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Updated August 28, 2017
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  • The cost of living pay is not enough to assist with keeping up with inflation (in 14 reviews)

  • 355/month for decent health coverage (for a single person) and low salary (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "School of Continuing Studies"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic networking
    - Really dedicated people in junior to mid-level positions

    Cons

    - Top level staff very disconnected from the actual do-ers and students
    - High staff turn over on the junior to mid-level
    - Staff not held to any standards and many take advantage of this
    - Pretty much any student can get in here- need better academic standards (they focus on quantity rather than quality in admissions)

    Advice to Management

    Put students at the center of all work and make actual academic standards for admissions. Get rid of some long-term senior staff members who are stumbling blocks that focus on themselves and not students.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "staff"

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

    I have been working at Georgetown University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work as far as stability and benefits are okay.

    Cons

    They don't support the regular hourly staff. If you are only hourly staff of color don't expect to go any further. They only promote those that they like and can probably manipulate. Raises are 33 cents nothing over a $1.00. You will eventually feel stuck in a dead end job.

    Advice to Management

    There are people that are hourly worker that have a lot to bring to this University. You should give them a chance to express and utilize their expertise. You are shorting yourself when you have a accounting and some one of the executive administrative level working in your department. Appreciation should not be .33 cents raises.

  3. "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


  4. "Biomedical research"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. 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.


  6. "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!


  7. 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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. 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.


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