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Menlo College Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "Great faculty, caring staff, all committed to teaching/learning"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor/Writing Center in Atherton, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor/Writing Center in Atherton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Menlo College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Menlo is a small four year college--enrollment tops out between 850 and 900 students. Fifty two percent of the students come from minority backgrounds and there is a strong international presence. This is a diverse student body and the students are motivated to learn. Many are the first in their families to attend college--Menlo is a place where you can make a difference in their lives. Faculty are committed to making a difference---many are leaders in their field. The focus is on business and psychology--with strong support in writing and math. The beautiful campus is in Atherton, California in the heart of Silicon Valley and it is a very safe campus. There are strong athletic programs.

    Cons

    Facilities need an upgrade. The campus is ninety years old. A generous donor is upgrading the gym--but academic buildings and dorms need upgrades, too. Adjuncts receive six month contracts--as an adjunct it is hard to plan out your year if you need a full time schedule and work at other colleges.

    Advice to Management

    Keep fundraising! Keep recruiting! Publicize Menlo's success stories--and there are many!


  2. "Adjunct Professor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Atherton, CA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Atherton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small class size, autonomy of professors, location, acceptable technology, dedicated leadership to improve and grow the college.

    Cons

    High adjunct professor turnover; adjuncts are not treated as part of the college; salaries are unreasonably low with no raises at all over multiple years

    Advice to Management

    Treat adjuncts at part of the team or at least reward those who stay for multiple years and behave like part of the team.


  3. "Low pay, high turnover"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atherton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atherton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Menlo College full-time

    Pros

    There are some really good, helpful people at Menlo.
    It's a small school, so you know everyone.
    Free lunch during the school year.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible, and there are often questionable practices where the written offer is dramatically lower than the verbal. It is well below market, even for higher education.
    Dependent insurance costs over $900 per month.
    Communication is horrible, even within a department.
    The president is a former VC with no higher education experience.
    High turnover due to extremely low pay. This is true in all departments.
    Poor, even aggressive behavior is allowed to continue because management is clueless about what goes on. If they are told, they opt to do nothing because it's easier and positions are difficult to fill due to poor pay/benefits.
    They hire a lot of their former students, because getting experienced professionals to take these salaries is difficult.
    Almost every major department head is either an empty position or someone who has been on the job for less than a year. Lack of continuity causes problems.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff enough to survive. Require managers to leave their offices and actually get to know their own direct reports. Require managers to read every email sent by a direct report. When your staff tries to tell you about problems, listen--especially if you are relatively new to the job.


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  5. "Assisstant Coach - Men's Soccer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atherton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atherton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Menlo College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working in an environment that challenges me to improve every day. Great environment to work in.

    Cons

    Salaray for assistants is not ideal


  6. "decent work for a college student"

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    Former Employee - Peer Tutor in Atherton, CA
    Former Employee - Peer Tutor in Atherton, CA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -raise every semester
    -works with your class schedule
    -do homework when not busy

    Cons

    low pay, not a great source of income, work with international students which can be trying at times

    Advice to Management

    better starting pay


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nearly 100% turnover in staff in last 2 years"

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Atherton, CA
    Former Employee - Faculty in Atherton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is centrally located between San Francisco and San Jose

    Cons

    Incompetent management at an institution purporting to be a "business" school

    Advice to Management

    If this is the sort of leadership that is being conveyed to what few students they manage to attract, their prospects after graduation are indeed grim.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Started Strong, Ended Week"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atherton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atherton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people. Lots of work to do. Working for Higher Ed. Five weeks vacation to start. Nice campus.

    Cons

    VP's and President love to micromanage. They have budget issues to do low attendance. They do not treat employees well and play favorites, even when it hurts the college. In the last several years, they've hired just as many bad employees as good, then the good employees leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging, give your staff the autonomy they need to perform.


  9. "Student Ambassador"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Menlo College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule to fit with my classes

    Cons

    Tedious office work but still very easy


  10. "Disappointing at best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Menlo College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great student population! Meal perks & located closed to CalTRAIN

    Cons

    Horrible management & team dynamic. Everything is compartmentalized and poor behavior is rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Your students are smart, they eventually catch on to how poorly you treat your team.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Counselor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 Menlo College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to engage in a variety of roles outside your job description. So its a great addition to your resume.

    Cons

    Extremely divided among departments. Typically those who want to implement change leave the school. You either drink the kool-aid or you jump ship. If your primary focus is the students and their advancement you tend to help them off line as resources are low.

    Advice to Management

    For being a business school in the silicon valley you have to catch up . Your technically behind and you can expect to hire A1 talent on post grad salary


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