Lesley University
3.3 of 5 13 reviews
www.lesley.edu Cambridge, MA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Apr 16, 2014

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Good place with nice people

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Lesley University

Prosits a pretty chill place where everyone is super nice to you and they have a beautiful campus. they have some pretty cheap and good lunches too you get access too. The office culture is really relaxed and they will let you leave early if you get done what you need to do. plus you are a very short walk away from harvard sq and the bus so its really easy to get to.

ConsNot a ton of challenges or issues here its a very relaxed environment. everyone there wants to be your friend.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Operations (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Lesley University full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat Work Environment. Great Location. Nice People

ConsPoor benefits. Few Full Time Faculty. Bad starting salaries.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow Organically! Pay a living wage to EVERYONE who works for you. Time off is a right, not a 2 week blessing. No transportation subsides (besides gov. tax breaks)? High priced insurance premiums!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Lesley University

ProsGreat students, alumni, and staff.

ConsCan be a complex place to get things done.

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Needs to innovate

Admissions (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I worked at Lesley University full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat people, great mission, great location

Consconstant budget issues, a failing model, inability to adapt

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working at a Cambridge University, that's not MIT or Harvard.

Graduate Student Assistant (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I worked at Lesley University part-time for more than a year

ProsThe people were fantastic and within the individual departments were very helpful.

ConsThe administration seemed more into business than education.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that a university should be first about education, but run as a business and not the reverse.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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wonderful place but terrible pay and not much opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Lesley University

Prosgreat location, great benefits, cool people

Conslow pay, lack of advancement.

Advice to Senior Managementbring in outside auditor to evaluate roles and pay of those employee's already working there.

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

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Pockets of well-run offices a midst much chaos

Assistant Director (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Lesley University full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood benefits, good hours, cool location. Good colleagues.

ConsLow pay. More than their fair share of crazy people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great workforce, and peers

HR Generalist (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Lesley University full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgreat benefits, and PTO, 4 weeks as a new employee, great organizational culture.

Conslow salary, and limited move-up

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Poor administration

Faculty (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Lesley University

ProsThe students and faculty are passionate about the work they do. The reason why I teach here is because of these two aspects only.

ConsThere is no teachers union and the administration is horrible. The higher level employment does not advocate are seem to care for the interests of the faculty and at times the students, even after prodding and reminders. The salary is horrible, well below what is possibly appropriate for Cambridge living. Doctoral level Faculty earn significantly less then university staff.
Administrative offices often misplace documents and the counseling center has a waiting list of students who are in desperate need of services.
Campus safety is not helpful - crime is rampant among the student community - this is not properly taken care of.
There is not enough faculty to teach courses which are becoming frequently overloaded with incoming students. Courses that would most benefit from an intimate learning environment often exceed 25 students. This is not reflective of what is presented in university advertising.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe Administration needs to take a look at faculty salary, work load, student needs, and overall health. The administration are very fortunate to have faculty who care about the integrity of thier programs and student welfare.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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the students are treasures, but management is rotten from the top down

Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I worked at Lesley University

Prosstudents do truly community-changing work, and are eager to share their ideas. staff and faculty genuinely care about students and most of them try to assist students and one another with navigating Lesley's university-wide broken administrative systems.

Consmiddle management does no forward planning, and the top levels of leadership have no focus implementation strategies. management from the top (president and provost) all the way through deans of the colleges and directors of programs is dismissive of ideas for improvement from staff and faculty. there is no sense that the top leadership has any idea what happens in its own ground game, which hurts the students.

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to implementation ideas from staff. organize office structures to support the mission rather than manage by whim or crisis. get to know the reality of your ground game. stop trying to turn Lesley into a corporate culture--the students who choose Lesley hate that, and anyway your neighbor (Harvard) already does that better than you will ever be able to.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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