Holy Names University

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Holy Names University Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Holy Names University full-time

    Pros

    Supervisor, Culture, Community, Work-Life Balance, Beautiful Campus

    Cons

    None that I can think of!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Be a Follower

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Holy Names University (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive environment for women, close to Safeway.

    Cons

    Strong divisions between departments, crippled infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good fight!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    University with a compelling mission and student population fails to provide its staff with even basic support.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Holy Names University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Offers free tuition for staff and their families: a great way to get an additional degree while working.

    Excellent work/life balance.

    The school's mission includes some compelling values that are a pleasure to serve: commitment to diversity and urban issues, developing "critical thinkers", and community service.

    I enjoyed my interactions with students on campus and made valued and lasting professional connections among peers.

    Good stepping stone job, or perhaps career-starting job.

    Gym membership on-campus.

    Gorgeous views from the Oakland hills of the Bay.

    A genuine sense of joining a special community.

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership, lacking vision, professional conduct and basic management skills — this is perhaps the most dysfunctional place I've worked.

    It saddened me to see literally dozens of talented, smart people (ironically, the "critical thinkers") driven out by unchecked bullies and/or incompetence in upper management. Quite hypocritical given the "radical hospitality" that is claimed as part of the school's values (thus my two stars for values).

    The subsequent, massive turnover rate there leaves little institutional memory to be found across entire departments.

    Shockingly poor infrastructure: electricity, networks or email down for days was not uncommon. The students eventually held a protest about the lack of basic services.

    Terrible cross- and inter-department communication and coordination. Staff feel isolated and tend to mistrust the intentions of folks in other departments. This mentality comes from the upper management down.

    Uncompetitive pay; no merit-based salary increases/bonuses (in my department, anyway).

    Little or no opportunity nor budget for professional development or promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Radical Hospitality" should begin at home with your own family and not just be a meaningless catch phrase that's dusted off and trotted out for speeches. Invest in leaders who can not just talk the talk, but also walk the walk. Management training and support, and HR with real teeth to support staff would be a huge improvement. Invest in your talented, ambitious employees. Reward good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great place to start learning about hospitality

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Holy Names University

    Pros

    I learned the importance of cash flow as well as keeping a good food production schedule there.

    Cons

    working with college students can be very frustrating since they try to continually pull one over on you.

  6.  

    Wonderful academic environment to teach

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Holy Names University as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small and dedicated students that are willing to work

    Cons

    Not as many resources as needed to bring the highest quality education to students

    Recommends
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    The benefits at HNU were great.

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    Current Employee - Game Management Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Game Management Assistant in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Holy Names University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free Tuition to employees and their spouses.

    Cons

    Ineffective communication issues within the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Job to start career.

    Recommends
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    very great place to get foundational knowledge and exposure to diversity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Holy Names University full-time

    Pros

    working here allows you to be exposed to multi cultures represented on campus, the sister of the college are very supportive and friendly.

    Cons

    parking is horrible, they should think about expanding. the salary isnt so great but okay to start off with

    Doesn't Recommend
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