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Howard University Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau
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  • Constant leadership change and lack of transparency creates an environment of job insecurity (in 3 reviews)

  • I do admire Howard hiring people from the area, but they need more customer service training (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Research Assistant Position is Great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Howard is like working with family. It has a great sense of community

    Cons

    Slight payment and management issue, but the new president is making strides to correct these issues


  2. "HRIS Specialist"

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    Current Employee - HRIS Document Imaging Tech (Lead) in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - HRIS Document Imaging Tech (Lead) in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The University is good for the minority community and people of color.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hard word goes unnoticed and salaries need to be matched with standards of living.

  3. "Assistant Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard University full-time

    Pros

    Schedule Flexibility and student population.

    Cons

    Too much politics. A lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    Be fair when making decisions


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Needs improved Oversight/Open door policy"

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Howard University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good employee benefits while working, opportunities to advance education and/or experience. Meeting challenges in the workplace can improve your abilities and value.

    Cons

    Relating problems to higher administration can be all but impossible, lower management often tries to "second guess" advice and recommendations of technically more skilled and knowledgeable employees, resulting in significant waste of funds, and excessive costs. Payments for goods and services, or/and to vendors, are frequently NOT made in timely fashion. Too much emphasis on appearances versus actual function seems prevalent, along with a strong tendency by upper administration to distance themselves from the rank and file employees, by relying on feedback from assistants, rather than taking steps to directly observe or enable feedback. Un-announced visits to university facilities, coupled with an active "Open Door Policy" would very likely result in significant university improvements! (It has seemed that in relying on feedback from assistants results in such feedback getting modified, censored, and altered to a form most likely to please higher administration.) I feel that if the university President, and Board of Directors were to be more directly accessible and reachable by lower level employees, great improvements could be made! (I once worked for IBM, and Tom Watson, the Chairman of the board, had such an open door policy, it seemed to work well for IBM, and any employee could contact him DIRECTLY, without need for any lower level "Permission" or acknowledgement!

    Advice to Management

    Get more DIRECTLY involved, stop blindly trusting your assistants and secretaries, conduct surprise visits and inspections, get rid of the "Good old Boy" network, if it still exists, select vendors on quality and merit, and pay bills in a more timely manner! It seems that the HOSPITAL is "Bleeding the University Dry" financially, if so this needs to be corrected, to eliminate stress on other university programs, and cost to students not in the medical program. LIMITS to such subsidizing of any particular field of study by the others need to be put in place, and past subsidies need to be reduced! (There are ALUMNI, and others, that refuse to donate to the university, because of the policies regarding the support and operation of the hospital and medical school!)


  5. "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Howard University full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, SOME nice people

    Cons

    Howard has gone downhill in the last couple years. Staff is changing but evironment still trash.


  6. "Experience at HU"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Howard University full-time

    Pros

    Staff is like family; fun environment

    Cons

    no development or opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Promote within and develop your staff.


  7. "Not for Me!"

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

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

    Pros

    Legacy university
    Popular name recognition

    Cons

    Unprofessional environment
    Problems with pay
    Workers have negative attitudes

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect everyone, not just those with big titles

  8. "Secure Office Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Howard University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Executive Leadership is comfortable with in-house promotion and offering opportunities to young professionals in management areas. They are astute with determining if the individual will make innovative and productive decisions in the perspective role.

    Cons

    Programs for management development and interdepartmental collaboration is scarce.

    Advice to Management

    Communication campus-wide is improving. (Thank you). However, many departments continually lack the luster to further their careers within the institution and therefore become disgruntled and stagnant in positions for 2-3 years. If a team can begin an initiative to determine departmental trends in promotion rates on campus, those people who are rarely seen by executive leadership can either feel seen and used optimally or they can discuss departing the university for competitive opportunities.


  9. "Research Intern"

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

    Pros

    Very helpful employers. Flexible work hours. Lots of support for your research project.

    Cons

    Can be late with payments.


  10. "Unforced Errors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Howard University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting students and some of the faculty are outstanding.

    Cons

    The administration is a disaster. The primary specialty is building Ptomkein villages. Human Relations has never developed legitimate tools for staff evaluation.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of "womb to tomb" Howard on staff. The worst of the worst earned a BA got advanced degrees and found a way to stay... forever


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