Simmons College Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Relaxed enviornment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Simmons College full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, close to public transportation

    Cons

    Archaic System to use for work definitely needs the school to update their systems


  2. Helpful (2)

    Changing Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Simmons College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The staff & faculty are dedicated to the educational mission and success of students. The Simmons community strives to create an environment that is at the forefront of inclusivity on gender, race, etc. The College is conveniently located to public transportation, shopping and Fenway Park! The benefits are okay.

    Cons

    In the time I've been here, the benefits are diminishing, although to be fair that is nationwide with the changes in healthcare. This is a high-stress environment, with staffing reductions, and increasing responsibility for the positions that remain. There is a general distrust of administration, and low employee morale. Salary increases are infrequent, and well below the pace of inflation. Each year at Simmons has decreased my purchasing power.

    Advice to Management

    The attitude of the administration toward staff - 'if you don't like it, leave' - reflects a general lack of respect, and understanding that Simmons needs us (and faculty). The College cannot run by administrators alone. The College is losing institutional memory, dedication, and the very essence of what has prompted many staff to make Simmons home. Staff attrition is crippling and demoralizing.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Do not seek employment here....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Location; colleagues; public transportation benefit

    Cons

    Poor management, lack of communication, inadequate support systems, inept HR department culture of fear led by the President and her cronies.....Terrible benefits. Pay okay for a normal job but not for the many hats you are asked to wear and the hostile work environment many work in.

    Advice to Management

    You can not run this school by yourself (and given its current finances your efforts to try are going to bankrupt the institution). Value your employees and stop managing like the operations team is the only group of people on campus who have thoughts, ideas, opinions and abilities.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Low morale and high workload

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Tuition benefit College is closed during the holidays

    Cons

    Unstable work environment (changes in leadership, staff layoffs, faculty leaving) Budget cuts result in layoffs and more work for staff but not more pay Leadership will not advocate for staff Pricey health insurance There isn't room for growth Staff cannot have offices with windows (only faculty/ leadership can), although staff are in their offices 95% of the day, unlike faculty. There are empty offices with windows but they are off limits to staff. Says a lot about the hierarchy at Simmons.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value your staff.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great people, great students, struggling leadership.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Faculty, staff and students are very smart and are doing amazing things and it's great to support this. It is a great place to work for very specific types of jobs. I advise anyone job hunting here to understand who they will work with and what resources and support they might get.

    Cons

    Not large enough for personal growth; like many small colleges, there is little money to go around and lots of competition. The structure was very entrenched and it is difficult for anyone to move there.

    Advice to Management

    While the policies are fine, and the management is trying, academicians are not generally good leaders and they need to learn to lead. I think leadership seems to respond/react to budget emergencies but do not learn to grow their staff, think strategically or communicate effectively.


  7. Great please to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong community, opportunities for personal growth. empowering place to work, great location

    Cons

    none come to mind to be honest


  8. Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fantastic retirement savings plan, warm office culture with great colleagues. I've had nothing but the best experience working here.

    Cons

    Could be more generous with raises and promotions.


  9. Part-time Office Worker

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Simmons College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Chill work space - Paid on time / bi weekly - Dining Hall in the school, good for lunch break

    Cons

    - Office can be quiet most of the time - Obviously it was an administrative job, so it was easy, but not much to growth.

    Advice to Management

    - Not sure about upper management, but for my boss specifically - keep up the good work!


  10. Helpful (1)

    LMH on Simmons College

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    Current Employee - Investment Accountant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Investment Accountant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Professional and capable staff committed to help the Simmons College community

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for advancement; very little emphasis upon educational opportunities, professional development, and training.

    Advice to Management

    The attitude -or, at least the appearance of - that employees were lucky to have a job.


  11. Simmons is very small, but everyone is extremely nice and pleasant. It was great working here.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Simmons College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It has a nice small and intimate vibe. You'll quickly meet everyone and occasionally see them on campus. I worked with an academic department office and all of the faculty was great. I learned a lot of the basics of office administration, but it wasn't that exciting.

    Cons

    Sometimes Simmons being a small campus has it drawbacks because you feel like there isn't a lot of room for growth.



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