Dominican University of California

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Dominican University of California Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
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    Easy to get behind the mission, serious problems in HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dominican is a wonderful, small university in one of the most beautiful settings on the West Coast. Many of the FT faculty are strong, committed and focused on the students. So many people on the staff are good-hearted and passionate about their work.

    Cons

    For some reason, the school refuses to strengthen departments that are, in the opinion of most of the employees I know, completely inept. The Human Resources function is very poorly led and organized; they pull policy out of thin air and change rules if it makes their lives easier, regardless of how it impacts those trying to maintain good people. The worst part of this problem is that suggestions, concerns and complaints are met (in my opinion) with a blind eye and deaf ear from their VP, who always smiles but is not sincere. She provides all perks to her staff and leaves less for more competent and harder working people. Leadership should be smart enough to read between the lines when no one is willing to add constructive feedback at retreats or meetings. There is a feeling you will be targeted if you complain.

    We were promised an anonymous employee survey and the HR director made sure IT gave her the names of respondents and that is from the mouth of IT. The survey was not anonymous and that stinks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dominican was founded on admirable values. Please insist that managers adhere to those values.

  2.  

    A small university with big potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

    Pros

    It'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.

    Cons

    Certain 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

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    Its a bureaucratic place, but the professors and most staff love what they do.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Tutor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Tutor in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Its a beautiful campus and they are making tons of great changes in the admin department. They have an awesome new president who is really making waves, in a good way. The old president needed to go and was super old school and not popular.

    Cons

    It is an academic environment, which isn't inherently bad, just means there is a lot of bureaucracy, a lot! So be prepared for slowing moving processes that need to be approved by 10 different people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep shaking up the over-sized administration department and put more emphasis on the students experience so they leave with a great feeling about their alma mater.

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    Wonderful Community, Faculty Grossly Underpaid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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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