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Beacon College Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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  1. "Wonderful experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Beacon College full-time

    Pros

    Small college so you don't have to deal with all the bureaucracy of a larger one. Very flexible too and accommodating. The President is wonderful.

    Cons

    Pay is not that great. No tenure system for faculty and heavy teaching load (5-5-1).


  2. "Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Faculty in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beacon College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Students, mission. Many students are grateful and interesting. Some talented, creative and dedicated staff. Working with students wirh learning differences can personally rewarding. Time off.

    Cons

    Favoritism, toxic work environment, lack of diversity, political, nepotism, mismanaged growth, lack of respect or appreciation for some dedicated employees, opportunities for lateral moves or promotions limited and political. Run like a for-profit. Students with money can get away with doing nothing or threatening/disrupting others and have exceptions made for them if families with money make donations and complain. Culture of CYA,blame. Staff survives by working hard and keeping quiet. High turnover and people are fired often and played off to stay quiet. Big focus on outer image, appearances and PR. It's a shame that it's a carefully crafted illusion.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your values and leadership. It is hypocritical to espouse the importance of communication and transparency when it is expected but not provided back in return. Secret alliances and lies are common. Senior staff rules like they are royalty and treats many of their dedicated commoners (employees) like dispendable slaves if you are not in the favored status. Fickle favoritism, power plays and lying runs rampant. Manage growth and focus on fairness and consistency for employees and students. There is so much potential here and morale is at an all-time low. Manage growth. Practice the golden rule. Staff and students are worth it.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't take the job!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Beacon College full-time

    Pros

    The mission is fantastic and it is something very needed in the world. Most of the teachers and learning specialists want to do their best for students but they do not get enough support from administration in any way.

    Cons

    The administration says one thing and then goes another direction constantly. It has a strategic plan, but don't believe it. The focus is very much on expansion and bringing in money, rather than really serving the students well. In trying to expand quickly they are bringing in students that are not appropriate for the environment, thus making everything difficult for current students and teachers/learning specialists.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Don't lie to incoming families about class sizes and how much time/support they can expect from staff.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful college mission. Employment environment can be unstable."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Beacon College is truly unique and a wonderful opportunity for many students with disabilities.

    Cons

    Micro-college in size and resources.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly Advice"

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Leesburg, FL
    Former Employee - Faculty in Leesburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    On a positive note, the students are the driving force behind every employee's motivation to go to work each day at this institution. They are beautiful young men and women ready to make a difference in the world. They will win your heart to a point where you will tolerate things you never thought you could just to have the privilege of being able to continue serving them.

    Cons

    Complete incompetence of the administration. Those who are not incompetent are strictly out for themselves at the expense of anyone who gets in their way. Some are easy to spot. Others are so incredibly good at it, they will leave you spellbound. But, if you eat at their lunch table, you're golden. (This is not a metaphor. It really is just like high school). It is ALL about political alignment. Please do not apply if you would like to enjoy the benefits of job security. I watch competent, caring, honest faculty and staff members come and go on a regular basis. I'm not speaking of people who do anything wrong. I'm speaking of individuals who lose their jobs without warning, rhyme or reason--some who have been there many years. So, if you do choose to work here, please keep this in mind. Keep your head down, eyes & mouth closed and mind your business--no matter what you witness. There are very few you can trust--none of which are administrators.

