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Updated January 17, 2018
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  • 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. "Director of Student Life"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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

  3. "Teaching at HPU"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii Pacific University part-time

    Pros

    Collegiality among faculty and great students.

    Cons

    There are no negative comments.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  4. "Technical Analyst Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a part time position, so the hours are very flexible. They work with your schedule if you are an undergrad and the management of the IT department is awesome. There is also room for advancement once you graduate. They like to promote from within.

    Cons

    Working for the IT department can be challenging at times. There are several professors who are downright rude to the staff and do not know how to use the equipment. Even though instructions are posted in the classrooms and multiple IT staff have shown them how to use it. The part time job is minimum wage and it can be a little frustrating when you get a difficult student or professor.


  5. "HPU"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii Pacific University full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Upper management needs to be more focused on the day to day operations

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those who are lower and in the trenches


  6. "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Security Officer in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Security Officer in Honolulu, HI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The retirement, sick and vacation benefit package is good. Everyday is different working here. I enjoy the different varieties that my job has to offer. The flexible hours are helpful when you have a 24 seven operation

    Cons

    Medical and dental benefits are high for individuals and for family plans is even higher. If you can get cheaper that could help save money


  7. "The Aloha Spirit at Hawaii Pacific University"

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Faculty in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will work with really great and smart people.

    Cons

    As is with other places that go through organizational changes, it can be very challenging to navigate the sea of change. The university has gone through downsizing, two new presidents, and cuts to both faculty and staff, but I am confident that positive outcomes will arise from it all.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make false promises. Stick to your word, and acknowledge contributions from staff and faculty through compensation.

  8. "Nice people to work with"

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    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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.


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