Dominican University of California

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Updated Jun 9, 2014

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    The adjuncts are taking advantage of a generous organization

    (Current Employee)

    ProsAHSS FT Faculty and staff a joy.

    ConsCurrent adjunct debates are drowning sane voices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe loud few are trampling the rest of us. Adjuncts should apply for permanent positions if they are qualified. I do not think those with weaker credentials should take from the FT faculty compensation pool. Faculty Forum needs to welcome moderate voices; currently, it does NOT. I am very disturbed by the odd compensation structure levied on faculty this year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A small university with big potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Rafael, CA

    ProsIt's a creative, intellectually stimulating environment. The campus is situated in a picturesque park-like setting. The staff and faculty are friendly and help support each other. Nice perks include use of the athletic facilities, free access to performing arts, some public lectures and reduced tuition, or the option to audit classes.

    ConsCertain departments are understaffed and underfunded. Getting policies and procedures approved can be arduous. Pay rates (other than faculty) for this non-profit University is under industry standards.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere could be better communication around career development. For staff retention, the cost of higher compensation should be compared to the cost/time for hiring new staff and determining the overall negative impact on business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Collegial environment, bringing organization in line with the modern world

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsColleagues in academic world are genuinely committed to students and strengthening of the University. Relatively strong new president with a challenging board of trustees. Some great staff members who tirelessly support the mission.

    ConsHR function worse than bad and totally bloated while the rest of the organization is tightening its belt. I don't know of anyone who feels they can trust HR or its "leaders", rely on HR to do its job or rely on expertise of HR. Hiring is a nightmare. Many strong candidates lost because of lack of professionalism and support in HR. Weak technology department. Dorms in disrepair which causes students to move off campus. Weak admissions department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on students.

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    Like Family

    Adjunct Professor (Current Employee) San Rafael, CA

    ProsExtremely friendly, welcoming, supportive environment for new teachers

    ConsNone, things have been really wonderful

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    My department offers a nice transition into the Career field for new professionals.

    Career Counselor (Current Employee) San Rafael, CA

    ProsSmall, community-oriented environment
    Open communication and dissemination of information
    Much of the staff and faculty are continual learners

    ConsSome processes are behind the times--need upgrades as far as streamlining processes like methods of communication

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been a learning experience!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Rafael, CA

    ProsGreat colleagues (for the most part)
    Great pleace to grow because of the small school environment = a lot of opportunity to be creative.

    ConsAdministrators compensation is beyond excessive!
    Growth in student population doesn't mean growth in staff to support students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize what and where we are as an institution of higher education. We are not Berkeley, Stanford, or USF. Work with what we've got!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful Community, Faculty Grossly Underpaid

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing community of students, faculty, and admin. Colleagues are like family. Beautiful campus conducive to study. One-on-one faculty and student rapport. Faculty have a real commitment to students. A peaceful place to work but . . .

    Cons. . . Faculty members are grossly underpaid, especially adjuncts, many of whom have hung in there for several years with "promises" of significant pay increases that have not come to pass. No benefits for adjuncts. Adjuncts make 2/3's or less of other Bay Area adjunct positions, not even counting the absence of benefits and recognition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet serious about wage increases for adjuncts - we've been more than patient for a very long time. It's becoming embarrassing, don't you think? Dominican is a private, high tuition institution that should make a better effort of practicing what it preaches, beginning with fair pay for its dedicated faculty committed to the students and to the Dominican values.

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