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  1. "Over promises"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ross University full-time

    Pros

    Peers are friendly and mostly welcoming.

    Cons

    Leadership over promises and under delivers.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through


  2. "A good starting place to get work experience."

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    Current Employee - Student Service Specialist in Davie, FL
    Current Employee - Student Service Specialist in Davie, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture and ideas are wonderful, the belief that students come first has always been the main focus

    Cons

    there are a lot of promises that aren't fulfilled. Sometimes they are more worried about pleasing people more than helping people on a more professional level

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the colleagues, be the advocate for your employees.

  3. "Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits
    Excellent experience working with students and other departments
    HR is super responsive and they care about their employees

    Cons

    A lot of turn over created chaos in terms of filling positions. At times they would.hire people just to get the job filled even if they weren't the best candidate for the job.
    Getting island crazy is a real thing

    Advice to Management

    Advicate for more direct flights on/off the island
    Bring back free transport to the airport
    Have more selective hiring practices rather than anxiously filling positions with less than ideal candidates


  4. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Senior ADA
    Former Employee - Senior ADA

    I worked at Ross University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible, good place to work

    Cons

    Lack of communication from executives

    Advice to Management

    Share more information


  5. "Vet School review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basseterre (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basseterre (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ross University full-time

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities for those capable of and willing to put the work in.

    Cons

    Lots of folks are lazy, perpetual complainers who care more about insignificant things than working hard to advance their careers. There's a culture of gossip among the staff that is quite unfortunate. If you're new, be ready to hear all sorts of shocking things about yourself.

    Advice to Management

    HR's effectiveness leaves a lot to be desired.


  6. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ross University full-time

    Pros

    Great weather, good pay, tax free

    Cons

    growing pains, under staffed, emotional

    Advice to Management

    work on improving systems


  7. "Dominica is a great place to live!"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Portsmouth (Dominica)
    Former Employee - Instructor in Portsmouth (Dominica)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits--TONS of paid time off, decent medical/dental/vision, progressively increasing yearly bonuses, academic travel and book allowances (book allowance can be used for technology, as well), personal travel allowance (in recognition of the fact that Dominica is pretty far from the home countries of most faculty). The location (Dominica) is breathtaking, the culture and land are wonderful. I have recommended Ross to friends, but with huge caveats.

    Cons

    The DeVry Medical overlords, et al. tend to create nightmare-level bureaucratic inefficiency. Faculty seem to often (not always, but mostly) get promotions based on their ability to grease wheels at upper levels; far far too many faculty are given directorships that come with huge bonuses but add nothing to the school or to the students' experience. It's SO bloated at the top. The most disappointing aspect of working there was the overall feeling that the students themselves were "customers," but not in any kind of positive way--more like the kinds of "customers" that show up at timeshare info sessions. The school publishes USMLE pass-rate statistics that are based on data so cherry-picked that one could fairly accuse Ross of outright lying. The students were forced to use products owned by The Corporation, regardless of the actual, you know, ability of those products to increase student success in medical school and at the Step exams. The faculty, as well, are chained to DeVry--there's no Blackboard, for example (not that Blackboard is awesome, but it's the best available), but instead bloated, expensive, inefficient software with a ridiculous UI...most students and faculty shared learning materials through MediaFire.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline upper-level positions. Stop shoving parent-corp products down the throats of your employees and students, and instead act like you care about more than reporting to your shareholders that X number of users are enrolled in Software Y. Publish accurate data regarding student success rates, at all levels--leaving med school at the end of two failed semesters leaves a student $60k in debt with nothing to show for it.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience, but the administration lacking vision."

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    Former Employee - Safety Professional in Sadlers (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
    Former Employee - Safety Professional in Sadlers (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great country to work in, laid back life style and no traffic.

    Cons

    The administration showing the good will, but lacks the vision for the future in my field due to what I call selective ignorance.

    Advice to Management

    Open up your mind to different options and help the departments to achieve the goals.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pleasant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends

    I worked at Ross University as a contractor

    Pros

    When I was there, Ross U was wealthy enough to hire an army of temps and contractors, as well as supply water coolers, a Keurig brewer, and the occasional catered lunch. Even if you're only a temp, Ross will treat you as well as their regular employees and help you blend in. Many of the temps or contractors are eventually offered full-time positions if they stay long enough. The culture is very laid-back.

    Cons

    With all the growth and increased staffing, the office felt crowded at times. The cubicles and conference rooms always felt a bit cramped to me. The temps and contractors are there because the regular staff is often overworked. Expect to deal with some screeching hens and the smell of everyone's lunches around noon. The location is also a bit inconvenient: arriving and leaving via entrance/exit ramps on Rt 1 is a bit of a hassle, especially during construction or rough weather. Also, since Ross is part of DeVry, expect all the pros and cons that come with being part of a publicly-traded for-profit university.


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