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Naropa University Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Adjunct Faculty"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Boulder, CO
    Recommends

    I worked at Naropa University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues-seekers on the path, autonomy with class preparation, organization and delivery, use of meditation hall, progressive.

    Cons

    A lot of work for very little pay.

    Advice to Management

    Really need to find a way to increase pay rate for adjuncts to show that you truly value their contributions.


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    "Information Technician"

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    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Naropa University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, environment for massive amounts of learning, leaning towards the best solutions for the university cost

    Cons

    Horrendous pay non-commensurate with required responsibilities. And diminishing benefits

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on expansion and focus instead on core infrastructure


  3. "It's a Sinking Ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Location in Boulder, co-workers, working with students

    Cons

    Very negative work atmosphere, unhappy employees, weak benefits and getting worse, pay raises are non-existent and are currently at poverty level. No signs of improvement in any area. Poorly managed organization. New management was recently hired and has confirmed that benefits and pay will not change. Naropa is a sinking ship and I wouldn't recommend this organization to anyone. Many people have already left, or are actively seeking other employment. I'm glad I left when I did.

    Advice to Management

    Find competent management that will look out for employees. Put yourself in employees' shoes and try to find something positive about working at Naropa. Compensation is ridiculously low. benefits are dwindling down to nothing, while costs of benefits are going up.


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  5. "Beware if you're trying to survive financially in Boulder!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some nice co-workers, hippie vibe, good location near downtown Boulder.

    Cons

    Poverty-level pay with no pay raises, poor benefits, steady departures of staff. Not the work atmosphere most people would expect for the type of university Naropa represents.

    Advice to Management

    The low pay situation never gets addressed. Seems to be poor overall management. Think about your employees, and not just the bottom line.


  6. "Exciting and Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Naropa University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Supportive and caring community.

    Many opportunities to learn, grow professionally, and improve things within the University. Particularly for self-directed personnel.

    Very competitive benefits package, especially when compared to other organizations.
    -Multiple medical plans to choose from, dental & vision standard, generous vacation, sick, and personal time. Vacation and PTO increases based on length of service.

    Boulder is a beautiful and fun place to work.

    Cons

    Hard to stay focused on any single thing for long. Too many things going on, too many demands placed (often unknowingly) on the workforce. Highest levels of management (including the board) often don't understand what it takes to make many of their initiatives reality.

    Frequent complaints from co-workers who feel they are undervalued (more common among faculty than staff). The frequent complaining can lead to a larger sense of discontent in the workplace. In my opinion: those employees need to take a closer look at their total compensation package (which means benefits, holiday time, etc.) and consider all factors.

    The City of Boulder is the most difficult municipality I've ever had to work in and with. Tremendous amounts of red-tape, delays, reviews, opinions, etc. (May not be relevant to most potential employees).

    Advice to Management

    Work to identify a select few major plans or initiatives to implement each fiscal year, and STICK TO THOSE. Every year there are too many new projects, initiatives, plans, etc. for faculty and staff to actually do (much less do well). Then communicate that to the workplace, and direct all personnel to support those initiatives.

    Don't be afraid to tell departments or personnel "no" when unrealistic plans or requests are made.

    (Re)Develop a realistic 5-year plan.

    Develop a simple, focused, and direct mission statement. The current statement is meaningless.


  7. "A learning experience beyond words.."

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    Former Employee - Landscaper/Groundskeeper/Gardener in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Landscaper/Groundskeeper/Gardener in Boulder, CO
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Wonderful community experience and culture...encouraging sustainability and progressive. What they lacked for in monetary compensation, they made up for with work atmosphere and educational opportunities.

    Cons

    Very low compensation with lots of bureaucratic tape. A dead-end job.


  8. "Unique university"

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    Former Employee - Admissions in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very liberal school. Cares about sticking to its score and mission. Small school. You can get to know the president. The founder is an interesting man. Many interesting individuals work there and you can make good friends at work. Boulder is an amazing city and a very fun place to live. The students at Naropa are fun to work with and very tapped into issues around the environment, social justice, and spirituality. I had a great time working on projects with the students.

    Cons

    Communication with management can be less than transparent. Financial difficulties at the school. The school seems to be turning around after years of struggling with leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a management structure and stick to it.


  9. "Pay is not so great; benefits are better than average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    Pros

    Flex time and opportunity to work from home, generous time off, good benefits, laid back atmosphere, good departmental communication, eco-pass.

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of support for professional development, inconsistent extra-departmental communication, decision-making slower than the speed of government, decision-making inclusive to the point of stagnation/no one really wants to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Support professional development (specifically monetarily), enhance interdepartmental communication, make a top-down decision here and there - sure people might complain, but somethings might also get done.


  10. "Good work life balance but not much else"

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

    Pros

    Some really great people work here. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Overall, people are doing several jobs for 2/3 of the salary they would get elsewhere. Little acknowledgement or gratitude from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Show some gratitude to your employees. At minimum, compensate them adequately.


  11. "Avoid at all costs!"

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

    I worked at Naropa University full-time

    Pros

    Boulder vibe if you like outdoor activities.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Low morale. Incompetent management.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


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