I worked at St. John's College full-time (More than 5 years)
There is a strong sense of service and unity amongst staff and faculty when it comes to the overall mission of the college. Employees are there for the students, who generally seem appreciative of what we do. Depending upon the department or supervisor (I seriously stress this), employees also have a good amount of weight when it comes to questioning and updating policies and procedures. There seems to be good decent work/life balance for employees.
Upper management is generally reluctant to change things too quickly, even when needed. Many employees who should be heard are not, and the wage gap can be rather alarming. The economic downturn has done a number of the institution, and that is felt most by the staff who probably need pay increases most. Morale is generally low because of the lack of trust felt by staff towards upper management. There is little room or budget for professional development or upward mobility, which can lead to a lot of turnover (especially recently).
Advice to Management
Seek thoughtful and effective ways of moving forward as a distinctive place in a sea of colleges who have all moved into the 21st century. Pay attention to the fact that many talented employees have left for greener pastures. Create a better structure for pay increases by merit and years served. Increase opportunities for professional development across the board. Find ways of showing more staff appreciation.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at St. John's College (Annapolis, MD) in June 2011.
Began with 3 separate phone call interviews. Each of those was with an individual with a different role at the college. That was followed up with group interview that involved 6 or 7 individuals. The group interview was scripted, with each person having a different question or questions written down in advance to ask.
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