Fuller Theological Seminary Reviews

Updated Nov 29, 2020

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  • "Staff have been working for some years without any increase in salary despite increasing cost of living in Pasadena(in 4 reviews)

  • "Hostile to minorities with systemic issues of racism and bigotry(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "good"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Fuller Theological Seminary full-time

    Pros

    good, good, good, good, good

    Cons

    too small, financially unstable, small campus

  2. "Really enjoyed working here"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Fundraising 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fuller Theological Seminary full-time

    Pros

    I truly enjoyed my experience working at Fuller. There is really a family environment, and your coworkers really seem to care.

    Cons

    Fuller can be stressful for some who seem to be overworked.


  3. "okay not challenging"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Fuller Theological Seminary part-time

    Pros

    flexible, fun, nice people, cool perks

    Cons

    bad pay, little room for growth

  4. "Student TA"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Student in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Fuller Theological Seminary full-time

    Pros

    Worked as a TA for a great professor primarily involving grading

    Cons

    Not easy to find other opportunities for TA work

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Director of Teaching and Learning in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Fuller Theological Seminary full-time

    Pros

    Good people and good culture

    Cons

    Bad managers, no consequence, financial crisis

  6. "Great job for a student."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Live Event Technician in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fuller Theological Seminary part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It was a great opportunity to work while going to school full time. Working events also allowed me to listen to many awesome lectures and continue my education all while working a soundboard.

    Cons

    Limited scale for events. It's a small school, so there wasn't tons of room to be stretched in new technology.

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not a school blessed by God"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fuller Theological Seminary full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus in Pasadena, CA

    Cons

    Bad management No care, love and fairness Dismiss good people under the pretext of financial crisis, and then recruit new ones Promoting positions is not based on qualifications but relationships

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    "Problems with the senior management"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fuller Theological Seminary full-time

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, locations, good benefits (insurance)

    Cons

    - The C-suit management is a disaster at this school. They don't know what they are doing. As mentioned by other reviewers, you don't know if you are going to be the next person in their continued layoff seasons. - Lack of trust in the management in another issue here. There are contradictory messages from the top. Promises have been made to review the salary for the staff but months later, you learned that there would be salary reduction. Staff have been working for some years without any increase in salary despite increasing cost of living in Pasadena

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Manager"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fuller Theological Seminary full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Diversity, location, health benefits,, office hours,staff training

    Cons

    Non accountability, top heavy, low salary, cliques, dishonesty

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "No One Knows What's Going On"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fuller Theological Seminary part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I think the majority (though certainly not all) of the people who work here are well-intentioned and try to help students have a positive seminary experience.

    Cons

    Working here feels like you are on a runaway train to nowhere and I think there are too many big egos in upper management right now for this institution to ever return to the point where it is somewhat functional and economically viable. For example, everyone acknowledges that the Board and Management have made egregious financial errors in the past, and also that these were never dealt with, but somehow people are able to sweep all that under the rug because of the people implicated. The institution as a whole loves setting up complex rules and procedures, but actually following through on them is a different story; if you're part of the "in crowd" the rules don't apply to you. As one other reviewer observed, there's a lot of communication from the top, but it usually lacks any real substance, mainly because they just don't know what they are doing.

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