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Princeton 
University
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28 reviews from employees

kununu Score: 3.6Recommendation: 64%
Breakdown

28 employees rated this employer with an average of 3.6 points on a scale from 1 to 5.

16 employees recommended the employer in their reviews. The employer was not recommended in 9 reviews.

I am extremely lucky. Great benefits and compensation. No organization is perfect, but my experience is working at PU i

4.7
Recommended
C-Suite / LeadershipWorked in Administration at Princeton University at the time of review.

What I like

Princeton University is a great place to work. Great benefits.

What I dislike

Positions in the academic departments are prioritized above administrative positions.

Suggestions for improvement

Greater appreciation for the non-academic functions that support students.


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No organization is perfect, but I feel extraordinarily lucky to work at Princeton University.

4.9
Recommended
EmployeeWorked in Administration at Princeton University at the time of review.

What I like

Princeton University is an extraordinary place to work. No organization is perfect, so of course there are challenges, but Princeton is an extremely generous and supportive employer. I feel incredibly lucky to work at PU. The benefits offered to employees are exceptional.

What I dislike

Like any organization, PU has political hills to climb. I guess I’d say that on the academic side “bad behavior” is permitted amongst faculty, while administrative departments can sometimes lack adequate support and funding.

Suggestions for improvement

I think it is important for Princeton University to value and support administrative functions to the level they support academic functions. We are all working to achieve the same goals.

Company Culture

I am lucky to work here

Challenging Work

Work is extremely challenging, which I find rewarding

Gender Equality

I don’t think this happens anywhere yet


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I am grateful to have a job. I am concerned about sharing thoughts. Wouldn’t suggest working here to anyone

1.1
Not recommended
EmployeeWorked at Princeton University at the time of review.

What I like

It has been disappointing and stifling. Coworkers have died by suicide. Everyone needs a job with steady income and that is top reason for remaining.

What I dislike

I have no comment other than I believe the company needs to display true genuine interest in non faculty non management employees

Suggestions for improvement

Create inclusive job descriptions to include those without college degrees in recruitment process, invest in non management non faculty staff by creating clear growth opportunities in all career paths. Hold bad management accountable for mistreatment of staff vs protecting them for company sake

Company Culture

Air of superiority and not inclusive of all

Work-Life Balance

On paper however if an employee were onto try to exercise it would be frowned upon by management

Career Development

No, I have heard management say “this is role person was hired for - if interested in growth they can look elsewhere”

Handicapped Accessibility

No

Overall compensation for your work

I am grateful to have a job

Inclusive / Diverse

Disagree although tolerant of gender / identification diversity

Workplace Safety

Employees are required to walk .5 miles from lot to buildings in the dark among somewhat lit walk paths depending upon work schedule, not safe

Teamwork

Management often pins employees against each other by stating untruths about what another employee may have said about you

Attitude towards older colleagues

Age discrimination is rampant, younger employees often are heard saying “why doesnt that person retire to make room for others” not comfortable

Support from management

No, management is not interested in employee thoughts only their own personal advancemenf

Office / Work Environment

I have not had my own personal workspace instead shuffled to different desks or temporarily empty stations in 10 years

Challenging Work

Layers of management exist that are not needed to bolster sr management positions without having to deal with “human capital” employees

Job Security

Management is volatile - your work is only as good as perception of you on that day

Internal Communication

On paper however information is used as a weapon at times and withheld

Freedom to work independently

No


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I only work there for the pay, good benefits, and reputation. I hate going to work every day. My boss is incompetent.

3.3
Not recommended
EmployeeWorked at Princeton University at the time of review.

What I like

Beautiful campus, and I have made good friends there.

What I dislike

Lack of transparency is the biggest issue. Also complaining to HR is a waste of time as they did nothing when I filed a valid complaint about my incompetent boss.

Suggestions for improvement

More transparency, and flexible schedules please

Company Culture

Very hierarchical, snobby, lacks transparency


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Un American Policies and Practices practices

1.9
Not recommended
Former EmployeeWorked at Princeton University.

What I like

I used to like the work environment I have always liked the staff be at Union staff or mid-level management staff I built a lot of relationships throughout the years I made a lot of positive change for the Department of Campus Dining this is what I like about the company

What I dislike

what I dislike about the company all of my comments tell how I feel about the company

Suggestions for improvement

Campus Dining should come up with its own set of agendas instead of following Stanford Campus Dining program Google's dining program. Princeton University should be a leader and everything it does instead of a follower.

Company Culture

Campus dining policies and practices toward mid- level management is the worst which I have ever experienced. The union controls the way Campus Dinning handles concerns toward mid-level managers. There is absolutely NO support and loyalty to managers. It is every person for them selves.

Company Image

Campus Dining puts out an extremely positive image for all to see in the Public's eye. But behind the scenes it is the worst place I've ever worked for in my life.

Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance in the past qas unlike no othwr company I was even employed. In the past 5 years the University / Campus dinning has moved to atmosphere of using your Benefits such as sick, personal, vacation as a hardship on the department.

Career Development

Campus Dining has no career development for mid-level managers there are no options to move up once you're in a position it's for life or you leave or you get terminated

Handicapped Accessibility

Up to code

Overall compensation for your work

Compensation and benefits cannot be matched by other companies, the benefits in conversation are unbelievably good

Inclusive / Diverse

Inclusive / Diverse is the only concern these days. Very. Very sad. The strong candidate should always get the position.

