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Updated May 30, 2017
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  1. "customer service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lusby, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lusby, MD

    I have been working at Trinity Washington University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    community based, lots of different skills

    Cons

    none to give at this university


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Run!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trinity Washington University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great students. Giving them the opportunity to pursue a higher education and change their lives is very rewarding. Paid time off was good as well.

    Cons

    Extreme turnover. I've seen Deans and Registrar's fired on the spot for disagreeing with the President. It's a heavily micromanaged environment by the President. You will find very few people who last beyond a year or two. Before taking a job here, mention the name to other colleagues in the field of higher education and they will tell you to run. It's a well known secret to stay away from this place.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for President McGuire to go and bring someone else in to lead the school, retain employees, and make it a great place to work. There are hundreds of staff who have been in and out of that place who truly loved the students but couldn't handle the micromanagement and abuse.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Employee turnover hurting institution"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Important mission in DC and everyone who works there is a true believer in the social justice mission of serving low income students. Students are there to change lives and that was pretty great to be part of. Colleagues are smart and decent human beings. It's a pretty campus with charming old buildings. Salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    There is an open secret that almost all staff are unhappy there. Worked too hard, without a real voice or opportunity to exercise their capacities. Turnover is routine in almost all offices and that makes the job even harder as people scrambled to figure out how to do the missing person's work. Another issue is lack of autonomy-- I'm pretty sure that no office has a budget and countless, even minor decisions, need to go to the very top. That creates a situation where some people burn out and squelch creativity and initiative. They just do what they can to keep up and find a new job. The institution doesn't seem interested in getting to the bottom of it. When people leave, they are persona non grata.

    Advice to Management

    Do an analysis about employee retention problem, with help of an outside consultant and some protection from retaliation. People are the most important resources you have and the college can't afford constant loss and replacement.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Resident Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The location and the students.

    Cons

    This was by far the worst work experience I have ever had. The administration does not care about the students or staff. There is an undertone of distrust. Please stay away from this University.


  5. "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Trinity Washington University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, clients, working conditions

    Cons

    Compensation is low for all part-time work


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Will do and say anything to get you in the door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middle River, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middle River, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Trinity Washington University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great students
    - Great deal for staff at Dining Hall

    Cons

    - High turnover
    - Unresolved issues in certain departments
    - Overworked
    - Monthly pay for all Exempt staff


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Trinity: Doing more harm than good."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Overwhelmingly the students are the best part of Trinity even though a great number of them are underprepared. The parking is free. Its is located in a pretty good part of DC; it doesn't feel much like the city, at all. The salaries for mid-level employees are comparable to others in the region and benefits are good.

    Cons

    They claim to have a mission of social justice but its really one of social control. The president is overly involved in the day-to-day operations. She sits in her office day in and day out micromanaging faculty and staff when she should be out raising money. The school is dilapidated, paint chipping, rodent infested--even the students sometimes go without heat & hot water for weeks at a time in the dorms. The Provost is woefully inept and as a result, the place is running on bubble gum and paperclips. And worst of all, she take shortcuts with students. Too many students graduate unprepared and without completing their course requirements.

    Advice to Management

    The president should be given credit for saving the institution, but she has overstayed her welcome. The Board should remove the president and they should hire a qualified provost.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Trinity Washington University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Students are inspiring, and most colleagues are congenial. Salary is fair, with good benefits.

    Cons

    There is an air of distrust and over-supervision of workers. Workers feel that they cannot be trusted to do the work they were entrusted to do. Frequently, well-qualified people are treated as if they cannot do a job that they have done for years in previous environments.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you hire to know how to do their own work.


  9. "Adjunct"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Friendly staff, inquisitive students, helpful administrators.

    Cons

    Adjunct contracts are provided one semester at a time.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not what is presented"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trinity Washington University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to take on new responsibility.
    Overly qualified employees
    Location in the city
    There are limited positives to this environment

    Cons

    Salary
    Unclear directives
    Unreasonable goals from management
    Overly qualified employees
    No personal development
    No plan to keep staff
    Not focused on the goal of educating young people

    Advice to Management

    Invest in resources before investing in people... Even the best people need resources to get the job done.


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