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Hollins University Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. "Visiting Professor/MFA Program"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visiting Faculty in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Visiting Faculty in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hollins University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Summer MFA intensive with educators and theater professionals from all over the nation teaching students annually. Excellent research facilities, faculty and staff.

    Cons

    Remote location (to the New York City area).

    Advice to Management

    The creation of satellite MFA programs.


  2. "Circulation Desk Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk Assistant in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk Assistant in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hollins University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pros
    -Supervisor always willing to help you if you have additional questions
    -Very relaxed atmosphere
    -You can do your school work but patrons always come first

    Cons

    Cons
    -You have to sit down for a long period of time

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job


  3. "Horrible Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hollins University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people who care at this institution really care! The support staff was amazing! Kindhearted and sweet and thoughtful in the face of rich spoiled little girls who delighted in disrespecting them.

    Cons

    If someone doesn't care, you can feel it. It seems like they hate you for existing. There is an embarassingly catty environment (not a good look for a women's institution.) People's concerns aren't taken seriously at all. They have students living in former slave quarters. They refuse to tenure a black professor. At this women's institution female professors get paid less than male professors and will tell their students so. There is no professionalism or mode of decorum. It was dangerous to my mental and physical health to remain at that institution. Every day felt like being hazed.

    Advice to Management

    I think they should start fresh. So many things are wrong there and I honestly would suggest getting rid of the board and using the expensive tuition to buy back the school and keep it from being run into the ground for profit.


  4. "Work Study in Multiple Jobs"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Hollins University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Office culture is nice, and even. The employees work well. Circulation training is interesting and fun. They're more than willing to fit themselves into your schedule.

    Cons

    When I was training for circulation, the program to learn Library of Congress Catologing system was long and arduous. It barely kept my interest and sometimes the other supervisors don't even bother talking to you about their problems with you when its all over something that can be considered personal, rather than professional.

    Advice to Management

    Go a head and tell someone you're upset at them rather than going to their supervisor.


  5. "Worst workplace environment ever experienced"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Hollins University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    3 Classes offered free of charge after employed for a certain timeframe

    Cons

    None of the staff got along, moral was horrible, hours where 24 hours and people called out almost every day/night and you had to be available to be called in. Pay was not worth what you had to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Discipline action for not showing up for shift and a policy regarding office gossip.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ok to start - not great for future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International Programs in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - International Programs in Roanoke, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small community university where everyone pretty much knows each other.

    Cons

    No room for advancement or pay increases


  7. "It's a good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My supervisor is very helpful and understanding

    Cons

    I didn't learn as much skill


  8. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hollins University full-time

    Pros

    Workplace flexibility and trust to deliver business results.

    Cons

    Poor development and training to grow and make an expanded impact on the business. Work environment not conducive to change and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Increase communications through formal channels and effective team development. Better resource allocation for learning and development opportunities. Increased focus on initiatives and the measurement of customer satisfaction to better ensure more customer business and profitable engagements.


  9. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hollins University full-time

    Pros

    There are some really beautiful places on campus to go walking, or to have lunch. There are a lot of free events that are open to the local community (Roanoke and surrounding areas), as well as interesting campus activities that are open to faculty and staff.

    Cons

    Depending on what department you work in, vacation time may be an issue (there is no PTO, only vacation and sick time). There are a few departments that operate 24/7, 365 days a year, and vacation time is given on July 1st. This means if you begin working there after July 1st (ex. September 2017,or October 2017, etc), you have absolutely zero vacation time available until July 1st, 2018! In those same departments, you may be eligible for holiday pay, but if the holiday falls on one of your regular working days, you are expected to be there. The good thing about that is that your paycheck will be larger, because you'll be paid for the hours that you worked (b/c your department is not closed), but in addition to that, you'll be paid for the time that the university offices are closed (ex. 2 wks over winter break).

    Some department directors/supervisors are wonderful to work with, and some are a complete nightmare to work with. Several departments are highly dysfunctional. The difficult directors/supervisors generally have large turnover in their departments. HR is aware of these situations, but nothing ever seems to change. I am aware of complaints (made by staff, faculty, and students) to HR about certain staff and faculty members. However, it seems that these particular staff and faculty members are untouchable, because instead of their behavior changing, or them losing their jobs, what seems to happen is that those employees who make the complaints, tend to eventually make the choice to leave (via transfer or resignation).

    Advice to Management

    Address the reasons (problems) that cause the high turnover that some of the departments experience. Take seriously the complaints of students and employees, and stop favoring those individuals whose behavior is unprofessional, who cause a lot of grief, and who create a lot of drama .


  10. "Hollins Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collegial, helpful, supportive, laid back

    Cons

    As with any small place there can be cliques. But generally welcoming.


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