Mills College

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Mills College Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
28 Reviews

3.4
28 Reviews
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Alecia A. DeCoudreaux
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  1.  

    Recovering from devastating budget issues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Passionate (albeit needy) students, excellent faculty, friendly staff. Gorgeous campus; it smells great all the time. Accommodating and flexible to our personal lives. Food is good; be sure to wait around for the clam chowder. Very inclusive community. Salary is alright but I stay for the benefits.

    Cons

    We are recovering from some devastating budget issues. Since I have been here, there have been no raises. There have been furloughs, reduced salary, restructuring, lay offs...morale is at an all-time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have faith that management is doing what they can to balance the budget, to eventually bring back raises and "appreciation days" (like paid holidays), and once again make Mills the vibrant, positive campus it once was. Our President has the business background we need to fix the budgetary problems the College is in and get us back in the green. I've been working to get out of my own debt issues so I have some empathy for her trying to get an entire company out of debt issues...it's not easy and you have to make difficult sacrifices. Frankly my opinion is that our previous president--NOT our current president--is at fault for the dire situation we're in, and President DeCoudreaux, unfortunately is the face as we get through these trying times. (By no means am I trying to devalue current staff/faculty unhappiness about the situation; just giving my take on the big picture.)

    Recommends
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    Challenging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Faculty and staff devoted to women's education, the arts, education, social justice. For a small campus, there are a good number of arts events. Graduates go out with confidence. Location in the Bay Area has many advantages though housing and cost of living are expensive. Many great people to work with.

    Cons

    Year after year, budget cutting is taking a toll on morale on campus. Much talk of transparency but reality's different. People who have loyalty are being alienated. Not very international-minded. Not very innovative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less talk of transparency and more actual consultations with the community. Small liberal arts colleges are having a hard time, we know this.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Positive experience with Mills

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I worked part time at Mills while attending school there. I loved every minute of my lab position. The professors were very kind and helped me whenever I needed it.

    Cons

    The only problem was that many of the students I was working with were older than me and this caused some tension. We were also required to hold office hours, that none of the students would take advantage of.

    Recommends
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    Good people

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    Former Employee - Student Worker  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    I loved working with all the staff members

    Cons

    the pay is not very good as a temp worker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    nice environment and nice students

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    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    beautiful campus, attentive students, hands-off supervisor

    Cons

    Taught as adjunct and didn't get to work full time

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    My experience went from outstanding to unbearable.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, lively atmosphere, friendly students. Mills is like an oasis in the chaos of Oakland, CA.

    Cons

    Management has changed completely over the last 2 years. Their desire to bring a "corporate" mentality has forced their most valuable staff to leave. Expect at least 2 full weeks of furlough time (lost salary) and factor this into any offer. Expect a cliquish atmosphere among staff. Expect low standards, short work weeks for most employees and no commendation whatsoever for extraordinary effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't insult or devalue the intelligence of your employees. Hire a permanent General Council.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  8.  

    Great place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, great place for women

    Cons

    Always lots to do, and never enough time in the work day to get it all done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep supporting women's leadership issues

  9.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits, a lot of holidays off, beautiful campus, great co-workers

    Cons

    Salary is average to low

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Working here has been great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very understanding to a student's schedule

    Cons

    Can be very demanding of time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Highly political atmosphere, faculty are undervalued

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    Current Employee - Faculty  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Faculty in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    Mills College is a very special place. It has a central mission and core values that are fantastic if you are interested in feminism, social equality, LGBT issues, first-generation college students, education equity, and the like. The faculty is passionate about their work and the students come to Mills because they want to be there, not because they feel obligated to attend college. Plus, the campus is beautiful!

    Cons

    There is gross lack of transparency in how the College is governed. The faculty are not fairly compensated. Every year we are asked to do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the faculty salary plan. Engage faculty before making drastic decisions about benefits. Understand that the faculty are the College's most important asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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