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Hawaii Pacific University Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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Hawaii Pacific University President John Gotanda
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Pros
  • I worked with great people who really cared about the students (in 4 reviews)

  • Student diversity is the ultimate here, and just about everyone gets along (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, low opportunity for advancement (in 7 reviews)

  • No room for growth or raises in pay (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Nice people to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii Pacific University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pleasant atmosphere, change to make the University better.

    Cons

    Declining enrollment for all colleges.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the employees who have stayed loyal to you over the years.


  2. "Technology"

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    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and staff.

    Cons

    Upper Management wasn't great, and didn't really understand how IT works.

    Advice to Management

    Be humble, and listen to the workers doing the job instead of thinking you know best. Hire upper management of IT who started from the ground up so they can have a greater understanding of how the intricacies of IT works.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Teaching at HPU"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii Pacific University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent university to get your teaching start. I can only speak for the department I worked in, but the faculty and chair were helpful in helping me to acclimate and prepare for each course and the curriculum.

    Cons

    This is a bit tricky, but would be nice if adjuncts received a few weeks notice if their projected class is in danger of being cut due to under-enrollment.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Better and better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - President Gotanda is moving HPU in a great direction
    - A lot of paid holidays (18 per year), including a week off over Christmas and a great tuition benefit
    - Great people
    - 4 weeks vacation (not the first few years tho)

    Cons

    - Health insurance cost (for family)
    - Parking
    - Compensation

    Advice to Management

    -Keep up the good work in moving HPU into a place that is authentic to its core values.
    -Bring back annual pay increases.


  5. "Benefits of working for a private university"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company contributes 15% (based on salary amount to your retirement plan that you get to keep once you become vested (after 5 years). Tuition benefits were amazing - two free classes a year and generous tuition discount off additional classes.

    Cons

    Sometimes felt like a traveling salesperson with the long hours spent speaking to prospective at info sessions, education and career fairs, etc


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Management teams needs to be more of a TEAM players"

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

    I worked at Hawaii Pacific University full-time

    Pros

    Discounted merchandise, discounted tuition and location

    Cons

    Low pay, no parking, to many chiefs

    Advice to Management

    Instead of watching camera then calling to ask why are customers not being helped because management didn't staff properly, come in the store and HELP!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Diploma mill with no academic standards"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii Pacific University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    University generates some employment and tax dollars for state of Hawaii; immature incompetent students have a place to go to. Employees do not have to work very much at all, as long as you give easy As, it's all good. It's like working in a middle school but for college pay.

    Cons

    HPU is a scam. Employees are treated as retail consultants, selling diplomas. Students pay money and get As. Students are lazy and very entitled, and rude to employees. There are NO academic standards. University was questioned by accreditation board and am not sure it is even accredited.

    Advice to Management

    without competent hard working people, you are doomed.

  8. "Great company, but needs work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The university is great to work with a diversity of employees from around the world.

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible, company morale is low, too many "senior leadership" and not enough workers.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the staff as they are the backbone to this university. Staff have faced so many cuts and faculty are still going...


  9. "Writing Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hawaii Pacific University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mentors, flexible hours, good location

    Cons

    Low pay, no room for growth, cold offices


  10. Helpful (2)

    "HPU declining work environment."

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Kailua, HI
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Kailua, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii Pacific University part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    LMS has many options available (HPU purchased a fully loaded version of Blackboard). Good library functionality. Good campus at Hawaii Loa.

    Cons

    Have not raised adjunct pay in 10 years. Poor financial decisions by HPU leadership have resulted in increasing tuition, firing many employees, large classes, and poor organizational culture.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people. Before executives get raises give raises to adjuncts and staff.


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