Thread regarding DeVry Inc. layoffs

Employee Engagement Survey is Here! Prepare for Layoffs

They always collect ‘good’ numbers and then fire up another round of sh4tcanning. Then again, the last round might not even be over. I actually no longer care at all and will tell them exactly what I think. There’s no point in dressing it up since who knows how long the place is duct taped and bubble gummed together for as it burns up on re-entry. Get ready for legal action against Korn Fery’s Hay Group when they snitch us out to our managers. Hold on to your paychecks, folks...here we go!

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The new owners need to clean the house; they ought to get rid of SB, DF, AK, TZ and the gang!

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The Metro Group dean and his two sidekicks JK and DF have abused faculty members in the metro region; they also regularly abuse minority and international students; many students are filing lawsuit against DeVry for delaying their graduation by 6-12 months!

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At the December 1 Chicago Faculty Symposium, the Group Dean for Academic Excellence allegedly engaged in public verbal abuse of two subordinates.

These two alleged episodes, which occurred separately, were witnessed by a number of individuals, including the university’s Chief Academic Officer, who is the Group Dean’s peer, and the university’s Group President, the Group Dean’s supervisor.

Questions

  1. Does the Group Dean for Academic Excellence feel it is within his remit to engage with subordinates in such a manner?

  2. Has the Group Dean ever been the subject of an HR inquiry for similar behavior?

  3. Did the Chief Academic Officer and the Group President, who witnessed the first alleged episode of verbal abuse by the Group Dean feel the need to this matter?

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Just keeping the engagement survey in perspective—they collected the numbers that they wanted and then GAVE AWAY THE COMPANY. Something cr8ppy always happens right after the survey. Management is still treating us like cr8p even in their final cycle of owning us. Hopefully all of you responded honestly. It may have been our last chance to do so.

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Guy sounds like a giant dbag on a powertrip.

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Well, good luck with fixing this. Not sure why this culture exists, but at our campus, we had a DAA who laughed at students when 8 week sessions were first proposed and students expressed their concerns. He also yelled at a faculty member in a campus meeting to "shut up or get out" in re the same topic.

Another dean would tell students' parents that faculty were "like children."

Forty years ago, our campus president told faculty they were "our biggest expense."

Glad I'm gone.

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Time to do something about this...

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I wasn't there, but, if the treatment was as bad as has been reported here, someone should use the link above and report it.

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You don't think he may have gone too far this time?

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Yes, it happened exactly like that. I didn't think much of it because TZ is always that way. Shortly after he became our dean, a colleague resigned much earlier than planned because the thought of working for him was too sickening to stomach. Someone else theorized that selecting and promoting him was evidence that DVU was trying to make us quit to avoid paying severance or at least make us less sad when our jobs end.

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Well you have to go easy on him. Handling faculty is hard for him. Someone at the meeting mentioned that he referred it as 'herding cats'....

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He said the morning session was over. People started to get up. One participant stood up and he looked at the participant, pointed his finger, and said sit down, How would you like it if one of you students did that to you in your class. The participant's face turned red as he quietly sat down. Then, in the afternoon session when things were winding down, someone said something to the person next to him, and he pointed his finger and said be quiet, I'll see you after class. Grade school tactics at the very least.

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First of all, they aren't employees...they're faculty, colleagues and perhaps even friends. But after listening to leadership constantly refer to them as 'you guys', the must have thought they were jamokes from the Northwest side, or mooks from Flatbush.

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, who did he yell at? What did he say? Such behavior fits everything I know of his reputation but I still have a hard time imagining it.

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Time to do something about this...

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I was there for the morning session...no fireworks there...was this during/after lunch?

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Wasn’t he the bad guy on Battlestar Galactica? Tom Zarek?

Err...,Bartlestar is you take the new pres into account...

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After the way Tim Zorek treated employees at yesteday's symposium, I wish I would have waited until today to fill it out. Yelling at anyone is unprofessional, but to do it in front of a group is down right cruel Many were stunned, but kept their mouths shut. I felt so sorry for his victims.

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well, what about occasional anonymous surveys

--which never seem to be quite that

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I never believed their numbers they reported. They were making it sound like people in our dept were happy. So either they were lying or everyone doing the surveys wouldn't s--- it up and tell the truth on them. I always was of the mindset that sugarcoating the answers wasn't going to bring any change and one survey wasn't going to save my job.

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All zeroes it is

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I have always been honest on these things. I figure we don't have anything to lose. Either they listen to our feedback and make changes, or they fire us. Either way results in an improvement over the current situation.

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