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Hamline University Reviews

Updated February 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

    I have been working at Hamline University full-time

    Pros

    Supportive colleagues, family friendly, wonderful student body- diverse, eager, dedicated, good-natured.

    The Twin Cities are a great place to live and work.

    Cons

    Lower pay than other regional universities.

    That is really the biggest issue on campus that hurts morale. New President is looking to change that.

    Advice to Management

    Pay increases. The University is on a very good track, we have amazing faculty from renown institutions that are dedicated to the students and mission of the university.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Doesn't Practice what it Preaches"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good and reasonable in cost - if you're a single person. The vacation and sick leave accruals are generous. They give 5% of your annual salary into your retirement account, and will match up to another 2.5%.

    Cons

    Although Hamline claims to be "all inclusive" and welcoming of all viewpoints, the reality is if you are a Christian or a conservative under no circumstances should you make that known - you will be shunned and/or bullied. For example, several years ago a faculty member discovered a fellow faculty member had voted for a Republican candidate and she said to that person, "How could you do that to me? I can't be friends with you anymore." Sadly, this is all too common here. Their HR department is a complete disaster. They have A LOT of turnover university-wide. No salary increases for years on end. Many staff are extremely overworked and highly stressed.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate all the "interim" administrators - hire permanent people from a national search and stop allowing current "interim" people to just morph into the jobs indefinitely. Establish a competent HR team. The president should not publicly take political sides - by doing so, she makes it obvious that all are NOT welcome, only those who believe one way are.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not in good shape"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Students are great. Faculty, while demoralized, are very good (especially newer faculty) The campus outdoor spaces always look great.

    Cons

    Hamline has not administered raises in several years, due to continuing deficits. Communication (starting with the President) is handled on a "trickle down" theory, so if you are in an area with a supervisor who does not share much, you do not know what is going on. The President has been around for well over a year, but has not advanced any initiatives or discussed her priorities or openly addressed the dire budget situation. There are rumors of a fundraising campaign to work on Hamline's very small endowment. HR seems to be in disarray (I left with it in disarray, I hear it is all staffed by temps now), and they have eliminated the ombudsman position, so there is no one to speak with about issues or frustrations. It seems that secrecy is more highly valued than openness. Hanson is no longer President (under her many of these problems began), but Miller does not seem to be digging in and solving issues.

    Advice to Management

    Is the board really aware of these issues? Management should talk to their faculty and staff. They are smart, and by engaging them in the crisis, solutions may be found.


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  5. "Student dining job"

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    Current Employee - Server in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Server in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy job, nice for students to work and go to school at the same time. It's a nice job to do until you get a job in your field.

    Cons

    Low pay, the people that work there are strange at best but nice enough. Because Hamline partners with Aramark, alot of the people you work with are full time workers which is nice; but htey can be kind of strange at times.


  6. "Hamline is a nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hamline University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hamline's new president, Dr. Faynese Miller, has injected a sense of collegiality. Hamline is very mission driven with a strong emphasis on civic engagement and social justice.

    Cons

    The salaries tend to be lower than they are at other similar institutions--and without a sense that an increase is in the offing. There's a "Hamline Way" of doing things that's tough to get, but the way itself is a cool thing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Comfortable job, misguided leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Love working on a college campus, great atmosphere, great employees.

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive, management needs work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons of working at Hamline University"

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    Former Employee - Director in Roseville, MN
    Former Employee - Director in Roseville, MN

    I worked at Hamline University (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The staff, faculty, and students at Hamline are collegial and motivated. I enjoyed my time at Hamline immensely. My job was eliminated in 2012 during a period of financial instability at the institution.

    Cons

    The administration did not seem interested in ensuring that the institution's infrastructure was adequate given student needs. The institution also has a history of financial instability.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "This was a good place to work because of the coworkers."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hamline University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I had a good boss and the coworkers were great to work with. Working a students everyday was also a unique opportunity.

    Cons

    The lack of upper management involvement and recognition from the director levels at a relatively small operation made this job frustrating at times.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people who make you look good, they are your businesses most valuable asset.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great University"

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hamline University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, Nice environment, great to work on campus

    Cons

    Bad management, favoritism, not the best pay.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overlook your employees


  11. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Dining in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Dining in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hamline University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The colleagues, campus environment, and location in the middle of the city were all great.

    Cons

    Financial difficulties in the organization created a stressful environement.

    Advice to Management

    Doing well overall, but need to bring in more money somehow....


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