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Updated January 28, 2017
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Pros
  • I absolutely loved working and helping the students (in 9 reviews)

  • Opportunities for work life balance, experienced industry leadership, faculty and staff who genuinely care for the students and their colleagues (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Little room for advancement, salary is middling at best (in 9 reviews)

  • Disrespect to faculty by upper management (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Class Assistant in North Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Class Assistant in North Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful work environment, people enjoy their jobs, organized, interesting, with great perks even go to meet the CEO!

    Cons

    I really enjoyed my time here and do not have a negative word to say.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

    ECPI University Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your comment. We continue to strive make ECPI a great place to work.


  2. "Have to like teaching"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time

    Pros

    People nice to work with.

    Cons

    Pay below standards for university

    ECPI University Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your comment. ECPI University prides itself on providing the best resources available for its students. We review all our faculty pay compared to market standards on a consistent ... More


  3. "Instructor"

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

    I worked at ECPI University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Unprofessional, unethical, immature, inept manager

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best people and let them do their job without unwarranted pressure.

    ECPI University Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your comment. It is unfortunate you did not have a positive experience while as a Faculty member with ECPI University. We hope you can share specific examples that led you to make ... More


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  5. "no career growth"

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

    Pros

    short commute to my home

    Cons

    no real good opportunities for career advancement

    ECPI University Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your comment. It is unfortunate you did not have a positive experience while as an employee with ECPI University. We hope you can share specific examples that led you to make these ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time

    Pros

    If you love to teach and share knowledge there is opportunity to do so.... Then again standing on a corner and yelling at traffic about the end of days allows for an outlet as well. Depends on your perspective. I love teaching, and that's the only benefit this employer offers....unless you steal office supplies (bonus).

