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Updated Mar 30, 2021

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Diocese of Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber (no image)
Michael C. Barber
8 Ratings
  1. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Working in the Diocese

    Oct 2, 2020 - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fun, fast pace, great students and parents. I worked with well educated, caring colleagues. Very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay as much as public schools.

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    The community is wonderful to work for however, the pay scale is significantly lower...

    Mar 30, 2021 - Homeroom Teacher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The diocese is getting better at listening to what we are interested in for PD and providing resources.

    Cons

    The pay scale is significantly lower in comparison to neighboring dioceses and class sizes can potentially be higher than 35 students, depending on the grade.

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  3. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Good

    Jan 4, 2021 - Teacher in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working for a very stable organization

    Cons

    Not enough salary to live in the bay area

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Discriminatory

    May 24, 2019 - Executive Director in Oakland, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Met a few nice people

    Cons

    Discriminatory, dysfunctional, inefficient, unethical, mismanaged and resistant to change. The diocese tends to hire friends, family and temps who lack the experience needed for the particular position. As a result, nothing gets done and money is spent bringing in consultants. For a non-profit that is supported by Catholics, it is a crime to witness so much waste and inefficiency.

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  5. 3.0
    Former Employee

    A decent place to work

    Nov 18, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Nice co-workers. If you believe in their values and can afford to make the low salaries, it is a decent place to work for.

    Cons

    The morality clause. The money. The retirement package. No protection - if one person doesn't like you, but the rest of the community does - they will fire you, even if you have worked there forever.

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Organization hesitant to change

    Oct 5, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Really friendly people and great benefits package, and the offices are beautifully set by Lake Merritt and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in downtown Oakland

    Cons

    I have experience push back from co-workers and supervisors when trying to change processes to make things more efficient. The work culture feels a bit "do only what you're asked to do, no more, no less"

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee

    High turnover, unsustainable working conditions.

    Mar 14, 2017 - Teacher 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Students are very polite and respectful. Many of them care about their education. Facilities are top notch. Most parents are nice.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is nonexistant. The administrators set impossible to meet expectations that are unsustainable over the long term. No one else in the bay area requires teachers to write formal lesson plans for every class, everyday. Administrators are bullying certain faculty and staff to get them to resign. Pay is a joke for the amount of work expected of you. Health insurance is abysmal. They won't pay for birth control. Very few of the faculty and staff are happy with the direction the new admin is taking the school. Lots of turnover. 6 people resigned in 2 months under the new admin, so far.....

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  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Chancery may be a place to retire, but not a place to grow

    Jan 19, 2018 - Digital Communication Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    They’ve hired some great people in the last year. Hopefully this will make an impact and improvemwnt will happen If you are Catholic and you care about the people of the Church, you will feel like you are doing your part. Prayer requests go out to the entire building fairly often. Being by the Lake is lovely. Sometimes there are groups from the offices who walk around it during lunch. You can get a flu shot at work! Malta clinic has 2 days offering flu shots to Chancery employees. Some of the people you meet here are the best people you will ever meet (even though I say something contradictory in the cons). Not everyone is an all-star, but the ones who are light up your day. I do aporeciate the Chancery’s willingness to hire internally. Honestly, they will favor a familiar face or personal backing over having all the check boxes. The person I was competing with for my position was dubbed “over qualified” if that gives you any hint. While I am smiling through my teeth about that, this favorability really has let some people grow and gain the experience they’ll need if/when they leave.

    Cons

    The Diocese naturally moves at snails pace, but it’s even slower because of the resistance to try doing things in a new way (e.g. no centralized pay, filling out time sheets and sick leave in word and excel). If there is willingness, I haven’t worked here long enough to see anything put into action, and it’s been at least 2 years There’s also a lot of animosity among the workers because honestly, a lot of interesting people with different personalities work here, but it only surfaces in side conversations or meetings. Turn over rate is high, and it’s easy to not know who works in the building. Job reviews and raises are rare. Parking situation is a mess. Very easy for people (including your supervisor) to not know your job, so it’s also very easy to be overworked or overlooked. You need to actively have a voice for yourself and what you deserve. Bishop is never in office. People are always trying to sneak into his schedule, but the times he is here tend to be pre-packed and full of meetings.

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  9. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Teacher

    May 23, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Easy to Manage students Community friendly parents and schools

    Cons

    unsure of identity- claims to be academically rigorous as students score highly on "Star Testing" but perform poorly on high school entrance exams, but still get accepted b/c of the "Catholic" hookup

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  10. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Associate Superintendent of Leadership for Innovation & Growth

    Jul 3, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Collaborative, Innovative, serving the young in the field of education.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be a challenge.

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