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  1. "Great green campus, awesome students, plenty of free time."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Catholic University of Daegu full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    generous vacation time for faculty, almost 5 months per year. Very respectful students. Green beautiful campus. Light workload, nearly full autonomy and little bureaucracy in day to day teaching. Nearly free and rather nice accommodations.

    Cons

    Pay is low. It is a temporary job, most foreign faculty are cut after a couple of years. Air quality in S Korea is rather bad, everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Take an advantage of the PhD surplus in Europe & USA and assemble an excellent international faculty team on cheap.


  2. "Catholic University"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Hayang (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Hayang (South Korea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Catholic University of Daegu (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Nice campus
    2. Great students
    3. Lots of vacation time
    4. No meetings required
    5. No professional development required

    Cons

    1. Only 12 hours per week of work offered
    2. Can't get/Not allowed a 2nd job to top-up salary
    3. Accommodation too small even to add a couch
    4. No end of year bonus
    5. No 13th month payment
    6. Yearly salary increase very low
    7. They don't pay for flights
    8. Hayang, the location of the campus, is 28km from Daegu (too boring after class, especially when can only work 12 hours per week!)
    9. No women in Hayang above 21+. It is basically a 100% student district with 4 Universities in the locality.
    10. No career path, once a teacher, always a teacher.
    11. Attracts/recruits some weird/odd foreign teaching staff i.e. one was let go for telling students UFOs were following him, another for "Devil worshipping" in his room (when I worked there)????
    12. No social contact with Korean staff in department, social contact with students strictly forbidden.
    13. I heard medical insurance was not worth the paper it was written on, and was the bare minimum to satisfy legal requirements.

    Advice to Management

    1. Pay for flights at least once per year
    2. Stop hiring more teachers to work 12 hours, when existing teachers would happily work more hours given the opportunity, and especially when they cannot top-up their salary with a second job
    3. Why are teachers living in the same quality of accommodation as students? A one room apartment is an insult for a teacher with 10 years experience in 4 countries, and holds a BSc(Hons), MA, MSc, and PgDip.
    4. Why no 13th month / end of year bonus / severance pay?


  3. "Good Position. Some room for improvement"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Hayang (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Hayang (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Catholic University of Daegu full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed lifestyle. Limited stress
    Low workload and no bureaucracy
    Job very rewarding and interesting
    Great students
    Excellent Holidays, nearly five months a year
    Picturesque campus
    Loads of free time
    Able to save a bit of momey

    Cons

    Accommodation is terrible
    Pay in Korea has been static for 6 years, yet cost of living has risen as has everything else
    Day to day life can feel a little bit pointless and monotonous at times
    Very transient and not a massive expat community
    Temporary Job. Most foreign staff are culled/have their timetables reduced after 2 years
    A slight lack of transparency from senior manage to about the terms of the job

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer about the terms and conditions of employment
    Provide decent accommodation
    Allow salary to match rising cost of living


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  5. "Pretty good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Daegu (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Daegu (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Catholic University of Daegu full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty supportive of foriegn faculty
    Doesn't micro manage for the most part
    Great interaction with students
    Lots of free time and vacation

    Cons

    Small town that is pretty far from the city
    The management sometimes treats foriegn faculty as second-class employees which can be frustrating and decrease your satisfaction with the university

    Advice to Management

    Please try to make sure that foreign faculty are also included in all university wide events and do not just pick and choose a few events every year to invite us to.


  6. "Picturesque spacious campus"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Hayang (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Hayang (South Korea)
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Catholic University of Daegu full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    short walking distance to work, green, clean, large offices, plenty of Korean restaurants nearby, long vacations

    Cons

    poor climate control in buildings, incomplete information is given, very little translated into English, low pay

    Advice to Management

    make more information available in English


  7. "Great students, horrible management"

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    Current Employee - Visiting Professor in Daegu (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Visiting Professor in Daegu (South Korea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Catholic University of Daegu full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The students are usually great, and the job itself is very rewarding. The pay and benefits aren't bad, either.

    Cons

    Management. It may not be like this in every department, but in my department middle and upper management didn't want to do any work at all. Not even recruiting for students. Honestly, it didn't seem like they really did anything at all.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. You have some great programs and have had some great employees, but everything will be gone if you don't open your eyes very soon.