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Barnard College Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very Satisfied

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    Former Contractor - Web Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Web Specialist in New York, NY

    I worked at Barnard College as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in, the people are very kind and really friendly. My manager was also very helpful and provided me with training.

    Cons

    I don't see any cons for the position and the department I worked in. However departments seems that they don't talk to each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the connection and workflow between departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Positive TA experience

    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Barnard College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked as a Teaching Associate for Barnard, and had a terrific experience -- the professors were invested, and the Theater department made being an off-site (at times) employee very easy.

    Cons

    Not really. It was a great way to earn additional money while working for a degree, but it would have been nice to have sessions for TAs interested in pursuing academia to help them with the TA-to-lecturer transition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    FIRED FOR A MEDICAL CONDITION/GENETIC DISORDER

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

    I worked at Barnard College

    Pros

    For the one day I temped there, most people seemed nice, cordial, and friendly.

    Cons

    Barnard contracts temps on an on-going basis. On day one there, I was terminated after informing HR of my medical condition. Just appalling!!

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  5.  

    Great place to work if you want to work hard and work with talented colleagues.

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY

    I have been working at Barnard College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Working with people who are smart, talented and care about the mission of the college.
    * Decent compensation except that it doesn't taking being in Manhattan into account.
    * Excellent benefits
    * Beautiful city campus

    Cons

    * Living in Manhattan is extremely expensive.
    * Faculty want lots of improvements but also want nothing to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Keep pushing to improve things and simplify operations.
    * Remember to love the staff as you love the faculty and students!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful, supportive, and growth bearing atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, great office culture, great pay

    Cons

    Unions keep qualified employees as part time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Institution supporting women's education

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barnard College part-time

    Pros

    As a student worker, Barnard was very understanding of my priorities. They definitely accommodated my schedule and understood when I was very busy during midterms and final exams.

    Cons

    The administration is a bit of a mess. Many offices do not talk to each other and sometimes administrators were unprofessional. There was little room for growth as a student worker--no promotion opportunities. After working 3 years in the position I was not given an exit interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for employee feedback and review.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent center, internship program could be stronger.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Research and Events in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Research and Events in New York, NY

    I worked at Barnard College as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Supervisors are willing to help and mentor students both in the internship and beyond. It's a great internship to grow skills and connections both among interns and with the very well connected management. You get a lot of autonomy with your projects as well as ample time to complete them in depth. If your supervisor likes your work, they will quickly increase your responsibility.

    Cons

    Internships are only available to Barnard College students at this time. There is only sporadic face time with management and not always enough work to go around. Projects often require more guidance than is offered. Compensation is wonderful since unpaid internships are so rare now, but still could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only hire as many interns as you need.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

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

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    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 (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
  11. 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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