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Mills College Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Alecia A. DeCoudreaux
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Pros
  • Diverse student body, hard working staff, beautiful campus (in 17 reviews)

  • There is a commitment to social justice at Mills College that has made me not only a better employee, but a better person (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Unfortunately, social justice does not extend to the staff (in 4 reviews)

  • We had been dealing with high turnover and internal drama (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Nice place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mills College part-time

    Pros

    friendly environment, nice coworkers, easily accessible

    Cons

    lots of trees coming through concrete, impacted allergies, indian summers


  2. "I'm sure they're better now"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mills College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people who are driven by, and care about, student success.

    Cons

    Not very well organized though several years of hard leadership and organizational changes have hopefully helped with that.

  3. "Staff members are frustrated."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Mills College full-time

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful, the students are passionate, and it's easy to get to know your colleagues because of the small size of the school and how much work is done across departments.

    Cons

    In the past six months, they switched our health plan (leaving us with one choice - a plan that has much larger out of pocket expenses, but that saves the school $) and have gotten rid of their retirement matching program (although they're "hoping" to reinstate it in year). There are no professional development funds. The pay is low compared to most colleges/universities in California, and especially low considering the cost of living in the Bay Area. While the school talks a lot about social justice, it has little in place to meet the needs of students from marginalized communities. Staff try to fill in the gaps, but it's difficult when you're already doing the jobs of three people.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your staff. There are a lot of great people, but little incentive for them to stay.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Low morale and neverending work drama"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mills College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly welcoming, tightknit, and inclusive environment--you quickly come to know most everyone on campus. Hierarchy exists, but is not nearly as pronounced as other higher ed institutions in my experience. My colleagues became my friends, and were the friendliest, most respectful, and supportive group of people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Sadly, Mills is a mess. Severe financial difficulties have killed morale. The turnover has gotten completely insane. Lack of training and a loss of knowledge from long-term employees who have resigned, on top of constant leadership changes, have made the institution completely dysfunctional, making it difficult for Mills to get back on its feet. Salaries are not in line with the high cost of living. Benefits used to be excellent and helped make up for the low salary, but those are constantly being cut and are now below average and no longer an incentive. Staff lack a union and are frequently taken advantage of and asked to do more with no salary increase. Mills would be an outstanding place to work if not for its years of poor leadership destroying the college that unfortunately has continued with the new president. If Mills can ever get it together, you'd be foolish to not want to join the family, but at this point in time, it's a depressing and completely frustrating place to work. :-(

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to retain staff. Students are feeling the negativity on campus and are frustrated, which is not good for retention.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mills College full-time

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly and smart. We are all working towards a similar goal which keeps us all motivated and collaborative.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. "Beautiful legacy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mills College full-time

    Pros

    Great teamwork
    Great HR team
    Beautiful environment

    Cons

    Struggling through hard times from past affecting entire college

    Advice to Management

    Encouragement and getting more people involved


  7. "Great with growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Mills College full-time

    Pros

    Personalized atmosphere - you get to know everybody well which can aid in collaboration efforts.
    Beautiful campus, free access to fitness center, pool, library, among other perks.
    If you're liberal and thrive in inclusive environments, you'll be surrounded by a lot of like minded individuals.

    Cons

    I love the small size, but sometimes that can be a 'con' - for example, when you need to work with somebody on a project but they're on vacation for two weeks, which means the project gets stalled.
    Financial constraints

  8. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Loved my coworkers, they were all fantastic people. When I left there were some organizational changes happening which I hear have gone really well and I am happy to hear.

    Cons

    When I left there were some changes that were made poorly. HR was mismanaged and inconsiderate during major changes. Pay was low.


  9. "A Great Place to Work, But..."

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

    I have been working at Mills College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mills College is a beautiful place, with interesting people and lots of possibilities.

    Cons

    However, the pay is low and so is staff morale.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a competitive, livable wage.


  10. "Mills Athletics is s Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Swimming Coach in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Swimming Coach in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Mills community is supportive, accepting and encouraging.

    Cons

    Pay isn't what you would hope for, except at entry level


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