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Hollins University Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Work Study in Multiple Jobs

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    Current Employee - Circulation Desk in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk in Roanoke, VA

    I have been working at Hollins University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Office culture is nice, and even. The employees work well. Circulation training is interesting and fun. They're more than willing to fit themselves into your schedule.

    Cons

    When I was training for circulation, the program to learn Library of Congress Catologing system was long and arduous. It barely kept my interest and sometimes the other supervisors don't even bother talking to you about their problems with you when its all over something that can be considered personal, rather than professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go a head and tell someone you're upset at them rather than going to their supervisor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Worst workplace environment ever experienced

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Hollins University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    3 Classes offered free of charge after employed for a certain timeframe

    Cons

    None of the staff got along, moral was horrible, hours where 24 hours and people called out almost every day/night and you had to be available to be called in. Pay was not worth what you had to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discipline action for not showing up for shift and a policy regarding office gossip.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Disheartened

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hollins University full-time

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work, where everyone felt like family and we cared and got to know each other. At heart, it's a really great institution with a lot of great history and traditions.

    Cons

    What used to be excellent benefits (excessive paid time off, community events, employee recognition, free classes) have been significantly cut. Many employees have become displeased with working there and the environment has truly declined. The students, faculty, and staff have all felt and noticed it, but administration seems to either be oblivious or worse, not care. There's no room for personal or professional growth, and administration does not listen to complaints. The priorities of the administration are way off base and the rest of the campus feels neglected and unimportant. There are a number of significant human resources issues. It's not the pleasant environment it used to be. Unfortunately most of the people who work there are career-minded and love(d) Hollins and will probably cut what could be a long, valuable career at the university short because of these oversights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider listening to your employees, since most of them are on the front line with students, prospective students, students' families, and the community and can give you valuable insight as to what isn't working and why people aren't happy. Most people love this school and want to make it better, but that can't happen when the people who make the decisions are turning a blind eye to what the concerns are.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employee satisfaction isn't a concern.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Small community and for the most part people care to get to know you and take interest in your work. Sexual harassment is a main concern and taken very seriously by upper management. Free classes as a benefit to most full time employees includes both undergraduate and and graduate level course work.

    Cons

    Management really doesn't care about employee satisfaction. They would rather continue to have a rotating door of employees than to focus on important issues to their staff members. There are no efforts to address concerns of staff members and they don't value having long term staff. Human Resources is useless and sets themselves up for lawsuits consistently. They are often available to meet about concerns but will rarely follow through on resolving issues. Even when several staff members address an issue with them it may take years to get resolved. Leaving frustrated, disloyal, and disgruntled employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are seriously unhappy people across campus which is toxic for an institution which needs to actively recruit students. Take employee concerns seriously because employee satisfaction particularly with their work environment should be a main concern. Hollins gets a bad reputation when the people who work there are disgruntled, frustrated, and unhappy. Happy employees can really effect change on campus.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok to start - not great for future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - International Programs in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - International Programs in Roanoke, VA

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

    Pros

    Small community university where everyone pretty much knows each other.

    Cons

    No room for advancement or pay increases

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's a good experience

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Roanoke, VA

    I have been working at Hollins University

    Pros

    My supervisor is very helpful and understanding

    Cons

    I didn't learn as much skill

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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