Inclusive / Diverse policies are the ans legal way to discriminate against all peoples but mostly against white middle aged Americans, especially if are not a liberal.

Environmental Friendliness

Environmental friendliness is up to the individual if you are a person with type of person who likes to build relationships positive relationships you can as long as the people in your area also want to build profit positive relationships. But there are many in Campus Dining the do not want to build positive relationships they know all they have to do is make allegations if they don't like you or don't like what you're doing as a department head and you become under investigation and once you're being investigated you are terminated or you stay employed with the University you're never the same again.

Workplace Safety

they don't have the proper equipment but do the employees use it no and then when the employee gets injured mid-level management is to blame because I've not been trained with the proper equipment. This is a total falsehood there are training sessions all the time throughout the year by mid-level management and by environmental safety.

Teamwork

Campus dinning has NO teamwork. CAMPUS dinning has created an environment ruled by decepticons and fear.

Attitude towards older colleagues

The attitude towards older colleagues is such that you are over the hill it's time for you to retire. Senior Management through the university has changed to a younger new hipster Style and anybody who is from the old for the past is obsolete. it will find a way to put you out to pasture make you retire or Trump up allegations and put you through their kangaroo court and H are what you are not allowed to have legal representation at all and after months of putting you on administrative leave they bring you in and cut your loose and far are you or should I say terminate your employment with University. And you have no repercussion their investigation is run by their rules and no legal rules.

Support from management

Campus dinning DOES NOT SUPPORT ITS MANAGEMENT. Campus dining is more worried about its image as a internal natural work force instead of a workforce of culinary knowledge. Staff are hired based on the political climate instead of the correct person for the position.

Office / Work Environment

Campus Dining for mid-level managers the work environment is very stressful very worrisome and very decaturil ship. we're supposed to be open and have her own opinions. Never speak your opinion because if you do you would put out the pasture and or including termination.

Challenging Work

The work is not challenging, Senior Management and Campus Dining do not have the concept of operations and how things really get done with union members. every 3 months there is a new agenda. There's always a state of turmoil and Campus Dining operations

Job Security

Campus Dining mid-level managers no job security if you are in a decision-making position.

Internal Communication

No communications at all from Senor Campus Dining management. The Assistant Vice President does not know managers names, does not know her wY around campus, Allows her 1 Assistant to run wild with decision making with little or NO experience in this area. Thd policy is to be honest and open to create an environment of inclusion to bring out the best in all.
When you do not agree or you call Senior Level Management out for not knowing and suggest a change you are punished even eliminated from the University

Gender Equality

Gender equality has moved too far to one side. Now you need to be of some type of alternate lifestyle and you'll be hired before somebody who does not have an alternate lifestyle just so the university and Campus Dining can say they are diverse and inclusive.

Freedom to work independently

Thers is only so mu h indendence in Operations.

I have had the opportunity for career growth and work with a fantastic group of dedicated colleagues. Benefits Superb!

4.7
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Princeton University at the time of review.

What I like

Beautiful campus with so many activities. I have a health coach for free and access to counselors and assistance for personal issues. People I work with are proud to be part of the University. The company offers many employee learning opportunities and tuition reimbursement for the employee and their children.

What I dislike

My department is undergoing change and feels unsettled. Sometimes the workload is overwhelming

Suggestions for improvement

Our department and others seem understaffed for the work we are asked to do. More employees would avoid burnout


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A little chaotic sometimes, but rewarding.

3.9
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Princeton University at the time of review.

What I like

Staff meeting lunches, support from management, lots of vacation/personal/sick time.

What I dislike

For my position, there's nowhere to advance. Night and weekend work.

Suggestions for improvement

People with kids tend to get more flexibility/time off. I don't think people without kids should be punished.


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Good and independent working environment

4.5
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Princeton University at the time of review.

What I like

Good learning experience. Lots of benefits.

What I dislike

Communication between department can be lacking

Suggestions for improvement

More active implementation instead of just suggestions of what to do in general


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Overall I love working here. There are a few bad apples and wintry not to let that cloud the meaningful work.

4.2
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Princeton University at the time of review.

What I like

It's a true family atmosphere where everyone, including management, are supportive of both professional and personal achievements as well as struggles.

What I dislike

At times, they can put their head in the sand and ignore personnel issues.

Suggestions for improvement

Better train people to be managers rather than the generic HE training. Actually work one on one skill building. Most of my issues result from management not wanting to deal. They have a fear of things being elevated and how the upper management will respond. For instance, there was an issue with my manager that made me uncomfortable. I went to speak with their manager and was instructed I could not speak with them without airing the issue with my manager first. I was uncomfortable telling my manager he was being sexist and had tried to find subtly to no avail. In the end nothing happened because I didn't want to lodge a formal complaint with HR.


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Princeton University is a wonderful place to work.

4.9
Recommended
EmployeeWorked at Princeton University at the time of review.

What I like

All of my coworkers are intelligent, respectful and just genuinely good people. I feel lucky to have found such an amazing place to work.

What I dislike

I honestly can't think of anything I disapprove about my company

Suggestions for improvement

I think this is a challenge that many companies struggle with, but breaking down the silos that tend to occur between different groups within a department would be very beneficial to the organization.


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