    Cons

    Where to start- how about the fact that a PhD can be paid less that 40K. Then perhaps the fact that the "leadership" is horrible; they run everything as though their only priority is to create metrics to justify that they aren't doing bad enough to shut down the university. Internally leadership only vies for trackable data collection that creates the illusion of success. Collecting enough surveys can skew the data enough that they create false outcomes. It's like the university is run by an evil Bond villain. Management essentially has to interviews and hire constantly, because they cant keep good faculty with the way they manage. They hemorrhage good instructors and then fill the gaps with adjuncts they keep just long enough to maintain classes. What's weird is they make it a secrete when instructors leave the university so they avoid addressing the question of why half a department quits. Even when that happens it simply spreads the responsibility around; this is when they make up meaningless titles to lull you you into accepting more and more responsibility without compensation. 1 less instructor doesn't mean there is an impact on the classes offered, it just means other instructors have to fill in to the detriment of the students. There has never been a more inappropriate approach to education- they think it's a marathon (and not the slow and steady type of approach), every 5 weeks without pause. No time between terms end and start to even know what classes your scheduled for come the next weeks start. Education isn't a race to the finish. Like others have commented, the staff and leadership celebrate the successes of the instructors without so much as nod to the efforts they contribute.
     They schedule classes without actually having the classroom space or instructors to run them, why? because they need to keep billing students. It is the mindset that any day a student misses class or needs a break from the 5 week term schedule, that it is an opportunity for them to lose that students and really it's about losing that tuition payment. In their view any instructor can teach any class regardless of whether they are qualified or even familiar with the course content. Campus leadership are micro-managers that are truly horrible autocratic monsters- the stuff* rolls downhill is literally their motto. It sound like an exaggeration, but it's not. It's not about quality to the university, it's about passing more students, faster, and with less. Instructors are forced to baby students, and if they don't pass because they violate attendance or don't submit work it is the instructors fault. If they miss a class they demand instructors call the student- when you might ask? In a class of 20-30 students that lasts 4.5 hours when and why should an instructor have to call a student who is an adult supposedly taking college courses? well the why is, as I've heard it, as soon as you have a 5 minute break (because breaks aren't for you! they're for the students), and the why is because maybe they over slept or forgot, which is not the fault or responsibility of a university instructor, but rather the student. The admissions departments cherry pick veterans for the ease of the GI bill regardless of whether they have the aptitude to succeed- just pass them is the mindset of several students and campus leaders. If you don't it's your fault as an instructor. The culture imparted by campus leadership is that of group shaming and micromanagement- they will send reports in mass emails to all faculty with details about individual instructors classes to create an environment of uncertainty and interpersonal shaming. They convince some that they are expected to work above 42 hrs per week as a standard, and as many others have noted, they throw any schedule at you that they need to charge students that term to keep them paying. It doesn't matter if that is back to back classes with no more than 10 minutes between 4.5 hr courses. It could be what they call a "split shift" that amounts to 15 hour days by assigning a morning class 7 am-12 pm followed by a 6 pm-10:30 pm course. you could be assigned to be the first one in and last out by assigning a night class immediately followed by a morning class, regardless of how this impacts the instructor- YOU DON'T MATTER, THEY WONT CARE, and the business model is designed as such so they can trick new hires to contribute to course development only to then burn them out and hire new ones yet again. Squeeze employees for all they can be used for and dispose of them. Someone they don't understand that supporting the instructors benefits the students. They would never offer a word of kindness or show an ounce of appreciation, but MAN if they don't use their instructors as a selling point to students! They tell students how dedicated and knowledgeable instructors are to get them admitted, then at every opportunity tell instructors they aren't doing enough, fast enough, and with less. Instructors do care about the students success, but are not facilitated or acknowledged for these efforts, in fact they essentially institutionalize the business model of never allowing an instructor to think they are ever doing a good job. Even if they have to make things up to do so they will accuse instructors of not having enough student engagement or not contributing/volunteering enough for events that do not benefit students and directly cause a detriment to students since these events often are at the expense of having time to grade or help them. This is a horrible university that creates a hostile work environment every day and invests nothing in their instructors, in fact they really believe you should feel fortunate to be employed at all, they're doing everyone a favor. Dedicated faculty are treated worse than adjuncts, who are part time and often have no experience educating and no motivation to waist the time. Granted many adjuncts are great, but many are hired simply to be a resource to throw in front of students under prepared and qualified. There in they find a shield; terminate an instructor if a student complains, or if outcomes aren't good enough, but don't bother considering that it is entirely their approach that creates the problem. DON"T WORK HERE, and if your hired as an adjunct you are merely a part of the problem, part of the reason they feel they have no responsibility for full time instructors. Adjuncts are provided better schedules than full time faculty and you would assume just the opposite- but no they rationalize it as them being part time and thereby having other responsibilities...as in not to the students! or the school! HELLO!? can people really be this ignorant-YES the answer is YES they are.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and take care of them, and be assured they will take care of students. Instructors want to do a good job for an employer who allows them to do so and values the contributions. Stop wasting the money to hire adjuncts when you could pay full-time instructors better to make up for how horrible you treat them. Try treating people less as a resource and more as the backbone of the university. Consider the impact you make on employees when you schedule, and take half the time you invest in treating people horribly, to show some appreciation for the efforts.

    ECPI University Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to post. It is unfortunate your experience while working at ECPI University was not positive, however, we have so many faculty members (both full-time and adjunct ... More


  7. "nurse faculty"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible, convenient, nice people to work with

    Cons

    quick turn over and frequent re-assignemnt

    ECPI University Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your comments.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Instructor"

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

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

    Pros

    some of the students are amazing people who are really there to improve their lives by getting an education, and most of the other instructors, we all banded together because we were all suffering from the same evils and bad treatment

