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Pepperdine University Reviews

Updated June 15, 2017
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  • The pay is not equal to cost of living, but they say the amount they pay in benefits offsets it (in 6 reviews)

  • Generally, they don't pay that well and there is not a lot of room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Malibu, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Staff, flexible hours, good connections

    Cons

    No cons for this job.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malibu, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pepperdine University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are amazing at Pepperdine

    Cons

    The pay is lower than it could have been.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate School of Education and Psychology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pepperdine University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No worries about parking. 405 is practically next door. Fantastic benefits.

    Cons

    Changes are made without consulting professors, even when the changes directly impact them. Problems are rarely resolved and folks are left to just live with them or ignore them. Lack of communication. Ineffective at maintaining or following deadlines. Bullying.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication before decisions are made. More events and opportunities for staff to bond and get to know each other. A more open-door policy among those in leadership positions would mean people don't feel isolated and expected to deal with problems on their own.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Graziadio School"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pepperdine University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many of the people that work within the business school are delightful and driven by passion and ethics. I've met some wonderful people there that were my colleagues, employees and more.

    Cons

    If you're thinking of working within the business school... RUN. The school has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the past 5 years and is worse than ever as far as turnover (both voluntary and involuntary), lack of opportunities, poor senior management and low morale. Unfortunately, it seems the "good people" were always the target of so many misguided and failed attempts to try to cut costs or fuel the ego of a senior executive.

    Since the jobs are not well-paid, the school used to emphasize the benefits of work-life balance as a selling point. However, the majority of people I know there have less work-life balance than other industries that pay 2x as much. Most people find themselves working 10+ hour days and on weekends for jobs that are largely 40-80k max without any type of bonuses or ways to make extra income based on success and efforts. You're lucky if you get a pat on the back.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to restructure your restructure. Get your head out of the sand and pay attention to the enormously high and consistent turnover rates and feedback that people give on the climate survey. And, give good people in the organization the opportunities to grow within the company. It should be a company policy (like many other similar organizations) that if an internal candidate applies for a role they should get the opportunity to interview.

    The business of business education at Pepperdine does not match what they are selling. Be careful.


  5. "Resident Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paron, AR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paron, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pepperdine University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pepperdine is a tight-knit community where each individual is treated as a human being. Very positive working environment.

    Cons

    There is significant lack of organization, at least in the Housing and Residence Life department. The administration doesn't always communicate effectively either.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees' input.


  6. "Great people, enjoy the day to day challenges"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Director in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Director in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment for the most part. Supporting students has its rewards, and makes day to day interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Recent layoffs and budget cuts has created a fearful work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your staff as if they were your most valuable commodity. Because they are.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Student Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Malibu, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Malibu, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good People, small environment and close relationships can be formed with staff, faculty and students

    Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Poor pay (even with graduate degree and experience) No real structure around employee development. No real HR structure around internal movement within the organization. Poor collaborative efforts. Lack data driven work force strategies

    Advice to Management

    Create data driven structures and processes and pay your talented staff what they are worth to avoid high turn over.

  8. "Friendly, professional and respectful work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Malibu, CA
    Current Employee - Career Counselor in Malibu, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pepperdine University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Of all the places I've worked, the group I work with at this campus feels the most like a 'team.' Great views, respectful co-workers and a collaborative environment. I feel like my experience is valued, regardless of my age- and that I am able to make significant contributions in my group - which is important for me. The manager of my department is excellent, and encourages new ideas/ asking questions!

    Cons

    If you live in/near central LA, it's a really serious commute, especially on the way home. It's not unusual for it to take 1.5-2 hours for me to get home at night

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! And keep exploring ways for faculty, staff and consultants to be more relevant to the surrounding communities, in terms of fostering relationships for employment opportunities, and thinking outside the box (as far as training and partnerships!).


  9. "Laid back and enjoyable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communication Division Receptionist in Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Communication Division Receptionist in Malibu, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good managers, laid back atmosphere (business casual), decent compensation, they treat students and alumni well, fun staff

    Cons

    Not many cons. I was a student employee so I don't have a lot to say for those of you who are applying for full time positions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up :)


  10. "Like working for your family"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President of Administration for Student Affairs in Malibu, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Administration for Student Affairs in Malibu, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people, good pay, environment that fosters personal growth. One of my favorite parts of this University is its ability to bring out the best in people

    Cons

    Issues with the ability to climb the corporate ladder within the University. Once you choose a department, expect to be stuck working there for a long time before you are able to move up


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