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Notre Dame de Namur Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Disarray"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good mission helping first generation and lower income students. Very diverse and location and campus has potential.

    Cons

    Faculty is unionizing wanting more and the University is making cuts because they have less. Totally moving in different directions and in total disarray. Unless this can be resolved and everyone starts marching to the same tune, the University won't survive.

    Advice to Management

    There are only one solution to the problem - more revenue. More students for more revenue or more donations for more revenue. Fixed costs are too high for current revenue.


  2. "No one gets along"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belmont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Paid winter break, a very few nice employees, reasonable work hours, can go to school for free after six months. That's it.

    Cons

    Poor morale. Managers/Departments act as if they like each other but openly discuss how much they hate one another to the employees of their department. Faculty and staff do not get along or communicate. The pay is below average and there is no room to grow. Issues within departments are never resolved and the employee is the one to leave because HR, directors, and VPs to do like to get involved. Employees are afraid to ask for time off because managers throw a fit. Unpaid overtime.
    Managers show favoritism towards a few staff members and students. There is favoritism towards student athletes which some departments have been know to bend certain rules and policies for.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your staff, treat them with respect, and managers keep your attitude problems in check. Employees are not responsible for your bad days.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "High expectations for below average compensation"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You'll work with some of the best staff and students in the area. The small campus allows you to interact and know most of the campus community. It's a historic university with a lot of rich history. The university is committed to its community service outreach, and education for all approach. The majority of the students that attend are minorities and first generation students. You will have moments when you feel the job you're doing is rewarding.

    Cons

    There is virtually no on-boarding training. You are expected to learn as you go, with no proper training. Working under the enrollment division, you will feel the constant pressure to make enrollment projections each semester. It's a university that is dependent on tuition, so literally, every student counts, and you will be asked to do whatever you can to enroll a student for the benefit of the university. There is tremendous pressure to perform daily, operating very much like a for-profit university. Compensation falls below average based on peer universities in the area. Unfortunately, there are more days than not when you don't feel the job you are doing is very rewarding.

    Advice to Management

    The majority of staff do not feel like they are being valued for what they do, nor do they feel like their opinions matter. There is no transparency between upper management and staff, and this has created a divide between the two. Staff feels like they are just being told what to do, but are not given the resources, support, or proper traininig to do so.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lecturer"

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

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur part-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, a lot of autonomy, small class sizes, an emphasis on helping students do good work in the world

    Cons

    President is as warm as an iceberg, decisions are made based on what will bring revenue not on principles of what the school was founded upon, a lot of secrecy.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Belmont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good mission and values. Great people. Nice environment.

    Cons

    Understaffed, overworked and underpaid staff. Senior administration unaware or ignore staff challenges. Faculty and staff are disconnected.

    Advice to Management

    Roll up your sleeves and give a hand, your staff is overworked and stressed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lovely people but lackluster environment"

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    Former Employee - Enrollment in Belmont, CA
    Former Employee - Enrollment in Belmont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Notre Dame de Namur full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    +1 star for the people and community - a lot of passion and student-centered
    +1 star for the students - the values of social justice and service are pinnacle for many

    Cons

    -1 star for the management/turnover - poor communicators, ineffective leaders and terrible at judging morale. You're constantly getting a new supervisor and a new team because of turnover.
    -1 star for the retention/enrollment/budget woes - this school not only struggles to keep their students but also to recruit new ones. This adds pressure to all departments to try to keep functioning at the same or better capacity with less resources.
    -1 star for being underpaid, overworked and under-appreciated - they expect miracles with a shoestring budget. Don't expect your paycheck to keep pace with the cost of living.

    The values and mission appeal to many but, unfortunately, it's all talk and little walk and even the students see that.

    Advice to Management

    Management is well aware of the problems. Unfortunately, they can't always take action because of budgetary restraints.. or perhaps lack of caring.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Under appreciated employees"

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    Current Employee - Admissions in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Admissions in Belmont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Notre Dame de Namur full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great faculty, sincere students who stuck because most courses wont transfer out

    Cons

    management is ungrateful, sloppy dress code, unprofessional HR

    Advice to Management

    need more driven employees

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A small school with a wonderful mission, but disorganized management"

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

    I have been working at Notre Dame de Namur full-time

    Pros

    A focus on teaching, passion for community service and engagement, the ability to work closely with students, a beautiful campus, generally very nice people to work with.

    Innovative approach to program development (NDNU will have the first PhD program in Art Therapy in the country!)

    A mission to ensure educational access to all students (NDNU was the the first women's college in California and the first in the state authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women!)

    There is good support for professional development (access to materials and resources, conference attendance) - this may vary by department and employee role.

    Cons

    For candidates: we do not advertise salary ranges like many other schools, we do not offer relocation, we generally do not provide travel/housing for in-person interviews.

    Benefits: insurance for partners/spouses/dependents is expensive (very little to no subsidy from employer); a pay-as-you-go philosophy (meaning there are no cost-of-living increases, or "bonuses" in the traditional sense. If we do well, financially, in any given year, there could be salary increases or retirement contributions the following year. There's nothing wrong with this philosophy, but it may be different than other employers.

    There is an inadequate focus on performance evaluation and so some employees are never taught how to do their jobs better.

    Lack of good communication between decision-makers and everyone else.

    Human Resources department is inconsistent and has primary concern for the university, not the employees.

    There are a good number of employees who have been here a long time and/or are disgruntled, which sometimes makes the working environment negative.

    As a small school, many of our offices are understaffed, leading to people feeling under-appreciated and over-worked.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Some departments are located away from the University, and can make it difficult at times.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "About more than money"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Notre Dame de Namur full-time

    Pros

    The mission is about more than money and if that's your goal, then you're in the right place. You have to want to help students and believe that life is about more than making a buck.

    Cons

    But if you want to keep up with the standard of living surrounding campus, then you're not in the right place at all as not only is the pay lower than other similar universities, it's significantly less than the area in general.


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