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Roosevelt University Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • If the institution is in financial trouble (which it is) it is not because the faculty and staff are overpaid or underworked (in 4 reviews)

  • years without a pay raise, not even COLA, and he was the fifth highest paid university president in the country during one of those years (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Student web assistant - The office of web design and development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Web Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible timings.
    Great learning opportunity.
    Perfect place to work for full time students.
    Understanding of the class schedules and exams
    No work pressure.

    Cons

    Limited growth. This will just be a student job.

    Advice to Management

    The on campus job should have more exposure and networking.


  2. "Graduate Assitant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roosevelt University part-time

    Pros

    Excellent mentoring program to learn

    Cons

    Not many growth opportunities


  3. "Could be better, could be worse"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture of the university is very relaxed (similar to most universities). The people that I work with are relatable and generally kind people.

    Cons

    This job was created to help assist the Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices during peak times of registration, payments, and processing paperwork. Unfortunately, the organization between offices is sub-par (to be polite) and there is a revolving door in many top leadership positions.

    Whenever the university has the opportunity to turn things around by hiring a stellar candidate or allowing employees to provide creative solutions, they always seem to find the absolute best way to mess it up and ignore the needs and ideas of employees - in several departments.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees - they are often presenting ideas to make your processes more efficient and effective. Close the revolving door at top leadership positions so that employees aren't apathetic to leadership and so that they can have a sense of direction and purpose.


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  5. "Great Company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant
    Current Employee - Office Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roosevelt University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, environment, location, benefits, staff

    Cons

    turnover, hiring locks, high stress, organization, promotion speed


  6. "This is now a teaching university"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roosevelt University full-time

    Pros

    The people are wonderful! Great colleagues, great students, and a fantastic location in downtown Chicago. The new admin is doing a good job of trying to address concerns listed below, but its an uphill battle given the state of higher education.

    Cons

    The salaries are not competitive, and there are major changes taking place in the University structure. Its recently transition from a teaching/research institute to primarily a teaching institute.


  7. "Wouldn't recommend this place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free tuition, school closes during Christmas holiday.

    Cons

    No raises in 6 years, most areas are overworked and underpaid. Upper Management thinks you should be grateful to have a job!

    Advice to Management

    If there was advice management wouldn't listen anyway so what's the use.


  8. "Therapist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    collaborative team approach in professional environment using variety of therapies

    Cons

    large company that recently expanded


  9. "Roosevelt University GA"

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

    Pros

    good guidance
    good prof
    good environment to work

    Cons

    its just a GA
    work by you self


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Land of Woes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Provost
    Current Employee - Assistant Provost
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roosevelt University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Convenient location; flexible hours in some departments; Dedicated faculty, staff, and students; people who really care about the institution and want to make it better; there is a great deal of collegiality amongst middle level directors across the institution despite the horrendous atmosphere.

    Cons

    No raises in over 7 years, no staff review process at any level which equates to dysfunctional managers and VPs being promoted and moved around the ranks of the institution without any rationale. People are made managers of departments without any training or background in that actual department or in managing employees which leads to further detrimental decisions being made based on the who's in the in-crowd at that moment rather than actual skill. Backroom deals with the upper level of administration happen constantly. Poor decision making by those at the highest level of the institution led us to the current state of affairs, yet there is no accountability and no repercussions for those involved in the ongoing fiasco who still work here.

    Overall morale is extremely low and conspiracy theories abound. Excellent employees who are dedicated to the institution burn out and wind up leaving because of the stress of the politics, lack of support, and increased workloads without additional staff. The front line most important offices for students (admissions/financial aid) have had extreme turnover with about 4 different leaders over the last 4 years.

    And oh yeah, there is a $12 million deficit....

    Advice to Management

    The new president has a humongous task ahead, he should make sure to continue to solicit and incorporate unfiltered information from the faculty and staff on the front lines serving the students.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking Ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very few; I love my students and they appreciate my classes.

    Cons

    Like most institutions of higher ed in the US, RU is top-heavy with redundant -- and highly paid -- administrators (who see themselves as "management"). Trying to impose a business model on a school is bad educational leadership. If the institution is in financial trouble (which it is) it is not because the faculty and staff are overpaid or underworked. Too much poorly planned, unsustainable "expansion" and building under last President; current President (by all accounts a smart and nice guy) may be in over his head.

    Advice to Management

    A third of you should quit. A third should be let go. A third should take drastic pay cuts. Stop listening to Trustees who have MBAs and know nothing about education.



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