Wellesley College

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Wellesley College Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
24 Reviews
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    Student & Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wellesley College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay for students was really fair! I also learned a lot about the bureaucracy of the College and the hours are flexible enough if you plan ahead.

    Cons

    Disagreeing with the administration's decisions or opinions (especially if they were your boss or boss's boss) while working in the administrative offices was difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your students! Also, a lot of offices are undergoing internal conflicts that will make it harder for them to adequately serve their students, so that should be a number one priority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    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
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    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
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  5.  

    Ship is sinking

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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
  6. 1 person 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
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    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beautiful place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wellesley College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Collegial staff, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Communication within department is lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency and organization.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Beautiful Environment, top notch college, bright staff and students, opportunity to make a difference.

    Cons

    Silo environment, high turnover currently, very poor on boarding process for new hires once hiring is permitted (positions stay open for a long while)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more in touch with the morale of the staff; look at long term and broad impact of decisions rather than the short term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Wonderful!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wellesley College

    Pros

    Great work environment and supportive co staff.

    Cons

    Nothing! I loved it all.

  10.  

    Amazing female powered organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wellesley College part-time

    Pros

    Working in this all female environment is empowering, engaging, and fun! Everyone is very helpful and wants to help you succeed in whatever you are doing. It's a pretty laid back atmosphere, but you know important work is being done there.

    Cons

    None for me except maybe traveling to get there since it outside of Boston, it isn't as appealing to potential visitors as it might be if it were located in the city.

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very low morale. Huge gap between the have's and have not's

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

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

    Pros

    hmm. There are decent health benefits. Vacation benefits.

    For some, there are great "work from home" benefits. If you are not one of those people you go into the office every day and it builds resentment when you don't see people for literally months at a time. To the point where you forget that they "work" at all. There's little indication or proof that they do anything.

    Cons

    No advancement. Little support. Very low pay. Little trust or belief in the "higher-ups." Because of all this, there seems to be very low morale. I have worked around people who have worked at Wellesley and left for other jobs. Typical comments from them are "It used to be nice working here. I used to enjoy coming to work, but it hasn't been like that in five years." and after they have left "I don't miss it there at all. I should have left a few years ago."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more support for people who would like to learn and grow in their careers. More training or mentorships. Maybe give raises every now and then.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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