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Saint Francis University Reviews

Updated June 30, 2017
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  1. "Student Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loretto, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loretto, PA

    I worked at Saint Francis University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Always able to adjust hours / working days. All of the SI employees were very nice!

    Cons

    The cold weather at times!


  2. "You can do better"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Loretto, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Loretto, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a handful of strong departments and competent administrators. They have made some investments in sorely needed new buildings and in renovating old buildings. If the right people like you then you're golden.

    Cons

    Student evaluations of faculty are taken as gospel and you will either make them happy or you will not last long, no matter how well you are actually teaching. The administration cares first and foremost about student retention. Grade inflation is a problem everywhere, but it is a tremendous issue at SFU that no one wants to discuss. Faculty are expected to teach 12 hours per semester, with as many as 4 preps, and are still expected to do original research in their field, mentor students, be available outside of office hours any time a student desires, do tons of committee work, and do community service as well. The faculty senate is completely powerless to direct the path of the university.

  3. "No chance for professional growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loretto, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loretto, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love my coworkers. Good work/family life balance. Great educational benefits but don't expect them to be looked at positively by the university. The degree can help you advance to other jobs externally though.

    Cons

    For an institution that's sells education, they don't value it when it comes to employees. Zero professional growth programs or opportunities. Unbalanced compensation. HR dept doesn't help strategically due to being understaffed and inexperienced.

    Advice to Management

    Identify high achieving employees and develop a way for them to grow professionally within the university. Cuts the costs of turnover and increases employee satisfaction.


  4. "Mission-driven; Promotes innovation"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Athletics in Loretto, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Athletics in Loretto, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Given the autonomy and latitude required to accomplish goals in a creative environment.

    Cons

    Segments of the institution tend to operate as though they exist in a vacuum. Traditionally, little cohesion between academics and athletics.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working to get the right people's the bus.'


  5. "job"

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    Current Employee - Phone Program in Loretto, PA
    Current Employee - Phone Program in Loretto, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Saint Francis University is small community where employers are very patient and attentive to employees/students employees

    Cons

    not much opportunity to have a job because it is a small campus/area, but the cafeteria is always looking for students to work


  6. "Assistant Athletic Trainer"

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    Current Employee - Athletic Trainer, Assistant in Loretto, PA
    Current Employee - Athletic Trainer, Assistant in Loretto, PA

    I have been working at Saint Francis University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Chance to get your door in to Division 1 Athletics

    Cons

    Low Salary and no room for growth.


  7. "Great environment, just doesn't pay well"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Volleyball Coach in Ebensburg, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Volleyball Coach in Ebensburg, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saint Francis University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Low cost of living in the area. Work environment is pretty laid back, co workers are extremely friendly and care about you as a person.

    Cons

    There isn't much to do in the area. You will have to travel a little ways for any major type of shopping. If you are single and looking to find someone, this is not the place to come.

  8. "A few comments"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loretto, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loretto, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great looking campus, promotes a great work environment, fellow employees are very friendly.

    Cons

    Lines of communication can become blurry at times.


  9. "I was brought in as an instructor in training. The supervisor had unreasonable expectations,"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Loretto, PA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Loretto, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The town is quite beautiful, My neighbors and people who lived in the town were friendly.

    Cons

    The salary is low, For an office, they cram you into a small 7x6 foot room with another instructor. Low pay high hours.

    Advice to Management

    Perform assessments on department supervisors in order to make sure that they not only have knowledge in their field of study but also supervision and management abilities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "experience met expectations, which were not high"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loretto, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loretto, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Typically low standards of performance so little pressure
    Support in Catholicism

    Cons

    If you aren't Catholic, you do not fit in
    Typically low standards of performance, so you you prefer excellence, you will not fit in
    Does not value employees. Deliberately and knowingly pays below median. All employees who are not professors are expected to be at work, on time, even if highways are closed due to blizzards and even if their job doesn't involve the feeding or care of students.
    Hypocritical in terms of valuing people and valuing the environment


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