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  1. "Counselor"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Holy Names University as an intern

    Pros

    Great community, caring people, flexibility, wonderful students.

    Cons

    Concerns about the institution support for low income, multi-stressed, students.


  2. "Federal Work Study: Payroll Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Payroll Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Payroll Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Holy Names University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -worked around my school schedule
    -able to learn accounting skills
    -friendly co-workers also helped me to complete daily tasks

    Cons

    -few hours because it is federal work study, focus is to pay attention to school and not use work as an excuse.

    Advice to Management

    keep being amazing at what you do!

  3. "School Needing to Freshen Up"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Holy Names University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, competent staff who have developed sincere rapport with the student population. A campus that is a blank canvas of programming opportunities.

    Cons

    Lack of interaction between faculty and student life. Too many students seem to drift through the campus; school needs to be more proactive to responding to needs of current and incoming classes.

    Advice to Management

    Refine school identity to differentiate HNU from other Bay Area and Catholic schools. Focus on finding students who will engage and benefit from immersion in this identity.


  4. "Admissions Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Holy Names University part-time

    Pros

    Small work place setting. Meet with students one on one. Students receive great admission counseling services.

    Cons

    Management hardly ever pays attention to employees ideas, questions, or concerns. You really have to enjoy higher education because management will ignore a lot of concerns.

    Advice to Management

    I believe management should really listen to their employees ideas. Many have great suggestions but are constantly being shut down.


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Holy Names University full-time

    Pros

    Supervisor, Culture, Community, Work-Life Balance, Beautiful Campus

    Cons

    None that I can think of!


  6. "Be a Follower"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Holy Names University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive environment for women, close to Safeway.

    Cons

    Strong divisions between departments, crippled infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good fight!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "University with a compelling mission and student population fails to provide its staff with even basic support."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Holy Names University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Offers free tuition for staff and their families: a great way to get an additional degree while working.

    Excellent work/life balance.

    The school's mission includes some compelling values that are a pleasure to serve: commitment to diversity and urban issues, developing "critical thinkers", and community service.

    I enjoyed my interactions with students on campus and made valued and lasting professional connections among peers.

    Good stepping stone job, or perhaps career-starting job.

    Gym membership on-campus.

    Gorgeous views from the Oakland hills of the Bay.

    A genuine sense of joining a special community.

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership, lacking vision, professional conduct and basic management skills — this is perhaps the most dysfunctional place I've worked.

    It saddened me to see literally dozens of talented, smart people (ironically, the "critical thinkers") driven out by unchecked bullies and/or incompetence in upper management. Quite hypocritical given the "radical hospitality" that is claimed as part of the school's values (thus my two stars for values).

    The subsequent, massive turnover rate there leaves little institutional memory to be found across entire departments.

    Shockingly poor infrastructure: electricity, networks or email down for days was not uncommon. The students eventually held a protest about the lack of basic services.

    Terrible cross- and inter-department communication and coordination. Staff feel isolated and tend to mistrust the intentions of folks in other departments. This mentality comes from the upper management down.

    Uncompetitive pay; no merit-based salary increases/bonuses (in my department, anyway).

    Little or no opportunity nor budget for professional development or promotions.

    Advice to Management

    "Radical Hospitality" should begin at home with your own family and not just be a meaningless catch phrase that's dusted off and trotted out for speeches. Invest in leaders who can not just talk the talk, but also walk the walk. Management training and support, and HR with real teeth to support staff would be a huge improvement. Invest in your talented, ambitious employees. Reward good work.

  8. "Great place to start learning about hospitality"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I learned the importance of cash flow as well as keeping a good food production schedule there.

    Cons

    working with college students can be very frustrating since they try to continually pull one over on you.


  9. "Wonderful academic environment to teach"

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    Current Contractor - Lecturer in Oakland, CA
    Current Contractor - Lecturer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Holy Names University as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small and dedicated students that are willing to work

    Cons

    Not as many resources as needed to bring the highest quality education to students


  10. "The benefits at HNU were great."

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    Current Employee - Game Management Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Game Management Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Free Tuition to employees and their spouses.

    Cons

    Ineffective communication issues within the university.

    Advice to Management

    Great Job to start career.