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Emory University Reviews

Updated 13 August 2014
Updated 13 August 2014
256 Reviews

3.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not a cutthroat culture and generally there is a good work/life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • The work environment is quite pleasant (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • There was not enough room for growth within the University and the opportunities that arise go rather quickly (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Won the lottery with Emory

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Emory University Administrative Staff  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Emory University Administrative Staff in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Amazing resources and opportunities to collaborate departmentally. Benefits are amazing and the work is interesting and challenging. The culture on campus is vibrant, young and always great speakers, exhibits . . . to be a part of.

    Cons

    Though the students have amazing IQ's, sometimes I feel they lack EQ - and I wish there was more of a professional development program to help them value the work of Emory's staff. Not a lot of room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make your staff do the same routine yearly "performance reviews". The energy and resources put in to this process is confounding. We'll never get the raise, we'll never get promoted - after a certain number of years, make it every other year?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Assistant Professor

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Encourages creativity, critical thinking, career advancement, small department that is attentive to individual needs. Relatively clear tenure guidelines. Generally a good work/life balance, not as competitive as other R1 institutions, campus is nice but not well laid out.

    Cons

    Little concern for the arts, funding cut for the arts, not clear whether university wants to prioritize research 1 interests over undergraduate teaching - vacillates on this constantly. Campus not well laid out. Parking situation is a disaster here. Not enough good public transportation offered by the university. No good dining options immediately accessible to the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More funding for the arts, and more arts programming at the university.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great, but leaves something to be desired.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A very diverse campus, in all aspects, and also a great environment for intellectual thought and conversation. The work is meaningful and you are surrounded by the beautiful campus grounds that are very well kept.

    Cons

    A little hard to find direction. There are groups of supportive staff members, but it seems that more are focused on their studies and research than their students.

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  5.  

    Telefund Ambassador

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Telefund Caller  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Telefund Caller in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    1) Good training support
    2) Depending on the year the managers can be reasonable people
    3) Decent pay and good for international students (one of the few places we can be employed)

    Cons

    1) Is an extremely dreary, tele-solicitation job
    2) Can go hours without anyone picking up
    3) At least while I was around one couldn't even have a book around you while working

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Unethical University

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrator in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    benefits, connection to smart people

    Cons

    very hierarchical; a fake interest in diversity but no real commitment; supervisor was belittling, dismissive of anyone else's expertise, and consistently failed to communicate vital information to the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training for faculty who manage employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Some good benefits; still a "higher education" work experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Fairly decent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance. The best benefit by far is the retirement - 403(b) with 6% employer contribution after one year, and they will contribute an additional 3% to your 2% contribution.

    Cons

    It's higher education so there are tons of silos. Often there are antiquated processes that never change....paper forms for example or particularly manual processes that could easily be updated with technology to make them easier.

    I am disappointed with the time off - in higher education in another state, because salaries were typically lower than average, they made up for it with extremely generous time off. (Many state universities where I came from averaged 25 days of vacation per year, plus sick time.)

    Emory touts itself for flexible work policies, but I find it's pretty difficult to actually get one of those in place. A lot of my work could be done remotely, but it doesn't seem to be encouraged and you get the impression people think you're not working if you try to take advantage of that.

    No maternity leave whatsoever, which is disappointing in higher education. Other liberal arts institutions frequently offer paid maternity leave (with some restrictions). Here, it's either short term disability or wiping out your paid leave and taking unpaid FMLA time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute paid maternity leave! If you truly are a family friendly employer, you would offer this. Or increase the paid time off employees earn. It's disappointing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was average, not an exceptional place or work culture

    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator

    Pros

    Networking, cafeteria, training, transportation, good employee clinic and health care, educational opportunities, run into celebs like Jimmy Carter, Sanjay Gupta, Salman Rushdie, and the Dalai Lama

    Cons

    Hierarchy, long hiring intervals, expensive parking

  9.  

    Great Experience so far.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow and learn are encouraged. My bosses and management are great and supportive.

    Cons

    I dislike the political aspects of the system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation for lower level employee's.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Experience for Future Sales Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Fundraiser in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    The working atmosphere makes up for the drudgery of cold-calling for hours on end. With a self-motivating personality there is ample opportunity for raises and bonuses.

    Cons

    The opportunities for promotion are very limited. The raise structure is very rigid, with little allotment for subjective review of performance; luck factors into success far too heavily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Filling the seats on the calling floor is important, but many veteran callers are given less opportunities to work because newcomers are taking their spots. Experience is essential for success here so new hires should be added at a slower pace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great research opportunity

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    Access to a lot of data. Supervision by an experienced researcher. Satisfactory pay scale. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    High expectations in terms of deliverables not commensurate with authority or level of preparation. Research supervisor often busy with numerous projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please provide opportunities to greater numbers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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