    Advice to Management

    Where does one begin? Stop the nepotism. Stop turning a blind eye to favoritism and idiocy. Remove individuals from positions of leadership if they have a criminal record. Train your managers. Stop promoting people without advanced degrees to supervise those who have them. Stop placing individuals in faculty positions when they have been fired from the public school system, have expressed feelings of attraction for students, have made jokes at a student's expense, and show disdain for helping members of the student body. Recognize when VPs have control issues and are willing to sell their mother's soul to the devil to make a name for themselves. Stop firing people because they are telling you the ways in which you are putting the institution at risk. Stop wasting the college's budget on illusions of grandeur. Hire a president who actually cares about the students enough to do what is right, instead of what is good for him. While you're at it, hire a president who is smart and competent and who hasn't previously run a higher education institution financially into the ground. Proper vetting for ALL prospective employees, regardless of who they know--as though you give a damn about the mission of this institution.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Neurotic, disorganized and *barely* accredited institution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    cheap lunch
    salaried positions
    lots of paid holidays and school closures
    admissions team is really LGBTQ friendly
    easy place for a student to be accepted (threshold is around a 70ish IQ)

    Cons

    lots of husband/wife and wife/wife power couples on campus - nepotism galore

    VPs who lack the advanced education and integrity to lead their subordinates

    admissions team with delusions of grandeur

    lots of upward movement ONLY if you spend your days (nights and weekends) posturing

    admissions team readily accepts students of demonstrated unsound mind, limited IQ (often in the 70s range) but really only targets those of affluence

    admissions speaks of "poor" students and prospects with disdain, targets upper echelon

    discriminatory atmosphere for non-alumni employees

    speaking of -- too many Beacon alumni working in roles in exchange for happy benefactors

    Advice to Management

    The Board of Trustees needs to focus more on retaining qualified staff, and not allowing the "Landmark rejects" as well as other institutional rejects terrorize the campus. There is not only a lot of nepotism, but a lot of cliquish behavior that management needs to work to eradicate. The atmosphere is rife with discrimination as well as leaders that are not trained or educated to the capacity of which they are called upon.

    You also have an admissions team that is stale, and really targets the easier pickings to pad the admissions numbers. Your numbers have improved, but your student quality is lacking -- many students with IQs that qualify for SSI. You have a husband/wife team running two major components of the institution that are miserable to work for, and seem too spaced out to be effective.

    Select a president that isn't being sued for fraud and in hot water for essentially ruining his last institution (in Greece). He is a noted under performer, but he has been rewarded with the task for leading a very adult population through college.

    Stop placing alumni into roles that they do not qualify for. Ordinarily, a person on the street would not have the roles they hold, but its done to help satisfy employment figures as well as placate benefactors. You have a couple of assistant directors who are grossly under-qualifed and over-medicated. Many of your team members have lost respect for the administration and will continue to bolt until the situation is remedied!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Disappointing and some positives."

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    Former Employee - Learning Specialist in Leesburg, FL
    Former Employee - Learning Specialist in Leesburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    38 hours work week, a lot of time off for, good benefits, discounted lunch, learn a lot from working with this population.

    Cons

    Silos, unclear leadership vision, challenging student population, leadership disconnected from employees and students, management required us to treat college students like elementary age kids and wake them up in their apartments if they didn't show up for class or appointments.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the campus culture. Department leaders need to acknowledge their role in the silos and find ways to work with each other instead of against each other even if top leadership won't lead the staff.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Small town college"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leesburg, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leesburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Small college. Many employees deeply care about the college mission. Many students make great gains in their self-esteem and academic progress.

    Cons

    Many secret alliances and deals going on behind closed doors. Women are typically paid an average of $5k less per year for equal positions. Hiring and firing practices are typically very unregulated.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Interesting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leesburg, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leesburg, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Beacon College full-time

    Pros

    Time off, interaction with people. Trying to get students to stay in the school.

    Cons

    Elitist dictatorship that favored their own friends and family.
    Didn't care enough about the type of students coming in.
    Students who had been there since before they were accredited still there to bring down students who come in and those who can succeed.
    Not enough for students to do while on downtime.
    Reviews are a joke since the president did not even witness the work being done.

    Advice to Management

    Stop kicking out people for nepotism and friends that are not qualified.


  10. "Exe"

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    Current Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Executive in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Beacon College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good environment and colleagues are multicultural

    Cons

    No work life balance. Stress diring audits

    Advice to Management

    Review on staff benefits


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