Wellesley College Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Library Workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wellesley College part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    good balance to school work, not stressful

    Cons

    Pay still seems very low for the amount of training and know how they expect us to have

    Advice to Management

    Pay your student workers more

  2. Unfortunately, a sinking ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wellesley College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, generous vacation and sick time, beautiful campus, lots of cultural/academic events made available to staff

    Cons

    Poor morale, very high turnover over the past few years, few opportunities for career advancement for young professionals, hard work isn't always acknowledged

    Advice to Management

    As a starting point, acknowledge that morale amongst administrative staff is very poor. Pretending that the issue doesn't exist just lowers morale even more!

  3. Great place to build your career

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

    I have been working at Wellesley College

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Generally a great place to work with a lot of like-minded people. There is ample opportunity to be involved in academic related events. The summer months are a great time to be at Wellesley.

    Cons

    Competitive salary and senior management's inability to take into account staff needs and ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Better evaluation of technological needs, technology is not a "one size fits all" model. Simply because something works at another institution does not mean it should automatically be adopted at Wellesley.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great potential, but an overall disappointment

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

    I have been working at Wellesley College

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting and dynamic work environment. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Real decision making power is only in the hands of a few.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees.

  6. Great Experience as a Student Employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wellesley College part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I worked at the art library during my time here as a student. It was great! The sense of community was wonderful. The work environment was very supportive - our supervisors were friendly, the work hours were flexible, and all the students would help each other as needed. I gained valuable work experience and was glad to get to know the people I worked with over the years.

    Cons

    It may take some time to find a job to start out with during your first year. The best thing to do is get out there and talk to people about the different opportunities available to learn about jobs you might want. I think the only option is part-time for student workers, but I wouldn't recommend working full-time as course workloads increase.

  7. Exciting, Supportive work environment

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

    I have been working at Wellesley College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great team dynamic, flexible work environment, leadership growth, strong impact on people's lives

    Cons

    Very few challenges here. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work

  8. Very positive experience; gained many core skills and confidence.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Library and Technology Services (RIS) Student Consultant in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Library and Technology Services (RIS) Student Consultant in Wellesley, MA

    I worked at Wellesley College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Overall positive experience. It was a fun place to work and I miss it. The library staff are incredibly friendly, helpful, and show that they actually care. There were many opportunities for training and promotion and I really felt I gained an immense amount of skills and confidence. There was always a collaborate and team-oriented feel to working. I enjoyed my job, which can't be said of many places.

    Cons

    More interaction between students and staff would help a great deal. When first starting as a new hire, it can be difficult to speak up and ask for help if not comfortable with those working around you on the same shift.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great work culture growing and ask and listen to students' feedback because student employees are on the front lines in terms of providing desk service. Make sure they are welcome to talk with staff and are appreciated as more than just worker bees.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Incredible school, but difficult for administrative staff

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

    I have been working at Wellesley College

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    amazing faculty, great students, beautiful campus

    Cons

    low salary (for administrative staff), little room for advancement (for administrative staff), cumbersome processes to move initiatives forward, elusive decision-making processes

  10. Student Worker

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

    I have been working at Wellesley College

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The staff are great and supportive.

    Cons

    Sometimes finding open positions could be a bit difficult. That is, unless you you knew a classmate that worked in the office.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Good starting point for career

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

    I worked at Wellesley College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits. Lots of time off available (although you might not be allowed to take it). Beautiful campus. Lots of support for additional training and learning new skillsets.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and stagnant to a ridiculous degree. Management does not listen to complaints and gives little support -- as a result morale is very low. Compensation (other than benefits) is also lower than the market. Opportunities for advancement are limited unless you can switch departments. Most talented staff seem to leave within a few years for better positions elsewhere and take a long time to be replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Give more freedom and leeway for staff to try new ideas. Less micromanagement would also be extremely helpful. Freedom to work from home needs to be increased. Staff need to be motivated via opportunities and compensation rather than just expected to continue taking on additional work.

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