CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies)
CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) Reviews
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Pros – Wonderful free thinking environment. Excellent vacation time benefits. If you are not driven by a need to make a living wage this is an amazing place to work.
Cons – Low pay and little opportunity to advance.
Advice to Senior Management – Pay levels are at least 20% below what should be paid in SF, even if you maintain comparison just to education based employers. The culture here is absolutely amazing but it isn't enough if you can't afford to work here.
– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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Pros – CIIS provides an amazing community of people to work with, has an open style of leadership that values all employees, and does a great job in allowing that you have a life outside of work--you can bring your whole self to work here. It is more democratic than other places I have worked in that you have access to all levels of the leadership structure, and they will at least listen to you ideas. They do provide a very generous benefits package, and provide a more generous vacation package than you will find elsewhere. The benefits plan includes chiropractic and massage, and staff get additional time off over the winter holidays as the Institute closes for at least one week (and pays employees for those days).
Cons – Because it is a non-profit, the salaries at CIIS are not on par with those of the private sector, including other educational institutions. It is also difficult to move up because the staffing is structured with a lot of dead-ends. Although almost everyone working at CIIS is a fascinating person with a rich life outside of work, sometimes they are TOO interesting and lack the advanced professional skills necessary to make such a lean operation run smoothly. Too many times one person can derail an entire project because they "don't get it" or don't agree. The flip-side of a very democratic structure is that one person or a few people can stall things, and this keeps the organization from progressing.
Advice to Senior Management – Keep working to professionalize staff with additional technology training. Rethink the staffing structure so that it will allow for some upward movement. Be willing to make tough decisions when it comes to staffing--although someone may be a perfectly lovely person, do they have the skills necessary to ensure that the operation runs smoothly? If not, then they need to be retrained, moved to a job that better suits their abilities, or simply let go. It holds the entire institute back when a few positions that are not clearly defined and don't have clear productivity objectives are allowed to exist.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
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Pros – Its a place where diversity is embraced. Truly a melting pot of different cultures in one building. Work-life balance is awesome. The school closes its doors the last week of the year...
Cons – Highly political which makes it hard for managers to do their job. There are lots of inefficiencies that could be improved with existing technology.
Advice to Senior Management – Management needs to learn to make the hard decisions and run the institute as a business in addition to their mission.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend