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Walden University Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits including an occasional work from home day (in 13 reviews)

  • Core values of positive social change, individual rights (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Evaluations are based on opinion of your manager if you are a "team contributor" or other vague assessments (in 2 reviews)

  • Zero academic freedom - all courses developed centrally, instructors have no flexibility to modify content, rarely hired to develop the courses; (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Tough to stay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great people there.

    Cons

    It's hard to see how people stay. If they aren't laid off, the culture really takes a toll. Awful morale.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Adjunct"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walden University part-time

    Pros

    Great support
    Fair pay
    Motivated students
    Lots of grading resources

    Cons

    As an adjunct, most courses go to "core" faculty, which can make for some lean paychecks.


  3. "Great Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contributing Faculty in Minn City, MN
    Current Employee - Contributing Faculty in Minn City, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walden University part-time

    Pros

    Very flexible, great training, focused on social change and provides numerous opportunities for faculty.

    Cons

    the pay is not commensurate with the work

    Advice to Management

    Increase the pay


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  5. "Great Coworkers, Great Benefits, Decent Salary, Slow to Change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Warm collegial environment, good benefits, good location, high-quality degree programs, could education assistance program for employees, wellness and community-building programming

    Cons

    Advisors are chained to their desks to answer incoming phone calls. Company doesn't feel nimble; very difficult for employees to affect change.

    Advice to Management

    Managers often feel like a dead end for ideas Advisors have great insight for improving student outcomes and experiences, but not taken seriously by the business side of the house.


  6. "Enrollment Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Laurel, MD
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Laurel, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walden University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Experience,pay and benefit of cotinuing or furthering your education.

    Cons

    None atall and stability. Thats all.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Contributing Faculty in DBA program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Walden University (More than a year)

    Pros

    DBA program manager is accessible and responsive. I work as many hours as I like, and I can teach courses as well as mentor students working on research studies. Other instructors I have met are qualified and supportive.

    Cons

    Doctoral study requirements are too prescriptive, and the MyDr process is onerous. Committee chairs are required to spend too much time managing the process and editing students' work. When I consider all the time required mentoring students and teaching courses, I make less than minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Allow some flexibility in organization and content of dissertations. Doctoral study classes should be less structured; the purpose of the class should be for students to receive feedback from chairs on their proposals and final studies, not to respond to discussion questions.


  8. Helpful (15)

    "Contributing Faculty"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Walden University part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are none....it is a toxic culture that cookie cutters everything and micro manages in an incompetent and hostile manner

    Cons

    Just about everything. Faculty have no academic freedom and the requirements are insipid
    and geared for mass production of low level academic students. Student can have outside agencies write their dissertations for them under the guise of polishing the dissertation.

    Advice to Management

    Learn about academic freedom and don't expect faculty to teach APA formatting when their role is really content and research oriented.


  9. "Excellent Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - California in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - California in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Walden University full-time

    Pros

    Walden University is a great place is worked. The staff was amazing.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons

    Advice to Management

    The management team(s) are doing a amazing job.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Enrollment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Walden University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A very good school- as far as the industry goes... I never felt that prospective students were cheated by a non-marketable degree. Solid benefits.

    Cons

    Expectations exceeded reality. Micro-managed to the point of being intolerable. I lost all faith in the ability of management to see the ramifications of their actions.


  11. "Engagement Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Engagement Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Walden University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great company to work for. Always on the edge of innovation. A fast paced, and well maintained work environment .

    Cons

    At times, it was difficult to move to other roles in the company. I tried on several different occasions to coordinate my migration to a different department to assist, and the scheduling conflicts outweighed the projects that I was working on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


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