Bard College

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Bard College Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
10 Reviews

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  1.  

    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

    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
  2.  

    Great group of people

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

    Pros

    very laid back, excellent benefits

    Cons

    starting salary not very high

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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
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  5.  

    Min wage job at the Fisher Center Box Office

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

  6.  

    Good part-time job for student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Library Staff  in  Annandale, NY
    Current Employee - Library Staff in Annandale, NY

    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
  7. 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

    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
  8.  

    Bard College Annandale on Hudson

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor  in  Annandale on Hudson, NY
    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Annandale on Hudson, NY

    Pros

    Good salary and good students

    Cons

    it is in the middle of nowhere

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is getting bad

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

    Pros

    benefits are comparable with other educational institutions

    Cons

    everyone is depressed and overworked

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bait and switch tactics indicative of what you will face as an employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pros of working here can all be obtained by taking the same job *elsewhere*. Being around young minds can be its own kind of reward.

    Cons

    I found that essentially most people there are seeking to find a better job and did not really understand what they were getting into. This is to an extent caused by the administration who puts out very misleading job ads, where they imply they are seeking academics who will conduct research with students. In reality it is very much a high school, albeit a very preppy one. You will spend the majority of time on classroom management and just plain old high school teaching, but strangely, without any of the support an actual high school environment would provide.

    The confusion between "high school" and "college" is something that pervades the entire establishment and has led to numerous travesties, such as a gross lack of discipline (I recall one incident when the principal was on stage begging students to be quiet....). All of this makes teaching in this environment quite difficult, especially given the lack of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good to have a clearly defined leadership structure. As it is, very frequently decisions seem to be made in a political manner with no clear responsibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Pleasant, but too much workload

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is good, with generous days off and neglectful accounting of those days. People seem to disappear for days without problems. Interesting faculty & visitors make it constantly entertaining.

    Cons

    Always lean in it's administrative staffing, it's gotten leaner in recent years, while the college itself has grown larger. Staff in every department are working harder and are under pressure. Salaries have not risen in two years and were already low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the purse strings, hire more support staff & raise salaries. The college is growing, it's obvious you can afford it.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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