Spring Hill College Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    All about the mission, even if you're not a Jesuit.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Spring Hill College

    Pros

    Very collegial atmostphere with relatively little of the sniping typical in academia. Good teaching is valued, even required for tenure. The students tend to be above average.

    Cons

    Crappy pay. Most faculty with any publications and/or administration experience are on the market. Very little support for academic pursuits. Any research done is strictly because you love it, not because it will get you rewarded or acknowledged. The college is financially hanging on by a thread.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give generous raises ASAP or you might find your courses all taught by adjuncts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Interesting.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spring Hill College

    Pros

    Working with other employees was great.

    Cons

    Financial stability of the institution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great colleagues, great mission, dead-end job

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Spring Hill College full-time

    Pros

    My colleagues were amazing - they truly cared about student success and were wonderful to work with!
    The mission of Spring Hill College is also incredible: a refreshing change from the purely job focused goals of many other colleges and universities.

    Cons

    Little to no support for professional development.
    Salaries were extremely low to begin with, and administration kept threatening to cut them further. There was no hope of even a COLA, and promotions carried marginal salary increases - so working here, you basically earn less each year.
    Workload here was extremely high, compared to similar jobs.
    It seemed as though the mission was only for students, not faculty and staff: administration did not care about employee concerns or take steps to correct them.
    Low employee morale did not make the workplace a positive environment; we were also continually understaffed due to high employee turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management of financial resources, combined with more respect for employees, would improve employee morale and possibly prevent turnover.
    The mission of the College should extend to employees: faculty and staff should be provided resources to care for the mind (professional development) and body (livable pay) - employees will not continue working for a purely spiritual reward!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spring Hill College full-time

    Pros

    It's a job. Okay place to hang out until something better comes along. They expect very little of you, so it is super easy to do nothing (which is what most people are doing).

    Cons

    Pay puts you in lowest 5% nationally for same job. A lot of long timers just coasting on minimal work. Administration's solution to every problem is to hire more administrators. They love meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no mechanism for evaluating administrators.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Wonderful working environment with supportive coworkers.

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    Former Employee - Student Center Associate in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Student Center Associate in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Spring Hill College part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours, gets you even more immersed into the Badger culture, meet tons of people, and gain powerful allies.

    Cons

    If it's the student center, you may have to work till 2am on a Saturday night.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. A Delightful Place with Great People--But No Job is Perfect

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Humanities in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Humanities in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Spring Hill College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues, respect from peers and supervisors, strong religious values; no micro-management; freedom in the classroom to experiment for the sake of increasing effectiveness; great students; small community with lots of interpersonal interaction.

    Cons

    Lower-than-average compensation; lack of openness regarding budget; talk of shared governance is mostly talk rather than genuine commitment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent -- take faculty seriously -- remember that your employees and faculty should not be excessively overburdened; we want to do all that we can, but beware the straw that broke the camel's back! When considering costs, include personal costs to the lives of your staff and faculty.

    Recommends
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  8. 2 people found this helpful

    It can be great.

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Spring Hill College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Great and noble mission. Great students. Board of Trustees very invested. Jesuit schools' network = very good. Amazing tuition benefit for employees + families with the opportunity to apply for the same benefit at other Jesuit schools. The recent leadership change and the COO/President structure = reason to be hopeful. Generally good people, with many who are amazing in their ability to accomplish great things with limited resources. People who step up can acquire resume fodder that'll take them to the next level. Faculty contracts = early August through mid-May with voluntary summer classes.

    Cons

    Generally understaffed and resource deprived. Heavily tuition dependent. Salary cut across the board in 2008, later restored, but no salary increase since. Some morale issues. Under market salaries according to most comparison sets, except lowest hourly rates at "living wage" not minimum wage. Leans too heavily on too few people. Burnout can occur. Hasn't been investing enough in faculty/staff professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful not to push your really loyal people to the point where they don't care.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Spring Hill College full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment and beautiful campus

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement/promotion

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Good college, poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Professor in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Professor in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Spring Hill College full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues and low pressure work environment

    Cons

    Lowest salary among colleges in the state. Poor transparency from the administration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries any way possible. Many faculty members with any possibility of another job are already actively looking for another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Great People to Work With

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    Former Employee - Area Coordinator in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Area Coordinator in Mobile, AL

    I worked at Spring Hill College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in
    Beautiful historic campus
    Wonderful coworkers
    Whether you're religeous or not, Ignatian Spirituality and thoughts are excellent business guidelines

    Cons

    Financial struggles make job security a little unstable
    Some of the students can be a challenge to deal with
    Jobs at Spring Hill tend to ask for a bit more from you than elsewhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more. Actually listen, don't pretend to and already have your mind made up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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