St. Mary's College of California

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St. Mary's College of California Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Mary's College of California

    Pros

    Lots of experience to be gained.

    Cons

    The pay was a bit low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees.

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    It was fun and convenient.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Athletic Promoter in Moraga, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Athletic Promoter in Moraga, CA

    I have been working at St. Mary's College of California part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    While working with SMC I met a lot of people I could network with and friends who were not in my major. It was nice to socialize with others outside of my major.

    Cons

    Sometimes I had to work on holidays (Thanksgiving/Christmas Break/Spring Break) which was not fun and I also spent six months unpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would not make students work on their holidays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mission Based Institution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Mary's College of California full-time

    Pros

    Clear purpose and mission
    Service oriented
    Friendly
    Beautiful surrounding
    Opportunity to "own" your role
    Work-life balance
    Community based
    High retention of faculty and staff
    Student centered

    Cons

    Salaries for some positions are not competitive. Departments are run very lean on staff which can make it difficult to offer full services, however, people are very knowledgeable about their roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have regular State of the College addresses for all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    There's a shared commitment to the mission of the organization among personnel and opportunities to collaborate.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Moraga, CA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Moraga, CA

    I have been working at St. Mary's College of California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a genuine sense of community, a commitment to mission, a strong emphasis on work-life balance, and opportunities for professional development. The administration rewards creativity, innovation and leadership.

    Cons

    Salaries across the board are about 5% below average for the Bay Area, there can be an 'us vs. them' mentality among some departments. The organization has bounced back after the recession and has a good outlook for the years ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries for staff & faculty. Consider merit based salary increases.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Caring community of faculty, staff and administrators. Diverse, engaged student population. Strong mission. Low pay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moraga, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moraga, CA

    I worked at St. Mary's College of California full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Saint Mary's is beautiful, friendly, student-centered, collegial and communal. Work there long enough, and you'll become part of "the family." Workplace culture is positive, and as a long-time staff member I was well supported by my colleagues and supervisors. SMC students are generally wonderful to work with, and those who are truly seeking it will find a high-quality liberal arts education and lots of out-of-class opportunities for growth and exploration. As a staff member I was a supervisor, advisor, counselor and teacher to undergraduates and developed positive, meaningful relationships with many. I also worked closely with fellow staff, dozens of faculty members and upper-level administrators and my experiences were generally positive. My department was led by people with vision and I was encouraged to grow professionally and personally.

    Cons

    Low pay as compared to similar jobs in other institutions. Quality of leadership and management in departments across campus varies pretty greatly, so paying attention to the qualifications and qualities of those who are actually interviewing you is key. As a smaller, more communal workplace, personal relationships are valued but professionalism (follow-through, strategic planning, consistent communication) is sometimes lacking. Change often moves at a glacial pace (often true of higher education work environments!). Technology/IT issues have persisted in the past but that looks to be improving. Can be a "small town" type of work environment, so potential employees MUST be relational and know how to learn and acclimate to the social and political landscape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger messaging around mission and institutional priorities and vision from the top (the new president, as of Fall '13, could make a big impact in this area). More consistent support AND accountability within and across campus units would create a more professional and competent work culture...basically, the campus needs higher and more consistent workplace expectations. Comparatively low pay is a real issue, and quality people will be lost to other institutions if it is not remedied.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good small school experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Mary's College of California

    Pros

    Great environment to work in

    Cons

    Small size makes it easy to get too comfortable.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Mary's College of California (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent experience, friendly and knowledgable staff, great location.

    Cons

    Pay is not very high, it's more about the experience.

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    student job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Mary's College of California

    Pros

    good pay easy hours, nice bosses. pleasant work environment. good place for students to work

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Scheduling is very convenient, especially for regular day students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Moraga, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Moraga, CA

    I worked at St. Mary's College of California as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pretty campus and that's about it. Enough said!

    Cons

    Very racist school - especially if you are not white. They will think of anything to get rid of a person in any manner of policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your HR discrimination procedures and workplace bullying policies closely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Love this place.

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Moraga, CA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Moraga, CA

    I have been working at St. Mary's College of California part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome school, great culture, and community.

    Cons

    I have no cons to give for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

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