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Pleasant, but too much workload

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Bard College

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.

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    Unique culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bard College full-time for 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
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    Great place for students, not so great for faculty and staff

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor

    I worked at Bard College full-time for 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
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    Disapproves of CEO
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