Westmont College

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Westmont College Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Administration in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Administration in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    Couldn't be happier in a workplace. Great leadership, sufficient compensation, and a super institutional mission. Oh, and such good-hearted, capable colleagues. It's unusual to work in a place with such clarity of mission—and that actively and genuinely seeks to live by it.

    Cons

    I do wish we had more racial diversity. I understand that it's hard to enter a situation as a minority. But I believe we truly want to be a welcoming community that makes room for differences, and values them—and the people who embody the differences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep working on attracting people of various colors and cultures. That's uncomfortable for people sometimes (on both sides of the "equation") but very worth it.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    It has been a great place to work. A good sense of community.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westmont College

    Pros

    Co-wrokers are very supportive. People are nice and kind toward one another.

    Cons

    Sometimes people can get a little too much into your business or you are expected to over-extend yourself to the students, but this can be really rewarding at the same time.

  3.  

    I enjoyed working as a part-time piano accompanist at Westmont College.

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    Former Employee - Piano Accompanist in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Piano Accompanist in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Westmont College part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stimulating working environment, Emphasis on community building, opportunity for artistic collaboration.

    Cons

    Low standards of excellence, lack of inspiring personality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I value handwork, constructive friendship and teamwork for mutual benefits.

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  5.  

    Good-hearted folks. Overworked, underpaid, administration not transparent.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Very smart faculty
    -Good-hearted folks who want to help students grow and mature.
    -Opportunity to do good in the world.

    Cons

    -Under pay
    -Many administrators are questionably competent (but what's new)
    -Executive team are highly capable, very dedicated, but not very transparent
    -stuck in a failing tradition (e.g. must agree to statement of faith, denouce homosexuality)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes. Grace, compassion, and humanity are what is important, not rules, judgement, and dogma.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Great school but lack of management skills to staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westmont College

    Pros

    Nice campus and great students and genuine interest for students success.

    Cons

    Poor management to administrative staff and low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing and listening to 'all' your staff more and take a genuine interest in making the environment better for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Working in Paradise

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    Current Employee - Director of Development in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Development in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Westmont College full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working at Westmont was a great experience. Being around bright students, passionate professors all set in the beautiful foothills of Santa Barbara

    Cons

    Pay, Westmont doesn't pay staff enough to make a living in Santa Barbara. It is so expensive to live there it just doesn't work out.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8.  

    fun place to study and work

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Westmont College part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great as a college student for on campus jobs, they pay well

    Cons

    hard to get full time work there as a student

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your employees more

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Outdated technology

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    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Montecito, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Programmer in Montecito, CA

    I have been working at Westmont College

    Pros

    Incredibly beautiful campus. Good quality student dining areas.

    Cons

    Datatel system is old technology re-packaged as new and innovative. Under the hood, it's all command driven even to design screens. Not GUI, no mouse. Database is not relational. The users won't use Datatel because it's too complicated, Therefore, all it's data is pushed through SQL-Server and then deployed on desktops via MS-Access screens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT is in a beautiful old building but management should invest in better wiring so the power doesn't keep shutting down the system, which results in work products and data loss.

  10.  

    Westmont College - A good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Westmont College

    Pros

    Westmont offers a Christian environment and a supportive, close-knit community. Westmont has a beautiful campus in a wooded area near the Pacific Ocean.

    Cons

    Westmont's salaries are lower than at other colleges/universities, although the benefits offered are decent. Westmont offers no gradaute programs, so there is no way for employees to further their education beyond a bachelor's degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering tuition benefits for staff at partnering colleges and universities so that employees can pursue graduate degrees. This would make up for lower salaries.

    Recommends

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