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Barnard College New York Reviews

Updated March 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Really great people all over the school (in 6 reviews)

  • Amazing benefits, calm atmosphere to work in (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • low salaries compared to peer institutions, esp mid-level admin salaries; high turnover; heavy-handed, top down management from above (in 3 reviews)

  • Work/life balance in my department is non-existent (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Public Safety Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Public Safety Officer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Public Safety Officer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barnard College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing place to work

    Cons

    Hard to get into a different department


  2. "Environmental Science TA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Science TA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Environmental Science TA in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Barnard College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing teachers, good pay, and hands on training

    Cons

    Boring at times, a lot of red tape


  3. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director of BCIT Service Desk in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Director of BCIT Service Desk in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barnard College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very friendly work environment
    - Management will work with you if you need to flex your hours.
    - Great benefits
    - Professional development
    - Family orientated
    - Management is open to new ideas

    Cons

    - Compensation is below average.
    - Little room for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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  5. "Custodian"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Custodian in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Custodian in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Barnard College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I would get tips when the parents of the students stays at the college they would leave tips

    Cons

    It was no cons it was my first time working at a college

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Help Desk Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Help Desk Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Help Desk Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Barnard College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great college to work for. This was my first time coming from Corporate America to an organization like this. A bit of a culture shock, but what a great group of people to work for. The IT staff are competent, hard-working, helpful, collaborative, management will actually listen to you. Has a great CIO and my managerial peers worked well together to solve problems. The support teams worked hard and cared.

    Barnard, in itself, is worth a visit to the web page. They stand for some much good, to simply state, for the proliferation of Women in the workplace. Not just "jobs" but careers, fostering curiosity, acceptance of testing theories, empowerment in politics and social world events.... A wonderful historic campus with high-profile visitors, including Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, recently.

    Anyone seeking employment, please take a look. I don't offer the above lightly, but make your own choice. Benefits are fantastic. Barnard is interested in building futures for you and the students.

    Cons

    It's work :-) so you expect there are days of insanity, but not many. The management cares and help you put forth solutions. It pays like a college, but I was happy with the pay for what I did - I got more out of the job than a paycheck. The con is more so I had to leave to take care of Family

    Advice to Management

    Keep the open spirit. Keep the team together. Don't forget you deserve fun, too. Employees like happily fulfilled leaders. Ensure that you continue your own leadership training and interactions through various networking and educational events.


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    "Access Attendant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Access Attendant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Access Attendant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Barnard College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay, overtime available, tuition reimbursement, unionized.

    Cons

    Too unnecessary petty procedures to follow.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to relate to your employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barnard College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is gratifying to work with the wonderful students of Barnard College. Good benefits. Many dedicated staff who care about the students and the institution.

    Cons

    There are many poor leaders at Barnard, and they are neither fired nor developed to improve. Upward feedback is not encouraged or acted upon. Unfortunately it is a very political place which undermines what they are trying to accomplish as an academic institution. There are many old ways of doing things and a reluctance to change.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Middle Management in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barnard College full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The College does offer lots of vacation time and a good 403(b) plan, but that's it. If your child gets into Columbia or Barnard, they go for free, which is a huge incentive for that demographic.

    Cons

    1. Extremely political across the organization. The work that gets done is decided on who screams the loudest and decisions are only made by the top 5 people in the College. The administrative staff are not treated as well as faculty or students. Staff get served wine and cheese at every monthly faculty meeting, but staff cant even get coffee.
    2. There is no communication across the College. Departments make up their own work and is extremely individualized.
    3. No college-wide policies, different departments make up their own policies, which creates inconsistent behaviors across the entire College causing frustration among staff.
    4. The College sends staff surveys to understand overall job satisfaction--however, no follow-up ever comes from those surveys.
    5. Technology is from the 20th century--invest more in technology.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the culture of the organization for real, dont pretend by sending surveys that go nowhere. Recognize your top talent and retain them, let go non-team players. Look at the College's history of staff turnover, it might be higher than you think.


  10. "Many great people. Many old ways of operation though."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are many great people that work here.
    good vacation days.
    lots of sick days.

    Cons

    Antiquated systems. No real raises for union employees.
    High turnover = always starting from square one with new people.

    Advice to Management

    poll the middle staff workers on what needs to improve. the administrators are the ones that know how everything works.


  11. "BSAR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BSAR in New York, NY
    Current Employee - BSAR in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Barnard College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a BSAR, you give tours and act as a receptionist in the admission office. You are the face of the college to perspective students and their families.

    Cons

    Sometimes you will find scheduling conflicts and its tricky to find a sub because students are very busy. Also pay is not great.

    Advice to Management

    - increase student salaries
    - train students better for desk shift duties
    - make sure students know the tour script



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