Hawaii Pacific University Reviews

Updated Apr 24, 2021

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Hawaii Pacific University President John Gotanda
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18 Ratings
Pros
  • "Other HPU employees are enjoyable to work with(in 8 reviews)

  • "I worked with great people who really cared about the students(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours, low pay if not working a second job(in 12 reviews)

  • "HPU treats their employees poorly(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great

      Apr 24, 2021 - Federal Work Study 
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      Pros

      This job is so awesome.

      Cons

      Nothing at all. I loved it.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      No

      Apr 21, 2021 - Associate in Honolulu, HI
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      Pros

      Great place to work in Hawaii

      Cons

      Nothing bad to say about it

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Passion turned to TOXIC STRESS! Beware don’t work here!

      Dec 12, 2020 - Student Services in Honolulu, HI
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      Pros

      Students and it’s small campus

      Cons

      Hiring freeze for administrative support staff for years, severe budget cuts has lead to burning out dedicated staff & faculty. This college has serious budgets issues. I will not be surprised when this college goes out of business. This place claims to have Hawaii values but treats their staff & faculty with little respect or compensation. Beware & set boundaries with this employer. HPU will take advantage of your passion for education & will turn it to toxic stress by demanding more then you can do in a work week. Leadership says all the “right” words but their ACTIONS speaks louder then words. When COVID first started, they picked money over the safety of their faculty, claiming it was to give the students more options. Yet, leadership was inflexible with staff & faculty to work from home. Insisting everyone return back to campus for the students but the students were not on campus. Example of how inflexible they are: There is a staff member that has to bring his children to his office everyday because the leadership doesn’t believe in remote work!! In order to work from home you have to have a ADA condition. HR claims they will consider all ADA requests. I was asked for so many documents after my doctors wrote I was at a high risk for complications if contacting COVID but still insisted I should just go into my office. Lack of compassion or flexibility and horrible pay. If I could give this place negative stars I would

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Hard to stay long term

      Apr 4, 2021 - Athletic Department 
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      Pros

      Very good community feel there

      Cons

      Always disorganized, I felt viable solutions to problems were never taken seriously or put into motion

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    5. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Federal work study job

      Feb 17, 2021 - Counselor Assistant in Honolulu, HI
      Recommend
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      Pros

      you get a flexible schedule with school

      Cons

      Was only available to get up to 19 hours

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      HPU is a decent school

      Jan 15, 2021 - Admissions in Honolulu, HI
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great colleagues to work with

      Cons

      Black-out periods on vacation use

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Love teaching there!

      Dec 24, 2020 - Professor of Psychology 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Can also teach online to students all around the world!

      Cons

      How about a raise? LOL. Nothing really. We are all going through financial limitations.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Exhausting

      Feb 16, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
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      Pros

      It is in Honolulu, Hawaii

      Cons

      Pay, constant changes by administration disregarding academic input. Lack of support to professors.

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great University

      Dec 20, 2020 - Tutor 
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      Pros

      I enjoyed being part of the community

      Cons

      this does not apply here

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      It is a job that consumes your life

      Jan 9, 2021 - Enrollment Management in Honolulu, HI
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      Pros

      It comes with a paycheck and free education

      Cons

      there is no respect for a work/personal life balance. Management are stuck in their ways and not interested in change. No chance to grow, no raises or retirement benefits.

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