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Saint Louis University Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Saint Louis University President Rev Lawrence H. Biondi
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  • Low pay, Hours are not always given (in 14 reviews)

  • Lots of administrative red tape (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Research Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice city, nice building, and affordable environment in Saint Louis. It's a great place to start getting experience

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel stuck, salary not high, low benefits, complicated to balance work/life, basic science is not in its best moment at SLU


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Saint Louis University full-time

    Pros

    work life balance is great! Great benefits and 403b match!

    Cons

    Bad overall area as far as crime goes.

  3. "good experience with life and work balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Saint Louis University full-time

    Pros

    work and life balance and good health care insurance

    Cons

    salary is low need increase


  4. "Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good place to practice science

    Cons

    need more resources such as new equipment and invite more senior scientist to give seminars


  5. Helpful (2)

    "IT Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    For SLU employee's there is a lot of vacation time. It used to be a great place to work but unfortunately the IT department has changed quite a bit and not for the better.

    Cons

    There is no loyalty to the Saint Louis University IT employee. Most positions are contracted out which is fine if your a contractor. It's a job with no perks.


  6. "Student Intern"

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

    Pros

    Very nice people, lots of resources on campus, good location.

    Cons

    No free parking, no employee-only dining options

    Advice to Management

    Parking needs


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good University, great mission, some bad departments"

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

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

    Pros

    •Beautiful campus, great location, generally good people within the University.
    •Good benefits (medical, Tuition Remission, 401K matching, etc)
    •Excellent place to be an IT contractor - you can easily score huge contracts for huge sums of cash without actually delivering many end results!
    •Under the table "favors" for some IT leaders can get you promoted or at least let you keep your job within IT while skilled and experienced labor is outsourced at 3x the cost for 1/3 of the skill.
    •You can get a job here in IT without being good in IT... you just need to tell the CIO what he wants to hear instead of the truth. You must support the fantasy land and if you do - you can be rewarded!
    •You can become a 6 figure executive that functions as secretary within IT... with no previous IT experience.
    •If you are in IT, you can lose weight by puking in the bathroom from the stress of being screamed at by inept IT leaders. This is not an exaggeration, a few people have been found by coincidence vomiting from stress in the IT group.

    Cons

    •The IT department. The University relies upon IT heavily, but they are equipped with an extremely inexperienced and generally incompetent CIO named David Hakanson.
    •IT environment rewards bad behavior. University IT leaders distrust those trying to pursue the Jesuit mission or what is best for the University by favoring their own personal goals over the University's goals.
    •IT leaders will do everything possible to circumvent the law and HR regulations. NEVER bring up concerns, NEVER answer questions if HR asks, and NEVER believe anything is confidential or anonymous. Employee's anonymous input is shared among select IT leaders whom will then target employees at will. Things have gotten so bad that some HR staff had to leave to avoid being wrapped up in monumental legal risks as "HR can only recommend that University leaders follow the guidelines set forth to comply with University regulations along with state and federal employment law. HR can not actually enforce any specific practices within individual units of the University."

    Advice to Management

    While it is easy to overlook IT operations in a University currently going through a huge administrative transition and downsizing across the board, the persisting blunders and coverups at the CIO level within IT have long been out of hand. Those laid off in the first round of IT cuts were lucky - as now CIO David Hakanson is trying to get employees cut in additional rounds of layoffs to report back to SLU when they have found new employment in order to terminate and/or otherwise stop severance benefits that should rightfully belong to laid off employees.

    SLU - wake up and smell the coffee, your CIO has laid off the bulk of everyone that actually DID something to make the University operate with NO FUNCTIONAL PLAN IN PLACE to continue operations let alone see projects to the end... while at the same time conveniently padding the IT executive suites. CIO has setup several scapegoats to cover up his ineptitude - how many do there have to be until things become obvious? The CIO can't even bear to sit in the same building as his team or use the same bathroom as everyone else!

  8. "Look Elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saint Louis University full-time

    Pros

    -Great students.
    -Nice campus.
    -Dedicated staff.
    -Wonderful university mission.

    Cons

    -Very toxic work environment.
    -Faculty behavior is completely inconsistent with the values of a faith-based institution.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a backbone and stop allowing people to manipulate you in pursue of their own petty agendas. Live up to your institution's values by first cleaning up the behavior within your own organization.


  9. "Do not go there"

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    Former Employee - Biochemist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Biochemist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    I could not remember any positive feedback

    Cons

    low pay, long hours. No career opportunity


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Assistant"

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

    I worked at Saint Louis University part-time

    Pros

    The student health insurance is absolutely top notch. Otherwise, none, if you're in the humanities or arts. Medicine, business, or STEM fields, have at it. You'll get way more funding and respect. And you get nicer, modern facilities.

    Cons

    Too numerous to mention.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hemorrhaging money for administrators who do virtually nothing and instead try pouring it into your academic departments. Don't frivolously build fancy dorms with amphitheaters and suites and other nonsense while enrollments are down and there's a virtual hiring freeze hamstring many departments.


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