CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies)

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CIIS--a great place to work, but you won't get rich

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies)

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

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    Work/Life Balance or job satisfaction?

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to learn to make the hard decisions and run the institute as a business in addition to their mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Rigorously academic while very transformational.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - "Fellow" With Center for Writing and Scholarshi in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - "Fellow" With Center for Writing and Scholarshi in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    compassion, commitment, supportive, personal growth, community

    Cons

    As a Fellow, the number of hours one works each week varies, and therefore is hard to plan on monthly income when it fluctuates like this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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