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  1. "Great opportunity - unfortunately JTS fell flat"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Jewish Theological Seminary full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    JTS is a great school with excellent academic programs, so selling the school to prospective students is fairly easy. There are a lot of full time employees, so there are a lot of different job opportunities. In my position, I have the opportunity to travel, which is one of my favorite parts of the job.

    Cons

    This position reports to 3-4 different people in each of the schools as well as the admissions department. That is challenging for anyone, but the supervisors are all challenging as individuals as well. As supervisors, they are very top down and there are no mentoring opportunities as an employee. Each supervisor works in a silo, so there is no collaboration between departments and the person in this position is expected to report to each supervisor with no cross over between tasks and departments.

    The on-boarding at JTS was terrible. Aside from the training in the admissions department which lasted a week and wasn't incredibly helpful, there was no ongoing support for learning how to do this job. There was no general HR on-boarding with regards to company policies and procedures. HR was not forth coming with information regarding medical/dental/transit check/retirement/everything else HR manages.

    Finally, while JTS is a wonderful community for the students, for the staff it is very cold. It isn't social in any way, shape or form. I have been working here for almost a year and there are still tons of people I've never met and departments I haven't seen.

    They also didn't negotiate in anything - salary, vacation time, health insurance, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Get trained in how to be a good supervisor and set your employees up for success. If you hire someone with limited experience, it should be expected that there is on-going training to teach that person how to be successful in this role.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Time to upgrade"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jewish Theological Seminary full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice community and wonderful academics.

    Cons

    Women get paid less than men. There have been only 2 COLA raises in the last 8 years. There's money for lots of things but not keeping employees current. benefits are sub-par, the leadership is disconnected and supervision is almost non-existent. You never know if your work is valued by the Dean. Emails from HR and others aren't answered so it feels like there is no where to turn for help.

    Advice to Management

    Why not keep your current employees feeling positive about the organization. They are the ones out there talking about the school and that affects donors and influencers. Re-hiring and re-training costs more! Pump up the salaries, benefits and help people feel positive about the hard work they do.


  3. "Great mission"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jewish Theological Seminary part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was exciting to be a part of a community that was so ambitious and far reaching. Great 4 day work week, and a lot of PTO holidays.

    Cons

    Some departments were difficult to work with and caused for a lot of turnover.


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  5. "The center of Jewish education, arts, history, leadershiip and vision in North America. The center of it all!""

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jewish Theological Seminary full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best part of being at JTS are the students, faculty, volunteers, and community are the best and the brightest and will shape the future and relevancy of Judaism for generations. It is the most exciting place to be, with the 7th Chancellor, and new vision for leadership, learning, Torah, and brings Jewish history and texts to be relevent today. The support of staff, employee assistance program, benefits, and overall vibe are excellent.

    Cons

    Parking is a problem, expensive and mass transit it less than optimal when commuting from the boroughs.


  6. "Fundraising"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Learning more about the Jewish culture. Having Sabbaths off. Getting off early on Fridays in the winter months. Great health benefits.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth; especially if you are not a Jewish male.

    Advice to Management

    Come in prepared. Research the salaries before you take the position. know your rights.


  7. "it's okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jewish Theological Seminary full-time

    Pros

    great health benefits, 4 day work week, many days off including your vacation.

    Cons

    There was no room for advancement. You stay in the position you are hired in.


  8. "Student Worker"

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

    I worked at Jewish Theological Seminary part-time

    Pros

    The student work was relatively easy to do and well-paid considering. They also seem to always be looking for help for events.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of coordination to help people find jobs. The HR department is confusing to work with. Overall, JTS seems to suffer with a lot of offices full of people who don't talk to one another.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to each other. Think about how something can be done easier and with less red tape.


  9. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jewish Theological Seminary full-time

    Pros

    Good time-off during winter. and lots of holidays.

    Cons

    Bad benefits, and salaries are not so good.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. "Good place for retirement. Steady environment, a lot of holidays!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Jewish Theological Seminary full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of holidays. Nice benefit package. Good place if you have side jobs, since it provides a lot of holidays and only works 4 days a week.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market values. Lack of clear leadership, works under old technologies and frameworks.

    Advice to Management

    I think this place needs more fresh ideas to change it archaic way of operations and to adjust to new demands of the time.


  11. "Solid workplace but lack of long-term career choices if not entering at a managerial level."

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

    I worked at Jewish Theological Seminary full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people all around. The work environment is rarely pressure cooker. Solid benefits and tons of time off. There are interesting cultural events going on all the time, and you have access to some nice collegiate resources.

    Cons

    Interdepartmental relationships are not great, and one department is always pointing fingers at another one. There is little room for growth, so many employees are frustrated but lack a pathway for change.

    Advice to Management

    Even if the university isn't doing well, provide pathways for improvement or benefits that reward hard work.


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