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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    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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    Wonderful place to expand your horizons! We have an opportunity to create new and innovative approaches to higher ed.

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    Current Employee - Career and Community Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Career and Community Engagement Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Meaningful conversations. Amazing, dynamic students. Important social perspectives. Critical education for social justice. Open access to opportunities to address my skill development gaps. Ability to work with senior leadership.

    Cons

    It's true, the salary isn't great. But the benefits are pretty good. If you are here full-time for a year, you have access to tuition remission, major benefit if you want an advanced degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need a lot more staff development and support. Training for supervisors on management and leadership of a team. Smooth out processes and systems so we don't get stuck with the details and can keep working on our vision for the future. More administrative support. How can we work smarter, not harder?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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