    Cons

    everything else - DO NOT WORK HERE - YOU ARE BETTER OFF HOMELESS, JOBLESS, LIVING IN A BOX RATHER THAN WORKING AT THIS EVIL PLACE - I can only speak from an instructor point of view, but they made it VERY obvious that they do not care about their instructors. They would celebrate ALL of the staff's birthdays, wedding showers, baby showers, appreciation days (tech days, secretary days, etc.) but when teacher appreciation day rolled around or any of the faculty's birthdays, weddings, babies, etc. NOTHING - NOTHING was done, EVER. All the staff are given individual offices with computers, phones and they can close their doors and eat lunch or have privacy for a break in their office whenever they need to. Faculty, on the other hand, get no office, no computer, no phone, they are forced to walk around campus until they find an empty classroom to use a computer and get their work done and they cannot eat in the classrooms or close the door for privacy. So faculty are constantly bothered by outside noise, or other students coming into the classrooms because they can't close the door for privacy, and they are forced to eat in the extremely small break room with the students or in their personal vehicles. The two bathrooms that everyone is forced to share (staff, faculty, students, etc,) are disgusting. The pay and benefits are horrible, regardless of the title you hold unless you are best friends with one of the blood sucking leeches that run the place. After some time with the company, I was promoted to a leadership faculty position and my pay increase was pathetic. Most of us who held faculty leadership positions treated are employees with respect because we knew we were all suffering fromt he same treatment, but there were some faculty leaders who treated their faculty horribly and this was allowed. Faculty schedules could change every five weeks, CONSTANTLY and faculty could get stuck with 15 hour days, forced to be on campus possibly until 11 pm and be back for an early morning class by 7:30 am the next day but most of the faculty leadership picked up night classes to keep their faculty from having to do this. However, there were some faculty leaders that NEVER worked nights, and forced their faculty to have horrible schedules every five weeks so they could do what they wanted. And nothing was ever done about this, even though faculty were constantly leaving because the hours are mentally and physically unhealthy. And even though you are salary, you are forced to clock in and out like an hourly employee, and you're forced to do a minimum of 40 hours, although, let's be honest, they make it impossible to do less than 40 hours with the 15 hour days and other ridiculous requirements. And do not bother working hard, they WILL NOT appreciate it, they will only look after their buddies, but they will make you think they are looking after you by giving you promotions with "titles" that basically mean nothing, because you won't get any more money or resources as a result of these "promotions." And the way they treat students is horrible. This organization is money hungry, they care NOTHING about the students, even though that is the image they try to put out. The admissions reps are forced to be "car salesman-like" and will tell students ANYTHING to get them to sign on just so they can get that loan money. I had students who were homeless, working jobs DURING class time and were told it's ok to miss class for work, just tell your instructor. How can a student pass a course if they cannot attend? They should have never been signed up in the first place. I had students who were pregnant and told to go ahead and start a new term even though they were at their due date and knew they would miss class, but the financial adviser wants that loan money for the new term so they get them to start the new term anyway, knowing they are going to fail. It's pathetic and it takes advantage of people who are trying to better themselves. And even if you are a staff member, any decent person would not want to work for a company and support a company that takes advantage of students like this. I even heard one staff member say, after some more horrible things had happened and a student was found in the parking lot, high on drugs, who had (surprise) just been signed a student loan to start a new program because he was told this was the best thing to help him with his drug addiction (really), and in defense one staff member said "but this place gives students a chance, and those of us that work here depend on the check to support our families." I doubt most families would want mom or dad working for an evil place that takes advantage of people just to put food on the table. Working for McDonald's would be more respectful and honestly the pay wouldn't be much different.

    Advice to Management

    no point, they wouldn't listen anyway


  9. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible with life changes, management is supportive

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, salary is middling at best

    Advice to Management

    Consider restructuring some departments. Lack of leadership can be a problem.


  10. "University Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment. Love coming to the campus every day.

    Cons

    At times you are required to put in more than 40 hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking care of students.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Didn't matter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few good people and some awesome students. They worked hard to be sure they looked good to the community.

    Cons

    Wow and not in a good way when it comes to upper management aka executive titles. Lack of trust, not willing to listen to new ideas, no respect for hired leadership, values did not align when it came to decision making, fear management, if you are not a part of the inner circle don't plan on a long term career.

    Advice to Management

    Like they would listen.



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