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  • "Strongly promotes a work-life balance(in 4 reviews)

  • "There is a sense of pride and purpose in being a world-leading university specializing in natural health care(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Dr. Mac Powell Resigned, But Left Much to Build On

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bastyr University full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Bastyr has a real community feeling. It’s people oriented and collegial. Most employees really do care about each other. If something happens to an employee, other employees chip in and help out. There’s a good work-life balance here. The level of stress is not high, at least for most people, as it is in other environments such as the corporate world, which I’ve experienced. We have non-salary-based benefits such as...

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    Cons

    I feel there is a contingent of frightened staff and faculty who have been here for many years and are hesitant to change. They seem to lack awareness or are insecure about their own abilities to do their work on the projects they’ve been assigned to. Unfortunately, the insecurity and low morale has created a breeding ground for rumors and misinformation. I’d like to provide some of my observations here to the benefit...

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    Advice to Management

    While the nature of Dr. Mac Powell resignation was unfortunate – because I think he was a strong leader – I’m encouraged that our interim president, Harlan Patterson, and his executive team, are doing a great job in keeping Bastyr moving forward on the right path, until a permanent new president is hired. I think the community is receptive of his townhouses and weekly updates to the community. He’s working hard to push...

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  2. Helpful (3)

    Carrying Forward Dr. Mac Powell's Passion and Vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bastyr University full-time

    Pros

    Bastyr University has a distinguished reputation in natural health education and is ripe with opportunities. Like many universities, Bastyr has been in a state of transition for the past few years as it works to keep pace with changes in the education arena, in terms of types and format of programs offered. As part of this transition, Bastyr had a change in leadership with the appointment of Dr. Mac Powell as president...

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    Cons

    The Kenmore Campus building is old with cement walls that aren’t soundproofed and don't lend themselves to easy modification.

    Advice to Management

    While it is important to consider input from all key constituencies, the leadership ultimately needs to decide what is in the best overall interest and future of the University.

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    A Comment On Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bastyr University full-time

    Pros

    I worked at Bastyr for four years and found it to be an amazing and supportive place. I worked for two presidents, Dan Church and Mac Powell. Both were tremendously kind and gracious to me (both sent me handwritten cards when I had a family issue and both were always interested in me and my life). The comments that I read online don't align with my experiences as an employee, and I worry that people's frustrations...

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    Cons

    There can be too much focus on what's going wrong, and not enough time focusing on what's going right.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on the positive changes that will make the institution better.

  4. Helpful (9)

    A Wonderful Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bastyr University full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Bastyr University is a warm and inviting community full of individuals who are deeply committed to the mission. Bastyr has undergone some truly positive change in the last two years beginning with new president Dr. Mac Powell. Under President Powell's leadership, communication university wide has been vastly improved and employees are empowered to think about how they play a part in achieving the mission and strategic...

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    Cons

    At times, communication between individual departments is lacking. Additionally, The University continues to undergo positive changes which can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Trust in the president and stay on track with the the strategic plan , as it provides a strong vision of the future that is best for Bastyr, it's current students, and alumni.

  5. Helpful (9)

    Bastyr University - President Mac Powell

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bastyr University full-time

    Pros

    Mission focused and values driven university -- Bastyr transforms the health and well-being of the human community. President Mac Powell has sharpened the university's business practices, promoted academic excellence, and has elevated Bastyr's standing in the communities we serve.

    Cons

    While faculty and staff are dedicated to the university's mission, some are resistant and reluctant to embrace performance based measurement systems, and continual improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and respect that we all work for the Harvard of natural medicine, and we have an immense responsibility to the students we train, the patients we treat, and the communities we serve. Bastyr is fortunate to have the leadership of President Mac Powell. Make every possible effort to keep him in the role for at least 10 years. He is leading the needed transformation of healthcare.

  6. Helpful (10)

    Full Time Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bastyr University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent health benefits. Competitive 403b/retirement and generous vacation/sick policy. Under leadership of President Mac Powell the University has experienced growth with the addition of a campus in Austin, Texas when many institutions of higher learning and specifically those in with roots in Naturopathic Medicine have not seen expansion.

    Cons

    There is a disconnect between needs and wants across campuses and departments in the university and how they should be expressed. There is difficulty in accepting and implementing change in a meaningful manner.

    Advice to Management

    The loudest voices are not always the most valid. Change and growth have a transition period and the strategic goals set forth are no small task. In order for Bastyr to see another 40 years the future faculty, administration and staff must work together and understand what a budget is a how it works in a university setting. Continued commitment to technology development. IT improvements will lead to better productivity...

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  7. Helpful (19)

    Bastyr Vision Going Dark

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenmore, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bastyr University full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    The student and faculty dedication to the Bastyr mission & to natural healing are impressive. They are the heart and soul of Bastyr.

    Cons

    Bastyr continues to hemorrhage caring, dedicated, intelligent, hard-working employees - all sacrificed to the ego of the current president. For absolutely no good reason, "Mac" Powell is systematically dismantling vital departments at Bastyr - destroying livelihoods & lives in the process. Good people who have already given five, ten, fifteen, even twenty years of their lives to the Bastyr mission are being driven out...

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    Advice to Management

    The Board of Trustees should be deeply ashamed of their decisions: first, hiring Powell, and then doubling-down when faculty, staff & students began to tell them what an incompetent & mean-spirited person he is, especially when they're not directly watching. Now is the time to admit that they made a terrible mistake & to rectify it by bringing in a new president who actually cares about Bastyr, understands the Bastyr...

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    Bastyr University Response

    February 7, 2017VP - HR

    Bastyr University is undergoing a transformational change. Dr. Powell and the university administration are attempting to do away with the status quo and implement change that ultimately will benefit students and the university. This is going to be a painful process and many people ...

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  8. Helpful (16)

    Was a great University

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bastyr University

    Pros

    Was a great university to work for and a great place for students to learn.

    Cons

    The board should be ashamed of themselves for hiring Mac Powell and letting him run this university into the ground. He is mean spirited, has a history of failures and disrespects all he encounters. Time is running out so I left before the end.

    Advice to Management

    Admit your mistake and hire a new leader who embraces collaboration and someone who puts the students first.

  9. Helpful (27)

    Yes, Dr. "Mac" Powell Really is That Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kenmore, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bastyr University full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    You might be reading some of these reviews and thinking "it can't really have become that bad at Bastyr, right?" Unfortunately, they are sadly accurate. Since the change in leadership in the summer of 2015, Bastyr University has quickly sunk into a quagmire that worsens by the week. It isn't just a frustrating situation, it's also really sad and unfair, especially for those who have dedicated years of their careers...

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    Cons

    Now, under the sexist, inept leadership of Dr. Charles "Mac" Powell, a new staff or faculty member leaves every week, entire departments have dissolved, and people are stressed to the brink. Many staff and faculty recognize that Dr. Powell has publicly expressed a reasonable vision for the university, and may even agree with the goals he has set out to achieve. He knows when to employ charm, and when to say the right...

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    Advice to Management

    Highly respected and beloved faculty are hemorrhaging from Bastyr, the rate of staff attrition is reaching 60% or more in some areas, and even students are beginning to pick up on the toxicity. But what happened when these huge red flags were brought to the attention of the board of trustees? Instead of looking into the numerous accounts of Dr. Powell's blatant disrespect and mismanagement, the board awarded him...

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