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Pacific Lutheran University Reviews

Updated July 27, 2018
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Pacific Lutheran University President Thomas W. Krise
Thomas W. Krise
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Pros
  • "Flexible hours, supportive staff, felt like I could achieve success" (in 5 reviews)

  • "PLU is a great place to work, vacation and benefits are generous" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Faculty leadership is not strong and is really lead by a very small handful of senior faculty who don't have official elected positions" (in 3 reviews)

  • "PLU hasn't declared financial exigency as the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) requires to do this" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "International Admissions Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University part-time

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, Flexible hours and Good management

    Cons

    Standard benefits packets. Nothing extravagant.


  2. "Budget Cuts, Infighting, Poor Culture"

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    Current Employee - Visiting in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Visiting in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Students are eager and willing to learn. University supports travel to conferences.

    Cons

    The provost, dean, chair, and faculty were constantly fighting over job duties and status. The university cut needed positions due to budget restrictions. Admissions is in disarray. They do not effectively recruit students.

    Advice to Management

    Fire you admissions team and your development team.

  3. "Great student jobs"

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

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University part-time

    Pros

    All the departments I worked for were super supportive of my class schedules, if I needed to switch work schedules for finals/breaks/what have you. Great opportunity to gain office experience, work across departments, learn about how the Uni works from the inside. Loved all of my managers.

    Cons

    Was pretty much minimum wage, but for a super-flexible, on-campus student job, that was ok!


  4. "web master"

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    Former Employee - Web Master in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Web Master in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good position, nice friends, I enjoyed it.

    Cons

    nothing bad, I love there

    Advice to Management

    no advice, I was happy to work there


  5. "Good Employment, Good People, Good Students"

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

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University part-time

    Pros

    I like working here. The system they have for logging hours is convenient, you get paid ever 2 weeks.

    Cons

    Sometimes you must be very careful (to an unnecessarily extreme point) what you say or do near people who feel entitled.


  6. "Friendly Staff"

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

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University part-time

    Pros

    Staff are friendly at Pacific Lutheran University and are pleasant to work with. at any time.

    Cons

    the pay is low at Pacific Lutheran University and they will pay the minimum possible.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff more. They will work harder for you and the production will increase.


  7. "Accepting faculty positions is questionable at this university"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Lutheran University full-time

    Pros

    Working with students can be fantastic.

    Cons

    PLU is severely cutting its faculty, including positions with faculty members in them. PLU hasn't declared financial exigency as the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) requires to do this. PLU also isn't cutting administrators, a class which has grown immensely over the last 10-20 years, including their salaries, which are much higher than faculty's.
    PLU has made a big show, saying faculty have been involved in the cuts, however, it's largely been a group of faculty who are very entrenched with current and past administrators or have been or are administrators (some have reaped great financial benefit from this relationship).
    All the faculty cuts could have been made through attrition if leadership (including faculty leadership) had started the process a year or two ago, and put holds on new hires. They didn't do that.
    The cuts were not done fairly although the humanities has borne the brunt, especially where cuts were made to positions with faculty who have years to teach. These cuts seem due to politics and grudges and not justified by any data. These are mixed in other more acceptable cuts due to attrition to hide this reality.

    PLU has opened itself up to expensive lawsuits. There are now divisions amongst the faculty. Young faculty starting out should go elsewhere. Your future is not promising here.

    Advice to Management

    Faculty leadership is failing the faculty as a whole. It needs dramatic change.
    Note to glassdoor: Krise is no longer president.

  8. "Student Worker - I&TS"

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    Former Employee - Student PC Technician in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Student PC Technician in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    PLU I&TS has pretty good wages for part time student workers. They also have a good support network so you're never too lost on what to do.

    School always came first, so when I needed to take a shift off to study or make up homework that was always possible.

    Cons

    At that position it's expected to work a decent amount of hours which can be taxing with school.


  9. "Research Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Lutheran University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, supportive staff, felt like I could achieve success

    Cons

    I was asked to still preform my job during spring finals week, after my position technically ended. I know this is against university policy and I politely refused my supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    I wish their was a measure to anonymously point out these instances so supervisors could receive a warning.


  10. "Great Community"

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    Current Employee - Advising, Admission, & Student Support Coordinator in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Advising, Admission, & Student Support Coordinator in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tight-knit community
    Progressive values
    Mission-driven, especially for social justice
    Student-centered goals drive decision-making, not politics (for the most part)

    Cons

    Salaries leave something to be desired
    Some employees spread too thin, as there is more work than staff to complete it

    Advice to Management

    Doing great, but has a lot of work to do to improve financial outlook of the university


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