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Updated April 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "My experience at Lesley University"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator, Conferences and Events in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator, Conferences and Events in Cambridge, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lesley University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great community to be a part of. 4 weeks vacation

    Cons

    the health benefits aren't great.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the needs of employees and adapt where necessary


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Students, Awful Everything Else"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lesley University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Students are great
    - There are staff members who are driven, passionate and give everything they can to the school because of the students
    - Great location

    Cons

    - "Do more with less" should be on the school crest
    - Offices are perpetually understaffed
    - upper level administrators who have not met with one student in the last 6 months
    - upper level administrators who do not care about the people - students, staff and faculty on campus
    - the leadership is really an embarrassment

    Advice to Management

    Just be better because right now this place is awful. The President provides a bunch of top 5 or top 3 lists when talking to groups and it seems to be mostly talk and no walk by management.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Not a demanding environnent, most people are friendly and cooperative.

    Cons

    Work can be isolating for some positions. Communication across units/departments can be improved

    Advice to Management

    Should promote more team work, and being inclusive.


  4. "Right Idea, Still Developing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Affairs Officer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Student Affairs Officer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Lesley University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great vacation time, friendly staff, great location, tuition remission, students willing to get involved in projects.

    Cons

    Pay, inability to take vacation time, no comp time, lack of positional understanding from Human Resources, "everybody knows everything" atmosphere


  5. "50/50"

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    Former Employee - Administration in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Administration in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great faculty. Conscientious and amicable

    Cons

    Administration has it's challenges with communication

    Advice to Management

    Stop the games- play nice!


  6. "Community focused"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Desk Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Information Desk Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You can receive a discounted tuition as a full time employee.

    Cons

    Culture changed due to financial changes


  7. "Amazing"

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    Former Employee - Coach in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Coach in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, very Relaxing, and caring people they are always looking to help you

    Cons

    No challenges everyone is so very caring no matter what you are feeling that day.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Underfunded, lackluster, and depressing."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Lesley University full-time

    Pros

    Good insurance through Tufts Health Plan. Reasonably competitive salaries, enough to live on in Boston, at least.

    Cons

    So underfunded, never enough people to do the work needed, always a sense of "must be successful or your job is on the line". Really horrible leadership, no training, no oversight. Any change not welcomed, often resisted esp. by upper management. Total "mean girls" culture in some offices, full of gossip, if you're not "in the clique" you feel totally isolated. Also majority of staff offices in the Porter Campus are windowless, dark, and perpetually freezing.

    Advice to Management

    More checks on management to ensure employees aren't being shut out or discriminated against. Better compensation.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits, decent work environment, poor payscale and little opportunity for advancement."

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    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice campus setting and location. Great immediate coworkers.

    Cons

    Obnoxious faculty, poor pay, upper management is unlikeable.

    Advice to Management

    Higher level management is not inspiring.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "a lot of work for not a lot of compensation"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Lesley University part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The students are engaged and enthusiastic.

    Cons

    Because the majority of the faculty are adjuncts there is an inherent lack of community, unless you have a full time faculty position. There are no benefits, classes can be cancelled at the last minute if there is insufficient enrollment, and the compensation overall is low compared to other area schools that employ adjuncts.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep the caliber of education high you must do a better job of compensating your most valuable asset, your faculty.


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