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  • benefits and work-life balance are great (in 31 reviews)

  • Team-based work environment, flexible hours, school work comes first, exposure to and opportunity to collaborate with multiple healthcare providers (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "student worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    friendly people with less esperience

    Cons

    low salary for after a year

    Advice to Management

    less micromanaging


  2. "Biomedical research"

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    Former Employee - Research Instructor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Instructor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits such as 401k and insurance.

    Cons

    Below market salary, mediocre facilities, poor research faculty retention, severely declining core facilities. Outrageous parking costs require taking metro then a shuttle bus to get to work.

    The main problem is that there is ZERO support for entry researchers and lower level faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Support emerging faculty with programs that help them to get grants instead of just demanding grant funding with threats of termination.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Medical Center is a Nightmare - Main Campus much better!"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits - especially the tuition benefits. Experience at GU highly depends on department/school you land in. Main campus had a much better culture than medical center so I'd advise staying away from the med center.

    Cons

    Low salary, bureaucratic, zero training coupled with high expectations to get acclimated quickly, not supportive of employees who are also students, poor communication amongst departments and managers to employees, thankless job that can wear morale down because no matter how many hours you put in you're still failing.

    Advice to Management

    TRAIN! COMMUNICATE! TEAMWORK! SUPPORT! I have never worked in an environment at georgetown where people refuse to answer questions - it's very hostile and sets the employee up for failure.


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  5. "Over Worked and Under Paid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgetown University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Most students were great to work with
    - Benefits are good

    Cons

    - Received outstanding on all my yearly performance evaluations, never got a proper paid raise
    - Got promoted three times and never compensated
    - Over the past 12 years there is always some kind of freeze on salaries

    Advice to Management

    -Pay employee what they are worth!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Managers"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgetown University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tuition benefits is the only pro

    Cons

    Those around you who slack off get rewarded and promoted while you are stuck doing everyone elses job. Management needs massive amounts of training. Fairness is not a word that managers know.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the "support staff". Current management in some departments should not be management. there is a lot of favoritism and it shows.


  7. "slow paced.."

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    Former Employee - Human Resource and Benefits in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Human Resource and Benefits in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Georgetown University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tuition Benefit and Retirement Plan

    Cons

    Slow paced, no employee investment, mid manager and senior managers with tenure ship.. weak managers.


  8. "Not a top-tier experience for a top-tier university"

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    Current Employee - Associate Teaching Professor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Teaching Professor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good work-life balance, great colleagues and students, prestigious institution, intellectually invigorating

    Cons

    Salaries are laughable, commute from somewhere one can afford to live on a GU salary is a nightmare, 3-year waitlist for childcare on campus doesn't make things any easier for families


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Program Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Tuition benefit. Great 401K and insurance. Welcomes the celebration of faith and worship on campus. Opportunity to hear great speakers, politicians, and celebrities speak on various topics.

    Cons

    Employees severely underpaid. Difficult to live with DC high cost of living. Location not metro accessible. They offer a shuttle from two metro stations, but the shuttles only drop off in one area which may require a long walk to assigned office after shuttle drop off. Lack of diversity in professional staff but the majority of low wage positions are held by people of color. Students of color feel under-supported and have held multiple protest. Administration has yet to make noticeable changes.


  10. "Grant Admin"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Faculty, benefits, etc. Flexible hours and holiday time through out the year for all staff.

    Cons

    Very disorganized from top down. Overload and short deadlines = burnout. Long hours with redundant tasks. Not much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize work load and hire sufficient administrative staff


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Over ten years I've watched the once very special, collegiate quality of working in this community deteriorate."

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    Current Employee - Public Relations, Communications in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Public Relations, Communications in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good retirement package. And, yes, it still draws really great, gifted, and dedicated people who can be a real joy to work among. Why they seem much less likely to hire these peoople into jobs at the supervisor/administrator level is a puzzle.

    Cons

    Departments that should be keenly focused on providing good systems of service more often are so difficult to work with that it is a huge frustration to work with them--especially those involved with the smooth financial operation of business affairs--something you would expect a model operation at a school trying to promote a leading edge School of Business like McDonough.
    As has been written before, the administrative level makes decisions and policies that most often block rather than facilitate the organization's healthy growth into a 21st century management model.

    Advice to Management

    Move into the 21st century. Learn how to work cooperatively with your departments/work groups. Don't just 'pan' a listening pose, but listen and implement. Recognize those who contribute to a healthy existence as a thriving organization are working in areas of the university that extend well beyond the classroom and ithis organizaton's continued positive growth requires a focus on stewarding the positive operation of all areas of this organization--a 'systems' thinking approach.



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