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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

    Excellent (1)
    50%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    50%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.67
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
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    0.00

Reviews for Biola University, Inc.

Reviews - What employees say

3.67 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • I would improve the compensation that Biola offers to help recruit and retain top talent. Biola's culture is quite cautious and that often means that change is hard to come by. I would love to see the culture shift to be more comfortable with risk and a willingness to try new things to address systemic issues.

What I like about the company

I have had a great experience working for Biola and have felt thoroughly supported throughout my time there. My supervisor has been very hands off and has empowered me to take real ownership of my work. The team of people that I get to work with are incredible and are passionate about their work. We are tasked with doing challenging and important work and work extremely hard but have fun along the way.

What I dislike about the company

The hardest thing about working at Biola is that the compensation is not comparable with similar positions in other fields. Due to the fact that Biola is a non-profit organization, the budget is often tight and there are times where the work that is required is not fully supported by an adequate budget.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

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  • Company
    Biola University, Inc.
  • City
    La Mirada
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

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  • 24.Nov 2015
  • Employee

Company Culture

Long-term employees shared a culture that was very tightly bound. Becoming part of that culture was hard work.

Support from management

The immediate supervisor had a positive relationship. The leadership above that level was distant and uninvolved.

Teamwork

There was no apparent team work. The immediate supervisor and the office secretary were accessible and helpful. No one else was available.

Freedom to work independently

Except for employee generated meetings with the immediate supervisor, there was no input from others responsible for the department.

Internal Communication

At least 90% of the time, information was provided in a last minute way so that there was little possibility of incorporating it into course work.

Career Development

As an adjunct professor of foreign language, I never benefited from any corporate program of career development.

Overall compensation for your work

The compensation is deceptively package. It looks like a fair amount, but the amount of time that is required outside the classroom in order to be ready for teaching in the classroom makes the compensation work out to be a minimum wage job when counted as hourly pay. Adjunct faculty and part-time faculty are not given any benefits.

Office / Work Environment

Classrooms were well maintained. All classrooms were equipped with LCD projectors, screens, speakers and multiple ways of linking to them.

Environmental Friendliness

The school is not in the fore front of the environmental movement, but all new construction is on the cutting edge of energy efficiency. Issues of social importance are openly discussed and promoted.

Work-Life Balance

Teaching is by nature an unbalanced profession in America with too much devoted to work.

Company Image

The school has a good image in the community.

Job Security

Adjunct faculty has no job security. A simple email stating, "We will not need your services next term" is all that is necessary to terminate employment at then end of a school term. All Adjunct and part-time faculty are hired on a one term basis.

Handicapped Accessibility

School facilities seem to comply entirely with ADA.

Workplace Safety

Campus safety is a high priority. However, there were several cases of theft from empty classrooms during the school year.

Challenging Work

Teaching language to a group of students who are not at the same level of competence is challenging work.

Inclusive / Diverse

The student body is a United Nations of background and culture. The faculty is diverse but not as diverse as the student body.

Suggestions for improvement

  • I do not see any solution to improve the company climate as it relates to adjunct and part-time employees. Requiring the administrative secretaries to meet their own deadlines would be a good starting place, but only the office of the president and the provost could address this situation. So far they have not.

What I like about the company

For the most part students at Biola are eager to learn, to work hard and to consider challenging beliefs that they hold without knowing why. For the most part faculty members are genuinely friendly and courteous.

What I dislike about the company

There are bottle necks in the administrative process at Biola. The hiring interview process is complex and opaque with a waiting period after interviews that is too long in the current job market. Representatives of the higher administration (secretaries and others) do not keep deadlines. It is not uncommon that adjunct professors do not receive their contracts to sign until the first day of class. Until they sign the contract, they are unable to access any online materials that are used in classrooms and any class-related files on the university main-frame. This unaddressed situation places new-hire adjunct and part-time faculty at a severe disadvantage and diminishes their value in the eyes of their students who rate them at the end of each term.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00
  • Company
    Biola University, Inc.
  • City
    La Mirada
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    Others

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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

    Excellent (1)
    50%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (1)
    50%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.67
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Biola University, Inc.
3.67
2 reviews

Industry average (Primary & Secondary Education/Higher Education/E-Learning)
3.58
54,435 reviews

kununu average
3.29
2,614,000 reviews