I worked at Hartford Seminary part-time (More than a year)
The moment you set foot in the lobby, Hartford Seminary feels warm, inviting, and tranquil. It is a very productive and active place, but also organized and well-run. The faculty, staff, and students here are smart, kind, and sociable. The organization is flat in the sense that everyone is accessible for questions or help, are respectful to each other, and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty to help out. You will feel pride in working here.
I have not been a student, but it seems like a great place to do serious, focused research. Even as a non-student, I learned so much from exposure to different lectures and events held here. If you embrace diversity and learning about/meeting people of cultures and religions other than your own, you will love it here. Acceptance, open-mindedness, and respect for academia are the only core requirement for fitting in culturally here.
There is always work to do, but the workload always seemed unreasonable, and it will utilize your skills. Also, compensation appears to be above average for a non-profit, private institution of this kind.
And it might seem like a small bonus, but due to the unique architecture of the building, which features tons of windows on all sides, almost all areas receive natural light most hours of the day. I consider this a huge perk in contrast to the typical office dirge of fluorescent lamps. The place never feels gloomy.
The only real negative is that due to organization's small size, structure, and growth plan, there isn't much room for advancement if you are a staff member. They do promote internally, but not that often. It is just not a competitive, fast-paced business environment where you can expect three promotions in three years if you meet certain performance quotas. This is honestly very typical for how non-profits are run, so no real surprise here.
Be sure that you are happy with the position you are hired on to do for the long-term. If you are, I can't think of any other cons. It really is a special place to work.
Advice to Management
Consider implementing some kind of growth plan for employees.
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