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Hampshire College Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hampshire College part-time

    Pros

    Great for work study. Enjoyable time working.

    Cons

    Not too many hours available


  2. "A unique place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hampshire College full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and smart students, friendly and dedicated staff, hard-working colleagues

    Cons

    Rural campus, finances tuition sensitive

  3. "Great colleagues, poor financial situation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The atmosphere is wonderful and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    The financial situation is dire.


  4. "Emergency Medical Technician"

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    Former Employee - Director of HCEMS in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Director of HCEMS in Amherst, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hampshire College part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, student run, great patient experience

    Cons

    Hours are not always consistent


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Pay is low as is morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amherst, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Surrounding area is pretty
    There's a farm on campus where you can get a CSA
    Some of the students are cool

    Cons

    Low pay
    Low morale
    Incompetent leadership

    Here is our pay scale (not we didn't get a staff increase in 2015 and only got a 1% increase in 2016)

    If you're looking at the jobs on their website and it lists the pay here is what the salary grades correspond to.

    These are the minimums, most people start at the minimum:

    Grade 1 - $23,500
    Grade 2 - $24,500
    Grade 3 - $27,485
    Grade 4 - $28,470
    Grade 5 - $31,800
    Grade 6 - $37,158
    Grade 7 - $41,185
    Grade 8 - $54,268
    Grade 9 - $63,765
    Grade 10 - $72,149

    They spent a lot of money on a consultant and say these are "market-rates" but everyone knows this is not true. However there are bunch in administration roles who make more than $100k, must be nice!

    Advice to Management

    The people in charge (known as the Monday Group) have no idea what they're doing. We had a $2.6 million deficit this year.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Development in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Development in Amherst, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of innovative exciting things are going on at the college. Many staff, faculty, students, families and alumni are completely dedicated to the school and it's philosophy. Plenty of freedom and flexibility in planning - creativity is encouraged.

    Cons

    The salaries are low with a very large time commitment at times (holidays and weekends included) Office location and setup wasn't optimal for the type of work.

    Advice to Management

    Move the advancement office to the campus to increase ease of interaction with students and faculty. Have more private workspace available for meetings and conversations. Salaries should be on par with similar sized colleges.


  7. "IT Computer Lab Monitor (Work-Study)"

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    Former Employee - IT Computer Lab Monitor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - IT Computer Lab Monitor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hampshire College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent supervising and lax enviorenment.

    Cons

    Unstructured environment and unresponsible employed workers.

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice I can offer.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Work Environment and Struggling Institution"

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

    I have been working at Hampshire College full-time

    Pros

    Mostly highly motivated and engaged students
    Experimental education and academic structure
    Intellectual culture

    Cons

    No training for supervisors
    Little to no training for new employees
    Toxic work environment, focused on productivity that doesn't recoginize humanity of employees
    Unfocused priorities
    Lack of resources
    Poor staff compensation
    No salary grade
    No strong or well known structure for staff salary increases or promotion
    Little to no opportunities for advancement
    Lack of budget transparency
    Lack of decision making transparency from Monday Group and Senior Staff
    Hierarchial institution with strong positional power - this power dynamic is not talked about or recoginized
    Push back against staff unionization
    Lack of accountability for students
    Lack of accountability for upper administration
    Staff voices and decisions regarding students often undermined by upper administration
    Lack of action regarding values
    Very high culture of substance use
    High emotional labor
    Poor institutional financial health
    Poor structure, policies, and procedures
    Little staff appreciation
    Staff overworked
    Unstaffed
    Upper administrators often take credit for work of other staff
    Calling out culture
    Emotion and authenticity discouraged from work place

    Advice to Management

    Restructure hierachy
    Actualize collective
    Build community and move away from individualistic culture
    Fair staff compensation


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Under-resourced, constant crisis mode"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Hampshire College full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Some brilliant, motivated students. Location in western Massachusetts. Beautiful landscape. This is really all I have to offer.

    Cons

    The college is under-resourced, relying mostly on tuition dollars. Many employees lack the resources or space to do their jobs. An environment in perpetual crisis mode. Salaries are low compared to the other Five Colleges.


  10. "Admissions Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Superb experience! Great people, great job, full transparency. Fun and encouraging environment!

    Cons

    Nothing I can note about my experience there!


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