Bard College

  www.bard.edu
  www.bard.edu

Bard College Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
13 Reviews
2.8
13 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Leon Botstein
6 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great institution

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bard College full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, with generous time-off. Many employees are artists and understand the dual life mentality. Mostly everyone is friendly.

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement with in departments.

  2.  

    Great colleagues and location

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

    I worked at Bard College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many great people work at Bard, both professors and staff. The location is gorgeous, if a little remote, but the city is just 2 hours by train. Your experience will depend a lot on what department you're hired into.

    Cons

    Depending on your department, you can have either fantastic management or terrible management. Need to be pro-active about meeting people and forming a community.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unique culture

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

    I have been working at Bard College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Bard College has a great culture of community and they offer lots of opportunities for employees to participate in the life of the college. There are many long term employees who love the college, even if they don't particularly like their jobs or boss. The college offers ok salaries, but really great benefits at affordable costs and generous time off benefits. If you want to find a comfortable job for many years, this is the place.

    Cons

    The college doesn't seem to have any strategic planning and if they do they don't share it with any of their employees No one seems to know what's going on. There are a number of poor managers in the middle management area, they are just in charge, but provide no real leadership to their staff. The college offers little in the way of training and there are limited promotional opportunities. People generally have to leave to move up. If you're ambitious & want to succeed, you'll find opportunities scarce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider improving training for middle management, offering clear promotional opportunities. Share strategic planning with your staff. Open up lines of communication more. Expand the administration and HR functions to support staff in these areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Great place for students, not so great for faculty and staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor

    I worked at Bard College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    From a financial perspective, faculty pay compares well with other liberal arts colleges, and retirement benefits are good. Health benefits are very decent for the employee (much less so for family members).
    Students are an artsy, quirky, genuinely smart mix that are mostly ready to work hard and are fun to work with. You will have a lot of leeway how to teach and what to teach, and there is little pressure to follow a particular way.
    Environment: The college is built around two old estates on the Hudson River, about 90 miles north of NYC. It is a serene, beautiful place. But you can still get into the heart of NYC in two hours by train.
    Culture: It's an artsy place, and it has a large conservatory - fans of classical music will find a rich selection of events on campus.

    Cons

    Workload - there is a tacit assumption, motivated by a perennially dicey financial situation, that working at Bard is such a privilege that employees shouldn't mind working endless hours with little of the support structure that is common at comparable institutions - you'll be your own secretary, you'll grade your own homework assignments, you'll build and set up your own teaching labs, you'll fix the equipment yourself (and the holes in the walls). There is very little recognition for this.
    Not dependable - the administration is prone to make promises (e.g., new positions, renovation of buildings, etc.) only to retract them at a whim. It's unlikely that your concerns will be taken seriously.
    Climate - the work climate is very competitive, it seems that building relationships among faculty/staff is actively discouraged by the administration (which is prone to hire and fire employees erratically).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is sorely missing, everything is carried through the rumor mill. Clear decision structures are needed, as well as communication pathways that can be trusted.
    Bard has long outgrown its byzantine leadership structure - having the same few people making all important decisions behind closed doors for 30-40 years is not sustainable. Start proper financial planning, and stop making important decisions on a whim without thinking through the consequences, financial and otherwise!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great group of people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bard College full-time

    Pros

    very laid back, excellent benefits

    Cons

    starting salary not very high

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Love the people, hate the compensation

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

    I have been working at Bard College full-time

    Pros

    - The people I work with are wonderful. They're the reason I've stayed this long.
    - It's a reputable, respected institution with a global reach.
    - Pretty area.

    Cons

    - The pay is very low for the industry, and the benefits are just okay. They definitely take advantage of the fact that it's a rural area, but forget that it's still an expensive place to live.
    - There aren't too many real opportunities for growth. There are many people who have been in the same position(s) for years.
    - An employee can only take undergraduate courses, not graduate-level classes, tuition-free. That's unusual, compared to other colleges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reevaluate the compensation packages and you'll find they're far lower than even those schools in the area (Vassar, CIA, Sarah Lawrence, etc).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Min wage job at the Fisher Center Box Office

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bard College

    Pros

    You don't do much. Answer some phones. Bosses were nice. I had a pretty good chance to do my homework for the four hour shifts.

    Cons

    There isn't too much all that bad with this one, except for the pay. It is minimum wage, which is a little surprising for a school that prides itself on being so liberal and all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay student employees more.

  9.  

    Good part-time job for student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Library Staff in Annandale, NY
    Current Employee - Library Staff in Annandale, NY

    I have been working at Bard College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Lots of downtime during the semester, able to do homework

    Cons

    - Low pay, few hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opening more hours would be tremendously beneficial to students, not just during finals week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay, discrimination, does not value employees

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

    I have been working at Bard College full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely none come to mind.

    Cons

    Pay is pitiful
    A lot of unpaid overtime (they pull this off by classifying employees as exempt status, but then not offering compensatory PTO for overtime days)
    Poorly managed
    Run like an autocracy
    The same rules don't apply to all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Bard College Annandale on Hudson

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Annandale on Hudson, NY
    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Annandale on Hudson, NY

    I worked at Bard College full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary and good students

    Cons

    it is in the middle of nowhere

Bard College Photos

Bard's Fisher Center

+ Add Photo

Work at Bard College? Share Your Experiences

Bard College

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.