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Hawaii Pacific University Reviews

Updated November 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "I worked with great people who really cared about the students" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great students, supportive colleagues, mostly nice facilities/offices" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "low pay, low opportunity for advancement" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Upper management needs to be more focused on the day to day operations" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Professor in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ohana runs deep. I love working at HPU

    Cons

    A little short staffed so you have a lot of responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    You are getting there. HPU will be great in a few years.


  2. "Not the Same"

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

    I have been working at Hawaii Pacific University full-time

    Pros

    Great People. It was a great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Little upward mobility and salaries were well under what other universities offer.

    Advice to Management

    Build trust with employees again.

  3. "Chaotic management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hawaii Pacific University full-time

    Pros

    Location, location, location (natural beauty of the island)

    Cons

    Location, location, location - downtown (read homeless and drug addicts)
    High cost of living
    Chaotic management

    Advice to Management

    While developing your strategies, make sure they are aligned, logical, and consistent


  4. "Supportive Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hawaii Pacific University full-time

    Pros

    My direct supervisor is supportive and always trying to push me to do better.

    Cons

    While it can be challenging working with other departments in the end I am able to finish my task at hand.


  5. "adjunct"

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

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

    Pros

    great students; great environment and assistance provided

    Cons

    class was eliminated and did not believe it should have been done

    Advice to Management

    work with your adjunct


  6. "Student Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Hawaii Pacific University part-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other jobs


  7. "Adjunct"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii Pacific University part-time

    Pros

    Diverse student body with smaller class sizes (no large lectures)

    Cons

    low pay with no benefits or prospects of advancement

    Advice to Management

    hire more full-time lecturers

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great University Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii Pacific University full-time

    Pros

    Other HPU employees are enjoyable to work with

    Cons

    Downtown location is not always pleasant to work at because of the homeless population


  9. "Not enough pay"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii Pacific University full-time

    Pros

    Good work ohana, diverse student body and faculty

    Cons

    Limited funds, budget, low pay for high cost of living, no parking


  10. "Director of Student Life"

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    Former Employee - Director of Student Life in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Director of Student Life in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super Fun! I'd work there again.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.