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  1. "Great Company- Feel's like working with Family"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Fielding part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Deans are amazing and approachable.

    Cons

    No cons about working for Fielding.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being family oriented, you guys are doing great!


  2. "Nice place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Records Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Records Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Health insurance benefit is pretty good. The HMO provider in the area, Sansum, has been good for me. You can accrue up to 200 vacation hours as any given time, amounts to about 5 weeks paid time off. Administrative offices are in Santa Barbara, CA which is a beautiful place to work and live. Overall I have felt appreciated at work my leadership. Day to day tasks to contribute to helping students achieve advanced degrees. Organizational Values are worth wild.

    Cons

    Santa Barbara is an expensive place to live and so it can be challenging as Fielding offers good, but not great salaries. Organization is relatively small. There are not many opportunities for advancement. Enrollments are down in Graduate Education industry wide, Fielding is feeling the crunch as well. Solid leadership is in place and I believe that to organization will survive, if not thrive, but this is not a place to work if the goal is to make lots of money.


  3. "Fielding is going through a difficult transition."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent pay and good benefits. 37.5 hour workweek for full-time. They
     Would like to be an excellent place to work.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks energy and motivation to implement necessary actions to make Fielding a great place to work. Many staff have been around for too long. There is a lack of creativity within the staff, and no programs to encourage learning, reaching, and exceeding.


  4. "Talks the talk, but does not walk the walk"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some employees are very devoted and competent.
    Some flexibility once at middle manager level.
    Decent benefits in this economic climate.
    Provides laptops and good technical support to most employees.

    Cons

    Long hours for very little pay, especially at the middle management level.
    A large number of mean, nasty, arrogant employees who have worked there forever who enjoy forcing out competent and new employees.
    No accountability or logical processes. People make end runs and lie all the time.
    Dumb HR team.
    Bad behavior is a lifestyle at many levels and not just tolerated but often supported.
    Certain teams are very, very dysfunctional.
    Managers who shouldn't be managers as they have poor people skills and no prior management experience.
    Wimpy leaders who are scared of conflict.
    One building is overcrowded (where the work gets done) and one is underutilized (where upper management is based) and one is hardly ever used (only one person has an office there).
    In flux due to new President with the worst of corporate values increasing and the best of non-profit values decreasing.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the "old guard" and train your managers - and yourselves - in how to manage today's workers. Treat your employees as well as you treat your faculty. Get an HR team that is extroverted like the rest of the companies in the U.S. have - then have them start really listening to your employees so you understand what it's really like working under you. Stop hiding in your ivory tower.


  5. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Motivated, passionate coworkers and colleagues; relatively independent regarding tasks and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Unclear department goals, vague/unclear job description - description currently does not accurately reflect what this role actually does.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Organization is falling apart"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fielding full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Santa Barbara location is a great place to work!

    Cons

    Does not pay well enough for the work that is put in and the cost of living in Santa Barbara is high.
    Senior leadership is constantly making changes in leadership/structure.
    Enrollment is struggling and hast been for several years.
    There are senior leaders that should not be employed; they are unprofessional; have not made impact or significant improvement.
    There is constant turn over and no commitment to training staff.
    The university seems to have too many senior level management. They can't afford to pay staff but can afford to create VP positions.

    Advice to Management

    Train your staff and invest in developing them to support goals.
    Pay staff more, they are in the trenches.
    Create a place where communication and ideas are welcomed.
    Strategic plans should be planned and rolled out in a manner that will make the University successful.
    Have a project management plan in place when rolling out strategic plans.
    Care for staff not just faculty.


  7. "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great supervisors/coworkers
    Flexible schedule
    Relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Just started. Office isn't super exciting or remodeled or fun.


  8. "A Sinking Ship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fielding full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They lure you in with a meaningful mission and good benefit package that includes vacation, health insurance, and matching 403b.

    Cons

    It's all talk. They don't embody their own mission. Don't be fooled. Salaries tend to be on the low side and there are no raises and very little room for growth. Departments are silo-ed and don't collaborate. With enrollment declining for more than 3 years, they are focused on keeping the boat afloat. Unfortunately, they don't have the leadership in place to accomplish this.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to re-evaluate itself. Get rid of those who don't perform, just like you do with staff. Simply moving nonperforming leaders to new departments doesn't get rid of the poison.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Once a great place to work, now a place if just want to collect your check."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fielding full-time

    Pros

    Great vacation time
    Great health benefits
    Good people

    Cons

    Lack of professional development/professional opportunities for staff
    Lack of leadership, vision or inspiration at the senior level
    Lack of strategic thinking at the senior level
    Lack of accountability for senior staff and directors
    Little to no financial incentives - raises or COLA
    Personal agendas and political games is ruining the once-cool and loving culture.

    Advice to Management

    STOP hiring people who are about to RETIRE! Get rid of faculty who are not doing anything but collecting their checks and benefits. The students deserve a better faculty.