Hendrix College
3.6 of 5 8 reviews
www.hendrix.edu Conway, AR 150 to 499 Employees

Hendrix College Reviews

Updated Mar 11, 2014

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Math Ta (Former Employee)

I worked at Hendrix College part-time

ProsTA job is easy. Low pay, but low stress.

ConsGrading can be overwhelming before tests, but nothing too bad.

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Smart people, tedious work.

Student Worker-Admissions (Former Employee)
Conway, AR

I worked at Hendrix College part-time for more than a year

ProsThe people you work with will for the most part be smart, kind, considerate. You will get time off if you need it. They hire from within.

ConsSmall place in a small town means a small salary. Lots of gossip. Lots of grunt work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent for experience but not substantial - Student Workers

Student Worker (Current Employee)
Conway, AR

I have been working at Hendrix College part-time for more than 3 years

ProsDecent learning experience
Prioritization is possible if you have connections

ConsPay is cut to minimal and then even more so
Do not be fooled by the words "full time," they can define it as 25 hours a week

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Great people to work with, but management issues are a drawback.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hendrix College

Pros- great faculty/staff members
- great benefits (2 weeks off at Christmas, half "Spring Break," and other holidays)

Cons- compensation is low
- tenuous relationship between faculty/staff and senior leadership

Advice to Senior Management- consider diversity in senior leadership

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The work I did on a daily basis made a positive difference in the lives of the students

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Conway, AR

I worked at Hendrix College

ProsGreat sense of community; department and co-workers are passionate about the work that they do. The institution seeks to blaze its own trail. In many areas, it purposely avoids following the crowd.

ConsBecause it is a small institution, multiple jobs are required of most employees. Office space is at a premium; shared work spaces and lack of privacy are common.

Advice to Senior ManagementStaff salaries are not competitive with other educational institutions or the business world. Because it is a private college, major donors' giving has a huge impact on programs that are funded and buildings that are constructed. Not all are necessarily within the mission of the college. Don't forget your Methodist roots! It often seems like you are purposely promoting anti-Christian values.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good people, small school.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Conway, AR

I have been working at Hendrix College

ProsThe people I work with are really great and they offer excellent benefits.

ConsSalary is not competitive and job duties are all over the place.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Top-down management, more about money and prestige than academics

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Conway, AR

I have been working at Hendrix College

ProsThe school attracts excellent students, and considering the general decline in quality of college students in the current generation, this is very important to note. With few exceptions, they are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers who work very hard to do their best. They seem to appreciate the opportunities given to them, and they seem less entitled than students at other similar institutions.

ConsThe upper administration takes a very top-down approach to leadership, often dictating their decisions to faculty in faculty meetings. Example: the football fiasco. The upper admin insisted that a football team would help recruitment efforts and, ultimately, bring in more money to the school. A $150,000 'feasibility study' (foregone conclusion: feasible) was conducted, and preparations were made and then scrapped when the economic downturn occurred. This cost the school a lot of money unnecessarily, even when faculty and alumuni were overwhelmingly against the idea of introducing a football team. The upper administration seems, in general, to be engaged in a plot to alter the school's character as a way to attract 'full sticker price'-paying students. Hendrix has traditionally been a haven for creative students, hippie types, and self-avowed "nerds" of various sorts (drama to chemistry and everything inbetween) from Arkansas and surrounding states. This "repositioning in the market" (words of the President) seems to have everything to do with money and nothing to do with maintaining the quality of academics at Hendrix.

The top-down mentality frequently extends to academic departments, where junior faculty feel scared to speak up on departmental or college-wide issues for fear of reprisal from superiors. There is *very* heavy reliance on limited-contract and adjunct instructors, most of whom are as qualified as (if not more than) their tenured colleagues. This has a negative effect on programs, which lack continuity due to the turnover, and ultimately, it deprives students of long-term relationships with their professors, and later in life, with their alma mater when they come back to visit - and yes, this could affect donations later. Don't think it won't.

The pay is good, but the opportunity for advancement is non-existent for non-tenure-track (ntt) employees, and there is no one to advocate for their needs because senior faculty do not care, and junior, tenure-track faculty feel afraid to speak up for them. Meanwhile, when one's employment next semester or next year depends on keeping quiet and not rocking the boat, ntt faculty certainly can't speak up for themselves.

Senior faculty tend to be under- or entirely unpublished and could not get the tenure-track (or perhaps even ntt) positions for which they are in charge of hiring. This has led to much resentment towards younger, beginning faculty who have, in some cases, already published more than the entire senior faculty in their departments *combined.* It's sad, really.

Unfortunately, the top-down management (think Bush administration) that bars meaningful faculty input in administrative matters may ultimately lead to a deep-set complacency. The power is concentrated in the upper tiers in all areas of administration and departmental governance, so the problem can only be solved by a complete reorganization and a new attitude. Unfortunately, few people ever give up power voluntarily, so it would take nothing short of a revolution to make that happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementStep down or change the way you run things. Stop relying on ntt faculty to shoulder the burdens of essential departments. You do your students a disservice with your current practices, and they are the one thing this college truly has going for it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fair.

Visiting Assistant Professor (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hendrix College

ProsEnjoy students. Faculty need PhD or DBA.

ConsWithout a PhD or DBA, other faculty members sometimes assume you are not qualified

Advice to Senior ManagementExpand the pay and benefits for adjunct instructors that have been teaching successfully there for more than 10 years!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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