Hamline University Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
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  1. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hamline University

    Pros

    Nice school for many first gen students

    Cons

    The management on campus is too homogeneous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase interactions with students not only just from special groups.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. This was a good place to work because of the coworkers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Hamline University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I had a good boss and the coworkers were great to work with. Working a students everyday was also a unique opportunity.

    Cons

    The lack of upper management involvement and recognition from the director levels at a relatively small operation made this job frustrating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people who make you look good, they are your businesses most valuable asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  3. Great University

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Hamline University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, Nice environment, great to work on campus

    Cons

    Bad management, favoritism, not the best pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't overlook your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Dining in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Dining in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Hamline University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The colleagues, campus environment, and location in the middle of the city were all great.

    Cons

    Financial difficulties in the organization created a stressful environement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing well overall, but need to bring in more money somehow....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Excellence in Academic Development and Freedom to Innovate

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Hamline University as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexibility and freedom to experiment

    Cons

    Limited resources compared to larger research institutions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top-level management needs to concede daily operational control and earmarked budgets to the departments that need them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. I really enjoyed my work-study position at Hamline; it gave me great working experience.

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    Former Intern - Hamline Work Study in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Intern - Hamline Work Study in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Hamline University as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Hamline is a very diverse campus that offers a great learning experience. Having a work-study job on campus was a rewarding experience, and I made plenty of valuable connections.

    Cons

    Sometimes I didn't know what was expected of me in terms of what I should be doing at any given moment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Private College in Minnesota

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Hamline University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hardworking group of dedicated employees with sincere interest in students education and college experience. Your opinion matters and there are many opportunities for university wide involvement.

    Cons

    There are limited avenues for career advancement. Private colleges have suffered in recent years with the downturn of the economy and money is always tight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Wild, Wild West

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hamline University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you can last for a year and a half, you can take four credits per semester tuition free, but that is likely to change in the future. You used to be able to take credits for free from day one. If the course is during the work day, good luck getting your supervisor to give you permission to attend.

    Each department has a lot of autonomy, so you don't really need to worry as much about spending money on coffee and your department can run things contrary to the rest of the university, if it pleases. You will also be punished (or not punished) departmentally for infractions.

    Cons

    Undergraduate admissions is a *hit show. If your position interacts with undergraduate admissions, set your goals low to ensure you won't be very disappointed when even those basic expectations aren't met.
    Human resources is a *hit show. Good luck trying to find written policy about many of the things that are important to you. Some things are there and some things aren't written down.
    Since departments are so autonomous, less work gets done across the university and you have to battle with getting things done across departmental lines.
    Be wary of undocumented "certificate courses" from School of Education, which went undocumented by this university's registrar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that you are ready to handle all of the in-fighting and territorial-ism. Don't skimp on hiring experts rather than recent graduates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. A good place to work

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Hamline University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is laid back and people are friendly. Fast paced Marketing Department but totally manageable. Their systems could use updating though.

    Cons

    Old building to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management is doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Relaxing work environment, but no room to grow.

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Integrator in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - IT Systems Integrator in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Hamline University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very few deadlines, comfortable self-paced daily work and projects, friendly co-workers and understanding of work/life balance. Also decent pay/stress ratio, great place to work if you just want to do your job, stay under the radar and live your own life.

    Cons

    Positions are quite confined. You are encouraged to only do the work requested of your position and there is no room to grow, transfer, or be promoted as each position is similarly filled and there is little turn over. As such there isn't much industry expertise so you won't be learning a lot of new skills. Also, benefits have been trimmed quite a bit during 2012-2013.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create some incentive paths and promotion opportunities. Implement some projects from out of the box thinkers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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