St. John's College Reviews

Updated May 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A good job if you have kids and need a relaxed schedule

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Office/Financial Aid in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Business Office/Financial Aid in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at St. John's College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working hours (35 hours per week) and benefits.

    Cons

    Little control over management; many abusive middle managers and not protections for those under them. Morale is not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the regular staff and treat them with more respect. Be a bit more circumspect about your middle management; many of them are inhibiting your staff from doing their best.


  2. Administrative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at St. John's College full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Definitely the hours. For most employees it is a 35 hour work week. Which unfortunately can be a very long 35 hours if you are unhappy.

    Cons

    The CFO is controlling and nasty. If you haven't been there 25 years...move on.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect and dignity.


  3. Forget pay increases

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. John's College full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small college environment, relaxed work hours, above average time off, most coworkers great to work with

    Cons

    Petty politics, no leadership, horrible morale, huge disconnect between academic and administration culture, low pay and no pay raises

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of anyone on administration side who has been there more than 30 years. Increase pay scale and reinstate annual pay increases.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Could be an exceptional place to work...but isn't yet.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at St. John's College full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    There is a strong sense of service and unity amongst staff and faculty when it comes to the overall mission of the college. Employees are there for the students, who generally seem appreciative of what we do. Depending upon the department or supervisor (I seriously stress this), employees also have a good amount of weight when it comes to questioning and updating policies and procedures. There seems to be good decent work/life balance for employees.

    Cons

    Upper management is generally reluctant to change things too quickly, even when needed. Many employees who should be heard are not, and the wage gap can be rather alarming. The economic downturn has done a number of the institution, and that is felt most by the staff who probably need pay increases most. Morale is generally low because of the lack of trust felt by staff towards upper management. There is little room or budget for professional development or upward mobility, which can lead to a lot of turnover (especially recently).

    Advice to Management

    Seek thoughtful and effective ways of moving forward as a distinctive place in a sea of colleges who have all moved into the 21st century. Pay attention to the fact that many talented employees have left for greener pastures. Create a better structure for pay increases by merit and years served. Increase opportunities for professional development across the board. Find ways of showing more staff appreciation.


  6. Dysfunctional leadership leads to trickle-down incompetence and utter lack of accountabiity.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. John's College full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you believe in the mission of the college, it's great to be a part of something important. It's a beautiful campus, and many of your fellow miserable employees are nice people.

    Cons

    Staff morale is always in the toilet, because upper and middle management have let the place settle into a horrible rut. The most common complaint among the staff is that they are not treated with respect, not by their bosses and not by HR.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize the administrative structure and consider letting some professionals in.


  7. Writing Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writing Assistant in Santa Fe, NM
    Former Employee - Writing Assistant in Santa Fe, NM

    I worked at St. John's College part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility with individual schedules, excellent training and supervision, fulfilling work, enjoyable coworkers, depending on whom they are.

    Cons

    Hours most effective for the students are often late at night during the weekend or on weeknights, pay is relatively low.


  8. student aides

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Aide in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Student Aide in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at St. John's College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The supervisors are friendly and take care of the student aides by assigning reasonable amount of workload, and talking to you before changing schedules. Easy work-life balance. They are helpful in terms of giving feedback to performance, and giving clear instructions.

    Cons

    Things are running slowly and steadily with little change.


  9. Resident Assistant job for Junior and Senior year

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at St. John's College part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The weekly meetings were good discussions with fellow students about student well-being, and I thought they were interesting and informative. The administration is generally very accessible if you have any problems with your hall.

    Cons

    Balancing your friendships with people you RA for versus your responsibility as a "school employee" was always unclear and sometimes frustrating and confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  10. what a great time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Lab in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Lab Lab in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at St. John's College part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you get to do the stuff you like doing that is why you are there in the first place. it is a great place to work doing the things. too bad you cannot do it forever and ever!

    Cons

    imean i didnt get paid in gold bullion nor in candy nor unicorns so i guess there's a lot to be desired. in the future, please pay in candy or gold bullion or unicorns or vespas. free the axolotls.

    Advice to Management

    candy for everyone


  11. Disappointing. I thought I would enjoy working in a small collegiate enviornment.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at St. John's College full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work can be challenging; however, the senior leadership is completely dysfunctional. I find that it can be a hot bed of gossip and this is extremely unpleasant for someone who craves professionalism.

    Cons

    Please see what is written above.

    Advice to Management

    Cultures and values are touted as important; however, values seem to be lacking in senior management.



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