Simmons College
2.8 of 5 13 reviews
www.simmons.edu Boston, MA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Feb 25, 2014

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No room for advancement

Administrative Assistant II (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Simmons College full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat colleagues
Allows some flexibility
Great vacation/sick leave package

ConsLittle or no development
No room for advancement
Unfair compensation compare to the work load

Advice to Senior ManagementManagers need to respect their support system

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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he drama and lack of professional courtesy necessary to carry work out with integrity makes this a toxic place to work.

Administrative Assistant II (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Simmons College full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTuition benefits are granted, but programs are not living up to their mission; the product is flawed.

ConsManagers are not empowered to reward their employees with more responsibilities, financial incentives or other benefits.

Advice to Senior ManagementPut your people first.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dysfunctional- at best.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Simmons College full-time for more than 3 years

Pros-Free graduate degrees for employees and spouses
-Great rates on public transit
-Easy location to commute to
-Some very talented staff sprinkled throughout college- always a pleasure when you find them!

Cons-Leadership is lacking (President is demeaning, HR is nonexistent, no clear vision/unity/community)
-No merit pay increase in 5 years running
-Generally very difficult to obtain a raise, even with stellar reviews (usually HR blocking)
-No way for staff to communicate needs (falls on deaf ears)
-Lack of unity between staff & faculty
-Lots of politics (have to beware of what you say and who you are saying it to)

Advice to Senior ManagementReally listen to staff- you have a lot of talent that leaves due to lack of college direction, college culture, individual opportunity, and collegial respect.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Administrative Assistant II (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Simmons College full-time for more than a year

ProsFriendly Support System, Great culture, some flexibility is offered by managers

ConsLow wages, por benefits, most managers mistreat their support staff

Advice to Senior ManagementTo treat staff better, with respect and appreciation

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great organization

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Simmons College part-time

ProsInteresting atmosphere, good culture to work in

ConsTight on salary and not always responsive

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to the needs of the school versus outside management consultant recommendations

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Low pay, overworked, no benefits for doing more

Technical Support (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Simmons College part-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe only benefit is working in the Fenway area.

Cons- Low pay
- Hires less and expects more out of the employees
- No raises
- Won't promote within if salary is 10% higher than current position

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The tricky thing about compromise - don't do it if it hurts inside....

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Simmons College

Pros- standard hours
- easy commute
- good benefits package
- vacation/sick time + paid administrative holidays
- get your degree paid for

Cons- "accepting" community depends on where in the community you work or learn
- limited to no employee support: human resources no longer supports employees
- over-worked employees under new management strategies to decrease fiscal overhead
- virtually no communication, bad blood between departments
- derisive gap between faculty and staff

Advice to Senior ManagementYou lost a lot of good employees through poor management, improper or lack of use of employee evaluations and/or poor compensation. Layoffs furthered the stress and sent more of us running for the hills. Continuing to support faculty and students while ignoring/minimizing/burdening staff will only continue the divide and contribute to the crumbling sense of community overall.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Development

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Simmons College

ProsThe pros of working at Simmons include the opportunity to grow and develop professionally. There is always a program or workshop to help one improve skill sets. The communication is open.

ConsSimmons is going through some changes. It is not the same professional nuturer it used to be. For a while morale was down.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore training is needed for managers. The programming focused on non-managers, but to my knowledge, not enough for management. That needs to change because not everyone has the natural ability to lead.

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Friendly Place to Work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at Simmons College

Pros- Friendly (open and accepting) atmosphere
- Great location, easy to get to
- Continuing education opportunities
- Good hours
- Gorgeous campus

Cons- Had a hiring freeze for a while (not if it is still in effect)
- Poor communication between different departments
- Money management

Advice to Senior ManagementThe communication and collaboration between separate departments was sorely lacking. The upper management of the college would benefit from listening to everyone else.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to learn, but you can't stay here forever

Assistant Director (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Simmons College

ProsVacation time is fabulous! I love the people and I have learned a lot.

ConsLeadership that has been here forever and then some higher leadership turnover

Advice to Senior ManagementCultivate your young employees - make them feel valued

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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