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Updated April 19, 2017
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  • Not much room for growth, need to (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay, No parking, No benefits (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Community Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of San Francisco part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    San Francisco minimum wage +, flexible hours, I had an amazing team/supervisors, pretty chill

    Cons

    Freshmen residents, resident's parents, ITs who still forget their IDs

    Advice to Management

    Let desks run the way that works best for them, not always under policy


  2. "Great for student workers"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of San Francisco part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was great as a student to be able to work hands-on. As my first admin position, it gave me a great set of transferable skills and great flexibility as a student. Some of the staff are genuinely very nice and want to see you succeed.

    Cons

    There were a lot of moments where at least in my office, I felt undervalued.


  3. "Academic administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    USF is a fantastic place to work! It's a small, private, liberal arts university in the heart of San Francisco that's dedicated to social justice. When you work here, everyone knows you because the number of staff people is relatively small. You really have a chance to make an impact.

    Cons

    The usual university politics still exist..faculty vs staff challenges, etc. The biggest issue is we are not a household name. We are always working hard to get students to come here because everyone confuses us with UCSF or San Francisco State.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money on marketing the university in the Bay Area! It can't be just a one-off thing.


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  5. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Student in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of San Francisco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    USF is a great school, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience and education received here.

    Cons

    I have no cons for the school. I understand that the tuition is maybe outside of some peoples fiscal means, but there are several opportunity for scholarships and assistance. This shouldn't deter future students from applying.


  6. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Gym Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Gym Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of San Francisco part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good bosses, ethical, community driven and I think that they really try to consider their student staff which is nice. They help condition us professionally but still understand that school can be conflicting so they make it easy to get shifts covered if you have exams or get sick

    Cons

    Sometimes people come in from the community who are not students or staff and are very nice and other times they come in and are totally rude and ignorant or entitled.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great


  7. "Excellent culture, but could stand an injection of "corporatism""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of San Francisco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If work/ life balance is a key concern for you, this is the best place to work, hands-down.
    The benefits, vaca, sick time, severance... everything is great.
    The company truly believes in the values it espouses.

    Cons

    Usual higher-ed issues:
    1) faculty have too much control over things which don't concern or affect them
    2) not at all 'corporate' (e.g. don't expect "industry best practice" to beat out "my way of doing things" in how something operates)
    3) incredibly resistant to change (expect to be about 5-10 years behind the industry trends)
    4) Salary is *way* below standard for the same work elsewhere in SF, in any position

    Advice to Management

    Students are not our "product"; they are our "customers", and need to be treated as such. Education is our "product", and that education only has value relative to the educations offered elsewhere; faculty holdouts for any practice which causes the curriculum to fall behind the current industry standards decreases the value of the education we offer, and hurts our students' prospects in the job market after graduation.


  8. "There are better options for work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This University seeks to tie the courses and degrees to the social justice mission. The campus is located centrally in SF and is well maintained.

    Cons

    The senior administration is shady and self-serving. Often decisions made from the top-down do not reflect the best interests of the programs or students. The systems they use are archaic and extremely slow to change - I can't even imagine they would catch up. Career advancement opportunities are not clear and seems to be backdoor deals.


  9. "Very professional and kind supervisors and working environment"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of San Francisco (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible time arrangement
    nice colleagues
    respectful

    Cons

    did not have enough learning opportunity from supervisor


  10. "Learning experience at EDTL"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of San Francisco part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work ethic, great people, new interesting projects. I got the opportunity to learn a lot of new things about work in the US. It was my first desk job in the US.

    Cons

    Because it was a student assistant position, the pay was less than $20/hr and I'm not a fan of hour-based work. I prefer project-focused work. Some rules and regulations were not the best for me


  11. "Lifeguard"

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    Current Employee - Lifeguard in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of San Francisco part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    very easy to get shifts covered, summers are optional, easy to pick up shifts

    Cons

    a bit disorganized and bad communication



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