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Shenandoah University Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  1. "Great environment with great benefits but VERY LOW PAY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Shenandoah University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and culture: The healthcare and leave provided by the university are both extremely positive.

    Cons

    Pay: Each employee is paid based on a general pay scale and not based on their actual workload or contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Treat each employee based on their actual contribution to the university.


  2. "Faculty are the last priority"

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

    I have been working at Shenandoah University full-time

    Pros

    My colleagues are awesome! The only reason most of us are still here is because you couldn't ask for a better place to live.

    Cons

    The pay is AWFUL. My third year here I had a neighbor who was an assistant manager at a restaurant and was earning the exact same salary but with cheaper health insurance. A current neighbor is a high school teacher and makes more in year seven of his career than I ever will at SU; even when I reach full professor. Raises are 2% at best, yet the administration gets 6-10% yearly raises on top of their six-figure salaries. They are also known to bring in new faculty at salaries higher than current faculty with higher rank. Health insurance premiums for a decent family plan costs $795 a month with a $2,500 max out-of-pocket. They never stop putting up new buildings and they have been spending a million plus a year on improving the landscaping. Career contract is hardly as secure as tenure no matter what they tell you in an interview. I have watched several faculty with career contract lose or almost lose their job for issues that were hardly significant enough to cause a tenured professor to be fired at any other institution. The administration is also currently pursuing a process to review faculty who have their career contract against the wishes of the faculty senate and without asking for their approval.

    Advice to Management

    Improve faculty pay even if it means stalling construction projects. Fix the exorbitant health care cost.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits are great. Growth and pay are lacking"

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    Current Employee - Staff
    Current Employee - Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, thats about it

    Cons

    - Low Pay
    - Long hours
    - Under supported for growth
    - budget..

    Advice to Management

    Staff members are people too and many of us are committed to the University and the students just as much as Faculty. Some of us have just as much or MORE education and experience then your faculty who just go through the motions with the students; drudgingly spouting off out of date knowledge. Open your eyes, stop treating staff as expendable slaves that you can overwork, underpay and underuse as an important resource to the university.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Staff are an asset also"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shenandoah University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits for all, descent pay for staff, but great pay for faculty

    Cons

    All emphasis is on students and faculty. Staff are an afterthought. Departments are treated very differently due to the management of the department. Everyone is not treated equally.


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    "Beware of Layoffs and Stagnant Job Growth and Wages"

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

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

    Pros

    Working for a university is pretty cool. You have access to the library, a gym, a cafeteria, and can get tuition reimbursement for yourself, your spouse, and your children.

    Cons

    Your position may be eliminated (without notice!) due to "departmental reorganization. But if it isn't, you're bound for years of stagnant job growth and minimal opportunities for development.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees about lay offs so they have an opportunity to secure another job before their last day.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Winchester, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mostly great colleagues, laid back atmosphere, freedom to design classes

    Cons

    Very low pay, not enough resources for all students


  7. "Alumni Affairs"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Alumni Relations in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Alumni Relations in Winchester, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I love it here. The atomosphere, the people, the culture its a very wonderful place to work. The benefits are great

    Cons

    I can't live on the salary. I work other jobs to stay afloat.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, they know what they are doing and need to do to make it even better.

  8. "Associate Professor of Education"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Winchester, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Winchester, VA

    I worked at Shenandoah University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative, friendly, rigorous, & academically challenging for students.

    Cons

    none that I can think of


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Careful of what you wish for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winchester, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Shenandoah University full-time

    Pros

    Children get to attend for free.

    Cons

    Directors get away with making promises that they are not going to keep. If you talk to HR about it your fired.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes, turn-over is out of control in some departments, do yourself a favor and try to figure out why!


  10. "Great University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people and place to work.

    Cons

    Not in a major city.


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