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George Washington University Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  • This place has so much red tape (in 18 reviews)

  • Cost of living is extremely high, University staff are seldom thanked or appreciated (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "GW is good, but take off your rose-colored glasses"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tuition benefits are an extremely good reason to work for George Washington University. If you are a student, another great benefit is the connection to the staff who may be able to help you out at some point during your student career. Overall, the university is making strides to improve its HR and employee communication although they still have a long way to go. Depending on the department you work for, you may receive better or worse treatment, as the university is very departmentalized and inconsistent in employee experiences. I enjoyed my time at GW, but I would assess the specific environment and department you're signing up for very closely before making any decisions.

    Cons

    Of course, the bureaucracy is the worst part about George Washington University. There are so many communication chains and levels of management that it's even hard to navigate as an employee. Also, it's very had to figure out how much the university values its employees because so much attention is given to the top of the senior staff, the wealthy benefactors, their "special cases," and burgeoning student issues. However, this is common on just about any campus, so you can't be surprised there. Depending on the department, advancement may be determined on friendship rather than job performance, but that's an easy one to manipulate.

    Advice to Management

    I would beseech senior management to look into more ways of improving the GW experience from an employee's perspective. Good help really is hard to find.


  2. "Great Work Environment!"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The tuition benefits are wonderful, senior management is excellent at both encouraging and giving ownership to employees. Staff is helpful and departments work well together.

    Cons

    A few departments have some issues with prompt call-back, both to internal and external customers. However, efforts are being made to change this and the results are visible already.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management does a wonderful job - they are encouraging and empowering of their employees.

  3. "Top Callers"

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    Former Employee - Top Caller in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Top Caller in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good pay, decent hours to work. During work, you get breaks and many times they provide you with dinner. People are very enthusiastic.

    Cons

    The job consists of a lot of cold calling. Sometimes you have to call people that are still in school.

    Advice to Management

    Do a good job. Keep the hours as convenient as possible. Also, keep the atmosphere up, we are all trying to make bank bro.


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great position with flexibility in work and teaching methodologies. Fun place to work in and excellent faculty.

    Cons

    The university can hire more GTAs to work for them and divide the work accordingly. It will help the management and faculty to perform better.

    Advice to Management

    The George washington university has been a great place to work for and encourages students to teach and assist the faculty in many respects. Kudos


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great University to work at with plenty of people having life-long careers with opportunities to advance."

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    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Schedule Flexibility
    Great Co-workers
    Continuously looking to improve standards
    Tuition Benefits pay 96% of 6 credit hours for FT employees

    Cons

    Faculty members have too much power and usually final say even regarding administrative matters.
    Some Faculty and students are condescending

    Advice to Management

    Staff to have final say over administrative matters as opposed to faculty.
    Continue work/life balance practices
    Continue with opendoor policies


  6. "Excellent professional development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent professional development including degree seeking opportunities. Cross-functional approach to making important decisions and project work. Bright students and staff and cultural events all around--a great environment in which to learn and always experience something new.

    Cons

    Although the collaborative environment is a plus, it can be frustrating at times as it can slow progress. As the University is quite large, you have to build your own network to be most successful.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on communication with staff and faculty members so we can see all of the great work you are doing at the top.


  7. "Wonderful FWS job while I was a student."

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    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    The staff is wonderful, friendly, and flexible and I would highly recommend the office as a great on campus job

    Cons

    Only available to FWS students and if someone is interested in higher education administration the program is more focused on politics, political management then university life.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Full of opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Community Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Community Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very progressive.
    GWU rewards hard work
    Tons of autonomy
    35k salary + a free apartment, which is the equivilent to probably 25k/year in the Foggy Bottom area

    Cons

    A lot of privileged students who are demanding.
    With those students come overbearing parents.
    Because of the many high profile parents, decisions are sometimes made above me that overturn my decision because said parent donates money to the university

    Advice to Management

    Remember that this is first and foremost an institution of higher learning. We are here to prepare students to be contributing citizens of a global society. Sometimes we need to make decisions that donors to the university do not like in order to provide students educational moments so they can develop.


  9. "Great place to have career growth."

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    Current Employee - Executive Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Life-long learning, diverse, great values and benefits

    Cons

    Can't think of any at this point.


  10. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at George Washington University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent location, great professors, and outstanding career service

    Cons

    can't really think of any


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