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Seattle Pacific University Reviews

Updated Oct 23, 2019

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4.1
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Seattle Pacific University CEO Daniel J. Martin
Daniel J. Martin
47 Ratings
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  • "SPU is a racist, homophobic, sexist, hypocritical institution that values the appearance of Christian values over actually living out(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good student job"

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    Computer Science Lab Assistant 

    I worked at Seattle Pacific University

    Pros

    Good hours, flexible schedule, not too hard

    Cons

    There aren't really any for this job

    Seattle Pacific University2019-02-02
  2. "Time Well Spent"

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    Former Employee - Retail Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Pacific University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Understanding staff, flexible hours and students were a pleasure to work for

    Cons

    Hours based on strict university hours

    Advice to Management

    Provide retail and dining experiences that are more available to students

    Seattle Pacific University2019-10-23
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Christian organization with low pay but some benefit perks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Pacific University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Full-time employees receive a free bus pass, automatic 9% retirement contribution, and tuition discount that increases according to years of service.

    Cons

    The pay for staff members is not livable by Seattle standards, and there is little room for growth. The university has a long way to go in terms of equity and inclusion, and does not hire LGBTQ employees. Applicants are required to sign a human sexuality statement (dated as last revised in 2004) and a code of conduct before hire. The code of conduct states that SPU staff cannot have sex outside of marriage, and... human sexuality statement says the church views marriage as between a man and woman only. Taken together, this means an LGBTQ individual--even if they were married to an individual of the same sex--could not be hired unless they were celibate. However, because hiring teams cannot ask questions about sexual activity, any candidate who reveals that they are LGBT will be dismissed out of the gate.

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    Advice to Management

    Change your LGTBQ hiring policies and update your nearly-twenty-year-old human sexuality statement. Or at least share these policies with candidates at the beginning of the hiring process so they can decide whether or not to proceed with the application instead of at the very end. Also, implement an automatic update of each staff member's goal salary annually instead of waiting for a request. Set goals to increase... staff salary each year, including a cost of living increase.

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    Seattle Pacific University2019-08-06
  4. "Overall, nice environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Seattle Pacific University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pretty good working environment, and my boss in particular was awesome.

    Cons

    Money can be tight, like most universities right now.

    Seattle Pacific University2019-06-21
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall fine, low pay and rigid administration"

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    Current Employee - Certification Specialist 

    I have been working at Seattle Pacific University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic people work in staff positions, students are great, location is awesome

    Cons

    Not LGBTQ+ friendly, rigid structure, difficult administration

    Seattle Pacific University2019-06-17
  6. Helpful (2)

    "QTPOC Need Not Apply"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Seattle Pacific University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Making a positive impact on students Staff Relationships Health Plan

    Cons

    SPU is a racist, homophobic, sexist, hypocritical institution that values the appearance of Christian values over actually living out Christian values

    Seattle Pacific University2019-03-03
  7. "Good work life balance, but lower pay"

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    Current Employee - Finance Office in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Pacific University full-time

    Pros

    The staff and management are very supportive, and truly value people.

    Cons

    It is a private university so pay can be a bit low. Also little room for advancement as a staff member.

    Seattle Pacific University2019-02-27
  8. "Overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Pacific University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great retirement plan match; solid benefits, particularly the HSA

    Cons

    Pay - it's a university, so income is dependent upon enrollment. For this reason, they can't/don't increase much year-over-year.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and forthright in discussions about pay

    Seattle Pacific University2019-01-29
  9. "Ample opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Student Employee 

    I worked at Seattle Pacific University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and plenty of opportunities for part time employment

    Cons

    Upward mobility is limited

    Seattle Pacific University2018-12-22
  10. "assistant professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Seattle Pacific University full-time

    Pros

    Great experience to work here

    Cons

    very friendly people to work with

    Seattle Pacific University2018-10-16
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