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Northland College Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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  1. "Workstudy Program"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Northland College part-time

    Pros

    You can meet talented and dedicated people!

    Cons

    It snows a lot in the winter, so hopefully you like snow!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashland, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashland, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    if you love to hug trees, this is a great place

    Cons

    small, rather quiet town, a bit economically down


  3. "Looks good on the surface...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous, Want to Keep My Job for Now in Ashland, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous, Want to Keep My Job for Now in Ashland, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Northland College full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful area by Lake Superior. Lots of recreational choices close by.

    Cons

    This school has had so many chances to be a leader in environmental education and a sound, well-run private college. So, now, in 2013, the problems can no longer be blamed on past turnover and previous presidents. There is an arrogance in management that Northland is just "too special" to have to buckle down and actually compete with its peer institutions, for one example, by offering anything for adult learners in the community. All the right ingredients are there: superior employees and eager students. Yet another very poorly managed era for the school. Staff are treated like dogs. There is the overriding air that NC is an "employment at will" organization, and therefore, the attitude is "if you don't like it, you can just leave, and we will replace you, and we don't care." Also, the sexism and discrimination at the top levels is truly shocking, and a huge liability. Northland also does not promote from within. People get really fed up, leave, and in the scramble to replace them, HR looks for someone with those exact skills, most likely from out of the area. Lure them in with promises of great skiing and the Lake. Meanwhile, promising employees are not groomed for upward promotion, mentored, or offered any training. Really? Also, don't bother with any creative ideas or innovation. It won't be given the slightest attention. This place is truly "dysfunction junction."

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Look around at the rest of the world. Stop micromanaging. Stop asking for "input" and then ignoring it all together. Look at morale and your staff turnover rate! Communication is terrible, and power is concentrated in about 3 executive and 4 faculty people. The rest of the faculty suffer, the staff suffers. the curriculum suffers, operations suffer, retention suffers, students suffer and ultimately, the community suffers. The people at the top, the vast majority of whom are from out of the area, will move on after they have done their "stint" regardless of the damage they have done, and Ashland will be left with a dysfunctional, broke college, for the umpteenth time. The Board had better start doing its job of oversight and quit accepting visions given through the rose-colored glasses of the executives, or we are in for yet another cycle of failure. When will somebody fix this?


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  5. "Great colleagues and students!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ashland, WI
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ashland, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Northland College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated staff and faculty. Beautiful setting and area.

    Cons

    Some growing pains recently, but College is on the rebound and doing much better. Bright future ahead. Small town (7,000) can sometimes feel stifling and/or unwelcoming, but most in community are supportive of the College.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership has been poor/ lacking and micromanagement and lack of transparency continue to affect morale.