Barnard College Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
13 Reviews

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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barnard College for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Union benefits are excellent. Campus is pleasant. Other employees are generally friendly and interesting. Students are remarkable and often intellecualy stimulating.

    Cons

    Management seems on its own track. Bottom line seems to be valued over institutional knowledge/value. Non-faculty staff feel less valued. Pay is low (you're working for benefits).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you put the same energy into learning about your employees feelings, ideas and suggestions that you are putting into getting student, faculty, staff, and community on board with your new expensive library, you would improve employee morale and productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The Student Office Helper provides assistant to members of the office as well as takes on more long term projects.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Office Helper  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Student Office Helper in New York, NY

    I worked at Barnard College part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The management in the provost office offers the type of flexibility and understanding necessary to accomodate a student's schedule. The student will have the opportunity to interact with high level administrators in an intimate way not possible in normal student activity

    Cons

    The pay is not great and some of the tasks seem menial. You will definitely learn how to fix a copy machine. Long-term projects have the potential for impact, however.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Underpaid, annoyed and leaving.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barnard College

    Pros

    24 days of vacation, 9-5. For tech people - opportunity to work in large network environment, play with enterprise hardware. Not much more...

    Cons

    After year of complete lack of leadership, incompetence stepped in. People working here are unhappy, appearances count more than real work, micromanagement is a way of life at Barnard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get smarter... and fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I guess it's ok while looking for another job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Barnard College

    Pros

    colleagues are intelligent and generally pleasant, friendship and camaraderie.

    Cons

    low pay compared to what you would make at a similar job at another college, (of course the pay is at non-profit level so it's not much to begin with), average to poor benefits, little to no career advancement opportunities, very small raises - 1.5% per year for good work, 3% per year for exceptional work. Very poor at supporting employees in taking academic courses, for a college it's amazing how they will do everything to avoid paying out a tuition benefit - many hoops to jump through and most likely you'll get a "no" in the end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make sure positions are staffed by competent and qualified people, perhaps set some kind of standards. There is sometimes a lot of variation in abilities and competencies for the same type of position across departments. Perhaps this could be alleviated if the college actually gave a real tuition benefit, the regime in place is set up for the college to avoid paying tuition for their staff who want to take academic classes. Give a proper tuition benefit to staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have Barnard.

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    Former Employee - Departmental Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Departmental Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Barnard College

    Pros

    Tuition and the people. Barnard has amazing benefits, if you are in the Union. One benefit is full paid tuition and free dental and healthcare. It's like Sweden! A good number of the people are actually quite cool once they open up. Working with smart, driven students is also a big plus.

    Cons

    The pay. In direct contrast with the benefits is the meager pay and the standard of living pay increases. There is little likelihood of an actual raise for many people as there is a lesser chance of ever getting promoted. Usually, employees toil away in positions for years only to have promotions given to outsiders. It's rare to move up the hierarchy. The family quality of the college has disappeared in favor of more dehumanizing and sometimes corporate practices of new management. It's fine to have corporate practices-- this isn't a corporation nor does it have corporate pay.This is leading to a high turnover of employees in departments college-wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assimilate to Barnard's culture not vice versa. Also, don't profess to have the employee's in mind then make unilateral changes that affect employees you'd like to see leave. In some departments, employees are singled out for harassment via unilateral policy changes that sometimes go against the Board of Trustees. Once those employees leave, it's business as usual. Be very careful of who you ostracize and demonize Barnard, scorned employees can come back in the form of nasty lawsuits.

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It appears that Barnard is either firing or forcing anyone over 40 out of the organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnard College

    Pros

    Location
    Work Environment
    Culture
    It's always nice to work in an environment that has greenery

    Cons

    This is no longer a company one can grow with. Anyone over 40 is being pushed out and replaced by younger, less experienced workers just to save a few bucks and the organization as a whole is suffering. Fraudulent performance reviews are created for the sake of a paper trail to create the false pretense for dismissal. The first sign that something bad was on the horizon was when President Spar made the comment on how she was amazed how many workers at Barnard have been here for so long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Hot mess.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnard College full-time

    Pros

    They have pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    There's no room for growth or any kind of transparency with management. They just don't care about their employees.

  9.  

    Some great people, overall pretty good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Barnard College

    Pros

    There's a department for everything. Computer won't work? Call BCIT, etc. Meeting great people with a lot of knowledge.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be difficult to get the cooperation of some people in different administrative departments who are crucial to your productivity (i.e. responding to emails, phone calls, etc.)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnard College part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Most of the people who work here are very nice and there's usually no problem in getting along with anyone.

    Cons

    There are occasional office tensions, and sometimes work doesn't get done as efficiently as it could.

  11.  

    The worst aspects of a for-profit corporation and a non-profit combined = Barnard

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnard College

    Pros

    Friendly and smart co-workers
    Driven, intelligent students
    tuition benefit
    in New York City
    Nice campus
    across the street from Columbia

    Cons

    Unappreciative, overbearing and unrealistic senior management.
    Rewards by "who you know" and what clique you belong to, not merit.
    Unreasonable demands on time and performance by senior management
    Focus on senior management "pet projects".
    Departmental silos.
    Lack of cooperation between these silos.
    Cultural separation of staff, faculty and students.
    Very politically correct to the point of absurdity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency, the application of simple human kindness, reasonable demands (no more unrealistic deadlines or 14 hour days) on employees, rewards for good work, more rational decision-making, less favoritism and less clique-ishness would go a long way to righting a listing ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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