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Wellesley College Reviews

Updated February 6, 2015
Updated February 6, 2015
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  1.  

    Great Experience as a Student Employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wellesley College part-time

    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.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Exciting, Supportive work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

    I have been working at Wellesley College

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Very positive experience; gained many core skills and confidence.

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Incredible school, but difficult for administrative staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wellesley College

    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

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Student Worker

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

    I have been working at Wellesley College

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting point for career

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Difficult work environment, great benefits

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    Current Employee - Administration in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Administration in Wellesley, MA

    I have been working at Wellesley College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great school and academic community, beautiful campus. Good benefits and overall quality of life. Best if you work in a smaller, somewhat independent department. Wonderful cultural opportunities, like lectures, art exhibits, music and theater performances.

    Cons

    Very silo-ed and hierarchical administrative structure. Low salary scale. It's a little out of the way, and getting there via mass transit is very difficult, so you need a car.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on internal communication and get competitive with salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetence is rewarded

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wellesley College full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    beautiful campus, smart students, dedicated faculty, good benefits, pay is competitive

    Cons

    many, many staff are promoted beyond their abilities -- think part-time administrative assistant to director in 18 months due not to ability, but to massive turnover and long-term vacancies. the inability to maintain good employees (who often leave for lesser money at other organizations) contributes to the severely low morale on campus. lots of bad PR this fall have lead to a community in crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring in outside consultant to right-size the staff, properly evaluate individuals' effectiveness, and root out nepotism and favoritism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ship is sinking

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wellesley College full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Flexible hours, Sick and Vacation days are numerous, Beautiful Campus, Free Parking.

    Cons

    The current IT environment is in bad shape. Exodus of good employees ongoing. Poor Management. CIO out of touch with staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all the recent changes are bad, but they have been too many and too fast with little regard for workload. Management has lost the personal connection to the employees and it shows.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has been a good experience that has allowed me to build new skills that will will hopefully lead me to the next level.

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

    I have been working at Wellesley College full-time

    Pros

    The location of the school is great and they are right up the road from commuter rail so commuting from the city would be easy. Free parking on camps and plenty of places to eat on site. Beautiful campus setting that has plenty of places to walk during the day. Great benefits package for full time/half time employees.

    Cons

    Has not been able to recover from market crash and continues to have to keep a tight rein on the budgets. Has been a lot of turn over as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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