

    Advice to Management

    Keep students involved.


  7. "Shower"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good name and classic great looks. Wonderful community and hard working students and teachers. Got to love that kind of inspiration and initiative

    Cons

    Here are some downsides. I could not find a map of the university anywhere and every building looks exactly alike.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to advise you to jump in head first and really wrangle the bull by the horns, thanks.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "more of a headache than its worth"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications
    Current Employee - Communications
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Campus is pretty. That is really the only positive to this place. sad.

    Cons

    People talk behind you back, lie to your face, protect themselves at whatever cost, upper management HAS NO CONNECTION to the rest of the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you have all the facts before acting...


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly but deceiving employers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    some nice people ; easy work; talented co workers, nice environment. The people in certain department are very nice and easy to get along with. easy lunch breaks for the hard work being done

    Cons

    the pay is average, there isn't room for raises unless management likes you. The pay should be higher given what the day to day is like. Other departments are rude and disrespectful. Not very supportive at times

    Advice to Management

    Be kinder to employees and treat them with the respect they deserve if you were in their position. Give raises now and again because the employees definitely deserve it


  10. "Adjunct Lecturer"

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

    Pros

    Kind colleagues and engaged students.

    Cons

    Pay is moderate at best.


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