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Pacific Lutheran University Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits and work/life balance are great (in 3 reviews)

  • Lots of great people and coworkers (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Other part time jobs could pay better (in 2 reviews)

  • Located in Parkland, which is a less than desirable neighborhood (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Admission Counselor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Value
    Work-life balance
    Travel
    Benefits Package
    Amazing Team
    University Outlook

    Cons

    The pay is definitely on the low side. It's much easier to get an entry level job with higher pay elsewhere right out of college, but the value of the benefits package and the ethical payoff is nice. It's also a position that is easy to feel stuck within if you're not proactive about development opportunities.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "So sad to see how PLU has gone downhill..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Parkland, WA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Parkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some really great people to work with. Some really great faculty who are passionate about teaching, and not consumed with research. Pretty decent benefits too.

    Cons

    Pay is not to market value. Parkland is less than great, but the main issue with this university is the leadership. Times were great under the previous president, but since President Krise (ironic that is crisis in German) has taken over, there has been a great deal of VP turnover due to his militaristic way of managing, and lack of vision for the future. The feeling across campus is very uneasy, and has been now for years. The VPs who have been brought in to replace great people who have left are impossible to work with. The marketing department is worthless, and flushing money down the drain, amid a very serious financial crisis the school is falling deeper and deeper in. Very sad to see, and have a feeling this school will not be around much longer if there are not changes in leadership from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the Regents: Please get rid of the President already. This failed experiment has run its course. We do not want to see PLU fail, but cannot see any other scenario under this leadership!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Undergoing difficult times; substance is being lost to "brand" and "marketing""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with students can be wonderful when they take responsibility for their own learning and future. There's a tendency at PLU to coddle students and that's detrimental to students. While there can be opportunities for a subset of students to work closely with faculty (PLU promotes itself with this selling point), faculty are being asked to do far too much to have time to devote much time to all but the most promising, devoted students. While there are some very good individuals at PLU amongst faculty & staff, they work within a very ineffective system.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking - both within the administration and the faculty leadership (chair and vice-chair). Decisions about promotions & tenure are based more in politics than merit. Academic standards are weak. PLU is undergoing severe budgetary problems due to declining enrollment and failure to retain students. Discussions are ongoing about how to address the shortfall; solutions will likely include cutting both faculty & staff positions (some faculty searches have already been canceled).

    Advice to Management

    PLU needs to somehow shake things up and reduce the effect of powerful political coalitions between administration and certain departments/faculty members. PLU doesn't hear voices that don't match the institution culture (PLU allows to some degree those voices to speak but they are rarely heard). PLU needs to shake up its institutional culture - the budgetary issues show that it's not working.


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  5. "Grader Experience"

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    Former Employee - CSCE380 Grader in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - CSCE380 Grader in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Answer keys were supplied in a timely manner.
    * Clarifications for partial credit were also clear.
    * Hours are flexible for graders. They just have to be logged manually.

    Cons

    * Corrections for said answer keys, on the other hand, were sometimes not in a timely manner. This sometimes caused massive delays in getting the homework back to the students.

    Advice to Management

    When asking for people to grade, the answer keys. This might not always be possible since the professor who asked for a grader would know every homework assignment beforehand.


  6. "Student Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, everybody was so friendly there. Especially, managers. Enhanced my working experience in general. Strict rules on sanitation. Not very hard on employees.

    Cons

    Tasks are too simple to finish. Some employees steal foods out of the area. Some employees don't get their job done on time which delay the entire process of close-down.

    Advice to Management

    Managers ought to keep eyes on student mangers more often. And set up more rules to standardize things. Also, there should be a tip box for customers to credit employees and chefs.


  7. "Great Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment. Students are bright.

    Cons

    Salary not great. That may deter long term commitment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  8. "Adam is great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Concierge in Newberg, OR
    Current Employee - Concierge in Newberg, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great community, great people, laid back office style.

    Cons

    Often times where double staffing is needed.


  9. "Army ROTC Instructor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Deputy Director of Junior Leader in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Deputy Director of Junior Leader in Tacoma, WA

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

    Pros

    Awesome place to work. Though I was not paid by PLU, I was paid my the Army.

    Cons

    None that I could think of


  10. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to develop my skills in an accepting environment and loved my co-workers

    Cons

    Upper management has been around for many years, change can occur but is slow when happens


  11. "IT"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student PC Technician in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Student PC Technician in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're a student the IT jobs pay well and have flexible hours. The students are allowed to function independently on tickets which really shows how much management trusts their workers.
    The management of the student techs is great.

    Cons

    Department is located in a basement

    Advice to Management

    Strive for greatness


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