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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice school for many first gen students

    Cons

    The management on campus is too homogeneous.

    Advice to Management

    Increase interactions with students not only just from special groups.


  2. Helpful (1)

    This was a good place to work because of the coworkers.

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great University

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bad management, favoritism, not the best pay.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook your employees


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  5. Great place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Private College in Minnesota

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Wild, Wild West

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Relaxing work environment, but no room to grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  9. great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Hamline University part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    people there are nice to work with

    Cons

    not any cons that I can think of


  10. Amazing coworkers; disappointing experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Worked directly with extremely passionate, committed and creative people. The higher education environment offers many perks, including better benefits than many organizations; tuition breaks; health and wellness resources and promotions; a close-knit community

    Cons

    Mismanagement by upper administration led to mass layoffs, irresponsible spending, turnover, and low morale campus wide. Management does not listen to or support employees; human resources is ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from past mistakes; be transparent; trust your employees, support and listen to their concerns. Work together versus pitting managers against one another. There are too many people on top; not enough on the bottom. Invest in those that do the work.


  11. It was a nice easy place for school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hamline University full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Classes are small and the professors really do care about you and your studies. Study abroad options are broad and the experience was great.

    Cons

    It is very expensive and the housing can be ridiculous. Security is more or less a joke. The campus food is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    To have the president and the board to actually listen to the student and think more of them than themselves.



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